Mineral Wealth and Distributive Struggles on the Platinum Belt, South Africa

This project explores distributive struggles on the platinum belt in South Africa. Primary, it examines local politics of distribution in platinum-rich traditional authority areas in South Africa’s North West province. Of key interest is how distributive claims by the rural poor in could contribute to the intense global debates on state-driven distributive measures and limited … [Read more]

Urban informality and middle-class aspirations in South Africa and Kenya

This project will take its point of departure in field work carried out by Bodil Folke Frederiksen and myself in two urban slum areas in South Africa and Kenya from the mid-1990s onwards. Our parallel trajectories of research have explored local politics, dynamics of violence, moral debates, and popular culture with a special focus on … [Read more]

Reading black middle-classness

For this project I am reading the burgeoning publication of essays that tackle black middle-classness and related aspects such as masculinities, femininities and race – indeed, intersections of these. The authors themselves are trying to “work out” their own middle-classness, with which they have a conflicted relationship. There also appears to be a “candid” turn … [Read more]

Multi-class families, regional disparities and the emergence of middle classes in Africa

Drawing on my own fieldwork in Ghana as well as secondary sources on West Africa, but also other African countries, this project will explore two challenges in particular. The first concerns the relationship between class and family. Conventional class theories consider class membership as comprising not only individuals, but entire households and families. In African … [Read more]

Law, Kinship, and the Formal Processes of Middle-Class Reproduction in Johannesburg, South Africa

This project investigates how legal and bureaucratic processes mediate inheritance in South Africa, as a window into the formal institutional dimensions of middle-class reproduction. This reveals connections between patterns of accumulation and new forms of marginalization and inequality. The research involves in-depth ethnographic and qualitative research throughout 2017, tracking the processes of inheritance in Johannesburg … [Read more]

Cancer treatment by manipulation of mitochondria

Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, and to reduce this societal and economic burden new treatment options will be needed. Cancer cells show a distinct metabolism compared to normal cells, since they are optimized for enhanced growth rather than performing specific functions in the body. Mitochondria are small units in the cell … [Read more]

Protein deficiency, sarcopenia and cardiometabolic risk in an older urban black South African population: A cross-sectional feasibility study

South Africa (SA) is a low-middle income country (LMIC) with an ageing population and increasing prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCD). Many LMIC with increased urbanisation and a shift to a western diet has seen an increased prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCD). Sarcopenia (decreased muscle mass, muscle strength and physical performance) is a major contributor to … [Read more]

Experimental Protocols for First – person Accounts

The experimental works conducted during the past 15 years by Albertazzi and others have shown that phenomenal qualities subjectively perceived are not explicable by third person accounts. Then the question arises of the methodology/ies to adopt for scientifically understand subjective perceptions. Differential semantics has been to date the most appropriate method by which one can … [Read more]

In/appropriate Personae: Contemporary Culture and the Politics of Appropriation

This project, a prospective monograph entitled In/appropriate Personae: Contemporary Cultural Production and the Politics of Appropriation, seeks to examine the growing awareness of the politics of representation and ethics of appropriation in contemporary culture, especially in relation to depictions of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. Writers, artists, filmmakers, teachers, and curators are increasingly alert to … [Read more]

In Search of Utopia (working title)

We live in times of the apocalypse. We keep dystopias like pets: imagining the end of the world is one of our favorite pastimes and a mass-culture-phenomenon. It is necessary to resist this trend with literary means. By reactivating utopia as a genre. Since previous utopias have usually been dull and schematic, mainly due to … [Read more]