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 event. 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 3 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 Page 2 Newsletter, June 2010 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 Force 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 Page 3 Newsletter, June 2010 like onderrig op eerstejaarsvlak. lesings aangebied as deel van .....continue from page 2 voor- en nagraadse modules, en Publications 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 Stellenbosch. 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. Page 4 Newsletter, June 2010 ........continue from page 3 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 NANCE AND POLITICAL The Programme in Governance and Political achievement. TRANSFORMATION 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 tations. 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. Page 5 Newsletter, June 2010 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 Page 6 Newsletter, June 2010 ........continue from page 5 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 dates. 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: (http://www.uwc.ac.za/index.php? 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.