Motsamai Molefe

Motsamai Molefe is a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand. He specializes in African philosophy, Moral and Political Philosophy. He has published in Philosophy, African studies and Politics journals. His research distills moral and political implications from indeginous axiological resources in the discourses on ubuntu, personhood, among others. He recently guest co-edited a special issue –African philosophy and Rights – for Theoria. He is also a fellow of the prestigious African Humanities Program. He is currently busy with his first book ‘An African Philosophy of Personhood, Morality and Politics’.

Alexius Amtaika

Alexius Amtaika is Andrew Mellon Professor, and teaches Political Theory in the Department of International Relations and Political Studies at Rhodes University. He holds a B.A Hons and M.A. degrees in Political Science from the former University of Natal; and a PhD in Political Science from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, specializing in Political Theory and Governance of Local States. He is the author and editor of Four Books Books, and scores of book chapters & Journal articles. His writings deal with a broad range of issues, including democracy, humanity, constitutionalism, liberty, freedom, social/distributive justice, human rights, rationality, obligations, equality & inequality, development, utilitarianism, property, land questions, power, governance, state, government/local government, revolutions, authority, leadership, legitimacy, social relations, moralism, toleration, ethnicity, multiculturalism and nationalism. He previously taught Political Science courses at the former Vista University, Soweto Campus, Johannesburg; the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Howard College, Durban); and the University of the Free State. He is a former recipient of the University of Michigan African Presidential Research Fellowship (2008-2009). He is a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin and at San Antonio, USA; the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA; the University of Chicago, USA; the Michigan State University, Lensing, USA; the Khon Kaen University, Thailand; the University of Peking, China; and the Universitas 17 Agustus 1945 Surabaya, Indonesia. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of African and Asian Local Government Studies, and a Board Member of Rowman and Littlefied Publishers in the United Kingdom

Bernard Matolino

Bernard Matolino is an associate professor in philosophy at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg campus. His research interests are mainly in African philosophy and race and racism. He has supervised to completion seven Masters and six PhD candidates. He has authored over 30 peer reviewed book chapters and journal articles. He has three monographs to his name: Personhood in African Philosophy (2014); Consensus as Democracy in Africa (2018) and Afro-Communitarian Democracy (forthcoming Lexington (2019)).

Sherran Clarence

Dr Sherran Clarence is an Honorary Research Associate in the Centre for Postgraduate Studies (CPGS) at Rhodes University. Before moving into Education, after her MA, her research focused on immigration studies, particularly through the lens of gender and the experiences of women migrants in the EU. Between 2009 and 2014 she was the coordinator of the UWC Writing Centre at the University of the Western Cape, where she focused on tutor development and mentoring, academic writing development with students and staff, and pedagogic practices in the disciplines. Currently, her practical work revolves around academic writing at postgraduate and postdoctoral level, and developing theorised, practical approaches to helping students make sense of the ‘rules of the game’ and produce more successful written texts. Her current research looks mainly at how teaching and learning, and student success, can be enhanced through theorising pedagogic practice using the work of Basil Bernstein, Academic Literacies theory, and Legitimation Code Theory. She is the managing editor of Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning (CriSTaL), and Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory and writes a blog for doctoral students and supervisors entitled ‘How to write your PhD in a hundred steps or more’ (

Laurence Piper

Laurence Piper is a Political Scientist at the University of the Western Cape interested in urban governance, democracy, state-society relations and citizenship in South Africa and comparatively. Latest book is ‘Democracy Disconnected: Participation and Governance in a City of the South’ , Routledge, 2018, with Dr Fiona Anciano. My theoretical interests focus on questions of power, control and social production. I am the previous President of the South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS) 2016-8.

Ayesha Omar

Ayesha Omar holds a BA in Politics, History and Journalism (Rhodes University) with distinction and an MA (cum laude) in Political Philosophy. In 2016 she completed her Ph.D. in political theory which is a comparative account of political authority in the work of Medieval Philosophers, Ibn Rushd and Marsilius of Padua. Currently, she is devoting time towards publishing her PhD thesis into a monograph after publishing a book chapter and several peer-reviewed articles. She is the review editor of Theoria: a Journal of Social and Political Theory and the secretary of the South African Association of Political Science (SAAPS). Ayesha’s research and teaching aims to contribute to an understanding of non-western traditions of political theory, with a specific focus on normative sources from Africa and the Middle East that have hitherto been neglected by the western canon of political theory. Her main research interests include Comparative Political Theory, Islamic Political Thought, African Political Thought, and South African Black Intellectual History. In 2017, she also received the Mail and Guardian 200 Young South African award for her contributions to university teaching.

Roger Deacon

Roger Deacon (PhD Political Science, University of Natal) is an independent research consultant. He has 25 years experience in research and research project management in South Africa’s government, public and private/civic sectors, especially in the areas of education policy, higher education, technical and vocational education, teacher education, skills and capacity development, health and national and local government. He has held Honorary Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow positions at both public and private universities in South Africa, has published widely in education, philosophy, politics and history, and regularly carries out consultancy work for national and international research organisations, universities, government departments and NGOs.

Christine Hobden

Christine is a lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Fort Hare, South Africa. Her research interests include global justice, citizenship, collective responsibility, and international normative thought. Christine completed her DPhil thesis under the supervision of Prof. David Miller and Prof. Cecile Fabre at Nuffield College, University of Oxford in September 2015. Her thesis, ‘States, Citizens & Global Injustice: The Political Channels of Responsibility’, sets out an account of the duties of states to each other, and the consequent responsibilities that citizens of liberal western democracies acquire. Previously Christine was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, Italy, under the mentorship of Prof. Rainer Baübock. Her early training was at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, where she completed a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Law, and a BA Honours and MA in Philosophy. Following this she read for an MPhil in Political Theory at St Antony’s College, Oxford. In 2014 Christine was a visiting student at Princeton University as a part of the Oxford Princeton Global Norms Collaboration.

Michael Onyebuchi Eze

Michael Onyebuchi Eze is a visiting docent in political theory, University of Amsterdam and graduate fellow in Political Science Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. He was a Stiftung Mercator Foundation Research Fellow at the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut (Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities) in Essen, Germany from 2006-2009. He received his PhD (Summa Cum Laude) in History and Cultural Reflection from Universität Witten-Herdecke, Germany (2008), MA in philosophy from the University of Pretoria, South Africa (2006) and BA Honours in Philosophy and Classics from Arrupe Jesuit University, in Harare, Zimbabwe (2003). He has taught in Universities in The Netherlands, Germany, South Africa, Nigeria and the USA. He has published two books, The Politics of History in Contemporary Africa (2010) and Intellectual History in Contemporary South Africa (2010) both from Palgrave-Macmillan. Recent academic articles include, “Menkiti, Gyekye and Beyond: Towards a Decolonization of African Philosophy” (2018), “Cultural Appropriation and the Limits of Identity: A Case for Multiple Humanities” (2018), “African philosophy as a Cultural Resistance”(2018), “I am Because You Are: Cosmopolitanism in the Age of Xenophobia” (2017), “Humanitatis Eco [Eco-Humanism]: An African Environmental Theory” (2017), “Emergent Themes in African Philosophy: A Dialogue with Kwasi Wiredu”, (2016) amongst many others. A book manuscript “Religious Nationalism and Survival Politics in Contemporary Nigeria” is a completed manuscript under contractual review with Cambridge University Press.

Lawrence Hamilton

Lawrence Hamilton is Professor of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). He holds the SARChI/Newton SA-UK Bilateral Research Chair in Political Theory, Wits and Cambridge, where he teaches and researches on various topics in political theory, South African politics and the history of political and economic thought. He contributes to rethinking political theory from the perspective of the global South around five main themes: needs, interests and rights; freedom, resistance and democracy; states, markets and political judgement;
the ethics and economics of Amartya Sen; and decolonizing republics. He has held visiting positions in Salvador, Caracas, Cape Town and Cambridge, is an elected member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and is editor-in-chief of Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory . His many articles and books include Amartya Sen (Polity 2019), Freedom is Power: Liberty Through Political Representation (Cambridge University Press 2014), Are South Africans Free? (Bloomsbury 2014) and The Political Philosophy of Needs (Cambridge University Press 2003). He is currently working on another book: Human Needs, Human Rights and Political Judgement. He directs APTA and the Witwatersrand-Cambridge Exchange Programme , and is the recipient of over twelve awards for research excellence. He is the only political scientist ever to receive an A-rating from the South African National Research Foundation (NRF).

Jeremie Barthas

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