Projects

A Season of Prosperity (working title)

This novel will blend a sequence of narratives, set at various turning points in the history of the British Virgin Islands from 1807 To present day, concerned with the themes of body and work, individual and collective identity, and the intersections of trauma and Virgin Islander identity.

Everyday Authoritarianism: Urban Life and Politics in Luanda, Angola

This project poses the question of how authoritarian politics systems institutionalise themselves through everyday life. While there has been a rise in authoritarian politics across the African continent over the last decade, there is little understanding of how authoritarianism is actually experienced on the ground, and why ordinary citizens come to support these systems Focused … [Read more]

Is the European Union a Role Model for Africa? – Lessons from 60 Years of European Integration for Africa

The project deals with the lessons of European integration for African attempts to regionally integrate further. The focus will be laid upon the procedural aspects rather than on outcomes of the processes. The analysis will commence against the backdrop of the current state of economic integration within Africa as well as the current state of … [Read more]

The temporalities of the Informality. The case of Benin-Nigeria Cross-border Fuel Smuggling

This research intends to analyze informality as a dimension of the social contract initiated by marginalized actors in response to the crisis of welfare state in Global South. Specifically, it will mobilise the practices and effects of State (government) to examine the temporalities of cross-border fuel smuggling repression in Benin- Nigeria borderland during the democratic … [Read more]

Transformative infrastructure for sustainable development in Africa

The need for transformational change in national development efforts received unprecedented global consensus and support in 2015 resulting in the adoption of Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the signing of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. These globally agreed goals are based on recognizing the urgent need to address the confluence of … [Read more]

Religious Pluralism, Hybrid Identities and the Postcolonial Religious Other

The focus of this research is religious pluralism and hybrid identities, particularly the construction of religious identities resulting from the African diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean. The African matrix of religious pluralism in Latin America and the Caribbean is widely acknowledged in countries where slavery was prominent and traditional African religions served as … [Read more]

Complexity beyond the real; the integration of the unknown and the unknowable into science

Complexity theory (Boulton et al, 2015) provides an important and potent challenge to the continuing dominance of worldviews informed by classical science. It can be viewed as a postmodern science (Cilliers, 1998). This poses a challenge to what we see as science, and what being ‘scientific’ means in the social and natural world. If the … [Read more]

African Composition Techniques

My project is to write a Composition Treatise which draws largely on my six-volume set of nearly 100 piano pieces, Afrikosmos. Conceptually modelled on Béla Bartók’s Mikrokosmos, Afrikosmos is both a course of study for pianists and a compendium of composition technniques which synthesise traditional African and Western art musics. As the Afrikosmos collection has … [Read more]

Militarized Global Apartheid

This book 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 upon … [Read more]

Review of the occurrence, isolation, structure elucidation, synthesis, pharmacological activities and analytical methods of homoisoflavonoids.

Flavonoids are an important class of natural products that occur in plants, and microorganisms. Humans do not biosynthesize these and therefore they must acquire them as food. The basic flavonoid skeleton contains 15 carbons. Homoisoflavonoids are a small group of naturally occurring compounds which are characterized by a basic skeleton containing 16 carbons. My research … [Read more]