On 7 May 2015, JIAS hosted a workshop on ‘Contemporary thinking on and methods of international relations’. Lead-in papers presented by Prof Anna Leander (Copenhagen Business School) and Prof Stefano Guzzini (Danish Institute for International Affairs). Other speakers included Sithembile Mbete (UP), Dr Mvu Ngcoya (University of KwaZulu Natal), Eben Coetzee (University of the Free State), Prof Joel Quirk (Wits University), and Anthony Bizos (UP).
On 20-21 April 2015, JIAS hosted a follow-up conversation on ‘Universities and constitutions: What does research-based knowledge and higher education mean for constitutional democracies?’ Papers were delivered by Prof John Higgins (UCT), Prof Tor Halvorsen (University of Bergen), Prof John Peter Collett (Oslo University) and Prof Henriette Sinding Aasen (University of Bergen). Participants included Prof David Blichitz (UJ, Dr Leon Wessels (University of the Free State), Prof Anton Harber (Wits University), Prof Noeleen Murray (Wits University), Prof Brenda Schmahmann (UJ, Prof Jane Duncan (UJ, Dr Vashna Jagarnath (Rhodes University) and Prof Salim Vally (UJ).
On 6 March 2015, JIAS presented a seminar on ‘International Relations and its Theory: An End? Whose End?’ The seminar formed part of the JIAS Series of Conceptual Conversations on International Relations. resentations were made by Dr Siphamandla Zondi (Institute for Global Dialogue), Dr David Hornsby (Wits University), Prof Peter Sutch (Cardiff University), and Dr Vineet Thakur (UJ).
On 26 November 2014, JIAS hosted a seminar entitled ‘The Idea of Barbarism in International Relations Theory and Practice’, presented by Prof David Boucher of Cardiff University. The seminar formed part of the JIAS Series of Conceptual Conversations on International relations.
On 24 November 2014, JIAS hosted a Round Table Conversation with two Nobel Laureates, Prof Klaus von Klitzing and Prof Robert Huber. Prof Von Klitzing received the prize for physics in 1985, and Prof Huber the prize for chemistry in 1988.
ON 17—19 November 2014, JIAS hosted a conference on ‘Universities and constitutions: What does research-based knowledge and higher education mean for constitutional democracies?’, co-organised with the University of Bergen and UJ’s Postgraduate Centre: Research & Innovation.
The proceedings were opened by Justice Edwin Cameron, judge of the South African Constitutional Court. Papers were delivered by Prof Siri Gloppen (University of Bergen), Mpho Mashe Matheolane (UP), Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng (UNISA), Prof Henriette Sinding Aasen (University of Bergen), Hugh Amoore (UCT), Prof John Peter Collett (Oslo University), Prof Gro Therese Lie (University of Bergen), Prof John Higgins (UCT), Prof Michael Cross (UJ), Dr Amasa Ndofirepi (UJ, Anne Lise Fimreite (Pro-Rector, University of Bergen) and Prof Tor Halvorsen (University of Bergen).
The launch was held in collaboration with the Departments of Anthropology and Development Studies and Communication Studies at UJ.
The respondent was Prof Mary Galvin, Department of Anthropology and Development Studies at UJ.
Dale T McKinley is an independent writer, researcher and lecturer based in Johannesburg, with a PhD in International Political Economy/African Studies. A long-standing political activist, he has been involved in social movement, community and liberation organisations and struggles for more than three decades, and has written widely on various aspects of South African and international political, social and economic issues and struggles. Dale occasionally lectures at the university level, is a regular speaker at academic and civil society conferences, contributes to the print media, and provides commentaries on radio and television.
JIAS and the City Institute have sponsored an art and photo exhibition entitled ‘Invisible Borders: Cultural Time Zones in Johannesburg and New Delhi’ which was on show at the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa (CISA) in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, on 1-7 June 2017.
The exhibition was organised by Dr Melissa Tandiwe Myambo, a 2017 JIAS Writing Fellow. It was linked to a one-day seminar entitled ‘What does spatial transformation mean?: Possibilities for a more equitable, liveable Johannesburg’, held at JIAS on Friday 2 June 2017.
The exhibition explored specific areas in both cities in terms of the notion of Cultural Time Zones (CTZs), a theory of microspaces conceptualised by Myambo, a former Fulbright-Nehru Scholar at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in New Delhi, and a research associate at CISA.
According to Myambo, one of the objectives of CTZ theory is to illuminate invisible barriers that enable or prevent different constituencies from accessing certain city spaces.
To this end, the exhibition examined two adjacent areas in each city, one ‘gentrified’ and one ‘ungentrified’ — Maboneng and Jeppestown in Jo’burg’s CBD; and Select Citywalk Mall and Khirkee Village in South Delhi. It reveals how the ‘development’ policies of globalising cities are creating radically different microspaces – some privileged, and some very precarious.
The artists and photographers included Nocebo Bucibo, Laura Burocco, Malini Kochupillai, Leon Krige, Mwezi Macingwane, Melissa Tandiwe Myambo, Juan Orrantia and Ruzza Wazzi.
On Friday 2 June 2017, JIAS and the Wits City Institute hosted a one-day seminar entitled ‘What does spatial transformation mean?: Possibilities for a more equitable, liveable Johannesburg’.
The seminar was held on the JIAS campus at 1 Tolip Street in Westdene. It was organised by Dr Melissa Tandiwe Myambo, a 2017 JIAS Writing Fellow, in conjunction with the Wits City Institute.
The seminar took place in three sessions.
Johannesburg: critical concerns laid out chronic structural problems in relationship to the city’s historically conditioned spatial politics.
Rethinking Challenges, Exploring Solutions explored potential critical solutions e.lg. the transport initiative, corridors of Freedom, efforts to ‘green’ the city economy, social housing, and private-public partnerships.
This was followed by a Round Table Discussion among local government officials, scholars, urban developers, and others.
The fourth component of the seminar was an art exhibition and theoretical photo essay on Johannesburg and New Delhi at the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa (CISA) in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. It was opened on 1 June, and remained on view until 7 June.
THE second in the Brain Matters Seminar series was held at Wits University on Thursday 25 May 2017. Paul Manger, Professor of Neuroscience at the University of the Witwatersrand, spoke on ‘The Five Evolutions of Large Brains in Mammals: Humans, Elephants, Cetaceans, Seals and Camels’.
The summary stated: ‘Humans have large brains, and so do whales, dolphins and elephants. But when do we consider a brain to be ‘large’, and does increased brain size evolve for the same purpose in each of these species? This lecture will explore the definition of large brain size and the multiple independent evolutions of large brains across mammals.’
The next seminar in the series will be on Friday 18th August 2017. The presenter will be Professor Mark Solms, Director of Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town, who will talk on: ‘The neural mechanisms of dreaming’.
About the Brain Matters Seminar Series
The Brain Matters Seminars are a joint initiative of the University of the Witwatersrand, the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS), the Southern African Neuroscience Society (SANS) and the Wits Cortex Club.
It is an interdisciplinary seminar series that explores the past, present and future of neuroscience in southern Africa, with the aim of building a network of researchers that are dedicated to advancing the field in this region.
The series will consist of five seminars, to be held in April, May, August, October and December 2017. They will have a multidisciplinary neuroscience focus, and will cover topics that are both locally relevant and internationally significant.