Institute for Social and Health Sciences (ISHS)

Friendship and Hope Campaign

September and October 2019 have been exciting months for the Institute for Social and Health Sciences (ISHS) and surrounding communities, as the main events of the annual Thembelihle Friendship and Hope Campaign commenced for the year. Constituted by an intercommunity sports tournament hosted in Thembelihle, south-west of Johannesburg, and a walk spurring the values of friendship, cooperation and shared fun, the events searched to create a dynamic environment encouraging dialogue, conversation, connectedness and inclusion. Read more

Unisa ISHS Doctoral Opportunities for 2020

The ISHS is offering potential doctoral students an exciting opportunity to advance their qualifications and further their research skills through UNISA’s Grow Your Own Timber (GYOT) Project. GYOT is a strategic UNISA initiative aimed at supporting post-graduate students through fixed-term, fulltime contract appointments. Read more

Toward Black-centred Excellence: Supervision and Mentorship of Students in the African Context

Universities as major sources of the production and dissemination of knowledge are key to tackling problems on the African continent. However, most African students continue to struggle with access to universities which are often alienating, colonising, patriarchal and anti-poor, as well as privileging a Eurocentric curriculum. These struggles continue to not only negatively affect the success rates of students but also the quality of knowledge produced at African universities. While there have been some notable interventions following the student-led demand for decolonised higher education and universities in South Africa, in the main, institutional structures and practices remain misaligned to the epistemological and ontological needs of the majority of students. Open distance learning universities, such as the University of South Africa, are faced with additional distinctive challenges that impede student success, such as isolation, self-direction and limited interaction with supervisors and mentors. The African higher education environment is thus obliged, now more than ever, to reconsider the appropriateness of existing knowledge traditions and values, and pedagogic practices. Read more

When They See Us

A Discussion, on The Eusebius McKaiser Show, Jun 17, 2019. Read more

Male Body Image As Seen Through Action Toys

A Discussion, on The Eusebius McKaiser Show, April 12, 2019. Read more

Reattributing shame as an act of social justice

I remember the first time I gave a talk to a group of strangers about that fact that I had been raped. The shame of it felt like a weight, trying to crush me into the floor as I attempted to stand up tall and look unblinkingly out into the room. Read more

The Black Body? (Still)A Site of Oppression?

On Human Rights Day, March 21, 2019, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg hosted a dialogue on black bodies. Read more

Continuing the struggle for social justice: 14th Annual Peace, Safety and Human Rights Memorial Lecture

On 13 March 2019, the Unisa College of Graduate Studies and its Institute for Social and Health Sciences (ISHS) held its 14th Annual Peace, Safety and Human Rights Memorial Lecture at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. The Unisa ISHS had the privilege of hosting Ms Sibongile Mhkabela, CEO of the Nelson Mandela’s Children Foundation, as the keynote speaker, and Alison Lazarus, Sam Moodley, Ayanda Kuzwayo and Ruwayda Halim, co-authors of the book Time to Remember: Reflections of Women from the Black Consciousness Movement, in the conversational panel that followed the keynote. Read more

#DontLookAway What men can learn from campaigns like #MeToo and #MenAreTrash

Sexual violence has an effect of shaming, often into silence, the very people who are violated. Other effects of shame include self-blame and self-destructive behaviours. Instead of shame attaching to the perpetrators of sexual violence, who according to statistics are overwhelmingly men, the shame becomes the burden of the survivor.In no other crime (eg robbery or murder) does shame become the problem of the victims or survivors. Read more