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ISER Events

The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) hosts a number of events each year, including annual lectures, seminars and winter schools, and a range of seminars and colloquia. An Annual Dr AB Xuma Memorial Lecture series was established in honour of Dr AB Xuma, a pioneer of an inclusive tradition of social policy in South Africa that drew attention to the social effects of segregation and apartheid on the health and welfare of blacks. An Annual Neil Aggett Labour Studies Lecture series was launched in 2014, and is organised by NALSU. Further information on NALSU events can be found here.

The following scholars have delivered Dr AB Xuma Memorial Lectures:

  • Dr Saleem Badat (Council on Higher Education of South Africa): Scholarship, Social Policy Research and Policy Making in Contemporary South Africa: Critical Issues and Challenges
  • Dr Gavin Williams (Oxford University): The ideas of social policy and development policy
  • Prof Vishnu Padayachee (Rhodes University): Contestations over economic policy making in the transition period from apartheid
  • Prof Di McIntyre (University of Cape Town): Universal Health Care in South Africa: Challenges and Prospects
  • Prof Leila Patel (University of Johannesburg): Developmental welfare reconsidered: the ideas, achievements, challenges and future prospects of  Social Welfare nineteen years into South Africa's democracy
  • Mr Andrew Mlangeni: From Robben Island to Freedom: The New Society We Fought For and What Must Still be Done to Achieve It 
  • Dr Aaron Motsoaledi (Minister of Health): The National Health Insurance (NHI) proposals and the new South African health care system

An Annual Winter/Summer School was started by Prof Greg Ruiters, and ran until 2012. In 2015, NALSU revived the winter school idea with the launch of the Vuyisile Mini Winter School series, focused particularly on the Eastern Cape labour movement and aimed at drawing on the full spectrum of academic work within the ISER. The three Vuyisile Mini Winter Schools held to date - all funded by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) - have focused on the following themes:

  • Labour and Social Policy: Social Democratic Alternatives
  • Overcoming inequality and building the "Good Society" in South Africa: The case of poverty and education
  • Gender, social policy and labour: The struggle for equality

NALSU, in partnership with its Associates in the Departments of Sociology, History, and Economics and Economic History, launched a Labour Studies Seminar Series in 2015. That seminar series has since grown to become the largest seminar series on the Rhodes University campus, and follows an annual programme that is released at the start of each academic year. Further information this seminar series can be found on the NALSU website.

Last Modified: Tue, 31 Jul 2018 16:31:30 SAST