Public Dialogues

IPATC hosts regular Public Dialogues on current events, issues and trends. Held in collaboration with other academic institutions at UJ and elsewhere, the Dialogues are open to the public. Public Dialogues held in 2016 and 2017 are listed below.

Reporting a Continent: Who Owns the African Story?

Public Dialogue No 12

On Thursday 25 May 2017 — Africa Day — IPATC, in partnership with the UJ Library, hosted a Public Dialogue entitled “Reporting a Continent: Who Owns the African Story?” The Public Dialogue was chaired by Thandeka Gqubula, a journalist at the SABC. The speakers were:

  • Prof Arthur Mutambara, former deputy prime minister of Zimbabwe and president of the African News Agency (ANA) in Johannesburg
  • Andrew Harding, the BBC’s Africa correspondent, also based in Johannesburg.

Presentation by Rachel Perkins

Public Dialogue No 11

On 20 April 2017, IPATC, in partnership with the Australian High Commission, the UJ Department of Journalism, Film and Television, and the UJ Library, hosted a presentation by the renowned Aboriginal Australian filmmaker Rachel Perkins.

Rachel Perkins is the daughter of one of Australia’s foremost Aboriginal Rights activists of the 1960s/1970s, Charles Perkins. Besides her filmmaking activities, she heads a foundation charged with preserving Aboriginal language, song, and cultural traditions. She was on a tour organised by five Australian Embassies in Africa to showcase her films on the continent.

The event at UJ started with a screening of her film ‘Mabo’. This was followed by her presentation, and a panel discussion. Besides commenting on the film, Perkins also discussed her use of film as as tool to promote the recognition of Indigenous rights and heritage, and challenge historical representations of Australia’s Indigenous people.

The Thabo Mbeki I Know

Public Dialogue No 10

On 6 April, IPATC, in partnership with the UJ Library, launched the book entitled The Thabo Mbeki I Know, edited by Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu and Miranda Strydom. The event was chaired by Prof Adekeye Adebajo, Director of IPATC. The speakers were:

      • Essop Pahad, Former Minister in the Presidency under Thabo Mbeki
      • Patricia McFadden, Former Visiting Professor, Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI), University of South Africa, Tshwane
      • Albert Sachs, Former Justice, Constitutional Court of South Africa
      • Prof Chris Landsberg, holder of the NRF Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at UJ.

Challenges of Conflict Prevention, Peacekeeping, and Peacebuilding in Africa

Public Dialogue No 9

On 9 March 2017, IPATC, the NRF Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, and the UJ Confucius Institute hosted a Round Table discussion with Professor Ibrahim Gambari, former Foreign Minister of Nigeria, Former UN Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs, and a member of the AU APRM. He spoke on “Challenges of Conflict Prevention, Peacekeeping, and Peacebuilding in Africa: A Practitoner’s Perspective”.

The discussion was chaired by Prof Chris Landsberg, holder of the NRF Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy. Prof Gambari was introduced by Prof Adekeye Adebajo, Director of IPATC. Dr David Monyae, Co-Director of the UJCI, gave a vote of thanks.

Obama’s Africa Legacy: A Triumph of Symbolism?

Public Dialogue No 8

On 7 February 2017, in collaboration with the UJ Library, IPATC held a Public Dialogue on “Obama’s Africa Legacy: A Triumph of Symbolism?” The Dialogue was chaired by Prof Chris Landsberg, holder of the NRF Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at UJ. The speakers were:

      • Prof Adekeye Adebajo, Director of IPATC
        Prof John Stremlau, Visiting Professor at Wits University.

Post-BRICS Summit and its Impact on Africa

Public Dialogue No 7

On 26 October 2016, IPATC, in collaboration with the UJ Confucius Institute and the NRF Chair for African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at UJ, held a Public Dialogue on “BRICS: The Post BRICS Summit and its Impact on Africa”. The Dialogue was chaired by Dr David Monyae, Director of the UJ Confucius Institute. The speakers were:

      • Dave Malcomson, Chief Director, South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation
      • Dr Philani Mthembu, Acting Executive Director, Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD)
      • Prof Patrick Bond, Department of Political Economy, Wits University.

Objectives and Assessments of the G20

Public Dialogue No 6

On 14 September 2016, IPATC, in collaboration with the UJ Confucius Institute, held a Public Dialogue onObjectives and Assessments of the G20″. The Dialogue was chaired by Prof Chris Landsberg, holder of the NRF Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at UJ. The speakers were:

      • Dr Nomfundo Ngwenya, Project Director, Global Economic Governance, Johannesburg
      • Cedric Crowley, Deputy Director, Economic Development, South African Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO)
      • Prof Mzukisi Qobo, IPATC.

Decolonising Knowledge

Public Dialogue No 5

On 8 September 2016, IPATC held a Public Dialogue on “Decolonising Knowledge: Resituating and Affirming African Scholarship for an African Renaissance”. The Dialogue was chaired by Prof Cheryl Hendricks, Head of the Department of the Politics and International Relations at UJ. The speakers were:

      • Prof Shiela Bunwaree, Chair of African Studies, University of Mauritius, Moka
      • Prof Alioune Sall, Executive Director, African Futures Institute, Tshwane
      • Prof Patricia McFadden, Visiting Professor, Thabo Mbeki Leadership Institute (TMLI), University of South Africa, Tshwane
      • Prof Adebayo Olukoshi, Regional Director, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
      • Prof Mohamed Salih, Institute for Social Studies, Leiden University, The Netherlands
      • Prof Sabelo J Ndlovu-Gatsheni, Head, Archie Mafeje Research Institute, University of South Africa, Tshwane.

Redefining the Electoral Landscape

Public Dialogue No 4

On 25 August 2016, in collaboration with the Department of Politics and International Relations at UJ, IPATC held a Public Dialogue on “Redefining the Electoral Landscape”. The Dialogue was chaired by Prof Cheryl Hendricks, Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations at UJ. The speakers were:

      • Prof Kwandiwe Kondlo, Department of Politics and International Relations, UJ
      • Prof Nghamula Nkuna, Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration, University of Limpopo
      • Ongama Mtimka, Lecturer and PhD Candidate, Departments of Political and Conflict Studies, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Eastern Cape
      • Prof Herbert Maserumule, Acting Head, Department of Public Management, Tshwane University of Technology, Tshwane
      • Prof Susan Booysen, Wits School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand
      • Prof Mcebisi Ndletyana, IPATC
      • Dr Bheki Mngomezulu, Mzala Nxumalo Centre for the Study of South African Society, Pietermaritzburg
      • Ebrahim Fakir, Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA), Johannesburg
      • Dr Sithembele Mbethe, Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Pretoria, Tshwane

Thabo Mbeki: Africa’s Philosopher-King

Public Dialogue No 3

On 25 May 2016 (Africa Day), in collaboration with the NRF Chair for African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at UJ and the UJ Library, held a Public Dialogue on the book Thabo Mbeki: The Rise and Fall of Africa’s Philosopher-King, by Prof Adekeye Adebajo, incoming Director of IPATC. The Dialogue was chaired by Prof Gilbert Khadiagala of the Department of International Relations at Wits University. The panelists were:

      • Dr Adekeye Adebajo, Incoming Director, IPATC
      • Prof Chris Landsberg, holder of the NRF Chair for African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at UJ
      • Naseera Noor Mahomed, MA candidate in Philosophy of Management, NRF Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy.

Regional Integration and Africa’s Development

Public Dialogue No 2

On 11 May 2016, IPATC held a Public Dialogue on “Regional Integration and Africa’s Development”. The Dialogue was chaired by Prof Mzukisi Qobo of IPATC. The speakers were:

      • Dr Malebakeng Forere, senior lecturer, Wits University
      • Ambassador Faizel Ismail, Special Advisor on International Trade, South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Tshwane
      • Prof Mills Soko, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town

God, Spies and Lies

Public Dialogue No 1

On 5 May 2016, IPATC held a Public Dialogue on the book God, Spies and Lies: Finding South Africa’s Future Through its Past by the veteran journalist John Matisonn.

The Dialogue was chaired by Prof David Moore, Head of Department of Anthropology and Development Studies at UJ. The panelist was Prof Chris Landsberg, holder of the NRF Chair in African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at UJ.