Animal, Mineral or Vegetable?

During my time at STIAS I will collaborate with Stellenbosch faculty in both the humanities and the sciences to examine ancient Egyptian mummies, particularly those belonging to animals. In addition to this, I will work on Egyptian rock art, identifying the different motifs (animal, mineral or vegetable) that appear therein, and to contextualise them within … [Read more]

Social-ecological systems and biosphere stewardship

Humanity interacts with the dynamics of the biosphere in new ways. We have expanded from a small world on a large planet to a large human world on a small planet. Environmental issues have become issues about prosperous development of human societies, recognizing that humans are part of and fundamentally dependent on the capacity of … [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]

Apocalyptic themes in the global warming debate

There is major controversy in America today over global warming. Virtually every knowledgeable scientist agrees that human-caused global warming is well under way, yet there is significant opposition by many people and their leaders. It would be easy to put this down to unenlightened self-interest – coal-producing states lead the naysayers – but there is … [Read more]

Kingfisher Tales

The Greek myth of the European Kingfisher has inspired many poets and writers and left deep traces in European culture. It is a story of love and conjugal fidelity in which the Kingfisher (Halcyon) is the metamorphosis of Queen Alcyone. At STIAS research will involve reading and writing about the role of birds (especially Kingfishers) … [Read more]

The becoming of post-apartheid jurisprudence: Towards a minor jurisprudence of generosity

The project focuses on the interdisciplinary possibilities of law to constitute a discourse of transformation for post-apartheid South Africa. It investigates the notion of becoming (in a Deleuzian register) specifically the becoming of a ‘minor’ (following the work of Peter Goodrich) jurisprudence of generosity. By reading literary and jurisprudential narratives the project attempts to articulate … [Read more]

The indirect responsibility of States parties to Human Rights Treaties

Supervisory organs of international human rights treaties have recognised the extraterritorial effects of the prohibition of torture and recently also of the right to a fair trial. Special attention should be given when a State is held indirectly responsible with respect to actions which could be performed by public agents of third States if a … [Read more]

God, Spies and Lies: How journalists and politicians fought South Africa’s war of ideas, 1800-2015

In the light of the political impasse gripping the country, this study investigates the ideas that made democratic South Africa, through the largely unexplored interaction between its journalists and politicians. The uneasy relationships between journalists and politicians, and their impact on the development of both ideas and government policy are significant in most dynamic modern … [Read more]

Decolonial thoughts

Work at STIAS will be the final draft of four lectures which were delivered in 2013 at the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa (CISA) in Johannesburg under the general topic of Decolonial Thoughts. During the period of residence attention will be paid to the current situation in South Africa in order to make the … [Read more]

Developing a Theory of Landscape Demography

Many populations of wild organisms exist as scattered populations spread across landscapes. These populations may respond differently to changing conditions (such as climate change) or may be growing or declining in the process of biological invasion, or extinction, or increasing as crop pests. Few studies have examined how population growth or decline varies across landscapes, … [Read more]