Cannon’s cats and Freud’s dream metaphor insight carry the keys to much human thought (and action)

Sigmund Freud in 1899, reported that the dream metaphor often provides the key to understanding the psychological origin of emotional distress (‘neurosis’), and Walter Cannon in 1915 elucidated the body’s response to emotional stress in cats, called the ‘fight or flight response’. Both topics have been frozen for more than 100 years – human stress … [Read more]

Mobilizing for Natural Resource Management at the Micro-level in Rural Africa

Natural resource management (NRM) involves efforts by different institutions to formulate and implement laws, policies and legislation to ensure viable use of natural resources. The natural resources, mainly found in rural areas, are not only important as a source of food and other domestic products but also form the basis for social and cultural functions. … [Read more]

Promoting peace, security and development in Africa: challenges, and constraints to South Africa’s African Agenda

The purpose of this research project is to (further) explore aspects of South Africa’s African policy over the past two decades, specifically within the frameworks of its African Agenda and its white paper on foreign policy, The Diplomacy of Ubuntu. The project examines a number of challenges and constraints that South Africa has encountered (and … [Read more]

Commemorating Painful Pasts through Performative Practices

The 19th and the beginning of the 20th century have left a dark legacy behind: world wars, genocides, civil wars, dictatorships and terrorist attacks with millions of people tortured, persecuted, displaced, dead, or disappeared without a trace. What do we later born generations do with these painful pasts? How can we hold on believing in … [Read more]

Noiseless optical amplifiers and their applications

Optical amplifiers are essential in optical communication systems that serve as the backbone of the Internet. Conventional amplifiers suffer from the addition of noise, thus degrading the signals to be detected. There is only one known exception to this, which is in principle capable of noiseless amplification, so-called phase-sensitive amplifiers. While relatively complicated to implement, … [Read more]

Rethinking Sex in Uganda’s Parliament

How do parliaments think about sexualities, sexual citizenship, sexual rights and sexual norms over time and space within the African continent? What factors affect, shape, challenge and change the thinking about gendered sexualities within a post-colonial House of Parliament in Africa? Why do Members of Parliament formulate specific laws governing diverse aspects of human sexualities? … [Read more]

“Brighter Futures” through Health Promotion and Health Equity

There is robust evidence that health promotion in the school setting can increase children’s knowledge and change their choice of health related behaviors for the better. The WHO Health Promoting School (HPS) model is a valid template for addressing a variety of health issues identified as relevant to a community, and offers an integrated educational … [Read more]

The legitimacy and authority of international criminal law

This project is part of a longer-term research agenda, which interrogates the legitimacy and authority of international criminal law. It is this context that will frame my enquiry into two main questions:  What is the source of authority to prosecute individuals for crimes that transcend borders? How may this authority be allocated, both vertically and … [Read more]

What Keeps Society Together? Societal Cohesion, South Africa as a Challenging Case.

My overall research interest is about societal cohesion, what keeps a society together. I am working on a project about societal cohesion in general and want to take the opportunity to use South Africa as one example. Without going into the causal mechanisms of construction of society, I will reflect on society’s contexture in normative … [Read more]

Many Modernities ‐ Religious freedom in South Africa and Sweden

In Europe with a history of religious wars and big national churches, freedom of religion is often understood as “freedom from”, at least from institutional religion. Individual rights are of great importance. African perspectives, on the other hand are often understood to give priority to the community and their rights. Ubunto is a notion to … [Read more]