JIAS residents 2018

JIAS has selected ten talented young people for a month-long residency at JIAS in November 2018. The residents will have ample time for creative work in our secure and tranquil setting, as well as daily opportunities to engage with fellow residents. Biographical notes follow.


Mwanga is a Ugandan lawyer, development worker and human rights activist. She holds Bachelors Degrees in Development Studies and Laws, a Masters Degree in Human Rights Law, and is studying towards a PhD in Human Rights from Makerere University in Uganda. She lectures in human rights law at Makerere University, and criminal justice at Busitema University, also in Uganda. She is also the founding Executive Director of the Islamic Women’s Initiative for Justice, Law and Peace (IWILAP). Much of her work has centred on women’s rights, and she has worked extensively with individuals, organisations and networks in Uganda, East Africa and Central Asia.


Anjuli Webster is a graduate student in Anthropology and History. Her research considers the interconnections between white supremacy, race, settler colonialism and social science in southern Africa. She has completed Masters projects at the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Dar es Salaam on the intellectual history of anthropology at Wits and the history of the South African Institute of Race Relations and racial liberalism in early twentieth century South Africa.


Lidudumalingani is a writer, photographer and filmmaker. He is currently finishing his debut novel entitled ‘Let Your Children Name Themselves’. His short story ‘Memories we lost’ won the 2016 Caine Prize for African writing, the biggest literature award for short stories for African writers. In the same year, he was awarded the Miles Morland Scholarship. He is currently based in Johannesburg and is developing a TV drama series and a documentary series.


Heinrich Gerwel currently works in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Stellenbosch University, and teaches part-time at the School of Economics of the University of Cape Town, where he is also a member of the student initiative Rethinking Economics for Africa. He does research in Development Economics, Social Theory, Social Policy and Productivity Analysis. Heinrich holds Masters and Honours degrees in Development Studies from the University of the Western Cape, and a BSc with a double major in Chemistry and Economics from Rhodes University. He is also an accomplished cook, having trained at the Institute of Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch. He is currently completing a PhD thesis at UCT entitled ‘Total Factor Productivity, Efficiency and Institutional Change: Creating conditions for pro-poor rural outcomes in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa’.


Sandile Ngidi was born in Vryheid, in the midst of the KwaZulu-Natal ‘battlefields’. He grew up at Amahlongwa on the south coast of Durban and matriculated at St Francis College at  Mariannhill. He is a poet, freelance journalist, dramatist, brand communication specialist and literary critic. Sandile wrote the concept paper towards the inception of South Africa’s Poet Laureate prize on behalf of wRite Associates and the Department of Arts and Culture. In 2006 he translated Sibusiso Nyembezi’s classic Zulu novel Inkinsela yaseMgungundlovu (The Rich Man of Pietermaritzburg) from Zulu into English. In 2019 Shutter & Shooter will republish the novel to mark Nyembezi’s 100th birthday. He is currently translating Lewis Nkosi’s novel Mating Birds into Zulu. In 2019 he hopes to graduate with an MA in Creative Writing at Rhodes University, courtesy of a Mellon Foundation Scholarship.


Janet Remmington is an editorial director at Routledge Publishers, while also pursuing her own research and creative writing. Hailing from Johannesburg, Janet has studied at the Universities of Cape Town, Oxford Brookes, Oxford, London, and now York where she is completing a PhD on ‘Black South African Travel Texts, 1957-2017: Mobility, Politics, and the Imagination’. She co-edited Sol Plaatje’s Native Life in South Africa: Past and Present (Wits Press, 2016), which co-won the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences 2018 Non-Fiction Prize. Her publications include peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on African print cultures, cultural history, and travel, as well as creative non-fiction and poetry in South African and UK literary magazines.


Nebila Abdulmelik is a pan-African and feminist storyteller who uses the creative arts to speak her peace and archive stories of daily existence. Born and bred in Addis Ababa, she has since criss-crossed the earth but found her way home again. She is a photographer, poet, writer and editor.


Luisa is a PhD student in Politics and International Studies at SOAS, University of London, where she also works as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the disciplines of African Political Thought and States, People and Power in Asia and Africa.  She is at JIAS to work on her thesis on South African politics that problematises the idea of ‘one-party dominance’ using life story interviews. Besides South Africa, she is also interested in postcolonial theory and Southern epistemologies. She is an affiliated researcher at the World Value Survey (WVS) in Brazil.


Prudent Sankwetea Mokgokong is a research assistant at the Centre for Conservation Science at the SANBI/National Zoological Garden in Pretoria. Her work involves the use of New Generation Sequencing technologies to answer research questions in Forensics and Conservation Science.  She holds a BSc Honours degree from Rhodes University and is currently writing an MSc dissertation on characterising bacterial diversity in soil.  She has a keen interest in Genomics and finding ways to apply her research to sustainable agricultural practices. Prudent aspires to be a researcher and to contribute to policy-making about the conservation of the rich South African biodiversity.


Femi Eromosele is a doctoral candidate in the Department of African Literature of the University of the Witwatersrand. He holds a BA in English and Literature from the University of Benin, and an MA in English (Literature) from the University of Ibadan. He is currently researching the representation of madness in African fiction.