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The HSRC BRICS seminars intend to stimulate interest in BRICS and to involve BRICS stakeholders from other institutions and the public at large in SABTT initiatives. 

The seminars, which are open to the public and free of charge, are presented via the videoconferencing facilities of the HSRC and may be attended in the HSRC offices in Pretoria, Cape Town or Durban. Below are our archives of past events, which may include associated presentations, speeches and summaries of the proceedings:


Educational Engagment: China, Africa and South Africa

Presenter: Dr Ke Yu (HSRC), 27 January 2015

This presentation draws upon the chapter Dr. Ke Yu wrote in Perspectives on South Africa-China Relations (published by AISA) and focus on the educational engagement. In addition to  pan-African and China-centric lens, it also applies South Africa specific and Africa-centric lens to offer a more comprehensive and realistic examination of the Sino-South African engagement on education.

Are BRICS Countries Winning the War on HIV. Aids? Analysis of Responses

Presenter: Prof Geoffrey Setswe, Prof Olive Shisana, Dr Mpumi Zungu, (HSRC), 24 October 2014

This presentation used a comparative case study method to analyse the national responses to HIV/AIDS in the BRICS countries. Presenters focused on the following areas; the magnitude of HIV/AIDS; mode of transmission; policy responses and programmatic responses in the five BRICS countries.

The Evolving Dynamics of the China Africa Relations

Presenter: HE Mr DOU Enyong (Assistant Minister of the International Department of the Communist Party of  China), 23 October 2014

This seminar explores current developments of Sino-Africa relations particularly in the context of the Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). Since its establishment in October 2000, FOCAC has been gradually institutionalised and become an important platform for collective dialogue and an effective mechanism for enhancing practical cooperation between China and African countries.

BRICS: Inequality and Development Challenges

Dr Kraemer-Mbula, Institute for Economic Research on Innovation (IERI), Tshwane University of Technology, 21 August 2014

The speaker presents on the second volume in a series of five books bringing together the results of intensive research on the national systems of innovation (NSI) in the BRICS countries This book addresses an aspect that is normally absent from the discussion: the relation between innovation and inequality in the BRICS economies.

 
Reporting on the Sixth BRICS Summit

Presenter: Dr Olive Shisana (HSRC), 29 July 2014

The seminar discussed the declarations adopted at the BRICS Summit held on 15 July 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil with the theme of Inclusive Growth: Sustainable Solutions.The Summit was successful as agreements were reached in areas that will strengthen the impact of BRICS on global development underpinned by inclusive macroeconomic and social policies. Highlights included the creation of the New Development Bank and the Contingency Reserve

 
Laying the BRICS of a New Global Order: From Yekaterinburg 2009 - eThekwini 2013

Presenter: Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller (HSRC), Francis A. Kornegay (Institute for Global Dialogue and University of South Africa), 31 July 2014

This seminar discussed the emergence of the BRICS as an institution and the role that South Africa has played in it so far. The presentation is based on a book of the same name

The Elephant in the Room: Peace and Security in the BRICS Partnership; Towards the 6th BRICS Summit

Presenter: Dr Candice Moor (ACCORD and research associate at University of Johannesburg), 9 June 2014

The discussion analysed the links between development, peace and security, and the potential this relationship held for the engagements of the BRICS states. In doing so, it highlighted the necessity for cooperation on key international security issues of the day, including the fight against terrorism; and, the enhancement of global and national cybersecurity.

25 Years of Science Communication in India:  Lessons from Kumbh  Mela Studies.

Presenter: Professor Gauhar Raza (Department of Science Communication through Multi-Media (SCM) National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR), CSIR, INDIA, and Honorary Director of Jahangirabad Media Institute), 22 May 2014

Professor Gauhar Raza reflected on the progress of research in the area of science communication in India over the past twenty years.

 
South Africa and China as BRICS Partners: Media Perspectives on Geopolitical Shifts 

Presenter: Prof Herman Wasserman (Rhodes University), 30 April 2014

This seminar seeks to establish how this relationship has been represented in the South African media, and to explore the attitudes of senior journalists and editors towards South Africa`s position within the changing global geopolitical landscape.

Public Attitudes Towards Migration: The Case of BRICS

Presenter:  Dr Ke Yu and Mr Steven Gordon (HSRC), 29 October 2013

The seminar focused on an inquiry around two central questions: do educational systems work as mediators of pro-immigrant or anti-immigration attitudes in BRICS? And to what extent do educational attainment effects differ within BRICS?

 
Ubuntu, Science and Society and the Chinese Civilization

Presenter:  Dr Hester du Plessis (HSRC), with colleagues from the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA), 15 October 2013

The presentation explores the science and society paradigm and describes the historical references regarding China and China`s progression to modernisation.

BRICS Development Bank and Public Infrastructure Investment

Presenter:  Dr Jaya Josie (HSRC), 3 September 2013

This seminar discussed the emergence, role and rational behind the BRICS Development Bank, the impact of the Financial Crisis, Financial Crisis impact on BRICS trade.

The Relationship Between Urbanization and Development in the BRICS

Presenter: Prof Ivan Turok (HSRC), 28 August 2013

The seminar examined the contribution over recent decades of urbanization to inclusive development in the BRICS. The role of government policies towards rural-urban migration will be a particular focus of attention. The presenter argued that urbanisation is not automatically or inevitably a progressive force because the negative effects can outweigh the positive, but with careful planning and investment in appropriate infrastructure it can contribute to fairer and more durable development. 

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