Ari Sitas

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Board Chairperson

NIHSS Board Chairperson, Professor Ari Sitas is the head of the University of Cape Town’s Sociology Department. A scholar of sociology and political philosophy, he was a founder member of Junction Avenue Theatre Company. He has received numerous accolades for artistic works including an Olive Schreiner Award for his play Randlords and Rotgut. He is also a celebrated poet. He has held numerous prestigious positions including a Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and a Guest Professorship at the Albert-Ludvigs University of Freiburg. He currently serves as a South African representative on the BRICS Think Tanks Council. Prof Sitas has been a senior fellow and research associate in a number of institutions including the University of California, Berkeley, Ruskin College and Oxford University. He is a past president of the South African Sociological Association, a Vice-President of the International Sociological Association and an Executive member of the African Sociological Association. He serves on the Board of the Chris Hani Institute and currently directs a Department of Science and Technology Grand Challenge Research programme on African Diasporas and Migrations; the award-winning Global Studies Masters Programme inaugurated between Germany, South Africa and India and a variety of joint research projects with international colleagues. His recent publications include: The Ethic of Reconciliation, Durban and New Delhi, Madiba Press, 2007; The Mandela Decade-Labour Culture and Society in Post-Apartheid South Africa, Pretoria: UNISA Press, 2010; principal author of Gauging and Engaging Deviance, 1600-2000, New Delhi: Tulika Press, 2014.

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