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Diploma Visitor 2017

Date Released : 02/11/2017

Dr Emma Birikorang, Acting Deputy Director and Programme Head for the Peace Support Operations Programme at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC)

Dr Eduard Jordaan

Date Released : 03/11/2017

The department is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Eduard Jordaan as Senior Lecturer in Political Philosophy as from 1st January 2018.

Monitoring, a critical tool to check if the government uses the budget to develop citizens - Amisi

Date Released : 16/10/2017

Rhodes 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 : 20/09/2017

Rhodes 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 : 18/09/2017

A 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 : 11/07/2017

Professor 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 : 03/05/2017

Laura Richardson with her parents and Professor Bischoff.

Graduation 2017

Date Released : 02/05/2017

Since 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 : 02/05/2017

The 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 : 23/02/2017

The department held its postgraduate orientation day on Friday, 17 February

Public Lecture by Deputy-Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Date Released : 23/09/2016

The 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 : 29/02/2016

Professor 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

Date Released : 14/02/2016

Visiting Lecturer Dr Fabio Diaz

The Department bids welcome to its new member of staff!

Date Released : 14/02/2016

Mr 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

Date Released : 14/02/2016

THE BROKEN BARGAIN? South Africa’s Contested New Order

ANC's rhetoric is no longer connected to reality

Date Released : 13/01/2016

When 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 : 29/06/2015

Since 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 : 06/08/2015

Fiifi 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 : 06/08/2015

Dr 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 : 03/08/2015

Odette 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 : 06/07/2015

Algeria 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 : 05/06/2015

Professor Praeg was awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Book Award for 2014 for his book

Congratulations Morgenie Pillay

Date Released : 01/05/2015

Morgenie Pillay graduates with a PhD in International Relations, April 2015

Graduation 2015

Date Released : 01/05/2015

At 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 : 02/03/2015

The 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 : 22/09/2014

What 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 : 03/12/2014

Don't forget postgraduate orientation on the 13th and 16th of February 2015.

Some Are Soldiers, Others ‘Straatmeide”

Date Released : 04/12/2014

Reports 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 : 30/11/2014

In 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 : 01/12/2014

The 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 : 17/11/2014

Take a look at the 2015 list of undergraduate courses and postgraduate seminars.

Student wins SAAPS undergrad essay competition

Date Released : 24/11/2014

Mathieu 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 : 21/11/2014

here 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 : 21/11/2014

Danielle 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 : 19/11/2014

Ubuntu 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 : 18/11/2014

When 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 : 03/11/2014

The 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 : 29/10/2014

Season two of Aaron Sorkin’s series The Newsroom tracks journalists in an American television news show agonising over a ground-breaking story.


Date Released : 24/10/2014

Danielle 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 : 22/10/2014

Dr Bai Zhonghong recently presented her paper, "The Relationship Between Africa’s International Relations and International Law".

Choose your own path, young intellectual

Date Released : 15/10/2014

At 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 : 03/10/2014

On 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 : 02/10/2014

Professor 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 : 17/09/2014

WHY 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 : 28/08/2014

Lucien 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 : 28/08/2014

Professor Steven Friedman presents "Why Memory Matters:Gaza, Recent History and the Campaign Against Truth".

Professor Vincent acknowledged for research leadership

Date Released : 19/08/2014

Professor 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 : 18/08/2014

Lyn Ossome presents "Human Rights in Contexts of Scarcity' at the Department of Political and International Studies

Attah Asamoah at Rhodes

Date Released : 15/08/2014

Attah Asamoah presents "Kenya's dilemma in Somalia: to withdraw or not to withdraw" at Rhodes University.

Achille Mbembe presents at Rhodes

Date Released : 15/08/2014

A 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 : 01/08/2014

The 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 : 30/07/2014

The 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 : 28/07/2014

The first Friday lunchtime seminar for third term was given by Dr Patricia Henderson.

Postgrad students attend Robert Sobukwe Memorial Lecture

Date Released : 26/06/2014

On 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 : 12/06/2014

University 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 : 23/05/2014

A 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 : 20/05/2014

WITH 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

Date Released : 14/03/2014

The group photo for 2013.

Getting personal in International Relations Politics

Date Released : 11/03/2014

The 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 : 21/02/2014

Six Professors will deliver their inaugural lectures at Eden Grove Blue from May until September this year.

Members of department attend international workshop

Date Released : 13/02/2014

Members of the department attended an international workshop

Professor Bischoff teaching in China

Date Released : 13/02/2014

November 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 : 13/02/2014

In 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 : 13/02/2014

The first ever postgraduate weekend getaway was held on the 8th and 9th of February.

Presentations and Research Travels

Date Released : 31/10/2013

Several faculty members and students in the Department presented their research this year.

Student attends 9TH Tripartite Negotiations

Date Released : 12/02/2014

2013 Thinking Africa Colloquium

Date Released : 31/10/2013

The Thinking Africa project within the Department hosted its third annual colloquium in September.

Prominent visitors

Date Released : 31/10/2013

The Department has had several visitors this semester.

All struggles are connected: The intersections of the political

Date Released : 22/08/2013

During 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

Date Released : 15/07/2013

Rhodes Post-Doctoral Fellowships Now Open

IR conference interrogate Africa’s marginalisation in theory

Date Released : 07/06/2013

Setting 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

Date Released : 21/05/2013

Plenary Session of the "African Voices in New IR Theory

Thinking Africa: Shifting the Geography of Reason

Date Released : 05/07/2011

From 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

Date Released : 28/09/2012

Jacques Depelchin Presents on the Congo

Terence Beard Prize Awarded

Date Released : 30/04/2013

Terence Beard Prize Awarded

Students attend the Fort Hare Autumn School of Democracy

Date Released : 15/04/2013

Students attend the Fort Hare Autumn School of Democracy

The destruction of Kennedy Road: A precursor to Marikana

Date Released : 15/01/2013

Kenneth Good on how the temerity of the organised poor was met with a ferocious counter-attack from the state.

Orientation 2013

Date Released : 07/01/2013

Orientation 2013

Politics students receive Mandela Rhodes Scholarship

Date Released : 13/12/2012

Three 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 : 30/10/2012

A 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

Date Released : 18/09/2012

2013 Honours and Masters Programmes

Politics Honours student lauded for best essays

Date Released : 18/09/2012

Politics Honours student lauded for best essays

Think out the box and into the future

Date Released : 27/07/2012

The 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 : 30/07/2012

The 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 : 27/07/2012

In 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 : 26/07/2012

Dr 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 : 26/07/2012

SOUTH 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 : 10/07/2012

Prof 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 : 31/05/2012

Amitav 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 : 07/05/2012

Amitav 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.

Liberian diaspora

Date Released : 10/08/2011

Rhodes 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 : 12/08/2011

Dr 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 : 31/08/2010

Professor 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 : 16/09/2010

Rhodes 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

Date Released : 13/09/2010

Politics Teach In 2010

Jamal Provokes Lively Discussion

Date Released : 31/08/2010

As 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 : 21/04/2010

The 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 : 04/11/2009

The 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 : 11/09/2009

A 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

Graduation Invitation

Date Released : 29/03/2011

Graduation Invitation

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

Graduation 2011

Date Released : 15/04/2011

On 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 : 02/02/2009

The 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 : 18/09/2009

Jeremy 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

Graduation 2010

Date Released : 21/04/2010

At 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 : 28/09/2010

No 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 : 20/10/2010

Dr 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 : 20/10/2010

Dr 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 : 05/03/2011

Dr 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 : 05/03/2011

Dr 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 : 11/03/2011

The 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 : 18/03/2011

At 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 : 25/03/2011

Dr 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 : 15/04/2011

Last 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 : 29/04/2011

Professor 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 : 29/04/2011

The 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 : 31/05/2011

Dr 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 : 31/05/2011

The 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 : 31/05/2011

As 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 : 02/06/2011

Mr 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 : 19/04/2011

Research 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 : 15/08/2011

A 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 : 03/08/2011

The 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 : 04/08/2011

The 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 : 04/08/2011

Mazibuko 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 : 08/08/2011

The 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