JIAS has selected its third intake of 11 Writing Fellows for its four-month Writing Term that will run from January to April 2018. Selected from more than 300 applicants, the Writing Fellows include outstanding authors, journalists, and scholars in various disciplines from Africa and Asia. Writing Fellows will have access to live-in suites at the JIAS complex in Westdene, Johannesburg, where they will enjoy a quiet space for work and reflection, and participate in academic community-building. Pictures and biographical notes of the Writing Fellows follow.
Dr Meng-Hsuan Chou
Dr Meng-Hsuan Chou is Nanyang Assistant Professor in the Public Policy and Global Affairs Programme at NTU Singapore, an Associate Fellow at EU Centre Singapore, and the Convenor of the ECPR Standing Group on the Politics of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation. Her research interests lie at the intersection of public policy, regionalism, and international relations. She is currently researching academic mobility to and from Singapore, how governments in Asia and Europe compete for talent in a globalised world, how scholarly networks are organised across time, and the emergence and evolution of higher education regionalisms.
Dr David Huang
Dr David Huang Junsong is the Assistant Dean/ Research Strategy at the Office of Education Research, National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore. He is also a research scientist at the Learning Sciences Lab, NIE. Dr Huang works on delayed instruction and analogical transfer, with current focuses on preparation for future transfer, i.e., preparing students for transferring what they know to novel non-isomorphic situations. His other research interest is on workplace collaboration. He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Complexity in Leadership and Management (IJCLM) and is an editorial board member for the Journal of Research Administration (JRA).
Dr Geoffrey Maiyoh
Dr Geoffrey Maiyoh is a Senior Lecturer and Postgraduate programme coordinator at the Department of Medical Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Moi University, Kenya. He completed his undergraduate training at Egerton University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry in 1999. In 2007, he graduated with a doctoral degree in Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering from the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USA. His current research focuses on non-communicable diseases, including diabetes and cancer. His research has received recognition through various top awards including a travel grant, and has been featured on various media sites including the Honolulu advertiser (Main newspaper in Hawaii), Nutra ingridients.com, HADSA newsletter, and whfoods.org. He has served on the editorial boards and as reviewer for various peer-reviewed journals. In 2015-2016, he led the development and implementation of the Master of Science in Medical Biochemistry curriculum in his department. He is among the most recent instrumental access equipment grant recipients from Seeding Labs, Boston, USA. He previously taught at the University of Eldoret, Mount Kenya University, and Kisii University.
Niq Mhlongo was born in in Soweto in 1973. He is the author of three novels: Dog Eat Dog (2004), After Tears (2007) and Way Back Home (2013). Dog Eat Dog was translated into Spanish in 2006 and was awarded the Mar de Letras prize. His first short story collection, Affluenza, was published in 2016 to great acclaim, and another will be published in 2018.
Prof Vishnu Padayachee
Vishnu Padayachee is Distinguished Professor and Derek Schrier and Cecily Cameron Chair in Development Economics in the School of Economic and Business Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He was inducted into the prestigious Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholar on 11 April 2016 for his contribution to global scholarship and community service. In 1989, he received his PhD from the University of Natal in Economics and Economic History. He has authored or edited seven books, edited 4 special issues of accredited journals, written 34 chapters in books and over 90 articles in accredited and peer-reviewed academic journals. He is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and a member of the Royal Society of South Africa
Hans Pienaar writes novels, plays and poetry in Afrikaans and English while making a living as a journalist. He was a director of the anti-apartheid publisher Taurus, news editor of Vrye Weekblad, and reported for ten years on foreign affairs. Today he regularly writes think-pieces for Business Day and Litnet. He won the Cosaw Short Story Prize for ‘My Dog Hitler’, the Rapport Prize for ‘The Third War Against Mapoch’, and the national Pansa Prize for ‘Three Dozen Roses’. His latest play is ‘The Good Candidate’, and his latest novel My China. He is a former chairman of the Melville Poetry Festival.
Prof Joel Quirk
Joel Quirk is a Professor of Politics at the University of the Witwatersrand. His research focuses on slavery and abolition, human mobility and human rights, global governance and the political economy of human rights activism, repairing historical wrongs, and the history and politics of sub-Saharan Africa. Recent works include The Anti-Slavery Project, Mobility Makes States, and Contemporary Slavery. Joel has also recently co-edited special issues on Repairing Historical Wrongs (Social & Legal Studies, 2012), Sampling Techniques in Johannesburg (Journal of Refugee Studies, 2012) and the Politics of Numbers (Review of International Studies, 2015). He is a current member of the International Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Slave Route Project, where he serves as rapporteur, and is also an editor for openDemocracy’s ‘Beyond Trafficking and Slavery’.
Kevin Riordan is Assistant Professor of English at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. His research interests include modernism, theatre, and world literature, and his recent articles have appeared in journals such as Modern Drama, Performance Research, and American Studies. He is currently at work on his first book, a performance history of the around-the-world tour. In this project he shows how individual travellers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries produced and circulated a new sense of the global, an updated theatrum mundi that was unprecedentedly personal. Riordan is also a dramaturg and Resident Artist for the New York-based Theater Mitu.
Amrita Shah is a journalist and writer. Well known for her pioneering investigations into the Mumbai underworld, she has worked for the Time-Life News Service, edited the features magazines Debonair and Elle India, and has been a contributing editor with The Indian Express. She is the author of Hype, Hypocrisy & Television in Urban India (Vikas, 1997), Vikram Sarabhai-A Life (Penguin-Viking, 2007) and Ahmedabad: a City in the World (Bloomsbury, 2015). She is a fellow of the Fulbright, Homi Bhabha and New India Foundations and a recipient of the 2017 Tejeshwar Singh Memorial Award for Excellence in Writing on the Urban from Sage.
Charlie S Veric
Charlie Samuya Veric is a critic, poet, and curator interested in cultural themes in Philippine Studies and American Studies. His scholarship is published widely on both sides of the Pacific. He is also the author of bestselling and acclaimed poetry collections, Histories (2015) and Boyhood: A Long Lyric (2017). In 2016, he curated the landmark exhibition, Figuring Filipino Utopia, which explored the development of modern art following the formal decolonization of the Philippines. He is currently completing a book, titled Children of the Postcolony, which examines the emergence of a postcolonial history of ideas after the Philippines gained its independence from the United States in 1946. The first Filipino to receive a PhD in American Studies from Yale where his dissertation was accepted without revision, he teaches literature and cultural theory at Ateneo de Manila University.
Zukiswa Wanner is the author of four novels, two children’s books, a domestic satire, and a soon to be published literary travel memoir, Hardly Working. She judged the Etisalat Prize for Literature (now 9Mobile), the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, and the Writivism Short Story Prizes. Wanner is a facilitator of the Sol Plaatje University Fiction workshop and has facilitated the FEMRITE, Writivism workshops and co-facilitated a Caine workshop. She sits on the Advisory Board of Ake Festival. photo credit to Fungai Machirori.