Professor Sabine Marschall

The Tourism-Migration Nexus: Memory, Mobility and the Limits of Academic Disciplines. The increasing intersection between tourism, migration and other forms of travel interrogate precise definitions and disciplinary boundaries. John Urry’s influential ‘mobility paradigm’ opened up new avenues of research, but did ultimately not effect substantial change in the academic field (if not discipline) of tourism […]

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Professor Maheshvari Naidu

  Academic Agnosticism: Unknowing and UNKnowledge Systems. Agnosticism is a philosophical term characterized by uncertainty. Perhaps it is rather peculiar and seemingly counter-intuitive to append ‘agnosticism’ to academia. The former is all about the unknown and the probably unknowable, while the latter is (meant to) be about the knowing, coming to know, knowledge and to […]

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Professor Emmanuel John M. Carranza 

  Spatial Exploration of the Third Kingdom. In my inaugural lecture I will discuss briefly the basic tools of mineral exploration, describe briefly my career pathways in the field of mineral exploration, and discuss briefly GIS-based mineral systems approach to exploration targeting. For the most part of my inaugural lecture, I will discuss a case […]

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Professor Kalpana Hiralal

From the Margin to the Mainstream: Women and Gender in South African History. The talk provides a critical assessment of debates within and about gender history in South Africa. Women’s history, now transforming into gender history, is notably broadening and enriching historical studies. Over the past two decades there has been a variety of approaches […]

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Professor Goolam Vahed

On the margins: Writing History at a Time of Profound Political Change. In this lecture I will present an overview of the main themes in my work over the past three decades, both its empirical content as well as theoretical and methodological endeavours. My writings have taken place against the backdrop of major political changes […]

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Professor Peter Ajibade

Metal complexes as magic bullets against drug resistant diseases and precursors for nanomaterials. The study of chemistry until the nineteenth century was viewed as a religion derived from alchemical roots that focused on spiritual quest in search of keys to immortality, methods to synthesize gold and magic portions to cure diseases. The central piece of […]

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Professor Bice S Martincigh

The Marvels and Magic of Physical Chemistry.  In my inaugural lecture I will briefly describe my upbringing in a community of Italian immigrants in South Africa in the 1960s and 1970s.  I will then discuss how my education led me to specialize in Physical Chemistry and how I found an academic career to be a […]

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Professor Fatima Suleman

Affordability and equitable access to medicines for public health. Debate is growing globally around the topic of affordability and equitable access to medicines for public health. The United Nations High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines Report said: “Never in the past has our knowledge of science been so profound and the possibilities to treat all […]

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Professor Tesfaye Kidane Birke

From Magnetostratigraphy to Paleogeography: A Journey Through Paleomagnetism. The magnetic field of the earth is routinely recorded during rock formation processes and gets preserved for billions of years thereafter. This fossil magnetic field could be used for a spectrum of geoscientific applications such as determining age of rocks formation, regional tectonics and paleogeography. Spatial and […]

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Professor Prevanand (Labby) Ramrathan

Teachers and teaching: transforming education. In this lecture I offer glimpses into my personal journey in the path to address a key element in education – teachers and teaching.  My journey began 20 years ago as an academic working with teacher development.  Addressing teacher development is vital for quality education in South Africa and significant […]

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