2012

Towards understanding the dilemma of Food Security in the rural areas of South Africa

Although South Africa is food secure on a country level, large numbers of households within the country remain food insecure. The Department of Agriculture in South Africa has recognized several key food security challenges in the Integrated Food Security Strategy for South Africa (IFSS) but South Africa still lacks specific and accepted methods to measure … [Read more]

Are Trout South African? Or: A Postcolonial Fish

There has been substantial attention paid in literary and postcolonial studies to issues of environment and ecology, and especially the environmental transformations which colonial and imperial histories have wrought upon the (post)colony. There have been horrifying and hubristic interventions made by colonial authorities, whether in terms of the introduction of species (rabbits in Australia, black … [Read more]

Macrophages in Human Tissues-Phenotypic Diversity in Health and Disease

Macrophages represent a heterogeneous family of white blood cells which are widely distributed throughout the body. They play an essential role in homeostasis during development and throughout adult life, but display considerable plasticity in their response to infection, inflammation, cancer and blood vessel occlusive diseases. This is due to their adaptability in recognition via surface … [Read more]

Technological knowledge: A new structure

The purpose of this project is to help energize the innovation chain — the sequence of events that leads from scientific discovery, to technological progress and on to practical application. The project focuses on the technology link. Technology is the major source of economic growth. It is heavily endowed. Every day there is a global … [Read more]

History wars and Indigenous Rights

Indigenous rights claims remain a central, unresolved human rights issue in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States. These countries, which are former British colonies, have intertwined but divergent legal, intellectual, and cultural traditions. In these countries judgments about ‘history’ are essential for the determination of compensation for past abuses and recognition … [Read more]

Psychology, neoliberalism and changing subjectivities in Southern and Eastern Africa

Recent scholarship on the ‘postcolonial subject’ in Africa and beyond posits a link between neoliberalism and the evolution of new subjectivities. This project aims to interrogate and complicate this analysis in relation to Southern and Eastern Africa. In recent years there has been a marked adoption of psychological counselling techniques and languages in the region. … [Read more]

Food security in sub-Saharan Africa from the production, human and environmental safety standpoints

Africa, once considered the breadbasket of the world, is now highly dependent on food imports. Steady increases in African populations, high food and input prices and a shortage of food surpluses worldwide will require significant increases in production on the continent in the coming two decades. Many solutions to solve this problem are based on … [Read more]

Uses of Literature

The value of literature is minimised in the functioning of society. If this is the case in South Africa, the problem has to a greater or lesser degree a global applicability. In turning a comparative lens on South Africa, the project seeks to identify the ‘uses’ of literature to its own study, to other professions … [Read more]

Double Vision

This project will be a work of creative non-fiction, exploring issues of identity, boundaries, and vision that have been of concern for many years to a scholar who has been both literary critic and biographer. These issues emerge strongly from the South African experience, but the departure here is that instead of approaching them in … [Read more]

Evolutionary perspective on nature

A book entitled Evolutionary Perspectives on Pregnancy (with Columbia University Press) will be completed and published. This will be the third in a trilogy of solo-authored books on unusual reproductive modes, the two prior books having been on Clonality (Oxford University Press, 2008) and Hermaphroditism (Columbia University Press, 2010). Planning for future editions in an … [Read more]