Projects

In/appropriate Personae: Contemporary Culture and the Politics of Appropriation

This project, a prospective monograph entitled In/appropriate Personae: Contemporary Cultural Production and the Politics of Appropriation, seeks to examine the growing awareness of the politics of representation and ethics of appropriation in contemporary culture, especially in relation to depictions of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. Writers, artists, filmmakers, teachers, and curators are increasingly alert to … [Read more]

In Search of Utopia (working title)

We live in times of the apocalypse. We keep dystopias like pets: imagining the end of the world is one of our favorite pastimes and a mass-culture-phenomenon. It is necessary to resist this trend with literary means. By reactivating utopia as a genre. Since previous utopias have usually been dull and schematic, mainly due to … [Read more]

Gender and the Law in Uganda

The main aim of this project is to develop a resource that moves legal education away from the conventional teaching of the law which focuses on the black letter of the law and perpetuates the hierarchical, decontextualized understanding of the law. Patterns of patriarchy, classism, heterosexism, ableism and other forms of discrimination continue to be … [Read more]

Patriotic Thrift: Savings Campaigns and Imperial British Identity in World War II and After

During the second world war, savings campaigns mobilized the people of the British empire and commonwealth, whether men, women, or children, to make public, individual investments in the war effort. They bought bullets, boots, bombs, planes, and more, and by the end of the war had (cumulatively) accumulated millions of pounds in war bonds. Nor … [Read more]

Political culture in Africa and post-communist Europe: towards explaining the logic of democratic underdevelopment

The strategic aim is to prepare a book for publication that describes and explains the vicissitudes of democracy and underdevelopment in Africa and Eastern Europe by method of comparison. The point is to describe and explain socio-political features that differ considerably from the Western models of politics and economy. The book will show that the … [Read more]

Coetzee, Kentridge, and the Computer: Automation and the Arts in South Africa

This study explores the reciprocal relationship between technology, politics, and the arts. When computers brought about an automation of mental work, it became imaginable, as well as practicable, to use computers to produce verbal and visual art, as well as certain types of dramatic performance. Responses of artists diverge, however: one embraces the automating potential … [Read more]

Global Corporations, Accountability and International Law

This research would form part of a larger project which aims to produce a new conceptual understanding of the relationship between global corporations, states, state law and international law. Such an understanding will take a legal/historical approach, focusing on how the mobility of global corporations is facilitated, how rights are created, and how corporate power … [Read more]

Prediction and reversibility of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes in black South African women

This project aim to study mechanisms underlying the very high occurrence of type 2 diabetes in black South African Women. This can be possible via collected blood samples from a unique cohort of women that were caregivers to the Birth to Twenty Plus cohort, originally recruited in Soweto-Johannesburg 1990. In addition, we have performed an … [Read more]

“ Renascent Africa: Cultural Nationalism, Decolonisation, the Nationalist Movement, and Trans – Continental collaborations: The example of Nigeria and South Africa.”

The idea of a renaissance suggests new consciousness, new attitudes, and values that undergird a new era of human development. Africans seemed to have embraced that possibility, starting with the new generation that emerged in the interwar years, with the works of Nnamdi Azikiwe as the leading journalist in West Africa from 1935, inspired by … [Read more]

From one to many: parallels between the origins of multicellularity and social behaviour

When a unit of description makes way for a second unit that consists of many members of the first, the notion of individuality, which initially referred to the ‘one’, now refers to the ‘many’. The transition is central to language, art and music, and also to physics and chemistry. In biology, two major events in … [Read more]