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					                                                               Newsletter, June 2010
                                                                          Dear Colleagues,                   of the Newsletter, in Stellen-
In this issue:                                                                                               bosch. It promises to be a fine
                                                                          Enjoy the read if you can find the
                                                                          time in between following the
University of Stellenbosch       2                                        soccer!                            Warm wishes

University of the Free State
                                                                          We look forward to seeing many Heidi Hudson
                                                                          of you, who feature in this issue SAAPS President
University of the Western Cape   5
                                                                                                            quite emotional and uplifting and
UNISA                            6
                                                                                                            many of us left the talk feeling
                                                                                                            inspired by Prof. Gandhi’s words.

The Politics Department is           To date, the Centre has excerpted    and translated into four other
proud of Professor Albert            some 16 000 terms from English.      South African languages, i.e.
Venter’s involvement with The        These have been translated into      Setswana, Sesotho sa Leboa,
Modern Political Dictionary          Afrikaans and published as the       isiZulu and isiXhosa.
(MPD) published by the Centre        Modern Political Dictionary
                                                                          “Our main project at the Centre
for Political and Related Termi-     (MPD)/ Nuwerwetse Politieke
                                                                          is to define a further 1 500 terms Prof. Gandhi and Prof. Landsberg
nology in Southern African           Woordeboek (NPW), published
                                                                          and to have it translated in order (HOD Politics)
Languages (CEPTSA) at the            in-house by the Centre. The com-
                                                                          to publish a glossary of 2 500
University of Johannesburg           pilers of the MPD are political
                                                                          terms in the languages or combi-
(UJ).      The Suid-Afrikaanse       scientists and are aided by a pro-                                      Soccer Madness and the Media:
                                                                          nations of these languages,” says
Akademie vir Wetenskap en            fessional lexicographer. At pre-
                                                                          Prof Albert Venter, Department Dr Jaeho Kang visits UJ
Kuns (South African Academy          sent the compilers are Gen. P. Le
                                                                          of Politics, UJ.                   In two lectures and two film
for Science and Art (SAASA))         Clus, Director of CEPTSA, Prof.
has bestowed the Stals Prize for     A. Venter (UJ), Dr S. Botha                                             screenings Dr Jaeho Kang, visit-
                                                                          Gandhi Inspires Students
Humanities (Political Science)       (Unisa) and Ms J. de Beer, lexi-                                        ing Assistant Professor, The New
to CEPTSA in recognition of          cographer. The project has been      On 17 March 2010 Prof. Rajmo- School, New York, examined the
the exceptional contributions it     ongoing for about 16 years since     han Gandhi interacted with a substantial theoretical and politi-
made to the practice of science      1994. The compilers mostly work      range of our undergraduate and cal debates on social and cultural
through the MPD. The medal           alone to excerpt, define and         postgraduate students. Prof. Gan- functions of the World Cup with
and laudatory certificate of the     translate terms.                     dhi gave a very moving speech particular references to the media
Prize is to be handed over at a                                           and then answered questions spectacle and the intersection of
                                     The MPD has already been re-
special ceremony of the                                                   from the rapt audience. The globalization and nationalism. UJ
                                     cognised with two national
Akademie later in the year.                                               purpose of his visit was to talk Politics lecturer, Prof. Hamilton
                                     awards for its excellence: one by
                                                                          with people from diverse back- chaired the series. The first lec-
                                     the South African Translators
                                                                          grounds and beliefs who were ture introduced the historical and
                                     Institute in 2003 as the best dic-
                                                                          interested in becoming part of the political contexts of the World
                                     tionary of technical terms, with
                                                                          ongoing building of a coalition of Cup as a global mega-event and
                                     the second being the Woord-
                                                                          conscience and action to address critically examined how the World
                                     wystoekenning in 2006 by the
                                                                          the social needs in South Africa. Cup had become a media specta-
                                     Afrikaanse Taal en Kultuur
                                                                          Prof. Gandhi was keen to engage cle in connection with global mul-
                                     Vereniging (ATKV) for an out-
                                                                          with the students, on the issues timedia networks. The second
                                     standing contribution towards
                                                                          mentioned above and to open lecture focused on the intersection
                                     Afrikaans technical terminology.
                                                                          links to other groups internation- of football’s globalization and
                                     A glossary of 1 000 key terms in     ally who are involved in similar national identity by analyzing the
   Prof. Albert Venter               politics has also been developed     dialogues. The experience was recent history of the World Cup,
                                                                                                             including the 2002 Korea-Japan
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                                                                                                                 shared the top prize for the Best
                                                                                                                 Overall Delegate for their well-
...........continue from page 1      (RISC) based in Luxembourg.          how to define conflict and insecu-     researched and well-presented
                                     Ms Graham, and her twin sister,      rity in an age of constant change.     statements on behalf of Turkey.
World Cup. The lectures and          will be travelling to Luxembourg                                             Congratulations to the entire
                                                                          Third Years Take the UN by
films helped to stimulate posi-      and Florence in June 2010 to                                                third year class for their efforts
tive chatter on the FIFA World       continue their PhD research.                                                and enthusiasm.
                                                                          The Politics Department held their
Cup hosted by South Africa.
                                     Mittelman Magic Makes an             annual Third Year Model United
Graham en route to Luxem-            Impression                           Nations Debate at the University’s
bourg                                James Mittelman, Prof. of Inter-     Council Chambers on 23 April
                                     national Affairs at American         2010. The event, adjudicated by
Ms Victoria Graham, a lecturer
                                     University and Distinguished         Prof. Iqbal Jhazbhay from
in Comparative Politics and
                                     Visiting Fellow at the Helsinki      UNISA, centred on Iran and its
Policymaking at UJ’s Politics
                                     Collegium for Advanced Studies,      nuclear energy programme. The
Department, has been awarded a
                                     visited UJ on 25 March 2010 to       event was a great success. Des-
Young Researcher Mobility
                                     give a lecture on Hyperconflict:     mond Munemo won the Best
Grant by The Scientific Commit-                                                                                   Left to right: Megan Erasmus
                                     Globalisation and Insecurity.        Speaker award for a rousing             (Head of UJMUN), Rae Israel
tee of the Consortium for Com-
                                     The lecture was well received        speech on behalf of Iran, and           (Politics Secretary) and Ms S.
parative Research on Regional
                                     and initiated serious debate on      Carys Lavarack and Bafana Ntuli         Graham (Third year lecturer)
Integration and Social Cohesion

                                                                          Prof. Janis van der Westhuizen        have participated in the Friday
                                                                          delivered an address on India,        seminars during the first semester
                                                                          Brazil, South Africa and the Pur-     of 2010 were:
                                                                          suit of the Global Neo-Keynesian
                                                                                                                Mr Iaan Basson (Chief Director:
                                                                          Ideal at the Postgraduate School      Central and East Asia and Re-
                                                                          of Economics and International        gional Organisations, Department
                                                                          Relations (ASERI) in Milan,           of International Relations and
                                                                          Italy on 14 April. He was invited     Cooperation),
Prof. Kersting Organises a           formation of a partnership be-       as part of the institute’s ‘Leading
Constitution in Transition           tween the University of Stellen-     Scholars Program 2010’, and           Dr Xolela Mangcu (Stellenbosch
Workshop for Zimbabwe                bosch and the University of          extended his stay in Italy for an     Institute for Advanced Study
                                     Zimbabwe in May 2009.                additional five days, compli-         Fellow),
In October 2009 international
experts from Europe, South           Experts attending the workshop       ments of the Icelandic volcano.       Prof. Yakov Rabkin (University
Africa, Zimbabwe and other           represented the two disciplines                                            of Montreal, Canada),
African countries came together      of law and political science. The                                          Ambassador Rob de             Vos
in Harare to deliberate on diffe-    objective of the conference was                                            (Netherlands Embassy),
rent aspects of a future constitu-   to give inputs from comparative
                                                                                                                Prof. James Mittelman (Professor
tion for Zimbabwe. The idea for      constitutional law and compara-
                                                                                                                of International Affairs at Ameri-
the academic conference, which       tive politics to consider the best
                                                                                                                can University and Visiting Fel-
was organised by DAAD profes-        practices from different parts of
                                                                                                                low at the Helsinki Collegium for
sor, Norbert Kersting, was sug-      the world and especially from
                                                                                                                Advanced Studies),
gested by colleagues during the      other African countries.
                                                                                                                Prof. Timothy Shaw and Prof.
                                                                          Friday Seminars          Remain       Jane Parpart (Institute of Interna-
                                                                          Popular                               tional Relations, Institute of Gen-
                                                                          The Department has a long-            der & Development Studies,
                                                                          established tradition of Friday       University of the West Indies),
                                                                          seminars, which graduate stu-
                                                                                                                Dr Mvume Dandala (Congress of
                                                                          dents in particular are expected
                                                                                                                the People).
                                                                          to attend, but are open to the
                                                                          entire university. These rela-        Conferences attended
                                                                          tively informal and lively Friday     Prof. Hennie Kotze and Ms
                                                                          morning sessions have become          Cindy-Lee Steenekamp of the
                                                                          popular opportunities for inter-      Centre for International and
                                                                          action with both visiting aca-        Comparative Politics, which is
                                                                          demics, diplomats, social acti-       affiliated to the department,
                                                                          vists and others involved in the
  Here Prof. Norbert Kersting (second from left, back) is shown with                                            attended the 68th Annual National
                                                                          sphere of politics. Speakers who
  other workshop attendees.                                                                                     Conference of the Midwest
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                                                                         like onderrig op eerstejaarsvlak.    lesings aangebied as deel van
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                                                                                                              voor- en nagraadse modules, en
                                                                                                              het ook deelgeneem aan die
                                                                         Dr Nicola de Jager wrote a chap-     Vrydagseminaarreeks.
Political Science Association       2010. She delivered a paper enti-
                                                                         ter on South Africa for the Five
(MPSA) in Chicago from 22 – 25      tled Filling the void: Weak States                                        DEPARTEMENT LEWER
                                                                         Volume Series titled Political
April 2010. Prof. Kotze pre-        and Strong Societies – A study of                                         REKORDGETAL M-GRADE
                                                                         Parties and Democracy, edited
sented An Assessment of Demo-       organised criminal groups in
                                                                         by Prof. Kay Lawson and pu-          Tydens die Maart gradepleg-
cracy in Five Newly Democra-        South Africa, which forms part of
                                                                         blished by Praeger Publishers.       tigheid het die department 'n
tised Nations: An Elite-Mass        her PhD research.                    The title of the chapter is          rekordgetal van 27 M-grade
Comparison while the title of Ms                                         “Democracy in South Africa’s
                                    Aanstellings                                                              gelewer. Dit is die hoogste getal
Steenekamp’s paper was The                                               dominant party system”.              sedert die departement se stig-
Evolution of Social Capital in      Prof. Scarlett Cornelissen is
                                                                         Besoekers en gasdosente              ting in 1966 (toe dit nog die
South Africa: 1990-2006.            vanaf Januarie 2010 aangestel as
                                                                                                              Departement Staatsleer en Open-
                                    waarnemende direkteur van die        Buitengewone professors in die
Derica Lambrechts attended the                                                                                bare Administrasie was). Uit die
                                    Sentrum vir Chinese Studie by        department, Profs Timothy
7th Global Conference – “War                                                                                  27 van die grade wat toegeken
and Peace: Probing the Bounda-                                           Shaw en Jane Parpart (tans beide     is, is 17 MAs in Internasionale
ries”, that was held in Prague,     Toekennings                          verbonde aan die Universiteit        Studie, 5 MAs in Politieke
Czech Republic, from Friday                                              van Wes-Indië, het in April hul      Wetenskap, en 5 MPhils in Poli-
                                    Dr Karen Smith het in Maart ‘n
30th April to Sunday 2nd May                                             jaarlikse besoek aan Stellen-        tieke Bestuur. Tien studente het
                                    toekenning ontvang vir voortref-
                                                                         bosch afgelê. Hulle het o.a.         hul graad cum laude ontvang.

                                                                                                 University of Auckland and Victoria Univer-
                                                                                                 sity in New Zealand. She will present a paper
                                                                                                 on The violence of feminist irrelevance: Re-
                                                                                                 visiting the ‘conversation’ between main-
                                                                                                 stream and African feminism.
                                                                                                 Heidi has also been awarded a Peace Studies
                                                                                                 Fellowship by the Consortium for Peace
                                                                                                 Studies at the University of Calgary
  CAS CELEBRATES AFRICA DAY                                                                      (Canada). Her research during the second
On 25 May, the Centre for Africa Studies        From left to right (front): Dr Monica Juma,      semester this year will involve a context-
celebrated Africa Day by hosting a highly       Dr Aurelia Segatti, Mr Vincent Williams and      specific analysis of four post-conflict cases to
                                                Prof. Hussein Solomon                            establish whether there is a correlation be-
successful colloquium on migration. A
panel of acclaimed scholars from across         Back: Proff. Simon Bekker, Anwar Osman,          tween the failures of liberal peacebuilding in
South Africa (US, AISA, IDASA, UP and           Lucius Botes, Heidi Hudson and Kwandi            general, the rise in gender-based violence in
Wits) presented papers on the theme of          Kondlo.                                          post-conflict settings, and the (neo)liberal
“Migration and Africa: From Analysis to                                                          way in which gender is integrated into post-
Action”. Topics included migration pat-         Prof. Heidi Hudson of the Centre for Africa      conflict societies.
terns, the challenges of urban governance,     Studies was invited to present a lecture enti-
economic and development impacts, South-       tled The violence of liberal peacebuilding in
                                               Sub-Saharan Africa: Analysing its ‘traps’
ern African regional integration and policy
                                               through a gender lens at an international
framework, as well as issues of xenophobia.
                                               seminar on “Post-conflict peacebuilding in
Around fifty people attended, including
                                               Africa: Debates, dilemmas and new perspec-
several representatives from the Premier’s
                                               tives” in Madrid. The seminar was organised
office, the IEC, the Department of Public
                                               by the African Studies Group (GEA) at the
Service and Administration as well as the
                                               Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and took
International Organisation of Migration.       place from 5 to 7 May.
This Colloquium forms part of an on-going      In June, Heidi will participate in a series of
series of panel discussions on burning is-     panels on “The violence of feminism / post-
sues affecting the continent. The discus-      feminism” at the 4th Oceanic Conference on
sions are open to the public and designed to                                                       Prof. Heidi Hudson
                                               International Studies (OCIS) hosted by the
be informative and intellectually engaging.
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Department of Political Science

Soccer and nation-building
One of the highlights on the calendar of the
past semester in the Department of Political
Science was the department’s co-operation
with the German Academic Exchange Ser-
vice (DAAD) in the co-organising of an
event that focused on the social and cultural
dimensions of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The Department was privileged to host three
leading political scientists in the field of poli-
tics and sports who delivered very interesting
and insightful papers: Prof. Norbert Kersting
(Stellenbosch University); Prof. Scarlett Cor-
nelissen (Stellenbosch University); and Prof.
Pieter Labuschagne (UNISA).
Staff changes and movements
The profile of the Department has also               his new environment. He joins the Department       Pictured from the left, front are: Prof. Theo
                                                     after a growth in student numbers at under-        Neethling (chair of Political Science at the
changed in recent times. Prof. Constanze
                                                     graduate level. One of the Department’s part-      UFS and co-organiser); Prof. Pieter La-
Bauer decided to leave the Department and                                                               buschagne and Prof. Scarlett Cornelissen
South Africa for greener pastures in New             time academic assistants, Mr Ambrose du
                                                                                                        (speakers). Back: Prof. Norbert Kersting
Zealand. At the same time, Dr Alexius                Plessis, will be located at Appalachian State      (speaker), Prof. Teuns Verschoor (Acting
Amtaika, recruited from the University of            University from the second half of 2010 where      Senior Vice-Rector: UFS); Dr Ralf Hermann
KwaZulu-Natal, joined the Department as a            he will complete his current honours studies as    (Director: DAAD); and Mr JC van der
senior lecturer. We wish him well and trust          an exchange student.                               Merwe (chair of Philosophy at the UFS and
that he will have a most prosperous future in                                                           co-organiser). Photo: Mangaliso Radebe

  PROGRAMME IN GOVER-                                Establishment of an Alumni Associa-               Golden Key is the world’s largest honour
                                                     tion                                              society, recognising outstanding academic
                                                     The Programme in Governance and Political         achievement.
                                                     Transformation is in the process of establish-
                                                     ing an Alumni Association. During the             Dr Koenane will receive the award on 21
The Programme is proud to present its third
                                                                                                       August 2010. The award also includes a $10
Ph.D graduate, Mr Petrus Botha. With his             coming months we will invite all students
                                                                                                       000 scholarship. The topic of his Ph.D was:
thesis The democratization of local govern-          who hold Postgraduate Diplomas, Masters
                                                                                                       Transforming service delivery in rural
ment in the new political dispensation in            Degrees or PhD qualifications in Governance
                                                                                                       areas: an analysis of problems surrounding
South Africa, the candidate makes a contribu-        and Political Transformation to become mem-
                                                                                                       the institution of traditional leadership and
tion to a subject which has already been             bers of our Alumni Association.
                                                                                                       its relation to democratically elected local
under the spotlight for a considerable period
of time. With this contribution, he attempts                                                           government in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
                                                     Supervisors in the Programme Governance
to address the phenomenon of system insta-           and Political Transformation
bility and functional inability on third tier
government. In this way the gap is bridged           The Programme is in the fortunate position of
between the process of political transforma-         having 46 of the best academics across South
tion within South Africa’s constitutional            Africa providing our students with study su-
development during the past 15 years and             pervision. These supervisors offer our stu-
whether the new local government dispensa-           dents the best possible guidance to ensure
tion does indeed advance democracy or not.
                                                     good quality research and well written disser-
The positive results of this investigation add
further substance to the ongoing debate on
service delivery at local government level           We are also very proud to announce that one
and create opportunity for further research. It      of the PhD graduates of the Programme Gov-
also provides initiatives for politicians and        ernance and Political Transformation, Dr
public officials to address system instability       Mojalefa Koenane, has been awarded the
and functional incapability.                         prestigious Golden Key Award.
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New Staff Members                                                         Matisonn. 2009. ‘Democracy by          Laurence Piper. 2009. ‘New par-
                                                                          Accident: The Rise of Zuma and         ticipatory institutions in South
The Department welcomed two                                               the Renaissance of the Tripartite      Africa: lessons from ward com-
new staff members for 2010. They                                          Alliance’, Representation 45(2),       mittees and ideas for future
are Dr Cherrel Africa, who holds a                                        143-157.                               work’, paper for Indian-South
PhD in South African politics                                                                                    African seminar, “The voices of
from the Department of Political                                          Laurence Piper and Roger Dea-          residents in urban governance-
Studies at the University of Cape                                         con. 2009. ‘Too Dependent to           participation, mobilisation, and
Town. Her thesis focused on the                                           Participate: Ward Committees           local democracy: Comparing
relationship between election                                             and Local Democratisation in           Indian / South African debates”,
campaigns and the quality of de-      Mr Madlala                          South Africa’. Local Govern-           12-14 January, Mumbai, India.
mocracy. Dr Africa worked at the                                          ment Studies, 35(4), August, 415
Institute for Democracy in South                                          -433.
Africa (Idasa) for eight years,       SAAPS Regional Colloquium                                                  Joelien Pretorius. 2009. ‘The
from 1995 until 2003. She has a                                                                                  security imaginary: A cultural
                                      In September 2009 the Depart-       Conference Papers
wide range of interests including                                                                                explanation of military likeness’,
South African politics, democracy     ment hosted the first Western       Sherran Clarence and Laurence          paper for Centre for Humanities
and governance, voting behaviour,     Cape Regional colloquium            Piper. 2009. ‘Xenophobia, New          Research, UWC, 10 March.
elections and election campaigns      organised by a committee of         Nationalism and Citizenship:
as well as political strategy and     three representatives from the      Defending Local Citizenship
communication. Dr Africa also         Political Studies departments at    against Post-National Exclu-           Joelien Pretorius. 2009. Discuss-
specializes in research methodo-      the University of the Western       sion’, paper presented at SAAPS        ant on the panel ‘Spatialising war
logy and design with a particular     Cape (UWC), University of           Western Cape Colloquium,               & the everyday’, War & the
emphasis on public opinion and        Cape Town (UCT), and the            UWC, Cape Town, 8-9 October.           Everyday Colloquium, Centre for
survey research. Dr Africa re-        University of Stellenbosch .                                               Humanities Research, UWC, 3
places Dr Kristina Bentley who                                                                                   April.
                                      In the event we had some 31         Kristina Bentley. 2009. ‘Public
accepted a full-time post at UCT.     participants which included 15      Interest Litigation and Access to
                                      staff, 2 CSO and 1 government       Justice in Post-Apartheid South        Joelien Pretorius. 2009. ‘The
                                      researchers and 13 students (12     Africa: The Role of Legal Aid          nuclear non-proliferation export
                                      Masters, 1 PhD). We also had        and Civil Society’, paper pre-         norm and the US-India nuclear
                                      an overall split between the        sented at SAAPS Western Cape           deal’, paper presented at SAAPS
                                      three campuses of 8 from UCT,       Colloquium, UWC, Cape Town,            Western Cape Colloquium,
                                      7 from US and 12 UWC, with 1                                               UWC, Cape Town, 8-9 October.
                                                                          8-9 October.
                                      from University of Sao Paulo
                                      (plus the 3 researchers). The
                                      theme of the colloquium was         Namhla Matshanda. 2009. ‘The           Joelien Pretorius. 2009. ESRC
                                      ‘Dilemmas of Citizenship in 21      Political Economy of Regional          Research Seminar Series: Human
                                      Century’. On receipt of the         Integration in Sub-Saharan             Security – Concepts and Applica-
                                      abstracts we identified three sub   Africa: the role of SA and Nige-       tions Research Seminar on Re-
                                      -themes, ‘South African Poli-       ria as regional hegemons in            considering Human Security:
                                      tics, policy and institutions’,     SADC and ECOWAS’, paper                Does It Work for the Insecure?
                                      ‘participation and local gover-     presented at SAAPS Western             Institute of Development Studies,
  Dr Cherrel Africa                                                                                              University of Sussex. 28 – 29
                                      nance’, and ‘foreign policy and     Cape Colloquium, UWC, Cape
                                      international relations’.           Town, 8-9 October.                     May.

The Department also welcomes
                                                                          Laurence Piper. 2009. ‘The             Joelien Pretorius and Rian Leith.
Mr David Madlala recently com-        Recent Publications and Con-
                                                                          wrong space at the wrong time:         2009. ‘The child as link between
pleted his Masters at New York        ferences (since July 2009)
                                                                          Explaining the Failure of Formal       state and human security in South
University in the United States, in
                                      Journal Articles                    Public Participation in South          Africa’, Justice, Peace and Nu-
International Relations, following
                                      Laurence Piper. 2009. ‘The          African Local Government’,             clear Disarmament, 58th PUG-
an undergraduate degree at the
                                      Zuma Watershed: From Post-          presentation to a Democracy            WASH Conference on Science
University of KwaZulu-Natal. His
                                      Apartheid to Post-Colonial          D e v e l o p me n t P ro g r a m me   and World Affairs, The Hague,
research interests include foreign
                                      Politics in South Africa’, Guest    (DDP) workshop entitled                Netherlands, April.
policy within the African conti-
nent, comparative government          Editorial of Special edition        “Institutional Participation in        \

studies, and issues of peace and      ‘The Rise of Zuma’, Represen-       South Africa’s Public Sphere”,         New Postgraduate Students
security in Africa. Mr Madlala        tation, 45(2), 101-107.             7-8 September, Durban, South
replaces Mr Gottscholk while he                                           Africa.                                The department would like to
is away on sabbatical.                Laurence    Piper   and    Heidi                                           welcome a new PhD candidate in
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2010, Ms Janine Hicks, a national gender      bravery under fire.                              Seminar Series
commissioner and five new Masters candi-
                                                                                               This semester we have had six speakers in our
                                              Undergraduate Awards                             seminar series, as listed below. For more details
                                                                                               and copies of papers see the departmental web-
                                              Recently the departmental awards for the         site:
Postgraduate Workshop
                                              best undergraduate students were made. The
The department recently hosted its second     winners were:                                    (
postgraduate proposal workshop on Satur-      First Year: Jackson Mugume                       m             o             d            -
day 17 April 2010. Two PhD students, six                                                       ule=cms&action=showfulltext&id=gen11Srv7N
Masters candidates and thirteen Honours       Second Year: Nicolette Peters                    me54_5440_1221732015&parent=gen11Srv7N
candidates presented their research propo-    Third Year: Veleska Langevldt                    me54_3745_1210050427&menustate=menu_pol
sals for discussion and debate. Afterwards    Honours: Bradley Petersen                        itics).
a braai was held to reward students for

No.        Date                           Speaker                                      Topic

1.         Wednesday 10 Feb               Mr David Madlala                             The role that ethnicity plays in conflict in Africa

2.         Wednesday 24 March             Dr Cherrel Africa                            Why election campaign quality matters for democracy

                                          Prof. Tim Shaw, Extraordinary Professor,     Reflections on the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, China),
3.         Wednesday 07 April
                                          University of Stellenbosch                   the G20, global governance and development

                                          Prof. Jane Parpart, Extraordinary Profes-
4.         Wednesday 14 April                                                          The limits of gender mainstreaming
                                          sor, University of Stellenbosch

                                          Dr Jeremiah O. Arowosegbe,
                                                                                       The Making of an Organic Intellectual: Claude Ake, a
5.         Thursday 29 April              Research Fellow,
                                                                                       Biography and Theoretical Orientations
                                          Centre for Humanities Research, UWC

                                                                                       Human Dignity, Capital Punishment and an African
                                          Prof. Thad Metz, Department of Philoso-
6.         Wednesday 05 May                                                            Moral Theory: Toward a New Philosophy
                                          phy, University of Johannesburg
                                                                                       of Human Rights

                                                                      moted to Associate Professor in         One of our former colleagues, Dr
                                                                      African Politics, Sarita Kant re-       John Yoh, is currently the official
                                                                      ceived her Doctoral degree in           representative in South Africa of
                                                                      Politics, Ahmed Jazbhay received        the Government of Southern Su-
                                                                      his MA degree from UKZN and             dan. In April the first national elec-
                                                                      Monique Theron hers from Stel-          tion in more than 20 years was held
On 4 June the Department            spectives on the theme. Last      lenbosch. Our Department is now         in the Sudan. Dr Yoh was inti-
hosted the 12th annual Africa       year at the same conference the   in the fortunate situation that eight   mately involved in it and remains
Day conference at Unisa with        theme was “elections in Africa”   of our ten staff members hold a         our most direct link to the Horn of
the theme: “Property and owner-     which was incorporated in a       Doctoral degree.                        Africa.
ship in Africa: The question of     special issue of our accredited
                                                                    Our Department recently lost one          In the past number of months two
nationalisation”. Three panels      journal, Politeia.
                                                                    of our valuable staff members,            of our students received their Doc-
with eight speakers in total, in-
                                    A number of staff members Monique Theron, who accepted                    toral degrees and another two are
cluding two former Ministers
                                    achieved milestones in their an appointment as a chief re-                in the pipeline.
and a guest from Zimbabwe,
                                    careers in the past few months. searcher at the Gauteng Legisla-
addressed a wide range of per-
                                    Clive Napier was recently pro- ture.

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