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Honorary Research Associates

Dr. Colin Darch

Dr Fani Ncapayi

Honorary Research Associate

Fani Ncapayi obtained a doctorate in Sociology at the University of Cape Town in 2013. He is currently an Honorary Research Associate of the Centre for African Studies (CAS), and the Director of the Cala University Students Association (CALUSA), a rural development non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Cala – Sakhisizwe Local Municipality, Eastern Cape. The organisation’s focus is on land access and use; youth development; as well as issues of local governance, particularly democratisation of rural governance. Over-arching these areas of focus is CALUSA’s commitment to facilitating the development of Siyazakha Land and Development Forum as a movement of rural people.

Dr N Jade Gibson

Dr N Jade Gibson (PhD) is an anthropologist, author and visual artist, who is passionate about interdisciplinary work incorporating humanities, art and science. Se has a PhD in Anthropology, University of Cape Town, MA in Visual Anthropology, University College of London, BA Hons Fine Art from Central Saint Martins London, and BSc Hons in Biomedical Science from St Georges Medical School, London. Jade Gibson She has lectured in the UK and SA in areas of art, visual anthropology, film and media, culture and heritage. She has also worked on interdisciplinary university research projects, spanning heritage, cities, arts, dance, African studies, transport, BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China), as well as taking part in community projects on environment and arts across South Africa, Vanuatu (South Pacific) and the UK.. She has been working for a number of years on the international Recentring Afro-Asia: Musical Migrations 700-1500 AD Project under Professor Ari Sitas, currently as a research fellow at Centre for African Studies, UCT. Her prize-listed novel Glowfly Dance (Penguin Random House, Southern Africa only), a personal true story of a young girl's journey to womanhood, as a child witness across three continents to domestic violence and intimate partner femicide, is certified by the South African Department of Education as useful for education on domestic violence. Dr Gibson has spoken widely on the themes of Glowfly Dance in relation to domestic violence as a complex form of structural violence.


Associate Professors and Researchers

Assoc Prof Marcelo C. Rosa

Visiting Researcher 

Marcelo C. Rosa is as visiting researcher at the Centre for African Studies and an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Brasilia, Brazil. 

Emeritus Professor Christopher Saunders

Honorary Research Associate


Assoc Prof Nick Shepherd

Nick Shepherd was an Associate Professor of African Studies and Archaeology at the University of Cape Town and Head of the African Studies Unit. He is joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal Archaeologies: Journal of the World Archaeological Congress.

Visiting Research Fellows

Dr. Nadira Omarjee

Dr Nadira Omarjee

Dr Nadira Omarjee is a visiting fellow at CAS. She has been a visiting academic at the Vrije Universitiet Amsterdam for the past two years. Prior to that she has had postdoctoral fellowships at UKZN and Wits. Her current interests are in decolonisation and critical pedagogy. She is currently writing up her research based on conversations with academics and activists in Cape Town and Amsterdam.

Paul Weinberg

Visiting Researcher & Senior Curator

Paul Weinberg is a South African-born documentary photographer, filmmaker, writer, curator, educationist and archivist. He began his career in the early 1980s by working for South African NGOs, and photographing current events for news agencies and foreign newspapers.

Dr Leo Podlashuc

Dr Leo Podlashuc

Leopold Podlashuc is an African social historian and activist, researching the political economy of slums and social movements arising within them, with a focus upon the historical agency of the poor.

Since 2003, he has partnered with Umfelandawonye Wabantu Basemjondolo (The South African Homeless Peoples Federation) and similarly positioned movements across the South, confronting issues of governance and inclusion.