Monitoring, a critical tool to check if the government uses the budget to develop citizens - Amisi
Date Released : 16/10/2017Rhodes University’s department of Political and International Studies hosted Matodzi Amisi, Director of Evaluation in the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation based in the office of the Presidency of South Africa.
Humanising the university space through Umrhabulo
Date Released : 20/09/2017Rhodes University launched the first series of Umrhabulo: Breaking Bread talks, a programme through which interested staff and students converge to discuss the prospect of a university committed to social justice and Ubuntu.
Scholars from three universities look at gender, sex and power in Africa
Date Released : 18/09/2017A tri-varsity colloquium celebrates 30 years of anthropologist, Dr Ifi Amadiume's ground-breaking book, Male Daughters, Female Husbands - Gender and Sex in an African Society from Thursday, 21 to 22 September 2017 at Eden Groove Blue at Rhodes University.
Nelson Mandela Visiting Professor 2016 - 2017
Date Released : 11/07/2017Professor Maria Regina Soares de Lima from the Social and Political Studies Institute (IESP) at the State University of Rio de Janeiro with some of her students.
Laura Jane Richardson Received the “Terence Beard Prize” for the Best Third Year Student for 2016.
Date Released : 02/05/2017Since its founding in 1959, the department has not had this many postgraduates graduate as this year: 49 obtained their degrees, including a record of 4 PhDs. The PhD graduands include Ronald Chipaike, Siphokazi Magadla, Grace Idahosa and Mike Mavura.
The department re-named its new seminar room in honour of an outstanding individual and fighter for freedom, the late Ruth Mompati.
Date Released : 02/05/2017The department re-named its new seminar room in honour of an outstanding individual and fighter for freedom, the late Ruth Mompati.
Postgraduate Orientation 2017
Date Released : 23/02/2017The department held its postgraduate orientation day on Friday, 17 February
Public Lecture by Deputy-Minister of International Relations and Cooperation
Date Released : 23/09/2016The Political and International Studies Department hosted The Honourable Luwellyn Landers MP, Deputy-Minister of International Relations and Cooperation who delivered a timely lecture on Wednesday, 14th of September 2016, unpacking the importance of fostering development and democracy through international relations and diplomacy.
The department welcomes Professor Maria Regina Soares de Lima as its Visiting Nelson Mandela Professor for 2016-2017
Date Released : 29/02/2016Professor Soares de Lima is currently the Professor at the Institute of Social and Political Studies (IESP) at the State University of Rio de Janeiro and Coordinator of the South American Political Observatory (OPSA).
The department is happy for Visiting Lecturer Dr Fabio Diaz to teach a postgraduate course on “Civil Wars in Africa and beyond" in first term of 2016
The Department bids welcome to its new member of staff!
Date Released : 14/02/2016Mr Wesley Seale graduated with a M.A. (Governance & Development)(Merit) from the University of Sussex after pursuing his undergraduate at the Universities of the Western Cape (UWC) and Darlana (Sweden).
The department is pleased to announce that Professor Steven Friedman is to teach a postgraduate course entitled:THE BROKEN BARGAIN? South Africa’s Contested New Order
ANC's rhetoric is no longer connected to reality
Date Released : 13/01/2016When language is alive and searches for new ways to illuminate reality and possibility, it can attain real power. Philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre wrote:
Racial terror from Columbus to Charleston
Date Released : 29/06/2015Since the 1920s, Charleston has been the name of a dance, a dance with roots in Africa, made white and famous on Broadway.
Dr Edu-Afful Visits the Department
Date Released : 06/08/2015Fiifi Edu-Afful is a Research Fellow and Deputy Programme head of Peace Support Operations (PSO) programme at the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research (FAAR) of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Ghana.
Department Welcomes Dr Fenneke Reysoo
Date Released : 06/08/2015Dr Fenneke Reysoo is a Swiss-based Dutch anthropologist, with a MA in Anthropology from the University of Neuchâtel (CH) and a PhD in Social Sciences from the Radboud University Nijmegen (NL). She has a longstanding international career at the intersection of anthropology, international development studies and gender since the early 1980s.
Odette Cumming takes early retirement after 20 years of service as Administrator
Date Released : 03/08/2015Odette Cumming takes early retirement after 20 years of service as Administrator in the department.
Why Fanon continues to resonate more than half a century after Algeria’s independence
Date Released : 06/07/2015Algeria marks its 53rd year of independence from France this month. The bitter struggle for freedom in the late 1950s and early 1960s became a central focus of the global movement against colonialism
Professor Praeg was awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Book Award
Date Released : 05/06/2015Professor Praeg was awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Book Award for 2014 for his book
Congratulations Morgenie Pillay
Date Released : 01/05/2015Morgenie Pillay graduates with a PhD in International Relations, April 2015
Date Released : 01/05/2015At the the departmental graduation lunch the John Daniel Award for the Best Honours student was awarded to Marc Davies (left) and the Terence Beard Prize for the Best third year student graduating was awarded to Matheiu Dasnois (right)
The Department Welcomes Dr Gwinyayi A. Dzinesa
Date Released : 02/03/2015The Department welcomes the appointment of Dr Gwinyayi A. Dzinesa as Senior Lecturer in International Relations in 2015. Dr Dzinesa’s research and teaching interests lie in African International Relations, Peace and Security, Democracy, Governance and Peacebuilding.
“What can be political about bodies?”
Date Released : 22/09/2014What does the body have to do with politics? Professor Louise Vincent of the Department of Political and International Studies tackled
Postgraduate Orientation 2015
Date Released : 03/12/2014Don't forget postgraduate orientation on the 13th and 16th of February 2015.
Some Are Soldiers, Others ‘Straatmeide”
Date Released : 04/12/2014Reports that Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), called Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu, “a straatmeid” following a verbal exchange that came close to a physical altercation between Zulu and EFF Member of Parliament, Godrich Gardee, is a crude reminder of the sexist double-standards faced by female guerillas in the aftermath of war where they are expected to conform to dominant ideas of feminine respectability.
Professor Lewis Gordon teaches "Theories from the Global South" at Rhodes
Date Released : 30/11/2014In fourth term, the Nelson Mandela Visiting Professor of Political Studies, Professor Lewis Gordon of the University of Connecticut taught a postgrduate course, Theories from the Global South, and gave a series of seminars and public lectures.
Successful year for departmental research group
Date Released : 01/12/2014The pictured group are all part of an Andrew Mellon Foundation programme of research on the topic of Higher Education Institutional Cultures, Equity and Transformation.
Courses on offer for 2015
Date Released : 17/11/2014Take a look at the 2015 list of undergraduate courses and postgraduate seminars.
Student wins SAAPS undergrad essay competition
Date Released : 24/11/2014Mathieu Dasnois (middle) won the South African Association of Political Studies essay competition for the Best Undergraduate Essay this year.
By ignoring historical context in Parliament the ANC has blurred the line between rule and practice.
Date Released : 21/11/2014here is nothing obvious about the fracas that members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are causing in Parliament. Anybody who argues the contrary is lying — regardless of whether they agree with the EFF that it is about freedom of speech and dress, or with the ANC, which maintains it is about basic parliamentary civility, or with the Democratic Alliance, that always manages to take that crucial political selfie with the most visible underdog at the right time.
Saartjie Baartman is not 'the original booty queen'.
Date Released : 21/11/2014Danielle Bowler says comparing Saartjie Baartman with Kim K and Nicki Minaj is historically reckless.
What do we mean when we speak of ubuntu?
Date Released : 19/11/2014Ubuntu is a central idea in post-apartheid South Africa, but scholars disagree on whether it informs the Constitution or undermines it.
Riot Police in Parliament
Date Released : 18/11/2014When the ANC raised Jacob Zuma above the rule of law and the scrutiny of parliament they repeated, on live television, an aspect of the logic with which the subaltern classes are routinely governed.
Making a Sow’s Ear from Palestinian Protest
Date Released : 03/11/2014The recent decision by the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) to place a pig’s head in what was assumed to be the kosher section of Woolworths, and then, in fact, turned out to be the halal section, could be written off as a mere “fail of the week.”
Beyond 'Rebels' and 'Terrorists': On the Chibok Girls and Post 9/11 Militarism.
Date Released : 03/11/2014“What a stupid idea to announce a ceasefire with Boko Haram, who came up with that? Is it that these people don’t think? ...They are eager to announce good news. Elections are coming fast. Announce good news and then make a fool of yourself. Haba. The most stupid part was suggesting a day for the release of the girls.”
The commodification of Reeva Steenkamp’s life
Date Released : 29/10/2014Season two of Aaron Sorkin’s series The Newsroom tracks journalists in an American television news show agonising over a ground-breaking story.
THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH OF RACE
Date Released : 24/10/2014Danielle Bowler says that our experiences of the world are acutely linked to the colour of our skin.
Dr Zhonghong presents for the department
Date Released : 22/10/2014Dr Bai Zhonghong recently presented her paper, "The Relationship Between Africa’s International Relations and International Law".
Choose your own path, young intellectual
Date Released : 15/10/2014At a seminar on black thought held at Wits last week, Afro-Jewish philosopher and political thinker Lewis Gordon gave an illuminating talk on “black thought”.
The assassination surge on those fighting corruption
Date Released : 03/10/2014On Monday evening, not long after the sun went down, a man with a gun stepped out of the dark and into the everyday domestic routine in Thuli Ndlovu’s home in KwaNdengezi, Durban.
“Rethinking the South African Crisis”
Date Released : 02/10/2014Professor Gillian Hart will deliver a Public Lecture and Post-Graduate Master Class entitled ‘Political Society’
Preference for insult over argument will damage SA’s democracy
Date Released : 17/09/2014WHY do many of our politicians believe that an old idea becomes new if you add an insult to it — and that you win an argument when you call your opponent names? Because they know that this is what the national debate expects from them.
Lucien van der Walt presents for the Department
Date Released : 28/08/2014Lucien van der Walt recently presented "Anarchism, Syndicalism and Violent Anti-imperialism in the Colonial and Post-colonial World, 1870-1940".
Professor Steven Friedman presents at Rhodes
Date Released : 28/08/2014Professor Steven Friedman presents "Why Memory Matters:Gaza, Recent History and the Campaign Against Truth".
Professor Vincent acknowledged for research leadership
Date Released : 19/08/2014Professor Louise Vincent was selected as a recipient in the Mellon Research Focus Area on Higher Education Institutional Cultures, Equity and Transformation from 2015-2016.
Lyn Ossome at Rhodes
Date Released : 18/08/2014Lyn Ossome presents "Human Rights in Contexts of Scarcity' at the Department of Political and International Studies
Attah Asamoah at Rhodes
Date Released : 15/08/2014Attah Asamoah presents "Kenya's dilemma in Somalia: to withdraw or not to withdraw" at Rhodes University.
Achille Mbembe presents at Rhodes
Date Released : 15/08/2014A group of about 20 students from the Department of Political and International Studies and other departments got an opportunity to interact with Achille Mbembe (Distinguished author and public intellectual) who ran a 3-hour seminar on Friday the 8th of August 2014.
Date Released : 01/08/2014The Department of Political and International Studies at Rhodes University offers a range of post-graduate study options at PhD, Masters, Honours and Diploma levels. Masters degrees are offered by course-work and thesis or by thesis only.
Passing of Professor John Daniel
Date Released : 30/07/2014The Head of Department, Prof Paul Bischoff comments: “We have learnt with deep regret and sadness of the passing this past Saturday, 26th July 2014 of Dr John Daniel."
Dr Patricia Henderson presents at Rhodes
Date Released : 28/07/2014The first Friday lunchtime seminar for third term was given by Dr Patricia Henderson.
Postgrad students attend Robert Sobukwe Memorial Lecture
Date Released : 26/06/2014On Thursday 22 May 2014, a handful of postgraduate students travelled to Ginsberg, a township in King William's Town, to attend the 8th Robert Sobukwe Memorial Lecture.
Leonhard Praeg and Siphokazi Magadla Present Ubuntu: Curating the Archive
Date Released : 12/06/2014University of KwaZulu-Natal Press presents Ubuntu: Curating the Archive, edited by Leonhard Praeg and Siphokazi Magadla.
Fakir says declined voter support will have positive results
Date Released : 23/05/2014A RESPECTED South African political commentator has claimed that the drop in voter support for the ANC during the recent elections may precipitate more responsive government.
EFF, Numsa party 'ones to watch'
Date Released : 20/05/2014WITH new kids on the political block, the EFF, and Numsa's proposed workers' party both vying for support, the relationship between the two could be a defining moment in South African politics
Politics Department group photo for 2013
Getting personal in International Relations Politics
Date Released : 11/03/2014The need to rethink international relations from a personal perspective was the focus of a paper presented by a lecturer at the Political and International Studies, Ms Siphokazi Magadla.
Six academics to deliver inaugural lecturers in 2014
Date Released : 21/02/2014Six Professors will deliver their inaugural lectures at Eden Grove Blue from May until September this year.
Members of department attend international workshop
Professor Bischoff teaching in China
Date Released : 13/02/2014November 2013-Professor Bischoff as Visiting Professor teaches students on Africa's International Relations. School of International Relations, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China.
Members of department visit China
Date Released : 13/02/2014In December 2013 Professor Paul Bischoff, Ms Siphokazi Magadla and Mr Mike Mavura from the department undertook field work in China. The research is part of a collaborative project with Jinan University in Guangzhou.
Postgraduate Orientation Weekend Getaway
Date Released : 13/02/2014The first ever postgraduate weekend getaway was held on the 8th and 9th of February.
Presentations and Research Travels
Date Released : 31/10/2013Several faculty members and students in the Department presented their research this year.
Student attends 9TH Tripartite Negotiations
2013 Thinking Africa Colloquium
Date Released : 31/10/2013The Thinking Africa project within the Department hosted its third annual colloquium in September.
All struggles are connected: The intersections of the political
Date Released : 22/08/2013During the Rape Crisis Teach-in held by the Rhodes University Politics Department in Grahamstown this July, South African historian and researcher Dr Catherine Burns, brought up a little known event that happened in Soweto in February 1990.
Rhodes Post-Doctoral Fellowships Now Open
IR conference interrogate Africa’s marginalisation in theory
Date Released : 07/06/2013Setting out to investigate the reasons for Africa’s marginalisation in International Relations (IR) discipline and theory and how this issue can be addressed, the Department of Political and International Studies at Rhodes University recently held a two day conference, ‘African Voices in New International Relations Theory’.
Plenary Session of the "African Voices in New IR Theory
Thinking Africa: Shifting the Geography of Reason
Date Released : 05/07/2011From 6 to 10 July some of the very best scholars in South Africa, as well as the very best Fanon scholars in the world will come together at Rhodes to mark the start of the Thinking Africa project
Jacques Depelchin Presents on the Congo
Terence Beard Prize Awarded
Students attend the Fort Hare Autumn School of Democracy
The destruction of Kennedy Road: A precursor to Marikana
Date Released : 15/01/2013Kenneth Good on how the temerity of the organised poor was met with a ferocious counter-attack from the state.
Politics students receive Mandela Rhodes Scholarship
Date Released : 13/12/2012Three Rhodes University students, Lihle Mancoba, Abigail McDougall and Michael Glover, are amongst the 29 young Africans to receive the prestigious Mandela Rhodes Scholarship for 2013.
Cable guy plugs into lucrative gap in market
Date Released : 30/10/2012A bout of frustration over a missing iPod cable has turned into a lucrative business for university student Andrew Lynch. Today he sells cables for all sorts of appliances as well as electronic equipment to customers around South Africa — while studying politics at Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape.
Postgraduate Degrees in the Department of Political and International Studies
Politics Honours student lauded for best essays
Think out the box and into the future
Date Released : 27/07/2012The Rhodes University Department of Political and International Studies hosted its 10th annual teach-in this week. Shameez Joubert reports on the second of five lectures that focused on the so-called Second Transition as proposed by the ANC.
Zuma: from strategist to reckless gambler
Date Released : 30/07/2012The Rhodes University Department of Political and International Studies hosted its 10th annual teach-in this week at the Barratt Lecture Theatre complex. This year the focus was on the so-called Second Transition forming the core of debate ahead of the ANC's policy conference last month.
South Africa still divided and unequal
Date Released : 27/07/2012In his Teach-In Lecture yesterday (26 July), Professor Steven Friedman said, bypassing the focus on a second transition and focusing instead on how to meaningfully and sustainably implement the promises made to South Africans post 1994 should be the focus of government.
Creating new intellectuals
Date Released : 26/07/2012Dr Catherine Burns of the University of the Witwatersrand Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER), was candid and heartfelt in her lecture, when addressing an audience of mainly Rhodes students about their civic responsibility and intellectual autonomy.
Inequality 'bad for both rich and poor'
Date Released : 26/07/2012SOUTH Africa is "pregnant with opportunity" to create a social compact for higher growth and development, says executive director of the Mapungubwe Institute and member of the national planning commission, Joel Netshitenzhe.
Achille Mbembe to deliver a second “Thinking Africa” Public Lecture
Date Released : 10/07/2012Prof Achille Mbembe is to deliver the Second Annual Rhodes University Thinking Africa Project Public Lecture on "Frantz Fanon on the Subject of Emancipation" to be held on 12 July, 2012 at the Rhodes Eden Grove Red Lecture Complex.
SA must use its global, regional influence wisely - The Daily Despatch
Date Released : 31/05/2012Amitav Acharya is the Nelson Mandela Visiting Professor of International Relations at Rhodes University and the UNESCO chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance at American University, Washington, DC. His previous appointments include Professor of Global Governance at the University of Bristol, Professor at York University, Toronto, Fellow of the Harvard University Asia Center, and Fellow of Harvard’s John F Kennedy School of Government.
Nelson Mandela Visiting Professor, Professor Amitav Acharya, teaches to postgraduates on Comparative Regionalism in May 2012
Date Released : 07/05/2012Amitav Acharya is professor of International Relations and the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance at the School of International Service, American University, Washington, D.C. He also chairs American University’s ASEAN Studies Center.
Date Released : 10/08/2011Rhodes graduate and lecturer in the department of Political and International Studies at Rhodes, Siphokazi Magadla, recently presented a seminar that tackled issues related to the political economy of diaspora-led African development
African solutions for Africa?
Date Released : 12/08/2011Dr Issaka Souaré of the Institute for Security Studies in Tshwane recently debated the reality and feasibility of finding African solutions to African problems during his presentation at the Department of Political and International Studies at Rhodes.
Prof Zhang Brings Chinese Foreign Policy to Rhodes
Date Released : 31/08/2010Professor Zhenjiang Zhang from the department of International Relations at Jinan University in China spent the last term teaching honours and master’s students at Rhodes the basics of Chinese Foreign Policy.
Best Essay for Politics Student
Date Released : 16/09/2010Rhodes honours student, Bridget Hannah, has won the South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS) Best Essay award in the Honours category for her essay entitled, "With reference to Deutsch, Carr, Haas and Habermas, explain how constructivist Emmanuel Adler seeks to overcome anarchy and how he suggests the building of international or transnational communities."
Politics Teach In 2010
Jamal Provokes Lively Discussion
Date Released : 31/08/2010As an initiative of this year's second semester the Department of Politics and International Relations has been holding thought-provoking monthly seminars, the second of the series being “Deep Diversities – The Indian Ocean as Idea” by Ashraf Jamal, Senior Lecturer in the Fine Arts Department. Jamal lists maritime studies as one of his major interests.
Terence Beard Prize Award
Date Released : 21/04/2010The annual Terence Beard Prize for the “Best Student in Political and International Studies 2009”was awarded to Beth Vale and handed to her by Professor Terence Beard invited for the occasion.
S'bu Zikode Speaks at Rhodes: Democracy on the Brink of Catastrophe
Date Released : 04/11/2009The road to real democracy has not been easy to those who are still searching for the truth in it. It is like the long road of Abahlali baseMjondolo to the Constitutional Court. Democracy means different things to different people.
SAAPS Conference 2009
Date Released : 11/09/2009A group of 15 third year and postgraduate students from the Department of Political and International Studies attended the South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS) regional colloquium in Port Elizabeth on 1-2 September
Calling for context in Egypt and the Middle East
Date Released : 06/04/2011“I’ve always been fascinated by the Middle East, especially the upheavals in Egypt that I believe are a continuation of the revolution that started many years ago,” said Mr John Rose recently during one of a series of discussions that formed part of the 2011 Critical Studies Seminar Series
Date Released : 15/04/2011On 8 April 2011 the Department of Political and International Studies hosted its annual graduation lunch for graduands and their parents or guardians, acknowledging the successful completion of undergraduate and post-graduate degrees. The department honoured sixty-three recipients of the undergraduate
Prof. Peter Vale wins Prestigious Award
Date Released : 02/02/2009The Politics Department's Professor Peter Vale is the recipient of the University's most prestigious research award. the VC's Distinguished Senior Research Award.
Teach-in 2009 Day 4: Deputy Minister J. Cronin
Date Released : 18/09/2009Jeremy Cronin was made Deputy Minister of Transport in 2009. A Member of Parliament since 1999 and Deputy General-Secretary of the SA Communist Party since 1995, Cronin was imprisoned for seven years (1976-1983) at Pretoria Maximum Security Prison
Date Released : 21/04/2010At graduation ninety four undergraduates, thirteen Diploma, fifteen Honours, nine Masters students and one PhD student obtained their degrees.
Prof. Bischoff's Inaugural Lecture
Date Released : 28/09/2010No End by Fire or Ice – IR, Reconstituting the International was held at Eden Grove last week. VC Saleem Badat's introduction gave the audience a short glimpse into Professor Paul-Henri Bischoff's event-filled life. Born in Cape Town to Swiss parents, Bischoff left South Africa aged two.
The challenge of unconstitutional change
Date Released : 20/10/2010Dr Issaka K Souaré of the Institute for Security Studies visited the Department of Political and international Studies last week. Author of a number of books, including 'Africa in the United Nations System 1945 -2005', he presented a seminar on Friday entitled “The Challenge of Unconstitutional Change of Government in Africa”.
An undemocratic democracy
Date Released : 20/10/2010Dr Steven Friedman, Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at Rhodes and the University of Johannesburg, discussed his paper entitled Democracy as an Open-Ended Utopia: Reviving a Sense of Uncoerced Political Possibility at a Politics & International Studies Seminar last week.
Israel and Apartheid SA: Shady dealings unearthed
Date Released : 05/03/2011Dr Sasha Polakow-Suransky, author of The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa, addressed students and lecturers yesterday (17 February) on his research as part of the 2011 Critical Studies Seminar Series hosted by the Departments of Politics and International Studies and Sociology.
The dilemmas of difference and implications
Date Released : 05/03/2011Dr Joshua Kirshner of the Geography Department addressed students and lecturers yesterday as part of the 2011 Critical Studies Seminar Series hosted by the departments of Politics and International Studies and Sociology. Dr Kirshner shared insights gleaned from post-doc research carried out on the 2008 xenophobic attacks and their potential causes and effects in South Africa.
HIV/Aids, and the complexities of medical research
Date Released : 05/03/2011“With regards to the kinds of research we see into HIV and Aids during the 1980s, there was an identification of certain ‘high risk groups’ from the onset, and this had huge implications for the type of research that was conducted and the types of people who were assessed,” Carla Tsampiras of the History Department told students and lecturers
Top academics at Politics department
Date Released : 11/03/2011The department of Political and International Studies is hosting two distinguished international academics, Mr John Rose and Dr Elaheh Rostami-Povey as guest lecturers this semester on issues surrounding the Israel Palestine conflict and gender and Islam.
Raj Patel talks people, politics and food
Date Released : 18/03/2011At a seminar hosted by the Departments of Politics and International Studies and Sociology last week British-born American, Dr Raj Patel addressed issues of food security and their complexities in the contemporary international environment as highlighted in a recent publication he co-authored with Mr Philip McMichael.
Gender and Islam: a complex issue
Date Released : 25/03/2011Dr Elaheh Rostami-Povey, visiting Senior Mellon Fellow at the department of Political and International Studies shared her views on gender and Islam and the misperceptions surrounding women’s activist groups at a seminar held at the department last week.
The Doha Round is alive
Date Released : 15/04/2011Last week the Department of Economics & Economic History and the Department of Political & International Studies jointly hosted Mr Wamkele Mene, Counsellor: Economic at South Africa’s Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva, at a lunchtime seminar entitled “The Doha Development Round: alive, with benefits?”.
Social policy and citizenship in South Africa.
Date Released : 29/04/2011Professor Robert van Niekerk, Director and Professor of Social Policy at the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), recently shared his thoughts on the emergence and development of a social democratic tradition of thinking in South Africa, reflected in inclusive social policy proposals developed since the era of the 1940s.
Thinking Africa launches newsletter
Date Released : 29/04/2011The Department of Political and International Studies has recently launched a Thinking Africa newsletter, which will be distributed both nationally and internationally as part of the department’s efforts to broaden understandings of Africa’s people and politics.
The politics of privilege
Date Released : 31/05/2011Dr Sally Matthews of Rhodes University, recently presented a paper entitled, “Renouncing Privilege, Using Privilege”, as part of the 2011 Critical Studies Seminar series, hosted by both the Department of Politics and International Studies and Sociology department.
The challenges of ethnic minority groups in China
Date Released : 31/05/2011The Confucius Institute and Department of Political and International Studies at Rhodes University, recently hosted an expert on Chinese culture and ethnicity, Prof Colin Mackerras, Professor Emeritus of Griffith University in Australia.
A story nearly forgotten
Date Released : 31/05/2011As part of its monthly documentary screening, the Department of Political and International Studies presented the multiple-award winning documentary, Pray the Devil Back to Hell at the Barratt Lecture theatre last Thursday.
A solution from within
Date Released : 02/06/2011Mr Steven Kuo, a Visiting Associate at the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town, gave a talk on his paper that looked at the Chinese position on United Nations intervention and its engagements in Liberia.
The pain and politics of names
Date Released : 19/04/2011Research professor at Walter Sisulu University, Professor Thenjiwe Miyewa, highlighted the challenges faced by South African women wanting to change their names following a change in marital status in a society that has little policy to support it.
Rhodes hosts experts for Thinking Africa
Date Released : 15/08/2011A three-day colloquium under the theme “Fanon 50 years later” was hosted by Rhodes’ Department of Political and International Studies’ last week as part of their launch of their flagship project, Thinking Africa.
Over the rainbow
Date Released : 03/08/2011The Department of Political and International Studies at Rhodes is currently hosting its ninth annual Teach-In series of public lectures, with the aim of stimulating debate and bringing to the attention of the University
Indentured Chinese Labour
Date Released : 04/08/2011The departments of Sociology and Politics and International Studies kicked off their weekly Critical Studies seminar series in the second semester with Dr Tu Huynh contesting the ideas surrounding Chinese labour in South Africa
Social Justice for LGBTI
Date Released : 04/08/2011Mazibuko Jara, a presenter at this year’s annual Teach-In hosted by the Department of Political and International Studies at Rhodes, reminded the audience that Social Justice is a concept whereby in society every individual has equal rights
Dissertation workshops at Rhodes
Date Released : 08/08/2011The Andrew W Mellon Foundation in conjunction with Rhodes University and the Thinking Africa project of the Department of Political and International Studies recently held two dissertation workshops for postgraduate students at Rhodes