Projects

Nietzsche and the alleged European nature of nihilism

I will elaborate Nietzsche’s idea of the European character of nihilism in discussion with philosophers from other cultures, or at least from other parts of the world (including Brazil and South Africa), who all are interested and prepared to cooperate. The project will be guided by several questions: (a) what are Nietzsche’s reasons to call … [Read more]

Interrogating Blackness, Locating ‘Africanness’: Call-and-Response in the (literary) works of Toni Morrison and Zoë Wicomb, NoViolet Bulawayo, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Taiye Selasi

This project offers a fresh, comparative, transatlantic and transnational analysis of leading African-American author, Toni Morrison’s, work on blackness through the diasporic lens of contemporary female writers of the African diaspora, Zoë Wicomb, NoViolet Bulawayo, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Taiye Selasi. The project explores how a selection of their texts speak (back) to, in order … [Read more]

The public sphere in African political thought

This research project aim is to contribute to the quest for a viable political philosophy for contemporary Africa. The goal in this regard is to develop alternative ways of making political ideas and values of traditional Africa relevant for modern times. Specifically, aiming to critically reconstruct the ideas embedded in the conceptual metaphors for the … [Read more]

Health in All policies: Healthy housing policies to address the risk and burden of infectious and non-communicable diseases

Urbanization is restructuring the nature of cities, particularly in South Africa (SA) and Africa, where informality is on the rise. These living conditions are associated with high levels of health disparities and inequities, and the urban poor are often exposed to poor housing conditions associated with an increased risk of infectious and chronic respiratory conditions. … [Read more]

Comparative computational study of thrombosis in cerebral and abdominal aortic Aneurysms

Thrombosis is closely linked to aneurysm evolution. In some cases, the presence of a clot can accelerate the time to aneurysm rupture while in others, it can stabilise the aneurysm and prevent rupture. The few computational models that simulate aneurysm thrombosis have focused on either cerebral aneurysms or on abdominal aortic aneurysms. The aim of … [Read more]

Disability and reproduction in Africa: A multi-methods invest igation to identify, describe and determine the sexual, reproductive and maternal healthcare needs and challenges of women with disability in Ghana

Persons with disabilities (PWDs) constitute 15% of the world’s population. PWDs are however one of the most marginalised groups, especially in many low-income settings of Africa. This disadvantage transcends several spheres: PWDs have generally poorer health, lower education, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty. Women with disability are particularly more likely to be … [Read more]

Jurisdictional Rivalries between Company and State

This contribution to the research theme Crossing Borders, centres on two questions posed explicitly by the subtheme, Boundaries and Legal Authority in a Global Context. The first is how to understand in normative and conceptual terms, the changing capacity of the state to regulate (in the face of) cross-border activity, and the second is the … [Read more]

“Dementia: a growing problem in South Africa and the world”

Prosperous people live longer and old age carries a high risk of dementia, a condition that is so far neither preventable nor curable. The trend of incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), the most common form of dementia, is increasing all over the world. When AD is consolidated with other dementias with similar clinical profiles, it … [Read more]

We Don’t Need Another Hero

In a 2008, post-Polokwane missive to ANC president, Jacob Zuma, declaring his refusal to campaign for the African National Congress (ANC) in the upcoming 2009 general election, recently-deposed South African President Thabo Mbeki famously declared: “… I find it strange in the extreme that today cadres of our movement attach the label of a “cult … [Read more]

Global Citizenship and the Practice of Being Human. South African Visions and the legacy of Enlightenment

This project addresses the idea of global citizenship and common humanity in South Africa today. These ideas were powerful in Enlightenment Europe, where they promised a new regime of justice in opposition to despotism, exploitation, and slavery. But they were also highly problematic, since they tended to obscure cultural difference and impose European values on … [Read more]