JIAS events

‘Almost-Times: South African Temporalities’

On 5 May 2017, JIAS, in collaboration with Penn, hosted a one-day workshop on ‘Almost-Times: South African Temporalities’. Read more

South Africa after Marikana

ON 19-20 JANUARY 2017, Prof Peter Vale, director of JIAS, and Ronit Frenkel, associate professor in the Faculty of Humanities at UJ, hosted a transdisciplinary conference on ‘South Africa after Marikana’. The conference was held at JIAS in Westdene, Johannesburg. Participation was by invitation only. For more information about the conference, click here.

Revisiting the history of capitalism

IN June 2016, JIAS collaborated with the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa (CISA) at Wits University to stage a major workshop entitled ‘Revisiting the History of Capitalism’. Held at Wits University, and attended by scholars from three continents, the workshop formed part of growing efforts to revise Eurocentric perspectives on capitalism and its origins proceeding from the standpoint of producing knowledge from the Global South.

The workshop was funded by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, with additional funding from the School of Commerce, Law and Management and the Humanities Graduate Centre of the University of the Witwatersrand. A report on the proceedings has been completed. To download the report, click here.

Science Diplomacy in Africa

On 15 April 2016, JIAS hosted a workshop on ‘Science Diplomacy in Africa’, organised 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). For the edited proceedings, click here.

Johannesburg: Performative Urbanisms

On 8-10 September 2015, JIAS hosted a three-day interdisciplinary workshop entitled ‘Johannesburg: Performative Urbanisms: fighting for and over the city; expressing the city; knowing the city’. It was jointly organised by JIAS; the Wits City Institute; 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. Some contributions to the workshop have been collected in a publication entitled The Politics of Urban Life: Social Activism and the City of Johannesburg.  Hard copies are available from the Wits City Institute. To download a desktop version, click here.

al-Bashir and the crisis in South Africa’s foreign policy

On 22 July 2015, JIAS hosted a discussion forum entitled ‘al-Bashir and the crisis in South Africa’s foreign policy: Problems and Prospects’, co-organised with the SARChI Chair: African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at UJ. Speakers included Prof Chris Landsberg (UJ), Dr Siphamandla Zondi (Institute for Global Dialogue), Siphokazi Magadla (Rhodes University), Nicole Fritz (executive director, Southern Africa Litigation Centre), Prof Jeremy Sarkin (UNISA), Dr Leon Wessels (University of the Free State), Yasmin Sooka (Foundation for Human Rights), Prof Hennie Strydom (UJ), Prof Alexander Mezyaev (Chair, Academy on International Law and Governance, Russia) and Adv Patric Mtshaulana, SC (Duma Nokwe Group). For a proceedings report, click here.

Contemporary thinking on and methods of international relations

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).

Universities and constitutions

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).

International Relations and IR theory

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).

The idea of barbarism in International Relations theory and practice

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.

Round Table with Nobel Laureates

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.

Universities and constitutions

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).

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