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Reflections on Sixty Years of the European Union in Africa

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and the Delegation of the European Union to South Africa are delighted to invite you to a Roundtable Discussion entitled: Reflections on Sixty Years of the European Union in Africa

FINAL 60th anniversary event UP EU

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

 

Sifting through the hype: The 2016 local elections — analysis and implications

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The Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria will be hosting a panel discussion, “Sifting through the hype: The 2016 local elections — analysis and implications” on Tuesday 13 September 2016 in the Department seminar room (21-16). Speakers include Mr Ebrahim Fakir of the Electoral Institute of South Africa and Ms Sithembile Mbete of UP Department of Political Sciences. They will be joined by the departments Ms Nompumelelo Runji. The seminar begins at 11:30 and for RSVP’s please contact wilma.martin@up.ac.za.

Public seminar: ‘Multilateralism and South African Foreign Policy’, Ambassador Mxolisi Sizo Nkosi, 26 August, 12:00

The Department of Political Sciences and the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) invite you to a public seminar on the topic Multilateralism and South African Foreign Policy presented by Ambassador Mxolisi Sizo Nkosi (Chief Operations Officer, DIRCO; former Ambassador to the European Union).

Invitation

South African foreign policy faces the challenge and opportunity of a rapidly changing African context. The continent is enjoying enhanced international prominence in the 21st century, leading to new multilateral and bilateral relationships with the Global South in particular. This has posed questions about the continued relevance of the Global North on the continent. South Africa stands uniquely poised as a liaison between North and South, with the ability to make a prominent contribution not only to Africa’s place in the world, but to Africa’s ability to help reimagine that world.

Best placed to reflect on these challenges and opportunities is Ambassador Mxolisi Sizo Nkosi.  Ambassador Nkosi, currently the Chief Operations Officer at DIRCO, is an expert in international relations and diplomacy. He returned earlier this year from a four year tenure as South Africa’s Ambassador Extraordinaire to the European Union and Belgium. Prior to that, he held the position of Deputy Director-General responsible for Africa Bilateral relations. He has also served as Chief Director at DIRCO, firstly for North Africa, and later for West and Central Africa. Ambassador Nkosi has travelled extensively in Africa and Europe, and accompanied high-level delegations of former President Thabo Mbeki, President Jacob Zuma, former Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

 

Date:                      Friday 26th August 2016

Venue:                   Merensky Auditorium, Merensky Library, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria

Time:                      12h00 to 13h30 followed by light snacks

RSVP:                      https://goo.gl/forms/Gv1zwTGPfA47CKOV2

 

“Iran back in the game: a new power in international relations?”

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) invited Prof Foad Izadi from the Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran, to give a lecture on Iran’s position in the world after the sanctions.

 

Iran Back in the Game Lecture by Prof Foad Izadi, Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran