‘Science Fridays @Stellenbosch’ with Professor Manuel Castells

Date: Friday, 27 July 2018
Time: 12:00 (light finger lunch) – event from 12:30 – 14:00
Venue: CREST, 5th floor of RW Wilcocks Building (Room 4043)
c/o Ryneveld and Victoria streets, Stellenbosch (Public parking nearby at Eikestad Mall)

We are honoured to announce that the highly esteemed Professor Manuel Castells will be our guest speaker at a special installment of ‘Science Fridays @Stellenbosch’ on 27 July 2018.

Professor Castells holds the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and was awarded the Holberg Prize in 2012 and the Balzan Prize for Sociology in 2013.

Topic: Universities in Africa and development

Professor Castells, along with co-authors Professors Johan Muller and Nico Cloete will talk to the concluding paragraph in the Afterword of their book ‘Castells in Africa: Universities and Development’:

Universities cannot simply mobilise against destructive politics; they also have to protect their mission as beacons of innovation, ideas and equality, without surrendering everything to activism. Ultimately, the convergence between the shift to a new form of economic organisation, the acceleration of the technological revolution, and the legitimation of political institutions, has a site in society: higher education. This is why the university is simultaneously a decisive battlefield and our hope for a better future in the midst of the current darkness.

RSVP: Rolene Langford via email at rlm@sun.ac.za by 23 July 2018

Science Fridays @Stellenbosch is a series of conversations about science in society, hosted by the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at Stellenbosch University. It is free and open to anyone interested in how science interacts with our daily lives. 


Article: Protecting universities’ knowledge-production mandate

University World News has published an article written by Mark Paterson and Nico Cloete on protecting universities’ knowledge-production mandate. The article resulted from this Science Fridays @Stellenbosch meeting. Read the article.