Jul 172013

The first Unisa Cambridge conference in the Southern Hemisphere is a small-scale international conference for sharing ODeL experience and knowledge while highlighting issues particularly relevant to the Global South. The conference is held 29 September to 2 October 2013 at Spier Estate in Stellenbosch, Cape Town.


The University of South Africa in association with the Commonwealth of Learning and Cambridge Distance Education presents The Unisa Cambridge International Conference on Open and Distance and eLearning 2013.

The first Unisa Cambridge conference in the Southern Hemisphere will continue the tradition, established by the Cambridge conference over the last thirty years, of a small-scale international conference for sharing ODeL experience and knowledge while highlighting issues particularly relevant to the Global South. Total participation will be limited to 100 delegates.

This conference will examine continuity and change in Open, Distance and eLearning within the context of political, economic, social and technological transformations that impel a re-examination of current assumptions and structures. Participants will have opportunities to explore those principles and practices that are worth maintaining and preserving from previous generations of ODeL and those which should inform the development of ODeL in the immediate future and on the longer term. Papers, presentations and discussions will promote discussions around the following themes:

  • The present and the future of ODeL – disjunction, rupture or continuity; a straight path, a winding road, or a brand new superhighway
  • The North and the South – what can we learn from areas of convergence and difference?
  • Structure and fluidity – what is worth preserving and what should we let go?
  • The current and potential impact of OER on ODeL
  • Global change and its impact on ODeL –the potential impacts on ODeL of escalating inequalities, the digital divide, poverty, economic downturns and a mass demand for education?
  • Technologies in whose hands? Exploring issues: re-purposing social media technologies for ODeL applications; weighing the effectiveness and viability of new technologies; considering the various dimensions of accessibility
  • The increasing convergence of ODeL and traditional face-to-face universities and the consequences for ODeL institutions.

Keynote speakers

Professor Asha Kanwar: Commonwealth of Learning
Professor Bakary Diallo: African Virtual University
Professor Alan Tait: Open University UK
Professor Saleem Badat: Council for Higher Education South Africa

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Jun 192013

To find ways to articulate and listen to landscape that challenge established patterns of perception and intervention, and which probe the everyday and archival ruptures and silences exacerbated by social, political and intellectual involvement. This conference will be held at Stellenbosch University on 9 to 10 September 2013.


Landscapes are divided and dissonant sites of individual and collective being. They bear traces of past, present and future ambitions, interventions and injustices. And yet, their grammars and sounds, whether intimate, instrumentalised or commodified, push at the limits of representation and theory and simultaneously construct systems of ideological, aesthetic, political and historical appropriation.

Following the first meeting at Oxford University, May 2012, the Stellenbosch symposium marks the continuation of an inter-continental and inter-disciplinary project addressing the cross-articulations and intersections of landscape, music, and the spaces of sound. This symposium aims to bring together a wide-ranging number of disciplinary and approaches subjects.

The following themes are envisaged as primary concerns:

Spaces and sounds of power and politics: interpreting reservation, capital, academy, legitimation;

Spaces and sounds of contestation: how landscapes structure and suture struggles of class, nationality, race and education;

Philosophical approaches to the spaces of sound:  transcendental metaphors, the culture/nature debate, epistemologies and ontologies, non-representational theories of social and musical space;

Spaces and sounds of transformation/devastation: ‘junk space’, inter-state freeways, sprawling suburbs, shopping malls, non-places;

Landscape as utopian, dystopian or heterotopia;

Urban landscapes, or landscapes that confound simple rural/urban divides.

Keynote speakers:

Prof. Cherryl Walker (Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Stellenbosch University)
Prof. Richard Taruskin (Department of Music, University of California, Berkeley)

Invited speakers and artists:

Jonathan Cross (Faculty of Music, University of Oxford)
Jessica Dubow (Department of Geography, University of Sheffield)
Angela Impey (Department of Music, School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London)
Christine Lucia (Stellenbosch University)
Aryan Kaganof (Filmmaker)
Winfried Lüdemann (Stellenbosch University)
Edwin Cameron (Constitutional Court justice, South Africa)
Willem Boshoff (Visual artist)
Kyle Shepherd (Jazz musician, composer)
Fiona Tozer, Neo Muyanga, Hendrik Hofmeyr (Composer panel)
Hans Huyssen, Theo Herbst (Composer round table)

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Jun 142013

The aim of the workshop held at STIAS Conference Centre in Stellenbosch, 2 – 6 September 2013 is to explore the use of innovative adaptive optical elements, concepts and systems as they relate to medical devices, high power lasers, imaging, microscopy and industrial lasers.


The International Workshop on Adaptive Optics for Industry and Medicine (AOIM) provides engineers and scientists from both academia and industry with opportunities to explore, current practices, future trends and recent developments in adaptive optics and related fields. A key feature of this single-session meeting is the relaxed atmosphere with all participants encouraged to discuss and present their work either as a poster or a talk.

Topics will include:

Adaptive optical (AO) devices,

Digital holography in AOs,

AO in imaging systems,

Applications of AOs.

Wavefront sensing and measurement,

Aberration correction,

Spatial light modulators,

Invited Speakers

Prof.David Williams (University of  Rochester, USA)

Prof.Stefan Piehler (University of  Stuttgart, Germany)

Prof. Martin Booth (University of Oxford, UK)

Prof. Juan Bueno (University of  Murcia, Spain)

Prof. Gordon Love (University of Durham, UK)

Dr Rocio Borrego Varillas (University of  Jaume I,  Spain)

Dr Michael Duparre (University of  Jena, Germany)

Prof Jesus Lancis Saez (University of  Jaume I, Spain)

Important Dates:

1 Oct 2012 1st call

30 Jan 2013 Abstracts due

30 April 2013 Registration for authors

30 June 2013 Registration deadline

30 July 2013 Payment of registration fees

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Aug 062012

We are excited to welcome the Klein Welmoed Luxury Guest House to Conference Venues SA’s evergrowing list of conference venues in Stellenbosch.  This family owned guest house is nestled in the heart of the Stellenbosch winelands.  Klein Welmoed  is a Cape Dutch styled guest house and is conveniently situated a mere 20 minutes from the Cape Town International Airport.

The Klein Welmoed Conference Venue in Stellenbosch Cape Town

The Klein Welmoed Conference Venue

With the spectacular Helderberg mountain range as a backdrop, Klein Welmoed Luxury Guest House  is a truly beautiful venue for small conferences and business meetings.  The Guest House is surrounded by 100 acres of fertile soil giving life to Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc vines and fragrant olive groves.

Klein Welmoed is the perfect venue for a corporate conference away from the stress and strain of  city life.  Their conference venue  is able to host from 16 to 40 conference delegates depending  on the seating configuration.  The conference package at the venue includes coffee/tea on arrival, mid-session tea break with muffins/scones, lunch, notepads, pens, bottled water, mints, wireless access and air conditioning.

Conference accommodation at Klein Welmoed consists of 12 luxurious en-suite bedrooms. There are also three one and two- bedroom self-catering cottages which appeal to guests who prefer a more flexible style of accommodation. The accommodation facilities provide all the necessities and creature comforts for visitors to feel right at home; these include manual airconditioning and underfloor heating units as well as a cosy fireplace. There are flat screen TV’s with DSTV in all the rooms along with Wi-fi access. The accommodation is wheelchair friendly.

For effective strategizing sessions or business meetings, it is often necessary for delegates to get that out of town feeling in order to get the creative juices flowing. Klein Welmoed with its rustic charm, Cape-Dutch architecture and winelands setting, is the ideal out of town conference venue in Cape Town.