Constitutionalism and the economy in Africa

The focus of the Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA) 2019 will be on “constitutionalism and the economy in Africa.” Africa is the continent with the highest level of poverty in the world. Half of the population lives in poverty, not having access to basic amenities of life such as nutrition, water and … [Read more]

Ethnobotany-based Discovery of Valuable Chemical Compounds from African Plants 1700-

Africa is known for its rich biodiversity, particularly in higher plants. African societies have had and still have very elaborate ethnobotanical and ethnomedical history.  Some of the earliest (pre-historic) evidences come from Egypt can be traced to 3500 years.  One of the fascinating records of a medical nature is Ebers papyrus, discovered among archeological finds … [Read more]

Compensation Through Expropriation without Compensation? Land Reform and the Future of Redistributive Justice in South Africa

The decision by the South African Parliament in February 2018 to review the constitutional property clause possibly allowing for expropriation without compensation has fervently brought the land question back into public debate. While expressing a deeply felt and justified popular discontent that land reform has fallen short of its promises to redress race-based dispossessions of … [Read more]

Pragmatic Marker Borrowing in African Englishes: A Corpus-Based Study

There is extensive study of pragmatic marker borrowing from Asian languages by speakers of Asian Englishes, without a full exploration of pragmatic markers borrowed from African languages into African Englishes. Thus, this study will investigate indigenous pragmatic markers in South African, Nigerian, Ghanaian, Kenyan and Tanzanian varieties of English, with a view to exploring their … [Read more]

QBism, from Pragmatism to Phenomenology

QBism (pronounced “cubism”) is an interpretation of quantum mechanics that takes an agent’s actions and personal experiences as the central concerns of the theory.  This contrasts with the usual physicist talk of (passive) observers, macroscopically defined quantum measurements, and objective measurement outcomes or “clicks” available for all to see.  Moreover, the interpretation is distinguished by … [Read more]


This book project is geared towards a new understanding of democracy, considering that so-called ‘democratic’ modern decisions negatively affect other peoples and thus become undemocratic. In this sense, the concept of ‘people sovereignty’ has to be redefined. To put it differently. It is no longer sufficient to identify democracy with ‘we the people’. Democracy has … [Read more]

Adam Tas Corridor – unlocking the regeneration and transformation of Stellenbosch

This project applies the principles of “massive small” urban system change to the Adam Tas Corridor, an area in the city of Stellenbosch that comprises 400 ha along two intersecting transport routes. It includes the previously disadvantaged neighbourhoods of Kayamandi, Cloetesville and Ida’s Valley, and comprises prime, regeneration land and a major transport spine. The … [Read more]

Sexualities and (Dis)Abilities: (Re)Valuing Being Sexual Humans through Body Narratives

This study reads narratives that focus on the representations of (dis)abled bodies in sexually charged spaces in a bid to (re)value these bodies as they negotiate their humanity as well as their capacity to give and receive pleasure. Sex rarely occurs in the same sentence with deformity, probably, because a lot of people tend to … [Read more]

Spotlighting social inclusion: protection of Africa’s hunter gatherers’ communal land rights in the context of sustainable development goals (SDGs) implementation

Recently, there has been a renewed interest in discussions pertaining to ‘social inclusion’, largely resulting from adoption by the United Nations, of the UN 2030 Agenda encompassing the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and a commitment by States to ‘leave no one behind’ during SDGs implantation. Some African countries are however uniquely positioned in the … [Read more]

Mobility, Subjectivity and the Poetics of Space-making in the Western Indian Ocean Novels

Literary works by African writers of Asian descent construct the experiences of Asian communities in the western Indian Ocean (East Africa) as counter-narratives that seek to provide alternative and more nuanced accounts of Asian presence in the region. Surprisingly, however, critical engagements with this body of works have paid little attention to notions of space … [Read more]