Dying to forget: History, memory and the intergenerational transfer of trauma in South Africa

THIS project is about the discipline of history and the intergenerational transfer of trauma in South Africa. How do individuals who never personally experienced the trauma of apartheid rule nonetheless claim to suffer from trauma as a result of apartheid? How are historians to make sense of the anger of the born-­free generation—those born after … [Read more]

Jazz Life

This is a book in progress replete with personal incident and an appreciation of South African jazz history and culture, musicians and the music played. We worked together promoting jazz and jazz education from 1983 to 2006, almost a quarter of a century. One of the pillars of UKZN’s international status was the establishment in … [Read more]

Aid Effectiveness and Policy Coherence for Development: Donor Policies and Practices in Comparative Perspective

This research project explores the extent to which donor countries’ aid and non-aid policies work together in the interests of development, as well as the extent to which donors work with each other and recipient governments. It also seeks to: 1) explain policy coherence and incoherence at the national and international levels; 2) analyze their … [Read more]

Springer Handbook of Water Resources Management

Water is a limited resource. Water and sanitation are human rights. However there is a gap in the international water debate. The different discourses, like the right to water versus water as economic good, water security and sustainability, water, food and energy nexus, ecosystem services versus engineering solutions are drifting apart rather than evolving towards … [Read more]

World Literature, Minor Languages, and the Art of Translation: The Example of Afrikaans

By examining a number of literary works which were published in both Afrikaans and English in the past 25 years in the context of recent studies of the question of translation and world literature, this project will attempt to answer such questions as: Does translation of literary works into major languages represent a danger for … [Read more]

DOHaD and SDGs: Moving towards Early Implementation

The Developmental Origins of Health and Disease & Sustainable Development Goals: Moving Towards Early Implementation The Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) paradigm provides us with a new and exciting way to think about causation of illness while at the same time providing us with both personal and population-level instruments for avoiding harm and … [Read more]

Alienation, protest and the idea of a manifesto

The principal aim of this period of writing and research is to complete a chapter from a short book, tentatively entitled Marx@Marikana: Reading Marx in South Africa today. The book as a whole is made up of an Introduction, Conclusion and four core chapters (‘The Constitutional Imperative’, ‘Press Freedom’, ‘Alienation, Protest and the Idea of … [Read more]

“Historical geography’s contributions to understanding South Africa.”

Part of a larger study evaluating the contributions of historical geographers to understanding the settler colonies of the British Empire, the work at STIAS will focus on historical geography in South Africa, beginning with the work of NC Pollock and S Agnew (1963), and focusing in particular on the contributions of AJ Christopher, Professor Emeritus at Nelson Mandela … [Read more]


In this project, I engage with the concept of ‘wildness’, initially in the very problematic ways in which it is often used, but then more substantially in its possibilities for (re)thinking human, plant and animal identities, including in ways which decentre the human. The terms ‘wildness’ and ‘wilderness’ are very closely associated, whether in the … [Read more]

“Sustainable Cities in South Africa: A Legal Appraisal”

The 11th of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals adopted on 25 September 2015 (the new sustainable development agenda), focuses on the pursuit of cities that are inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. ‘Sustainable cities’ in a broad sense refer to cities that are environmentally, socially and financially smart and that are efficient and inclusive, with sound … [Read more]