Professor of Sociology and Principal Investigator on the Research in Anthropology and Sociology of Health (RASH) programme in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of the Western Cape (UWC), and Senior Research Fellow at the South African Herbal Sciences and Medicine Institute (SAHSMI), UWC. Currently a Visiting Professor of Sociology at UK.
His research area of interest is on epistemological issues in biomedical and African healing practices with specific focus on the social processes and cultural context of clinical trials of African herbal medicines. He is a principal co-ordinator of the PEPFAR-CDC-UWC project on Capacity building for traditional healers in dealing with HIV/AIDS. He is the Managing Editor of African Sociological Review, an international peer review journal of the Council for the Development of Economic and Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA). While at UK he is writing a book on the Ethics and Philosophy in the making of an African medicine.
Shawn Cecil is an International Studies and English undergraduate student at UK. She studied abroad in Grenoble, France for the 2010-2011 academic year. In this interview, conducted by Cheyenne Hohman and Jonathan Beam, Cecil talks about her experiences abroad and plans for the future.