Mandisa Mbali is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of Stellenbosch. In 2009, she completed her doctoral degree in modern history at the University of Oxford, where she was a KwaZulu-Natal Rhodes Scholar. In 2013 Palgrave Macmillan published her book South African AIDS Activism and Global Health Politics as part of their Global Ethics series. The book demonstrates the transnational impact of South Africa’s Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) on the politics of global health. In 2014 she was elected as a member of the South African Young Academy of Science and will be speaking to the thinking behind a symposium she is co-organising in that capacity on the theme of science and society in Africa.
Heike Becker is professor in social and cultural Anthropology. She has carried out extensive research in Southern Africa and has published on a wide range of topics, including social memory, national identity, as well as gender, culture, politics and law in Namibia, and popular culture, belonging, identity, and citizenship in South Africa.