Members

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’.

Terrell Carver

Terrell Carver is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Bristol, UK. He is a graduate of Columbia University (BA) and Oxford University (BPhil, DPhil), and has held appointments at the University of Liverpool and the University of Bristol, the latter since 1980. His visiting professorships and sabbatical appointments include appointments at Virginia Commonwealth University; the Australian National University; Seikei University and Senshu University, Tokyo; Lingnan University, Hong Kong; the Claremont Colleges in California; and he teaches a summer school course in Discourse Analysis at the National University of Singapore. He is on the Executive Committees of the International Political Science Association, the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom, and the European Consortium of Political Science Associations. Dr Carver has published extensively on Marx, Engels and Marxism, and Sex, Gender and Sexuality. As a Marxist scholar he has published texts, translations, commentaries and numerous philosophical articles, book chapters and edited volumes. His latest publications are a two-volume study of the “German Ideology Manuscripts” for Palgrave Macmillan, New York (2014), and the Cambridge Companion to the Communist Manifesto (Cambridge University Press, New York, in press). In gender studies he is the author of numerous reference book articles; co-author of Judith Butler and Political Theory (Routledge, 2008); co-editor of Judith Butler’s Precarious Politics (Routledge, 2008); and most recently author of ‘Men and Masculinities in International Relations Research’ for the Brown Journal of World Affairs (December 2014).

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’ (https://phdinahundredsteps.com).

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.

Paulin Hountondji

Paulin J. Hountondji is a Professor of Philosophy at the National University of Benin Republic, joint-laureate of Mohamed El Fasi 2004 prize. He is the Director of the African Centre of Higher Education in Porto-Novo. The American version of his book philosophie africaine: critique de l’ethnophilosophie (Paris, Maspero 1976) (African philosophy, Myth and Reality, Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1983) was awarded the Herskovits Prize in 1984. The book is part of the 100 best African books of the 20th century selected in Accra in the year 2000. Hountondji has recently published The Struggle for Meaning: Reflections on Philosophy, Culture and Democracy in Africa (Ohio University Press, 2002) and edited several publications, including Endogenous Knowledge: Research Trails, (Dakar: CODESRIA, 1997). Paulin J. Hountondji has served as the Vice-President of the International Board of Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPH) and also of CODESRIA.

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

Raphael de Kadt