2017

The scorpion chemosensory organs (project 1) & Biological contexts of pain perception and suffering in experimental animals (project 2)

1. The scorpion chemosensory organs have a number of unusual properties, making them an intriguing research object for neurobiologists. First, the scorpion pectines are not located on the head like the noses or antennae of most animals but rather on the ventral side of the abdomen in close proximity to the substrate. Second, the pectines … [Read more]

Self, Autonomy, Authority and Law: The Challenge of ‘Leaky Bodies’

The unity, integrity, health and prospects of collectives such as states, nations and societies are often imagined in terms of the individual human body. Already for Plato, the just person with an orderly soul mirrors and promotes the justly ordered society and vice versa. Feminist authors have pointed out that the ‘citizen’, ‘hero’, ‘leader’ and … [Read more]

Systematic generation of an update of the ongoing studies on the new BTK inhibitors

BTK is a cytoplasmic protein-tyrosine kinase, whose corresponding gene was isolated in the early 1990s. BTK was initially identified by positional cloning of the gene causing X-linked agammaglobulinemia and independently in a search for new kinases. Given the phenotype of affected patients, namely lack of B-lymphocytes and plasma cells with the ensuing inability to mount … [Read more]

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Meeting Long Term Challenges

Professor Ian Goldin is the Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professor of Globalisation and Development at the University of Oxford. The Oxford Martin School is the leading global interdisciplinary research centre on major global challenges, with over 350 academics from 50 disciplines. During his fellowship at STIAS Professor Goldin’s principal research aim is … [Read more]

On the charge accumulation and ion exchange in PEDOT electrodes

Supercapacitors are devices that reside on the border between capacitor technology   and   battery   systems   and   are   utilized   in   transportation   and infrastructure applications. These are utilized to balance availability versus needs for high quality electrical energy. The   cost   structure,   physical   properties   and   the eco-unfriendly characteristics of present supercapacitors hamper the development of future all-electric technology in … [Read more]

Axis and Revolution

The themes of the collection “Axis and Revolution”, my fourth book of poetry, range from poetry as autobiography to the contemporary legacy of slavery, a topic that has engaged my critical as well as creative writing. In the poem “Focal Length,” the sight of a blurred face in a photograph prompts a reflection on the … [Read more]

Mad Men: A South African Media History. The aspirational syntax of men’s magazines: A South African media history, 1910 to the present.

Men’s magazines had their official start in South Africa in 1910 with the inception of publications aimed at asserting the continued role of the Empire in establishing a benchmark of good taste. At this time there was little awareness of political correctness and the magazines perpetuated an ironic endorsement of the very best of British … [Read more]

Contemporary law: the dialectic of unity and plurality

The simultaneous unity and plurality of law was a central topic for Hans Kelsen. He conceived of unity and plurality in accordance of the so-called black box model. For him, global law consisted of territorially differentiated national legal orders as well as international law addressing the relationships between these legal orders (or the states personifying … [Read more]

Ubuntu: a Meta-norm for the West?

Ubuntu is an Nguni word that covers a broad semantic field to signify a sharing that connects humans and typifies all right thinking. As such, it functions as a meta-norm, similar to the religious Halacha in Judaism, Dharma in Hinduism[1] and even the Western enlightenment discourse on universal human rights. Since the 1990s, ubuntu has … [Read more]

States of Terror: History, Theory, Literature

After 9/11 The USA declared war on an emotion. Words in the fear-terror cluster have a long history of ambiguously referencing internal states and external agents. My project will examine key moments in that history. The King James Bible translators are significant for their dissemination of God’s terrors ( as opposed to fear or dread, … [Read more]