Projects

Cafe de Move On Blues

In Cafe de Move On Blues I plan to look at people like me, both English and Afrikaans whites, across the country, in an attempt to say who they are (and who they think they are) and how they react to life in the new South Africa. I once took the view, in the classic … [Read more]

Participatory Realism

Recently Cabello (arXiv:1509.04711) introduced a taxonomy of quantum interpretations with regard to what they attempt to say of reality. Fuchs contributed the term “participatory realism” for those interpretations which imply there is MORE to reality than any God’s eye (third-person) view on the universe can capture. These interpretations include Zeilinger and Brukner’s informational view, Rovelli’s … [Read more]

Sealing the Female Body Before Marriage: Cultural Debates about Hymeneal Signs

This project asks how reflections on the female body part called the hymen or maidenhead in early modern English texts (produced from 1500-1700) can illuminate modern debates about the set of modern surgical practices called “hymenoplasty.” These surgeries, often advertised as a “restoration” or “recreation” of virginity, are being marketed around the world and have … [Read more]

Comparative regionalism: The political economy of regional security organizations

After the end of the Cold War a respacing of international politics has begun – a new world order is emerging that is increasingly described as “multipolar”. Within this complex process regional organizations have been revived and started playing a major role. These real world dynamics are mirrored by the development of new approaches to … [Read more]

PostAfricanism vs Fanonism

Although the current global age in its most crucial structural orientations, has turned viscerally anti-Fanonian, Fanon remains, especially among the intellectual left, a key intellectual and moral authority still sponsoring the seeming perpetuation of the anti-colonial/decolonial outlook not just in Africa but in the rest of the Third World. Similarly, even though the ideology of … [Read more]

Sex and Sexuality in Africa: A Brief History

Since at least the 1980s, historians of Africa have produced a rich and nuanced scholarship on sex and sexuality on the continent. Much of this research has focused on undoing myths and taboos around African sexuality, and it argues that the remaking of African gender relations and sexuality was crucial to the making of capitalist … [Read more]

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]