Projects

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]

A History of the Nighttime in South Africa

This project is a book-length study of the history of the nighttime in South Africa during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Its general significance is that it promises to be one of the first studies of the nighttime—as a natural phenomenon, a temporal space, a cultural invention, and a conceptual framework—across South Africa. This book … [Read more]

Think Big: How Africa Could Profit from Leapfrogging

African countries rank low on many development indicators. People in many parts of the continent live a preindustrial, agrarian lifestyle with low incomes, low education levels, and high fertility rates. In order to raise living standards for its people, the continent cannot follow the road of development Europe or Asia have paved before. There is … [Read more]

The Negatives: A Novel

The Negatives is a conceptual novel about a photographer adrift in contemporary America who is forced to confront the ethics of her practice in a moment at which the very medium of her art has reached a state of volatility, mutability, and impermanence. The project will explore the limits of photography-as-archive in an age of … [Read more]