About the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study

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.

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. 

JIAS Writing Fellows enjoy a quiet space for work, reflection, and academic community-building amidst the Melville Koppies of Johannesburg. Each Writing Fellow will receive accommodation in one of 12 private residential suites at JIAS; breakfast and lunch each day; access to the facilities of the nearby University of Johannesburg; and a monthly stipend.

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 jiasinfo@uj.ac.za before 15 September, 2017. For a printable version of the call for applications, click here.

JIAS NEWS

David Shulman visits JIAS

Professor David Schulman, one of the greatest living Indologists, visited JIAS in early September. He was a cures of the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa, Wits University, and JIAS. Read more

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

JIAS EVENTS

Gender and Cartooning in South Africa

On Thursday 19 October 2017, JIAS will host a conversation on ‘Gender and Cartooning in South Africa’. The speakers will be Stacey Stent, South Africa’s only woman cartoonist, whose work is currently being exhibited at JIAS, and Brenda Schmahmann, NRF Research Professor in South African Art and Visual Culture at UJ. Read more

ABOUT PARKING: Please park at the UJ Astro Hockey Club in Radnor Street, Westdene. A shuttle will take you to JIAS, and return you to your vehicle after the event. The shuttle will start running at 16h30, and run back at 19h00. For directions and a map, click here.

Seminar by Pascal Lamy

On 24 October 2017, JIAS and the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) will host a seminar led by Pascal Lamy, former Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), on 'Challenges and opportunities for a small open economy such as South Africa in the late globalising world'. This event is by invitation only. Read more

Fourth Brain Matters Seminar

ON Thursday 26 October, JIAS will host a seminar by Dr Samantha Brooks, senior lecturer in Psychiatry at the University of Cape Town, on ‘Working Memory for Cognitive Control in Anorexia vs Addiction: A Bayesian Brain Perspective’. The seminar is the fourth in the Brain Matters Seminar Series, a joint initiative of JIAS and the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development at the University of the Witwatersrand, with support from the Southern African Neuroscience Society and the Wits Cortex Club. All welcome. Read more

ABOUT PARKING: Please park at the UJ Astro Hockey Club in Radnor Street, Westdene. A shuttle will take you to JIAS, and return you to your vehicle after the seminar. The shuttle will start running at 12h30. For directions and a map, click here.

ANALYSES

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

PUBLICATIONS

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

Revisiting the history of capitalism

Proceedings of a workshop held by IAS and the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa (CISA) at the University of the Witwatersrand, June 2016. Download

Why The Brain Matters

A comprehensive report on the colloquium entitled ‘Why The Brain Matters’ hosted by JIAS in the latter half of 2016 has been completed and is available to the public. Download

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