A special thanks to Deans of Faculties who identified the ‘big stories’, and to all UP researchers who contributed their research narratives to this publication.
Project manager, writer and editor: Hanlie Griesel, with John Butler-Adam and Leti Kleyn, and colleagues in the Department of Research and innovation support, ntsatsi Mantsho, sandla Mbawu and Fundie nsibande.
Critical readers and editorial team: Don Cowan, Robin Crewe, Michael Pepper and Bernard slippers
Design and layout: words’worth
Photography: images sourced from researchers and several photographers acknowledged in the text, and from the Department of University Relations
Jan Fiskaal – Charcoal dust drawing 2014 by Diane Victor
this artwork forms part of a series of three works made on the pages of a discarded Afrikaans language atlas. it was exhibited in Antwerp in 2014 as part of a curated show, Nomad Bodies. Over this maze of symbols fl oat the fragmented charcoal dust drawings of a man and a woman carrying large burdens; migrants perhaps, informal traders, refugees, urban walkers moving through a city and its places. the work responds to the idea of a transient society, flexible identities and of belonging.