The Law of Commissions: A Comparative Study of the Place of Commissions in Law and Governance

The purpose of this work is to explore the role of Commissions; interrogate existing Commission discourses; examine the power of Commissions and their place in law and governance; investigate the global developments of their legal and socio-political dimensions; a process that involves a holistic approach that probes and unpacks Commissions in their complexity. Indeed, we … [Read more]

Rethinking South African Literature(s)

This is a collaborative, interdisciplinary project, located in the Faculty of Arts at UWC, which seeks to rethink the ways in which we conceptualise and understand the field of South African literatures, almost three decades after the legislated ending of apartheid, and just over two decades after Michael Chapman’s landmark study, Southern African Literatures (1996), … [Read more]

National Identities and State Formation

National identity is the set of inter-related cultural attributes that provides meaning and self-recognition to a collective of humans who define themselves as a national community. The term “national” specifies the meaning of this community as an aspiration to be acknowledged as a distinct social group that transcends primary ascription attributes, such as ethnic or … [Read more]

The Responsive University

This project falls under the STIAS longer term theme project University and Society, sub-theme: Understanding the Contemporary University (From the concept note): Universities worldwide are relentlessly focused on attaining ‘excellence’. But through whose lenses is ‘excellence’ to be seen? Who defines the criteria under which the quality of a university is to be judged? By … [Read more]

Compensation Through Expropriation without Compensation? Land Reform and the Future of Redistributive Justice in South Africa

The decision by the South African Parliament in February 2018 to review the constitutional property clause possibly allowing for expropriation without compensation has fervently brought the land question back into public debate. While expressing a deeply felt and justified popular discontent that land reform has fallen short of its promises to redress race-based dispossessions of … [Read more]

The Wind Scatters

This envisaged collection will comprise of short stories set in different periods over a century, beginning from the 1920s to the  2020s. The stories will trace the lives of a set of friends (and later their offspring) growing up in a Zimbabwean village to become omasiganda, the troubadours whose story has often drawn parallels with … [Read more]

Legal protection of hunter-gatherer groups’ land rights in Central and Southern Africa

Africa is home to the remaining “hunter-gathers”, meaning traditional communities that make a living predominantly through collecting wild fruits and hunting wild animals. Examples include the Hadzabe of Tanzania and Pigmies of Rwanda. These communities totally depend on land and natural resources for their physical and cultural survival as distinct groups. Other common features are … [Read more]

Predictive Computational Modelling of Intramyocardial Biomaterial Therapies towards Personalised Care for Myocardial Infarction

Myocardial infarction is one of the major causes of death globally. Cell and biomaterial injection therapy is a new and promising treatment for MI. Yet, it has not been fully optimised. Mechanical aspects of the treatment, especially the biomaterial injection, had attracted great interest in research community due to the alterations in cardiac mechanics induced … [Read more]

A transdisciplinary analysis of the role of social identity on performance under social stratification and stigmatisation

The emergent fields of stratification economics and identity economics offer new theoretical insights for explaining economic inequality, specifically the unique role that intersectionality (the existence of multiple social identities) might play. Whilst relational social identities derive from interpersonal relationships, categorical identities (such as race and gender) are socially constructed and often suffer stigmatisation. In role … [Read more]

Adaptation of mosquito vectors to insecticides used in the Southwest area of the Indian Ocean: implications for vector control

Mortality caused by mosquito vectors is still higher in African countries than elsewhere. Vector control contributes significantly to the reduction of malaria and arboviruses diseases. However, vector control depends largely of the use of chemical insecticides in most parts of tropical countries. In addition, a very limited insecticide family has been authorized for use. Despite … [Read more]