Political studies under discussion during regional symposium

Annette Willemse -- Mon, 10/05/2015 - 12:33

Political studies under discussion during regional symposium

The South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS) recently hosted its regional symposium on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).

The symposium represented a collaborative effort between the University of the Free State (UF) and North-West University. The theme of the 2015 regional symposium was: “Trends in global political development and constitutionalism.” The one-day event saw Mr Ebrahim Fakir: Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in South Africa (EISA) deliver the keynote address. The title of his address was: “Contemporary South African politics: Is there a retreat from ideas to identities?” Mr Fakir is the Manager: Governance, Institutions and Processes at EISA and is widely regarded as an expert in several fields within the realm of political studies, such as: political analysis, policy processes, political parties, elections, local governance, legislative institutional rules and process development, oversight and accountability as well as media and the society.


More about the regional symposium

Apart from the keynote address, the symposium saw several interactive panel discussion sessions taking place. These panel discussions focused on a numerous of topics, including: 

Political Science: Teaching and Learning

Dr Tania Coetzee (UF) Teaching strategy: From theory to practice
  Dr Ina Gouws (NWU) Facing professional development challenges when implementing technology in teaching political science
  Dr Jan-Carel Venter (NWU) The transition of philosophy into ideology; and the fundamental role of mythology in the process
Critical perspectives in political science Prof Victor Ojakorotu (NWU) Gender perspective on engendering peace process in the Democratic Republic of Congo conflict
  Me Judith Kamffer (NWU) Freedom of religion or belief and democracy in the Middle East and Africa
  Mr Eben Coetzee (UF) Trust no one? Democratic peace theory meets 007
Political development and constitutionalism in SA Mr Chillboy Onyebukwa (NWU) Human rights and police brutality in South Africa: facts and fallacies
  Prof Erika Serfontein (NWU) Bekkersdal, the discrepancy between life expectations as created by the Constitution and life experiences
  Dr Jacques Matthee (NWU) African customary values in the context of SA criminal values; has there been a change in the judicial policy since 1996
Service delivery Mr Joseph Mkwananzi (NWU) Illegal immigrants as a cause of xenophobia and the perceptions of employment deprivation amongst South Africans
  Me Germarie Viljoen (NWU) Water as public property: The German Law example
  Mr Sysman Motloung (NWU) Rethinking the Social Contract: Misrecognition and betrayal trauma in South African politics
Trends in African political development Me Marina da Silva (UF) The challenges of the African engagement with the United Nations (UN) Security Council
  Me Alta Vermeulen (UF) Why African lives are deemed less newsworthy: A study of terrorism, its effects and the global perceptions thereof
  Me Chinique Mortimer (NWU) African development a failed project?
Development in sub-saharan Africa Dr Mbangu Muyingi (NWU) The Great Lakes region's politics: A discourse of peace and stability
  Mr Serumange Zake (NWU) Protection of regional political principles versus protection of  national laws
  Me Busi Khaba (NWU) Madagascar's political stability and the special economic zone post the 2009 crisis
Constitutionalism Dr Gideon van Riet (NWU) Political development and constitutionalism as self-denigration
  Dr Illyayambwa Mwanawina (NWU) Elucidating the quandary: Advancing constitutionalism, the Public Protector and Executive discretion
  Mr Pieter Heydenrych (NWU) Constitutionalism and coloniality: A two step or a case of white men can't dance?
International relation Prof Theo Neethling (UF) South Africa and the United States (US) Africon: The politics and consequences of a lukewarm relationship
  Mr Marno Swart (UF) Actions speak louder than words: liberal internationalism, offensive realism and the Central Intelligence Agency