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Webcasts of JIAS events are available on the UJ YouTube channel. Links are provided below.

When Robots Become Unstable: The Ethiopian Boeing 737 Max crash

UJ Vice Chancellor Tshilidzi Marwala seminar on ‘When Robots Become Unstable: The Ethiopian Boeing 737 Max crash’.

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The Zulus of New York

The launch of ‘The Zulus of New York’ book by Professor Zakes Mda.

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Left: UJ VC, Prof T Marwala, Dr Nolitha Vukuza, Senior Executive Director at UJ, Dr Bongani Ngqulunga, Director at JIAS.

‘When Robots Become Unstable: The Ethiopian Boeing 737 Max crash’, was delivered by University of Johannesburg Vice Chancellor and Principal, Professor Tshilidzi Marwala.

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Professor Nomalanga Mkhize

‘The KhoiKhoi: Xhosa Wars of Land Repossession in the 18th and 19th Century Cape Colony and the Making of South Africa’s Working Class’ was held at the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study on Wednesday 10 April 2019.

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Ezekiel Es’kia Mphahele 100

An Incomparable Figure for all Horizons

The Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS) hosted Professor Ntongela Masilela last night, who delivered an engaging and provocative lecture on the centenary of Ezekiel Mphahlele. Masilela’s lecture attracted a capacity crowd, which passionately debated his arguments. View More

State of Dis-ease

State of Dis-ease conference kicked-off on Monday 25 March at Emoyeni in Parktown. Hosted by the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study the four-day conference’s centered around issues of health and illness in South Africa and, as such, drew the interest of people in the health and medical industries including students and members of the public. Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubani, delivered the keynote address. View more

Zakes Mda

Zakes Mda launches latest book

On Wednesday 20 March the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study successfully hosted the launch of Prof Zakes Mda’s latest offering, The Zulus of New York. The book is set around the lives of New York based African entertainers in the 19th century, a majority of which was taken to Britain and the Americas as performing curiosities. View more

On Rationality: An Artificial Intelligence Perspective

On 12 March 2019 the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study hosted Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg. Professor Marwala’s talk was titled ‘On Rationality: An Artificial Intelligence Perspective. View more

JIAS Writing Fellows 2019

JIAS has selected ten Writing Fellows for its Fourth Writing Semester, which will run from February to May. Drawn from hundreds of applicants, they include outstanding young scholars, writers and artists from several continents. Read more

JIAS Residents

JIAS selected ten talented young people for a month-long residency in November 2018. The residents spent time doing creative work in our secure and tranquil setting, and had ample daily opportunities to engage with fellow residents. Read more


JIAS Annual Report 2017/8​

JIAS has released its annual report for the 2017-2018 reporting cycle. To download a desktop version, click on the button below. Download

The Umsebenzi cartoons of Eddie Roux

An exhibition entitled ‘MAYIBUYE! – the Umsebenzi cartoons of Eddie Roux’ opened at JIAS on Monday 17 September 2018. It features linotype cartoons drawn by Eddie Roux, author of Time Longer than Rope, for the Communist Party of South Africa newspaper Umsebenzi (The Worker) which he edited in the early 1930s. For a monograph containing the wall notes and a timeline of Roux’s life, as well as reproductions of some of the exhibits, click here Download