Public Lecture: “Donald Trump: Aggravator or Catalyst in EU Crises”

 

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and the Department of Political Sciences (University of Pretoria) held a public lecture on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 entitled “Donald Trump: Aggravator or Catalyst in EU Crises”. The lecture was presented by visiting scholar Dr Wolfgang Seibel from the University of Konstanz, Germany. The event was well attended by a variety of scholars and practitioners including members of the diplomatic corps, government and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), and boasted a strong showing by students from the Department of Political Sciences eager to engage with a highly topical subject matter.

 

A transcript of Dr Seibel’s lecture is available below.

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Book discussion: “The New Politics of Regionalism” and “Post Western World”

On Friday, 3 February the Center for the Study of Governance Innovation hosted roundtable discussion to promote two recently released books, one edited volume by GovInn’s Dr Frank Mattheis and the other by visiting scholar Dr Oliver Stuenkel, Associate Professor of International Relations at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) in São Paulo. The discussion was moderated by University of Pretoria Department of Political Sciences lecturer Ms Sithembile Mbete and received presentations by Dr Mattheis on his edited volume, “The New Politics of Regionalism: Perspectives from Africa, Latin America and Asia-Pacific” (Routledge) and Dr Stuenkel on his book, “Post Western World” (Polity) before engaging with guests in an open table discussion.

 

 

 

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) lecture on the Japanise approach to development in Africa

 

 

On 3 February the Center for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) hosted a lecture by the director of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Mr Naohiro Kitano on Japan’s approach to development in Africa. The lecture drew on Japan’s past experiences of development funding in Asia and particularly South East Asia to inform the nations approach to strategy for funding development projects on the African Continent.

Public Lecture: “Donald Trump: Aggravator or Catalyzer of the EU crises?”

The Center for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and Department of Political Sciences invite you to our public lecture, “Donald Trump: Aggravator or Catalyzer of the EU crises?” with guest speaker Professor Wolfgang Seibel from the University of Konstanz (Germany). Professor Seibel is a Professor of Political and Administrative Sciences at the University of Konstanz, Germany, and an Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin. He held guest professorships at the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University and the Central European University, Budapest. He was twice a temporary member of the Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton, and a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. In 2009, he was elected member of the Heidelberg Academy of Science. His latest publications include “Arduous Learning or New Uncertainties? The Emergence of German Diplomacy in the Ukrainian Crisis” (Global Policy, 2015), “Persecution and Rescue. The Politics of the ‘Final Solution’ in France, 1940–‐1944” (University of Michigan Press, 2016).

Date: 15 February 2017
Time: 16:00‒18:00
Venue: GovInn Headquarters, Old College House (Building 24 on campus map), University of Pretoria Main Campus (Hatfield), please use entrance on University Road.
RSVP: 14 February by following this link: https://goo.gl/forms/rhfD2049F70G0dKM2
Enquiries: info@governanceinnovation.org

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Book Discussion: “The Rise of New Powers in Global and Regional Politics?”

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria invite you to join us on Friday 3 February for a discussion on the changing landscape of international relations with Professor Oliver Stuenkel (Getulio Vargas Foundation) and Dr Frank Mattheis (GovInn) who have both recently released books on the topic. The session will be moderated by Department of Political Sciences lecturer Sithembile Mbete.

In this provocative book Post-Western World: How Emerging Powers Are Remaking Global Order (Polity, 2016), Oliver Stuenkel argues that our understanding of global order and predictions about its future are limited because we seek to imagine the post-Western world from a parochial Western-centric perspective. Such a view is increasingly inadequate in a world where billions of people regard Western rule as a temporary aberration, and the rise of Asia as a return to normalcy.

The volume The New Politics of Regionalism. Perspectives from Africa, Latin America and Asia-Pacific (Routledge, 2017), edited by Ulf Engel, Heidrun Zinecker, Frank Mattheis, Antje Dietze and Thomas Plötze, brings together innovative contributions that focus on the role of regional actors and the making and interplay of regionalisms in the processes of reshaping social spaces within an evolving global order. Analysing these new regionalisms from the perspective of the Global South, the contributions in the volume departs from state-centred perspectives and focusing on the transformations and constructions of regionalisms across varying spatial dimensions.

 

Oliver Stuenkel is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) in São Paulo.

Frank Mattheis is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) at the University of Pretoria.

Sithembile Mbete is a Lecturer in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria.

 

Date: Friday, 3 February 2017

Time: 14h00 – 16h00

Venue: GovInn Headquarters, Old College House, University of Pretoria Main Campus (Hatfield)

RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/jDSDyqOAI4pXObv63

Queries: info@governanceinnovation.org

 

More information on these books:

http://www.postwesternworld.com/2016/04/30/western-available-amazon/

https://www.routledge.com/p/book/9781138200883

 

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Debating South Africa’s Withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC)

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn), in association with the Department of Political Sciences, is delighted to invite you to a Roundtable Discussion on

Debating South Africa’s Withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) with Professors Barney Pityana, Henning Melber, Siphamandla Zondi & Dire Tladi

The announced withdrawal of South Africa from the ICC, along with several other African states, has sparked a wide debate on the role and limitations of the Court. It has elicited a renewed focus on global governance institutions, including concerns over the limits and scope of such institutions.

This roundtable discussion assembles four eminent scholars to take stock of the arguments surrounding the status of the ICC and explores possible directions for its future. Discussion will touch on the perceived anti-African bias of the Court, its continued relevance on the continent and possible options for its renewal to strengthen global justice and the rule of law.

Barney Pityana is Professor emeritus of Law at the University of South Africa (Unisa). He is the retired Principal and Vice Chancellor of Unisa (2001-2010). He was member and Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission (1995-2001), and a member of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (1997-2003). He is an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa.

Henning Melber is Extraordinary Professor at the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria and the Centre for Africa Studies/University of the Free State in Bloemfontein. He is also Director Emeritus and Senior Advisor of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and Senior Research Associate with The Nordic Africa Institute, Sweden.

Siphamandla Zondi is a Professor at the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria. Until recently, he spent 11 years working at the Institute for Global Dialogue, a prominent international affairs think tank. Before that, he served as a researcher on southern Africa and liberation movements at the Africa Institute of Africa.

Dire Tladi is a Professor of International Law at the University of Pretoria. He is also a Member of UN International Law Commission and Special Advisor to the Minister of International Relations. Her formerly served as Legal Counsellor of the SA Permanent Mission to the UN.

The roundtable will be moderated by GovInn Director, Prof Lorenzo Fioramonti.

Date: Thursday, 08 December 2016
Time: 16:00 – 18:00 (coffee and tea will be served from 15:30)
Venue: GovInn Headquarters, Old College House, University of Pretoria Main Campus (Hatfield)
RSVP essential: https://goo.gl/forms/QeH79BHjHAHOMEig2 by 07 December 2016.

[details for entering the campus will be sent to you before the event]
Queries: neil.kasselman@governanceinnovation.org

The New Politics of Regionalism

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Book Cover: The New Politics of Regionalism

On 14 December, GovInn senior researcher Frank Mattheis will participate in the launch of the book “The New Politics of Regionalisms” at the Centre for Area Studies at the University of Leipzig (Germany). He co-edited book, which was published in October 2016 by Routledge, with Ulf Engel, Heidrun Zinecker, Antje Dietze and Thomas Plötze, and contributed to several chapters in the volume. Jon Schubert, postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Leipzig, will act as discussant for the evening.

Since the end of the Cold War, different forms of territorialization have emerged and we are confronted with an increasing number and variety of actors that are establishing regional projects. How can the study of the emergence and transformation of regionalisms and of different forms of territorialization aid in understanding the dynamics of this post-Cold War world order? This edited volume brings together innovative contributions to the study of this new complexity. It focuses on the role of regional actors, and the making and interplay of regionalisms in the processes of reshaping social spaces within an evolving global order. Analysing these new regionalisms from the perspective of the Global South, the contributions in the volume highlight the struggles that take place between a variety of actors, departing from state-centred perspectives and focusing on the transformations and constructions of regionalisms across varying spatial dimensions.

Organized into three sections, the volume attempts to identify the specific conditions and junctures of different forms of region-making in their external (global) and internal (local /national) dimensions. The volume also places special emphasis on interactions, spatial entanglements and comparisons between regionalisms in different parts of the world. By expanding beyond the perspective of North-South transfers, this book seeks to better understand the dynamics and diversity of interregional interactions. The first section looks at the purposes and logics behind regionalisms beyond their declared objectives, followed by a section on the dynamic relations between regionalisms, going beyond a European Union perspective. The final part looks at the place actors have other than states in the making of regionalisms. Throughout the volume, cases and empirical studies from Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa as well as Southeast Asia and the Southwest Pacific support these sections and challenge established notions of regionalism by going beyond a Eurocentric approach.

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Inaugural Thuli Madonsela Good Governance Public Lecture

GovInn director Lorenzo Fioramonti and senior research fellow Prince Mashele with Adv Madonsela.

GovInn director Lorenzo Fioramonti and senior research fellow Prince Mashele with Adv Madonsela.

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and the University of Pretoria are proud to announce the inaugural Thuli Madonsela Good Governance Public Lecture with former Public Protector Adv Thuli Madonsela. An esteemed official who has given her all to the nation deserves appreciation by a grateful public. Given Adv Madonsela’s contribution to strengthening governance at a challenging at time in the history of South Africa, the University of Pretoria through its prestigious Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation has judged it fit to formalize regular remembrances of the good deeds of Adv Madonsela, who has left a positive mark on the face of South African society. Once every year this prestigious lecture will be presented by a shining international or local good governance champion whose work embodies the indomitability of spirit and moral zeal that characterized Adv Madonsela’s tenure as Public Protector. The invite-only event will take place on 1 November and will be broadcast live on PowerFM and ENCA.

Scared of a downgrade? Why it is time to question the politics of numbers

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) will host GovInn director Lorenzo Fioramonti on the 3rd of November 2016 as part of their HSRC seminar series in collaboration with the University of Pretoria. In this seminar, he provides a critique of the current ‘data fever’, especially in the context of credit ratings and international benchmarks, showing both the direct consequences and indirect implications of the increasing power of numbers. At the same time, it investigates innovative attempts to resist the invasion of mainstream statistics by providing alternative measurements or rejecting quantification altogether. An innovative and timely exposé of the politics, power and contestation of numbers in everyday life.

Kindly RSVP by 1 November 2016

Pretoria : HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: acgrossberg@hsrc.ac.za

 

EVENT “International Land Deals for Agriculture: Fresh insight from the Land Matrix” 11 October 2016 10.00

Date: Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 with light refreshments served after
Venue: GovInn Headquarters, Old College House, University of Pretoria Main Campus (Hatfield) RSVP essential: https://goo.gl/forms/bOuQV5AgYjcWI8XO2 by 10 October 2016.
Queries: info@governanceinnovation.org

Land Matrix
Around the world, 26.7 million hectares of agricultural land have been transferred into the hands of foreign investors since the year 2000. This means that these investors possess approximately 2 per cent of the arable land worldwide, or roughly the equivalent to the total area covered by United Kingdom and Slovenia together. This finding comes from a new report entitled Land Matrix Analytical Report II: International Land Deals for Agriculture, to be released on 11 October worldwide. The report provides detailed information on who is buying up farmland in which regions of the world and how this land is being used. It also highlights the economic, social, and political impacts of land grabs.

“This report is very relevant considering the recent decision by the International Criminal Court to hold company executives, politicians and other individuals criminally responsible for environmental destruction and land grabbing,” said Wytske Chamberlain, University of Pretoria researcher who will present the report along with Land Matrix coordinator Saliou Niassy.

From 11 October 2016 the report is downloadable from www.landmatrix.org

About the Land Matrix

The Land Matrix is a global and independent initiative that collects data on land acquisitions in low- and middle-income countries. Its goal is to promote transparency and accountability in decisions over land and investment. It is coordinated by a network of international research institutions and organisations.

Land Matrix Invitation 11.11.2016

Land Matrix Project Support Unit:
Saliou Niassy, Coordinator, Email: saliou.niassy@up.ac.za;
Gaia Manco, Communication officer, Email: media@landmatrix.org