101 Detectives

The main project I undertook at STIAS was a collection of short fictions called 101 Detectives. The collection brings together 11 texts, including some that were revised and completed at STIAS and some that were originated and drafted there. The book explores the interplay of private and public experience and the dynamics of genres and … [Read more]

How did Homo sapiens become Homo docens? On the evolution of social learning and teaching during the Paleolithic

The purpose of the project is to analyse why teaching has evolved only in the line leading to Homo sapiens. This will be done by combining theoretical models with an analysis of archaeological material, primarily material from South Africa. The theoretical part of the work views teaching and language as two forms of cooperation. Current research … [Read more]

The Effects of Race

The STIAS Effects of Race project (EoR) project will address major gaps in our knowledge on race thinking and racialism. The project is informed by the need for further research and reflection on “race,” especially in the context of contesting visions for a democratic South Africa. EoR will catalyze innovative and imaginative approaches to ‘finding … [Read more]

The State of Mathematical Sciences Research and Research Training at South African Universities

This investigation follows up on two reports that appeared in 2008 and 2009. One was a book commissioned by the South African Academy of Sciences titled “The State of Science in South Africa”. Chapter 3 of the book deals with the mathematical sciences. The second is a report of “Review of Mathematical Sciences research at … [Read more]

Multifunctionality in managed grassland systems: Biodiversity and ecosystem services

Grassland systems have been in focus for a long time due to their ecological, socioeconomic and cultural importance. If moderately managed, these grasslands may increase the multifunctionality of rural landscapes by harbouring extraordinary high biodiversity and at the same time providing numerous ecosystem services like meat production, carbon sequestration, and different cultural values. Grasslands are … [Read more]

Historical Novel – Research and Writing

While at STIAS a novel will be researched and written. It will be based on the historical events culminating in the killing of a British magistrate, Hamilton Hope, by Mhlontlo, a “paramount chief” of the amaMondomise clan, in October 1880 in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

African Constitutionalism

It is planned to use the time at STIAS to find out whether something like an African type of constitutionalism is developing or whether constitutionalism in Africa develops more or less along the lines of Western constitutionalism. This fits into the research on types of constitutions (see Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law, 2012, p. … [Read more]

Towards designing and managing food security in South Africa: a critical analysis of a complex situation

While South Africa is food secure at a national level this is not the case for many households. Comparing South African households classified as food insecure indicates that food insecure households have a low household income, a large household size, are more likely to be headed by women and have a low level of education. … [Read more]

Dry Remains – The forensic examination of the moral content of a life

After fifty years of writing plays the forthcoming stay at STIAS will be used to make a second attempt at writing a novel. The first, now published, was Tsotsi which was written fifty years ago. The current book proposal, although ostensibly a fictional work, has deep autobiographical roots. To date it already has a title … [Read more]

A Critical Metals Analysis for South Africa

Modern technology makes use of nearly the entire periodic table of the elements. No country has domestic deposits of all these elements, though some are far richer in this regard than others. In recent years, South African mines have supplied much of the world’s platinum, chromium, palladium, vanadium, zirconium, and manganese. As demand has risen … [Read more]