Troubling Violence: A Praxis for Transformative Learning Abstract Violence has come to dominate the South African consciousness. This lecture offers insights from a career of developing peace education and scholarship in a context of endemic violence. I will engage with dual notions of troubling violence. First, I examine the multiple ways in which violence has […]

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Professor Tilahun Seyoum Workneh Integrated Innovative Postharvest Technologies to Reduce Losses of Horticultural Crops Abstract African countries have a range of climates that are favourable for the production of horticultural crops. These countries have attempted to intensify production. However, production in Africa is lower when compared to other continents. Also, the production has not been […]

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Professor Fortuné Massamba On Some Geometric Structures in Smooth Manifolds Abstract The contact and almost contact structures are two of the most interesting examples of differential geometric structures. Their theory is a natural generalization of so-called contact geometry, which has important applications in classical and quantum mechanics.  Almost contact metric structures are an odd-dimensional analogue […]

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Professor Gueguim Kana Microbial Factories and Artificial Intelligence – Fixing Global Bugs with Tiny Bugs Abstract Microbial factories generate an array of biopharmaceuticals, biofuels and biochemicals with the potential to revolutionize  bioeconomy of the World and address key global challenges highlighted in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  However, the complex multivariate space and the […]

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Running rings around oxygen and nitrogen to discover lead molecules for pharmaceuticals Abstract The cost of healthcare in South Africa is expensive and in many cases inaccessible to those that cannot afford it. In addition, problems such as antibacterial resistance and the rising increase in cancer globally, highlights the need for the development of new […]

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Monitoring the Atmosphere from Space and Ground Based Remote Sensing Abstract In the present context of global changes, atmospheric and climatic research should be more organized in the framework of international collaborations and research networks. During recent years, the importance of systematic monitoring of the atmospheric structure, dynamics and composition has been confirmed by numerous […]

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Low achievement outcomes in mathematics: Issues of learning, teaching and Common Sense Abstract The very low learning  outcomes in mathematics are often cited as an impediment to sound economic growth in the country. Learning mathematics is a fragile process which is easily disrupted and requires special teaching skills on the part of the teacher. However […]

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Professor Kathleen Pithouse-Morgan Finding Poetry in Professional Learning: A Polyvocal Bricolage Abstract Professional has roots in the Latin profiteri, meaning, “declare openly”. If we think about professional in this way, turning our learning inside out and inviting others to engage with it is central to professional learning. In turning my own learning as a teacher […]

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The Tourism-Migration Nexus: Memory, Mobility and the Limits of Academic Disciplines. The increasing intersection between tourism, migration and other forms of travel interrogate precise definitions and disciplinary boundaries. John Urry’s influential ‘mobility paradigm’ opened up new avenues of research, but did ultimately not effect substantial change in the academic field (if not discipline) of tourism […]

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  Academic Agnosticism: Unknowing and UNKnowledge Systems. Agnosticism is a philosophical term characterized by uncertainty. Perhaps it is rather peculiar and seemingly counter-intuitive to append ‘agnosticism’ to academia. The former is all about the unknown and the probably unknowable, while the latter is (meant to) be about the knowing, coming to know, knowledge and to […]

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