PREMESH LALU is Director of the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape, a national flagship project of the Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation in South Africa. Professor Lalu has published widely in academic journals on South African history, and more broadly, on the reconstitution of the study of the Humanities in Africa. Lalu is a regular contributor to public debate on higher education and the future of the humanities in local and international newspapers. His book, The Deaths of Hintsa: Postapartheid South Africa and the Shape of Recurring Pasts (2009) argues that in order to forge a concept of apartheid that allows us to properly formulate a deeper meaning of the post-apartheid, what is necessary is a postcolonial critique of apartheid. His current research on the theme of a post-apartheid practice of freedom is focussed on memory, technology and the human condition. Lalu is a board member of the Consortium of Humanities Centres and Institutes (CHCI), Chairperson of the Handspring Puppet Company Trust and a former trustee of the District Six Museum.