Public & Inaugural Lectures
An Inaugural Lecture is an auspicious occasion for the University to acknowledge the appointment or promotion of new, full professors, introduce them to the academic and non-academic community of the University, and to provide opportunity for engagement with the greater community.
The presentation of an Inaugural Lecture is a significant milestone in the academic career of a full professor and provides a platform to share past research and introduce new ideas to a diverse academic and non-academic audience.
The abstract and/or full text of each lecture as well as the CV and a news piece are available for download from the bulleted list below each Professor's name. The video of each lecture has been published on our YouTube channel and can also be accessed below the bulleted list.
Date: 8 September 2016
Twenty-two years into democracy, has our much-lauded constitution transformed what was a very unjust and unequal society into something better? Prof Mukheibir looks at South Africa's constituion to discuss what difference it has made.
Date: 18 August 2016
The relevance of universities as educational institutions in the modern era has, over the past decade, come under intense scrutiny for various reasons. In the development studies field, most of its content has been defined by the disjuncture between the emphasis on Western epistemology at the expense of local contexts; imported theoretical viewpoints at the expense of indigenous viewpoints.
Prof David Bell
Date: 2 August 2016
The presumption that Nature obeys deterministic laws and that an understanding of Nature is best arrived at by delving ever more deeply into the character and interactions of its fundamental constituents have dominated modern science. Nevertheless, many of science’s discoveries now point to a world underpinned by chance and uncertainty, with fundamental materials and behaviours incomprehensible in familiar physical terms. The study of complex systems narrows the gap between these profound but confusing implications of fundamental physics and world of everyday human experience.
Date: 26 July 2016
The lecture provided some background to family businesses and highlighted their prominence and contributions worldwide. Given these contributions it is only fitting that academia recognise the importance of studying these businesses. Over a period of only 30 years, the field of family business has progressed significantly in terms of interested scholars, publication activity, numbers of journals and topics covered, as well as theories and methods used.
Date: 30 May 2016
The lecture deals with the relationship between social structure and human agency. This is not a new problem for social scientists, and the motive for Prof Cherry's intellectual enquiry over the past thirty-five years has not changed; it is how to respond to the injustices of our society, with a profound belief that a different social order is possible.
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