Projects

The new middle class in Africa in comparative perspective

Comparative perspectives from the global south can tell us much about the meteoric rise of the new middle class in Africa. They suggest that we should be wary of purely quantitative/objective characterisations, taking subjective forms of identity more seriously. Paradoxically, while in EuroAmerica the old middle class is declining (Sassen 2014), in the global south … [Read more]

Future of water quality: Taking stock of emerging contaminants in water sources in East and Southern Africa.

Over 45 % of people in Africa do not have access to clean drinking water. This number will increase in the next years due to rapid population growth, rising middle class and hence affluence and climate change. With urbanization/ industrialization and growth in the agricultural sector a significant number of chemicals have been introduced into … [Read more]

‘Maids’ and ‘Madams’ in Caribbean and South African Women’s Texts: Approximations of Feminist Solidarity?

This project engages with the possibility for solidarity between women across differences of race, class and sexuality as it is represented in a range of artistic forms (poetry, fiction and visual images) created by women from the Anglophone Caribbean and South Africa. It focuses on relationships between women who encounter each other in the intimate … [Read more]

Justice from above? The role of international criminal tribunals in transition countries

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) are about to close their doors and have already considerably scaled down their activities. Due to widespread criticism concerning of their case selection, proceedings and judgments, and their dependence on state cooperation, both tribunals together with the International … [Read more]

The Zulus of New York and The Madonna of Excelsior Script

In 1880 William Leonard Hunt, known as The Great Farini after his trapeze act with a  troupe called The Flying Farinis, a well-known Canadian funambulist and impresario, imported a group of Zulus to England and later to the United States to perform as part of the “human curiosities” or “freak shows” in his popular circus. It … [Read more]

Planning the new, better city –Fear and safety in policy and practice

Kiruna, the northernmost city in Sweden, is constructed around a classic industrial source of production – the prosperous mine. The mine has been the overwhelmingly dominant employer in the city and its fortunes have been intimately connected to the city’s prosperity. However, massive, continuing expansion of the mine has led to severe risks of subsidence, … [Read more]

Institutional constraints on cabinet formation, coalition governance and cabinet termination

This project examines the dynamic relationships between the key actors of representative democracy in EU member states: voters, political parties, parliaments and governments. Central to the functioning of representative democracy is the election of political representatives to the national parliaments by the citizens, who forms the government and the stability of governments. The project investigates … [Read more]

Deep learning network for South African birdsong and its wider implications on the concept of intelligence

We develop an operational convolutional neural network, that distinguishes 170 different South African birdsongs. The dataset consists of 3228 recordings extracted from Xeno-Canto, a user-generated database. Most recordings are however low quality, with multiple birdsongs a nd background noises. This problem is solved by pre-training using the larger and higher quality BirdCLEF2016 dataset (24607 recordings, … [Read more]

Developing an International Prognostic Scoring System for Thalassemia: A New Tool for Revisiting Classification of Thalassemia

Β-thalassemia is classified into three phenotypes, depending on the severity of symptoms: 1) thalassemia major (TM); 2) thalassemia Intermedia (TI); 3) β trait or thalassemia minor (Tm). Recent data suggest that the survival of well-treated patients with TM is now similar to that of those with TI. The current guidelines categorising beta thalassemia patients into … [Read more]

Militarized Global Apartheid

This book project explores how new regimes of labor and mobility control are taking shape across the global north in a militarized form that mimics South Africa’s history of apartheid. The book analyzes the rise of a system of global apartheid in the form of a racialized world order and a hierarchical labor market dependent … [Read more]