Stellenbosch University | Political Science

7 May 2024

                                                                                           PREMIER DEBATE

                                               Hosted by The Political Science Department in collaboration with                                                                                                         the Stellenbosch University  Museum in the run-up to the                                                                                                                             2024 National and Provincial Election.


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24 April 2024


Prof. Andrzej Polus

Ph.D., prof. Andrzej Polus, works as a professor at the Institute of International Studies, University of Wroclaw. He is the former president of the Polish Center for African Studies.

EU – Africa relations. Beyond the rhetoric of “the partnership of the equal

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17 April 2024


Prof. Janis Van der Westhuizen

Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, Stellenbosch University.

Huawei or the American Way? Why Brazil and South Africa did not securitize 5G

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10 April 2024


Daniela Ellerbeck

Manager Constitutional Programmes at FW de Klerk Foundation.

The FW de Klerk Foundation’s Human
Rights Report Card 2023. The Report
Card assesses the degree to which rights
and freedoms in the Bill of Rights were
enjoyed in practice during 2023.

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27 March 2024 @ 13:15-14:30


Professor Ingrid Schneider

A Professor of Political Science, Department of Informatics, Universitat Hamburg, Germany.

Digital Platform Regulation and Geopolitics- Comparing perspectives on South Africa and Europe.

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13 March 2024 @ 13:15-14:30


Dr Manfredi Valeriani

A Post-Doctoral Researcher at Luiss University and Academic-teaching Political Risk Analysis, International Politics and Businesses.

Carilina Polito

           A PhD Researcher at LUISS University who focus on the (geo)politics of surveillance technologies, with special reference to the supply of biometric technologies to Africa.                                                             

1st Topic:

Co- Governance, Food and Communities: Investigating the role of Agri-based solutions in community building in Cape Town and Rome.

2nd Topic:

(Geo) Politics of Biometric Technologies- The Making of Datafield African Borders and Citizens.

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11 March 2024 @ 14:00-16:00

                                                                                             SPECIAL SEMINAR

                             SOUTH AFRICAN INSIGHTS ON UKRAINE’S PATH TO PEACE:REGIONAL SECURITY, NUCLEAR SAFETY                                                                                  AND HUMAN RIGHT  PERSPECTIVES                                                               



Prof. Tim Murithi (IJR)

Dr Maksyn Yakovlyev (NaUKMA)



                                                                                             Oleana Lapenko (Dixi Group)

                                                                                                  Isabel Bossman(SAIIA)

                                                                                                TOPIC: NUCLEAR SAFETY     


                                                                                   Dr Elvis Fokala (UP Centre for Human Rights)

                                                                            Oleksandra Ramantsova (Centre for Civil Liberties)


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21 February 2024 @ 13:15-14:30


Professor Jo-Ansie Van Wyk

Research Professor, Department Political Science at  University of South Africa(UNISA), Pretoria

Nuclear Necropolitics in South Africa

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18 October 2023 @ 12:15-13:30


David Ansara

Chief Executive Officer of the Free Market Foundation

Mark Oppenheimer

Practicing advocate and member of the Johannesburg Bar in South Africa

Who will watch the watchmen?

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11 October 2023 @ 12:00-14:00


Mr, Saif Islam (Associate, Strategic Intelligence),

Mr. Dylan Williams (Senior Researcher, Monitoring)


Dr. Vaughn Maurel (Associate, Corporate Intelligence). 

Exploring risk and Intelligence- Join our Corporate Intelligence and Risk Experts as we explain the Investigations Industry.

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4 October 2023 @ 12:15-13:30

 Credo Speakers:

Dr. Scott Timcke

Senior Research Associate at Research ICT Africa 

Mr. Hanani Hlomani

Researcher at Research ICT Africa


Mrs. Zara Schroeder

Researcher at Research ICT Africa

Decoding the Ballot: AI is Reshaping Democracy on the African Continent

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20 September 2023 @ 12:15-13:30

Speakers: Prof Michael Williams

University Research Chair in Global Political Thought at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa, Canada.


Prof. Rita Abrahamsen,
Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, Canada

The World of the Right: Radical Conservatism and International Order

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30 August 2023 @ 12:15-13:30

Speaker: Omomayowa Abati,
Final-year doctoral student in the Department of Political Science, Stellenbosch University

Is Reducing Candidacy Ages Enough? #NotTooYoungToRun and Youth Parliamentary Representation in Nigeria’s National and Subnational Legislature

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23 August 2023 @ 12:15-13:30

Speaker: Dr. Salih O. Noor,
Ph.D finished at Northwest University in July 2023, will join The University of Chicago in September as a Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Social division, Harper-Schmidt Fellow

The Legacies of Radical, Liberal, and Stalled Liberal Reforms in Southern Africa

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16 August 2023 @ 12:15-13:30

Speaker: Prof. Jan Erk,

African Institute for Research in Economics and Social Sciences, University Mohammed VI Polytechnique (UMGP), Morocco

Looking Back at Africa’s Constitutional Past, Learning from Mistakes, and Reflecting on the Future

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2 August 2023 @ 12:15-13:30

Speaker: Dr. Mandira Bagwandeen,

Senior Research Fellow, Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, UCT

The China Factor in Africa’s Pursuit of Digital Sovereignty

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26 July 2023 @ 12:15-13:30

Speaker: Anton Harber,

Adjunct Professor & Caxton Chair:
Department of Journalism, Wits University

How offensive can we be? The Hate Speech Bill and freedom of speech

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24 July 2023 @ 12:15-13:30

Speaker: Prof. James L. Gibson

Sidney W. Souers Professor of Government, Department of Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis.

Democracy’s Destruction?
The 2020 Election, Trump’s Insurrection, and the Strength of America’s Political Institutions

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26 April 2023 @ 12:15-13:30

Speaker: Dr Victoria Reinhardt

Senior lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Leipzig

Neighbourhood Policies of Regional Powers Competing Spacial Formats

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19 April 2023 @ 12:15-13:30

Speaker: Dr Michael Hector

Junior Lecturer, Political Science

Pathways to Sustainable Development Ecological Modernisation in Africa

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12 April 2023 @ 12:15-13:30

Speaker: Simon Freemantle, Senior Political Economist, Standard Bank

The state of government-business relations in SA, and the implications for the political economy outlook

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29 March 2023 @ 12:15-13:30

Speaker: Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy at University of Birmingham, UK

How ideas and ideologies shape African politics – and why we can’t understand it without them

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22 March 2023 @ 12:15-13:30

Speaker: Dr Tim Zajontz, International Relations, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

China in Africa and the geopolitics of competing connectivity initiatives in Africa

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15 March 2023 @ 12:15-13:30

Speaker: Anye Nyamnjoh, Senior Research Officer, University of Cape Town

Making Universities more African: Decolonisation as a Politics of Belonging

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22 February 2023 @ 12:15-13:30 

Speaker: Ntina Reiersgord

Journey to Monitoring & Evaluation as Career and Lessons Learned

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15 February 2023 @ 12:15-13:30

Speaker: Prof Silviu Rogobete, West University Timisoara, Romania

Instrumentalised Religion and Current Global Affairs: The war in Ukraine
2019 National Election

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