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Tom Bennett is Professor in the Department of Public Law, University of Cape Town where he is a Fellow. He teaches Public and Private International Law, but writing and research interests lie in the field of legal pluralism, customary law and human rights.

Jo Beall studied and taught both at University of Natal and London School of Economics. Formerly Deputy Vice-Chancellor at University of Cape Town she is currently Director Education and Society at the British Council in London. Her research has been in the fields of gender, urban governance and development, and most recently in conflict and fragile situations.

Henry Bernstein is Professor Emeritus of Development Studies, SOAS, University of London, Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Agrarian Change, and Adjunct Professor, China Agricultural University, Beijing. Author of, most recently, Class Dynamics of Agrarian Change, Fernwood and Kumarian, 2010.

Jacob Dlamini is a doctorial student in history at Yale University and the author of Native Nostalgia.

Irina Filatova is Professor Emeritus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Professor at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow. She has published extensively, both in English and Russian, on African history, the history of ties between Russia and South Africa, the history of South Africa’s communist movement and the national/ethnicity problems in South Africa and Russia.

Steven Friedman is Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy, a joint Rhodes University and University of Johannesburg project.

Ruth Hall is a senior researcher at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), in the School of Government at the University of the Western Cape. She has submitted her DPhil thesis in Politics at Oxford, where she also obtained a Masters degree in Development Studies. Her major publications are Another Countryside? Policy options for land and agrarian reform in South Africa (2009); Land, Memory, Reconstruction, and Justice: perspectives on land claims in South Africa (2010, co-edited with Cherryl Walker, Anna Bohlin and Thembela Kepe) and The Land Question in South Africa: the challenge of transformation and redistribution (2007, co-edited with Lungisile Ntsebeza). [End Page 198]

Shireen Hassim is Professor of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is the author of Womens Organizations and Democracy in South Africa: contesting authority.

Jean Leger started his career as a chemical engineer. His interest in labour issues led to research on safety, health and economics in mining and a PhD in industrial sociology. Currently he is CEO of an SMME which manufactures in SA and exports worldwide. He is also CEO of a startup which aims to convert oil field gas flares to gasoline to solve a major environmental problem.

Alan Mabin is a Professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at Wits University in Johannesburg. He is working on uses of history and imagery of the future in contests over democracy and relationships between city and state in Brazil, France and South Africa.

Showers Mawowa is a doctoral candidate at the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Sheila Meintjes is Professor of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She teaches topics in African Politics, Feminist theory and Politics and Post-conflict Transformation. She was on the South African Commission on Gender Equality from 2001–2004, and is on the Boards of Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre against Violence against Women and of the Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Pretoria.

Thenjiwe Meyiwa is a Research Director at the Education, Skills and Development unit of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). She is also an honorary professor at the School of Social Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her areas of research are human rights and cultural constructions of gender; with a particular focus on contemporary human behavioural patterns.

Muchaparara Musemwa is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of the Witwatersrand. His mainstream research focuses on the colonial and post-colonial environmental history of Zimbabwe. He does research particularly on struggles within the white settler colonial community over access to natural resources such as land, minerals, water and timber; colonial conservation histories; and colonial and post...


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