Jeff Handmaker is Associate Professor in Legal Sociology at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is joined by research partner Dr. Sanele Sibanda during his Summer Stay.
Dr Sanele Sibanda is a senior lecturer in the Department of Jurisprudence, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria. He holds BA and LLB degrees from the University of Cape Town and LLM and PhD degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand. His doctoral thesis is entitled: “Not Yet Uhuru” -The Usurpation of the Liberation Aspirations of South Africa’s Masses by a Commitment to Liberal Constitutional Democracy.’ Prior to joining UP Law, Sibanda was a senior lecturer at the School of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand where he taught for a period of 18 years. Before joining Wits School of Law, Sibanda practiced as an attorney of the High Court of Zimbabwe for several years.
Together Jeff and Sanele will be completing a joint publication as well as separate individual publications that are tied to their respective research on legal mobilization, contested, and critical constitutionalism.
In response to the question: “How can you talk about the legal and political dimensions of something, though not everyone will be able to distinguish between the two, let alone be willing to speak the other’s language?” they will be attempting to speak the language of both rabbits and ducks.
NIAS Fellows Association
Joining the NIAS Fellows Association (NFA) is a great way to continue your journey as part of the wider NIAS Community.
The NFA is an alumni network of over 1300 former fellows from 50 years of NIAS history as an Institute for Advanced Study. It provides a forum to maintain and deepen the connection within each year group and also provides a mechanism to allow fellows from across year groups to get in contact with each other.
One of the perks of joining the NIAS Fellows Association is the possibility to return for a Summer Stay. When your project requires focused collaboration its also possible to come with partners or a research team.
The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study is an intellectual haven for international researchers, writers, journalists and artists to pursue their research or projects, to work in an interdisciplinary environment and to share their knowledge with society.
Every year it offers a diverse year-group of about 50 NIAS Fellows the opportunity to devote themselves to an independent research project. NIAS is the oldest Institute for Advanced Study in Europe whose founding mission is to foster curiosity-driven research. It is an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and is located in Amsterdam.