The Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS) is a joint initiative of the University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa, and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Its purpose is to promote advanced research in the humanities and natural sciences, beyond the regular teaching and research activities at institutions of higher learning. JIAS is the first fully fledged institute of advanced learning in Gauteng, South Africa’s political and economic heartland.
JIAS agreement renewed
The University of Johannesburg and Nanyang Technological University of Singapore have agreed to extend their collaboration on the JIAS initiative for another five years. Professor Bertil Andersson, President of Nanyang Technological University, and Prof Ihron Rensburg, UJ Vice-Chancellor and Principal, signed the new agreement at a ceremony at JIAS on 20 March 2017. Read more
Dark Matter workshop at the NTU
On 13 to 15 November 2017, the Institute of Advanced Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore will hold a Topical Workshop on Dark Matter. All those interested are invited to attend. Read more
Launch of Brain Matters seminar series
Participants in the JIAS Colloquium on ‘Why The Brain Matters’ have launched a follow-up in the form of an interdisciplinary seminar series entitled ‘Brain Matter Seminars: the past, present and future of neuroscience in southern Africa’. Read more
Call for expressions of interest
An interdisciplinary three-day conference entitled ‘The Prelude to Decolonisation: The Turning of the Tide’ will be held at JIAS from 30 August to 1 September 2017. The organisers have called for expressions of interest from potential contributors. Read more
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: WRITING FELLOWSHIPS 2018
JIAS invites applications for its writing semester from 1 February to 31 May 2018. Fellowships are open to people with any expertise – previous Fellows have included academics, novelists, scientists, poets, playwrights, humanities specialists, independent researchers and journalists.
Successful applicants will occupy one of 12 places at JIAS, which is uniquely set in the Melville Koppies west of Johannesburg, providing them with a quiet space for work, reflection, and academic community-building. Each Writing Fellow will be provided with a private residential suite; two meals a day; access to the facilities of the nearby University of Johannesburg; and a monthly stipend. Travel funding may be made available to Fellows from Singapore.
To apply, please submit a two-page outline of a writing proposal, a comprehensive CV, and the name and contact details of three referees. Applications must be sent to email@example.com before 15 September, 2017.
Interview with Gregory F Treverton
PROF Peter Vale, Director of JIAS, interviews Prof Gregory F Treverton, who directed the US National Intelligence Council in the Obama Administration, on the Trump presidency and its implications for Africa. Read more
Stbosch seeks to look the past in the eye
In 2018, South Africa’s Stellenbosch University will celebrate its centenary. In an article written for The Conversation, Prof Peter Vale reflects on a recent conference at which the humanities faculty explored ways of thinking and writing about its past. Read here
Interview with Charles van Onselen
Prof Peter Vale, director of JIAS, interviews the acclaimed South African historian Charles van Onselen about his recent book, Showdown at the Red Lion: The Life and Times of Jack McLoughlin, 1859-1910. Read here
Manganyi and the decolonial moment
Talk by Garth Stevens, professor of psychology at Wits University, entitled 'Mulling over Manganyi’s mind: brain, mind and subject in the decolonial moment’, based on Prof M Chabani Manganyi’s book Apartheid and the Making of a Black Psychologist (Wits University Press, 2016). Read here
Water in Southern Africa: Larry A Swatuk
The first volume in a series called Off-Centre: New Perspectives on Public Issues (UKZN Press), edited by John Higgins, Professor of English Literature at the University of Cape Town; Kole Omotoso, academic and writer; and Prof Peter Vale, JIAS Director. Read more
The politics of urban life: social activism in Johannesburg
Proceedings of a workshop held in April 2016 by JIAS and the Wits City Institute in partnership with the editors of the international journal Thesis Eleven: Critical Theory and Historical Sociology; the Thesis Eleven Centre for Cultural Sociology at La Trobe University in Melbourne; and the Chair of Culture and Society at Curtin University in Perth. Download
Science Diplomacy in Africa: Concepts, praxis, prospects
Proceedings of a workshop held in collaboration with the University of the Witwatersrand; the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship at the University of Pretoria; and the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy at University College London (UCL STEaPP), April 2016. Download