2019

After the Eruption: Reflections on Higher Education in South Africa

At this critical historical conjuncture in South Africa, at the very precipice of tumultuous social change, multiple forces converge onto the stage of higher education in South Africa. This is a national stage where ordinary university lecturers are asked to rethink inherited logics, and what it means to work with students in and out of … [Read more]

South Africa and the emergence of international human rights

South Africa has played a leading role in the development of international human rights in very different and sometime diametrically opposing capacities. Three phases can be distinguished: 1) The role of South Africa and more specifically Jan Smuts in the founding of the United Nations and the adoption of human rights as a core value … [Read more]

Making a Difference: How Anthropology Constructed South Africa’s colony, Namibia.

Colonialism was not only racist and exploitative, it was also ridiculous. Indeed it was the absurd rules of etiquette that largely radicalized the anti-colonial movements. This project considers how ‘native experts’, in particular ethnologists, contributed to framing this ridiculous situation in one country, Namibia, South Africa’s ‘forgotten’ colony. Following recent studies in the sociology and … [Read more]

Neo-Abolitionism: The Case Against the Employer-Employee System

The controversial institution in the economic system throughout most of the world is not the market or private property but the employer-employee relationship. In the technical terms of Economics, the employer is renting the employees. The abolition of slavery abolished any voluntary contractual form of buying labor “by the lifetime” in addition to involuntary slavery. In its … [Read more]

A Season of Prosperity (working title)

This novel will blend a sequence of narratives, set at various turning points in the history of the British Virgin Islands from 1807 To present day, concerned with the themes of body and work, individual and collective identity, and the intersections of trauma and Virgin Islander identity.

Everyday Authoritarianism: Urban Life and Politics in Luanda, Angola

This project poses the question of how authoritarian politics systems institutionalise themselves through everyday life. While there has been a rise in authoritarian politics across the African continent over the last decade, there is little understanding of how authoritarianism is actually experienced on the ground, and why ordinary citizens come to support these systems Focused … [Read more]

Is the European Union a Role Model for Africa? – Lessons from 60 Years of European Integration for Africa

The project deals with the lessons of European integration for African attempts to regionally integrate further. The focus will be laid upon the procedural aspects rather than on outcomes of the processes. The analysis will commence against the backdrop of the current state of economic integration within Africa as well as the current state of … [Read more]

The temporalities of the Informality. The case of Benin-Nigeria Cross-border Fuel Smuggling

This research intends to analyze informality as a dimension of the social contract initiated by marginalized actors in response to the crisis of welfare state in Global South. Specifically, it will mobilise the practices and effects of State (government) to examine the temporalities of cross-border fuel smuggling repression in Benin- Nigeria borderland during the democratic … [Read more]

Religious Pluralism, Hybrid Identities and the Postcolonial Religious Other

The focus of this research is religious pluralism and hybrid identities, particularly the construction of religious identities resulting from the African diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean. The African matrix of religious pluralism in Latin America and the Caribbean is widely acknowledged in countries where slavery was prominent and traditional African religions served as … [Read more]

Complexity beyond the real; the integration of the unknown and the unknowable into science

Complexity theory (Boulton et al, 2015) provides an important and potent challenge to the continuing dominance of worldviews informed by classical science. It can be viewed as a postmodern science (Cilliers, 1998). This poses a challenge to what we see as science, and what being ‘scientific’ means in the social and natural world. If the … [Read more]