About the organisers

The premises of the Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Study in Westdene, Johannesburg. JIAS is an initiative of the University of Johannesburg and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS)

The Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS) is a joint initiative of the University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa, and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Its purpose is to promote advanced research in the humanities and natural sciences, beyond the regular teaching and research activities at institutions of higher learning.

Launched in May 2015, JIAS aims to create the conditions in which scholars can deliver cutting-edge interdisciplinary thought and research at the highest academic level. This is done by reaching beyond the regular teaching and research routines of contemporary higher education, and by encouraging collaborative scholarly co-operation in both the Humanities and Physical Sciences.

JIAS is the first fully fledged institute of advanced learning in Gauteng, South Africa’s political and economic heartland, Although rooted within UJ, and committed to achieving UJ’s institutional goals, JIAS collaborates with other institutions of higher learning in the region and elsewhere in the country.

To visit the JIAS website, click here.

Human Economy Programme

The Human Economy Programme at the University of Pretoria started in 2011 with the goal of bringing back human concerns in economic studies. To date, the programme has recruited a large number of doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows from around the world. The programme is interdisciplinary and its past and current participants have backgrounds in Sociology, History, Anthropology, Political Science, Development Studies, Religion and Economics. Since July 2013, the programme has been housed in the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship at the University of Pretoria.

Through a number of case studies, the Human Economy Programme has examined how people insert themselves into economic life. What people practically do has often been obscured, marginalised or repressed by dominant economic ideologies that privilege the market. The department is interested in the many ways in which people engage with the economy and respond to institutional forms that perpetuate structures of inequality – creating, challenging, or even trying to ignore them. The human economy is conceived of as being made and remade by people themselves, being based on a holistic conception of human needs and with the interests of humanity as a whole in mind.

The aims of the programme are both academic and practical. We are building a body of research that pertains to the issue of nurturing and expanding economic democracy, particularly in Africa and the global South, and wish to communicate these findings to a wider public in order to support popular movements that are aimed at achieving economic democracy.

The programme’s postdoctoral fellows have published numerous articles based on their individual research.  They have also contributed to special issues in national and international journals, the latest in the Review of African Political Economy (2017), as well as to several volumes in the Human Economy book series by Berghahn Books.  The series now runs to five volumes in total.  The Human Economy programme has hosted four international conferences at the University of Pretoria, on the topics ‘Economy and Democracy’, ‘Money in the Making of World Society’, ‘Land, Money and Human Relations in southern and central Africa’, and ‘The Struggle for Economic Democracy in Africa’.

To visit the Human Economy Programme section on the University of Pretoria website, click here.

Disrupting Africa

Disrupting Africa is a global movement aimed at supporting and promoting African innovation, and preparing the next generation of Africans, both on the continent and in the diaspora, for disruptive technological trends.

The flagship project for Disrupting Africa is the  Encyclopedia of African Innovation, a free online platform to facilitate content and the sharing of information on African Innovation.

The Encyclopedia organizes content on African innovators and innovations, both on the continent and the African diaspora and is dedicated to supporting and promoting African Innovation that will create tremendous opportunities for the African continent.

To read more about Disrupting Africa, click here.

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