STIAS fellow Derek Attridge on reading Marlene van Niekerk

STIAS fellow Derek Attridge on reading Marlene van Niekerk

In an article that appeared recently on the website of Public Books titled ‘The Triumph of Afrikaans Fiction’ STIAS fellow Derek Attridge recounts his reading of well-known South African author Marlene van Niekerk’s novel Agaat. The opening paragraphs of the article appear below, followed by a link to the full article. The Triumph of Afrikaans … [Read more]

STIAS now has a Newsletter - edition one available online

STIAS now has a Newsletter – edition one available online

“An expanding family demands (and deserves!) more resources and active communication channels to keep abreast of developments, mutual interests and challenges, as well as achievements. The ever growing STIAS family – now counting close to 700 fellows and many friends – is, of course, no exception”, writes STIAS Director Hendrik Geyer in the foreword of … [Read more]

Second Iso Lomso cohort selected

Second Iso Lomso cohort selected

STIAS is pleased to announce its second cohort for the Iso Lomso Fellowships for Early Career African Researchers. The STIAS Research and Fellowship Programme Committee recently concluded its selection of the Iso Lomso cohort of fellows for 2018. Seven candidates were offered the prestigious three-year fellowship at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study. They join … [Read more]

Reading the World – moving away from universalising to a recognition of difference: Public lecture by Abdulrazak Gurnah

Reading the World – moving away from universalising to a recognition of difference: Public lecture by Abdulrazak Gurnah

“A South-South dialogue would disperse the source of critical and aesthetic concerns from the Eurocentric influence which colonial education and global dominance has made inescapable. It would promote and make possible the existence of a ‘south’ canon of equivalent value to the ‘north’, whose concerns will make reference to issues of interest to them and … [Read more]

Tracing the rise and decline of secondary schooling in Soweto - Fellows' seminar by Clive Glaser

Tracing the rise and decline of secondary schooling in Soweto – Fellows’ seminar by Clive Glaser

“During the 1960s and early 1970s Morris Isaacson High School in Soweto had its most successful years. It produced good-quality education and graduated numerous students who went on to university and became professionals. It was among the top two most prestigious high schools in Soweto.” “This project attempts to explain how Morris Isaacson High School … [Read more]

Reviving democratic citizenship - Fellows' seminar by Bruce Ackerman

Reviving democratic citizenship – Fellows’ seminar by Bruce Ackerman

“Many of our inherited civic institutions are dead or dying. There has been a disintegration of social democracy in many countries. We need an ambitious reform programme to revive democratic life — both in the US and in South Africa.” “This is a turning point in American history. The next few years are important. If … [Read more]

We need to deal with rape as a social not just a legal issue - Fellows' seminar by Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza

We need to deal with rape as a social not just a legal issue – Fellows’ seminar by Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza

“There is a need to change the social not just the legal understandings of rape in Uganda,” said Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza, Judge in the Uganda Supreme Court and recently appointed member of the International Commission of Jurists. Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza was informing STIAS fellows about her research around societal definitions of rape in Uganda, specifically looking at the … [Read more]

Writing to fulfil a quest - Fellows' seminar by Jonny Steinberg

Writing to fulfil a quest – Fellows’ seminar by Jonny Steinberg

“I don’t want to convey a message. You can never be so presumptuous or arrogant to assume that you know how someone is going to read your book,” said Jonny Steinberg. “But my books have a quest – something I want to work out. There are a series of questions. A book is given structure … [Read more]

Integration and co-ordination needed to avert future crises - Fellows' seminar by Ian Goldin

Integration and co-ordination needed to avert future crises – Fellows’ seminar by Ian Goldin

“There have been many explanations of the 2008 crash – no two are the same. We were at the precipice of a total economic collapse – and are still experiencing the aftermath.” Ian Goldin of the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University was addressing STIAS fellows on his perceptions of the 2008 financial crisis and … [Read more]

Joining the dots: why education is key to preserving the planet

Joining the dots: why education is key to preserving the planet

Education empowers young people like Sarah Nasira, a Kenyan pupil leading a class. Reuters/Thomas Mukoya Martin Gustafsson, Stellenbosch University The evidence is clear: education changes lives, in ways that are often not fully understood. For instance, quality education can help you live a longer, healthier life. This is because education equips you to approach health … [Read more]