2019

The Responsive University

This project falls under the STIAS longer term theme project University and Society, sub-theme: Understanding the Contemporary University (From the concept note): Universities worldwide are relentlessly focused on attaining ‘excellence’. But through whose lenses is ‘excellence’ to be seen? Who defines the criteria under which the quality of a university is to be judged? By … [Read more]

Compensation Through Expropriation without Compensation? Land Reform and the Future of Redistributive Justice in South Africa

The decision by the South African Parliament in February 2018 to review the constitutional property clause possibly allowing for expropriation without compensation has fervently brought the land question back into public debate. While expressing a deeply felt and justified popular discontent that land reform has fallen short of its promises to redress race-based dispossessions of … [Read more]

Predictive Computational Modelling of Intramyocardial Biomaterial Therapies towards Personalised Care for Myocardial Infarction

Myocardial infarction is one of the major causes of death globally. Cell and biomaterial injection therapy is a new and promising treatment for MI. Yet, it has not been fully optimised. Mechanical aspects of the treatment, especially the biomaterial injection, had attracted great interest in research community due to the alterations in cardiac mechanics induced … [Read more]

The new middle class in Africa in comparative perspective

Comparative perspectives from the global south can tell us much about the meteoric rise of the new middle class in Africa. They suggest that we should be wary of purely quantitative/objective characterisations, taking subjective forms of identity more seriously. Paradoxically, while in EuroAmerica the old middle class is declining (Sassen 2014), in the global south … [Read more]

Falsified Medicines. What the public says and professionals know – knowledge exchange providing a basis for actions

The project focuses on falsified medicines – a growing health problem affecting both developed and developing countries. Falsified medicines range from mixtures of toxic substances to ineffective products. They may be adulterated with corn starch, heavy metals, brick powder, amphetamines, ink or wall colour. Some drugs look so similar to the genuine product that they … [Read more]

Archaeology of a Hungry Mind

Why and how did we (Homo sapiens) evolve into a species that is dependent on its ‘brains’ rather than its ‘brawn’ for our survival and successful spread across the globe? This is an old question, but recent archaeological and palaeoanthropological finds in sub-Saharan Africa, together with breakthroughs in ancient-DNA and palaeo-neurology, are dramatically changing what … [Read more]

Interrogating Blackness, Locating ‘Africanness’: Call-and-Response in the (literary) works of Toni Morrison and Zoë Wicomb, NoViolet Bulawayo, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Taiye Selasi

This project offers a fresh, comparative, transatlantic and transnational analysis of leading African-American author, Toni Morrison’s, work on blackness through the diasporic lens of contemporary female writers of the African diaspora, Zoë Wicomb, NoViolet Bulawayo, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Taiye Selasi. The project explores how a selection of their texts speak (back) to, in order … [Read more]

The public sphere in African political thought

This research project aim is to contribute to the quest for a viable political philosophy for contemporary Africa. The goal in this regard is to develop alternative ways of making political ideas and values of traditional Africa relevant for modern times. Specifically, aiming to critically reconstruct the ideas embedded in the conceptual metaphors for the … [Read more]

Comparative computational study of thrombosis in cerebral and abdominal aortic Aneurysms

Thrombosis is closely linked to aneurysm evolution. In some cases, the presence of a clot can accelerate the time to aneurysm rupture while in others, it can stabilise the aneurysm and prevent rupture. The few computational models that simulate aneurysm thrombosis have focused on either cerebral aneurysms or on abdominal aortic aneurysms. The aim of … [Read more]

Disability and reproduction in Africa: A multi-methods investigation to identify, describe and determine the sexual, reproductive and maternal healthcare needs and challenges of women with disability in Ghana

Persons with disabilities (PWDs) constitute 15% of the world’s population. PWDs are however one of the most marginalised groups, especially in many low-income settings of Africa. This disadvantage transcends several spheres: PWDs have generally poorer health, lower education, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty. Women with disability are particularly more likely to be … [Read more]