Social and Economic Justice

The South African Constitution contains extensive social and economic rights. The interpretation of these rights, most markedly by the Constitutional Court itself, thus far had to rely on a tradition of jurisprudence that is based on the theory and practice of individual human rights. The aim of the project is to develop a theoretical framework … [Read more]

Dealing with the Past (Historical memory)

Why do some individuals or societies transcend a divisive past and why do some remain prisoners of their own past? A study in the ambiguity of memory in the light of the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa and similar attempts in different countries.

String Theory and Quantum Gravity – New Developments and Links to Low-energy Physics

The project explored the relationship between classical gravity and quantum field theories, as well as possible applications of the mathematical structures of string theory to low energy systems such as Quantum Hall Fluids. A further focus deals with the quantization of constrained systems, which naturally links to the above problems. The opportunity for African theoretical … [Read more]

Merging the layers of life

Developing a (mathematical) model suitable for the integration of the different levels of biological research (sub-molecular, molecular, organisms, populations) in one framework.