About Us
South African Research Chair in Mobility and the Politics of Difference

Africa’s social diversity is being reshaped by the mobility of those within it. Their movements and interactions are generating novel social and political configurations that give cause to reconsider the spatial, ethical, and conceptual foundations of social and political theory. These include definitions and responses to the ‘other’; the spatial bases of political community; and how mobility and translocal connections are positioning African cities and Africans within global circulation of values and power.

The initiatives conducted by Chair affiliates and students are radically interdisciplinary and destabilising, in ways that provide insights in to underexplored processes with acute theoretical and practical significance. These inquires work across sub-Saharan Africa and in partnership with scholars on four continents in ways that insert creatively curated empirical insights into ongoing theoretical and policy debates around the foundations of political authority, the role of law in regulating differences, and the meaning of violence in shaping tomorrow’s communities.

Our Team
Tendayi Achiume
Caitlin Blaser
Kabiri Bule
Kwanele Gama
Karabo Kgoleng
Anna Kharuchas
Loren B Landau
Tamara Last
Lenore Longwe
Stephanie Maher
Nassim Majidi
Nick Maple
Jean Pierre Misago
Silindile Mlilo
Francis Musoni
Kudakwashe Vanyoro
Selected Publications
06 Feb, 20 _ Uncategorized
A journal article by Prof Loren Landau and Prof Tendayi Achiume 2015 marked a dramatic shift in glob
06 Feb, 20 _ Uncategorized
A journal article by Dr Stephanie Maher Contemporary discourses on migration from West Africa to Eur
06 Feb, 20 _ Uncategorized
A journal article by Dr JP Misago   Misago, J.P. 2017. Politics by other means? The political
06 Feb, 20 _ Uncategorized
A journal article by Dr Joost Berkhout and Dr Didier Ruedin Under which circumstances do politicians
06 Feb, 20 _ Uncategorized
A journal article by Dr Caroline Wanjiku Kihato and Prof Loren Landau Post-cold-war-era conflicts an
06 Feb, 20 _ Uncategorized
A journal article by Prof Loren Landau and Dr Iriann Freemantle In the migrant rich peri-urban sites
06 Feb, 20 _ Uncategorized
A journal article by Dr JP Misago This paper highlights the general failure to effectively respond t
06 Feb, 20 _ Uncategorized
A journal article by Dr Francis Musoni This article examines the significance and contestations surr
04 Feb, 20 _ Uncategorized
A journal article by Dr Roni Amit Around the globe, government policymakers have characterised deten
04 Feb, 20 _ Uncategorized
A journal article by Dr Caitlin Blaser and Prof Loren Landau Migrants personify multilocality. As pe
04 Feb, 20 _ Uncategorized
A journal article by Dr Vanya Gastrow Recent years have seen a rapid increase in business robberies
04 Feb, 20 _ Uncategorized
A journal article by Prof Loren Landau   Landau, L.B. 2013. Mobility, Belonging, and Governanc
04 Feb, 20 _ Uncategorized
A journal article by Prof Loren Landau, Prof Aurelia Segatti with Dr JP Misago   The dual proce
04 Feb, 20 _ Uncategorized
A journal article by Dr JP Misago and Prof Loren Landau   This account reflects on potential ch
04 Feb, 20 _ Uncategorized
A book by Prof Loren Landau   On 11 May 2008, residents of Alexandra Township near Johannesburg
04 Feb, 20 _ Uncategorized
A book by Prof Aurelia Segatti and Prof Loren Landau   This book studies in depth some key aspe
04 Feb, 20 _ Uncategorized
A book by Prof Loren Landau   Since the mid-1990s, Western Tanzania has hosted hundreds of thou
29 May, 16 _ Uncategorized
A journal article by Prof Loren Landau   Because of tectonic shifts in South Africa’s pol

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