Distributed Renewable Economy for Africa’s Transformation

Human history over the millennia has been shaped by major social transformation processes. These transformational processes redefined the key features of socio-economic relationships both within communities and across nations. But they have also fundamentally redefined our relationship with the natural environment. Outcomes of major studies conducted by global research groups, including International Panels such as … [Read more]

The use of shear wave elastography in patients with homozygous beta thalassemia

Patients with homozygous beta thalassemia have complex clinical complications due to the need for blood transfusions and iron overload. Liver pathology due to the latter and a high prevalence of hepatitis C infections is a major problem and can result in cirrhosis and/or hepatocellular carcinoma. Early detection of fibrosis plays an essential role in the … [Read more]

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Meeting Long Term Challenges

Professor Ian Goldin is the Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professor of Globalisation and Development at the University of Oxford. The Oxford Martin School is the leading global interdisciplinary research centre on major global challenges, with over 350 academics from 50 disciplines. During his fellowship at STIAS Professor Goldin’s principal research aim is … [Read more]

On the charge accumulation and ion exchange in PEDOT electrodes

Supercapacitors are devices that reside on the border between capacitor technology   and   battery   systems   and   are   utilized   in   transportation   and infrastructure applications. These are utilized to balance availability versus needs for high quality electrical energy. The   cost   structure,   physical   properties   and   the eco-unfriendly characteristics of present supercapacitors hamper the development of future all-electric technology in … [Read more]

Axis and Revolution

The themes of the collection “Axis and Revolution”, my fourth book of poetry, range from poetry as autobiography to the contemporary legacy of slavery, a topic that has engaged my critical as well as creative writing. In the poem “Focal Length,” the sight of a blurred face in a photograph prompts a reflection on the … [Read more]

Mad Men: A South African Media History. The aspirational syntax of men’s magazines: A South African media history, 1910 to the present.

Men’s magazines had their official start in South Africa in 1910 with the inception of publications aimed at asserting the continued role of the Empire in establishing a benchmark of good taste. At this time there was little awareness of political correctness and the magazines perpetuated an ironic endorsement of the very best of British … [Read more]

Contemporary law: the dialectic of unity and plurality

The simultaneous unity and plurality of law was a central topic for Hans Kelsen. He conceived of unity and plurality in accordance of the so-called black box model. For him, global law consisted of territorially differentiated national legal orders as well as international law addressing the relationships between these legal orders (or the states personifying … [Read more]

Ubuntu: a Meta-norm for the West?

Ubuntu is an Nguni word that covers a broad semantic field to signify a sharing that connects humans and typifies all right thinking. As such, it functions as a meta-norm, similar to the religious Halacha in Judaism, Dharma in Hinduism[1] and even the Western enlightenment discourse on universal human rights. Since the 1990s, ubuntu has … [Read more]

States of Terror: History, Theory, Literature

After 9/11 The USA declared war on an emotion. Words in the fear-terror cluster have a long history of ambiguously referencing internal states and external agents. My project will examine key moments in that history. The King James Bible translators are significant for their dissemination of God’s terrors ( as opposed to fear or dread, … [Read more]

The Performance of Democracies

Democracy as an overall model for how societies should be governed must be seen as a remarkable success. Over the last centuries, several waves of democracy have swept over the globe, bringing representative democracy to places where it seemed inconceivable fifty, or even twenty-five years ago. More countries than ever are now considered to be … [Read more]