Unwilling Umma: Histories of Exile and Islam Across the Indian Ocean

This project is an exploration of the life and memories associated with three key saints of the local Capetonian scene, and most notably Tuan Guru, set against a larger story of forced labour and exile in the Indian Ocean from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. As such, it will place the life of scholars … [Read more]

Devil With Blue Eyes

Devil With Blue Eyes is a novel of dislocation that seeks to explore and expose the rise of xenophobia in South Africa. This it will do through the story of Fikile Gumede, an American-born biracial teenage girl – her mother is a white American and her father a black South African – who has to … [Read more]

Comparative Rebel Governance in Uganda: The influence of rebel objectives on rebel government structure — comparing take‐over to secession

Rebel groups often create governments when they control territory during civil war. These governments often resemble those of conventional states. Rebel governance is a new field of study exploring how insurgents manage civilians and why they organize them so differently from each other. Some rebel groups form elaborate political and administrative structures, while others create … [Read more]

Cafe de Move On Blues

In Cafe de Move On Blues I plan to look at people like me, both English and Afrikaans whites, across the country, in an attempt to say who they are (and who they think they are) and how they react to life in the new South Africa. I once took the view, in the classic … [Read more]

Participatory Realism

Recently Cabello (arXiv:1509.04711) introduced a taxonomy of quantum interpretations with regard to what they attempt to say of reality. Fuchs contributed the term “participatory realism” for those interpretations which imply there is MORE to reality than any God’s eye (third-person) view on the universe can capture. These interpretations include Zeilinger and Brukner’s informational view, Rovelli’s … [Read more]

Sealing the Female Body Before Marriage: Cultural Debates about Hymeneal Signs

This project asks how reflections on the female body part called the hymen or maidenhead in early modern English texts (produced from 1500-1700) can illuminate modern debates about the set of modern surgical practices called “hymenoplasty.” These surgeries, often advertised as a “restoration” or “recreation” of virginity, are being marketed around the world and have … [Read more]

Comparative regionalism: The political economy of regional security organizations

After the end of the Cold War a respacing of international politics has begun – a new world order is emerging that is increasingly described as “multipolar”. Within this complex process regional organizations have been revived and started playing a major role. These real world dynamics are mirrored by the development of new approaches to … [Read more]

PostAfricanism vs Fanonism

Although the current global age in its most crucial structural orientations, has turned viscerally anti-Fanonian, Fanon remains, especially among the intellectual left, a key intellectual and moral authority still sponsoring the seeming perpetuation of the anti-colonial/decolonial outlook not just in Africa but in the rest of the Third World. Similarly, even though the ideology of … [Read more]

Sex and Sexuality in Africa: A Brief History

Since at least the 1980s, historians of Africa have produced a rich and nuanced scholarship on sex and sexuality on the continent. Much of this research has focused on undoing myths and taboos around African sexuality, and it argues that the remaking of African gender relations and sexuality was crucial to the making of capitalist … [Read more]

Dying to forget: History, memory and the intergenerational transfer of trauma in South Africa

THIS project is about the discipline of history and the intergenerational transfer of trauma in South Africa. How do individuals who never personally experienced the trauma of apartheid rule nonetheless claim to suffer from trauma as a result of apartheid? How are historians to make sense of the anger of the born-­free generation—those born after … [Read more]