Past Events

These are the events hosted at WISER. Other events and press notices are here.

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Book Launches
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Achille Mbembe Cape Town Launch of Critique of Black Reason 20-Jul-2017
Achille Mbembe Launch of Critique of Black Reason 06-Jun-2017
Christa Kuljian De-Colonizing Science? The Case of Human Origins Research 17-May-2017
Hennie van Vuuren Apartheid Guns and Profit 15-May-2017
Michael Neocosmos Launch of 'Thinking Freedom in Africa' 15-Mar-2017
Catherine Burns Launch of 'Sol Plaatje’s Native Life in South Africa' 16-Nov-2016
Thiven Reddy Launch of 'South Africa, Settler Colonialism and the Failures of Liberal Democracy' 22-Sep-2016
Chabani Manganyi Discussion of 'Apartheid and the Making of a Black Psychologist' 24-Aug-2016
Richard Pithouse Launch of 'Writing the Decline' 20-Jul-2016
Ilana van Wyk Launch of 'A Church of Strangers' 18-May-2016
Maxim Bolt Launch of 'Zimbabwe’s Migrants and South Africa’s Border Farms' 11-May-2016
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Achille Mbembe Sarah Nuttall The Truth about Crime 20-Jul-2017
Keith Breckenridge Johannesburg Colloquium on the Future of Legal Identity 14-Feb-2017
Vivek Chibber The Promise and Pitfalls of Postcolonial Theory 11-Aug-2016
Keith Breckenridge Technology Studies in Africa 10-Jul-2016
Catherine Burns Silicosis: Past, Present, and Future 09-Jun-2016
Lisa Vetten Gender Based Violence and Rape Culture on Campus 31-May-2016
Public Events
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Robin Kelley Searching for Africa in America: Some Preliminary Reflections 06-Jul-2017
Robin Kelley Over the Rainbow: Black Studies, Black Struggle, and the Neoliberal Turn 27-Jun-2017
Achille Mbembe Discussion of 'Critique of Black Reason' 19-Jun-2017
Keith Breckenridge Zotero : Things to get right capturing and sharing records 08-Jun-2017
Keith Breckenridge Inaugural Lecture : Biometric capitalism and the future of History 16-May-2017
Eva Riedke Material participation and the notion of ‘doing one’s share’: re-considering engagements in present-day virginity testin 13-Apr-2017
Michelle Leon African Studies -- New Online Resources for Teaching and Research 30-Mar-2017
Marissa Mika Cobalt Blues: The Half Life of Radiotherapy in Uganda 29-Mar-2017
Stephen Graham Luxified skies: How vertical urban housing became an elite preserve 22-Mar-2017
Sumandro Chattapadhyay Unbundling the "WhatsApp Moment" in Indian Banking: Deregulation by Code 14-Mar-2017
Richard Rottenburg Evidences and Futures 23-Feb-2017
Jacklyn Cock Complex Relations of Marxism and Feminism : Democratic Marxism 19-Sep-2016
Matt Cook Traces, Glimmers, Residues, and Specks of Things 15-Sep-2016
Matt Cook AIDS and Archives of Emotion in the UK 13-Sep-2016
Hlonipha Mokoena “...if Black girls had long hair” 05-Sep-2016
Sarah Nuttall Theory from the South: Where are We? 23-Aug-2016
Achille Mbembe Advanced Study Seminar on Violence, Non-Violence, and the Future of Democracy 30-May-2016
Keith Breckenridge Digital Humanities : Zotero and the research databases 11-May-2016
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Susan Levine Flashes, Fragments, and the Sound Bite in Writing Ethnography 14-Jun-2017
Shireen Hassim Intimacies of Care 13-Jun-2017
Grieve Chelwa Does economics have an ‘Africa Problem’? Some data and preliminary thoughts 12-Jun-2017
Robyn Bloch The apartheid historian’s struggle: black betrayal and its effects 05-Jun-2017
Keith Breckenridge Using Zotero to automate documentary research 01-Jun-2017
Achille Mbembe Future Knowledges 29-May-2017
Tafadzwa Zvobgo The Role of Women in Election Violence 25-May-2017
Adam Hanieh Class, State and the crisis of legitimacy in the Arab World 23-May-2017
Cynthia, and John Kros, Wright "You can write and remember but we are simply izithunguthu'" 22-May-2017
Daniel Magaziner African Architecture, Education and Possibility in the 1960s 15-May-2017
Lucy Allais ‘Is there Western Philosophy?’ a discussion with Lucy Allais and Eusebius McKaiser 08-May-2017
Keith Breckenridge WIPES : Jane Guyer's Legacies, Logics, Logistics Essays in the Anthropology of the Platform Economy 04-May-2017
Edgar Taylor The Tank Hill Party: Generational Politics and Decolonization in East Africa 24-Apr-2017
James Fowkes Building the Constitution 19-Apr-2017
J. Daniel Elam Is the “global” in “global literature” the same as the “global” in “global climate change”? 11-Apr-2017
Gregory Dowd AMfecaneRICA, 1650-1850: What can Historians of Native America Learn from Southern Africanists? 10-Apr-2017
Sarah Nuttall Cultural Solidarities 06-Apr-2017
Richard Pithouse Manichean Delirium (In the Time of Jacob Zuma) 03-Apr-2017
Zen Marie PhD Proposal Presentation : Site Specific Art in Johannesburg - Aesthetic Practice, Political Contestation and the Urba 30-Mar-2017
Kate Chandler Drone Publics? 28-Mar-2017
Candice Jansen VULNERABILITIES OF THE IMAGE: Cedric Nunn & Coloured Family in Struggle 27-Mar-2017
Keith Breckenridge WISER Interrogating Political Economy Seminar : Economization 23-Mar-2017
Bettina Malcomess Moving Image as chronotope of the Colonial Imagination 20-Mar-2017
David Johnson 'Left imperialism, or workers of the world unite? The colonial origins of South African socialism 15-Mar-2017
Nompumelelo Zinhle Manzini African Conceptions of Person as Gendered, Ableist and Anti-queer 13-Mar-2017
Andreas Kalyvas Carl Schmitt's Postcolonial Imagination 06-Mar-2017
Rita Kesselring Bodies of Truth: Law, Memory and Emancipation in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Book discussion and launch 27-Feb-2017
Richard Rottenburg Discussion -- Far fetched facts : A parable of development aid 22-Feb-2017
Marielle Debos Living by the Gun in Chad: Combatants, Impunity and State Formation 20-Feb-2017
Lumkile Mondi From proprietorship, public companies to pyramid ownership and control: The evolution of the Financialisation 07-Nov-2016
Victoria Collis-Buthelezi Other Universals: India, Africa, the Caribbean and Un-national Thought of the Southern Hemisphere 31-Oct-2016
Emery Kalema The Mulele rebellion (D.R. Congo) and the politics of forgetting 24-Oct-2016
Christi Kruger White on the margin: post-apartheid white poverty and the politics of homogeneity 17-Oct-2016
Véronique Tadjo A City’s Memory: Kigali 22 Years after the Rwandan Genocide 11-Oct-2016
Sarah Emily Duff ‘From Young Adults to Teenagers: Sex Education Manuals and the Making of Modern Youth in Apartheid South Africa’ 10-Oct-2016
Grant Farred Philosophy: Uncommon Sense 10-Oct-2016
Jamie Miller An African Volk: The Apartheid Regime and its Search for Survival 03-Oct-2016
Peter Geschiere Homosexuality, Witchcraft, Freemasonry - Postcolonial Obsessions in Cameroon and elsewhere 26-Sep-2016
Nancy Rose Hunt A Nervous State 19-Sep-2016
Shaun Franklin "Worse than Apartheid?" Measuring educational progress since democracy 12-Sep-2016
Stefan Helgesson Literary Theory and South-South Comparison: The Case of the São Paulo School 06-Sep-2016
Khumisho Moguerane Everyday identities, formal schooling and the practice of nationalism in Bechuanaland in the early twentieth century 05-Sep-2016
Keith Breckenridge Aadhaar and the superindex : India's UID and the politics of database normalization 05-Sep-2016
Ngaka Mosiane The Body and City Space 30-Aug-2016
Carolyn Dinshaw Black Skin, Green Masks: Medieval Foliate Heads, Racial Trauma, and Queer World-making. 29-Aug-2016
Anthony Bogues Decolonisation and Beyond: Three Lectures on Sylvia Wynter 24-Aug-2016
Juan Obarrio Africa in Theory 22-Aug-2016
Linda Gordon Unemployed activism in the 1930s : long-term structural change, gender and the meanings of independence 15-Aug-2016
Sarah Nuttall Knowledge Futures 14-Aug-2016
Drew Thompson ID'ing Mozambique's Post-Independence Development and History from 1975 to 1993 08-Aug-2016
Sarah Nuttall The Climate of Race 08-Aug-2016
Noah Tamarkin Becoming Genetic Jews: Lemba Political Histories of Racial, Religious, and Cultural Difference in Twentieth-Century Sout 04-Aug-2016
Sam Daly Sworn on the Gun: Law and Crime in the Nigerian Civil War, 1967-1970. 25-Jul-2016
Pamila Gupta Toxicity, Waste, Detritus 07-Jul-2016
Madhumita Lahiri Children of the Sun: W.E.B. Du Bois, Jessie Redmon Fauset, and The Brownies’ Book (1920-21) 05-Jul-2016
Monica Popescu Aesthetic Systems and the Cold War: Rethinking African Literary History 28-Jun-2016
Leslie James The Face of Fascism 15-Jun-2016
Ruth Sacks Object Agencies: Congolese artifacts as exhibition organisms 06-Jun-2016
Tom Penfold Writing the City from Below 31-May-2016
Simonne Horowitz Transplant 31-May-2016
Taiwo Adetunji Osinubi Provincializing Slavery: Abolition, Law, Slave Subjects 30-May-2016
David Johnson Clements Kadalie and the language of freedom 26-May-2016
Simonne Horwitz Race, gender and the South African ‘blood wars’. 23-May-2016
Ngaka Mosiane Livelihoods, the body, and city space. 16-May-2016
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Keith Breckenridge Re-considering lung disease in South Africa : the politics of data and materiality in a century of mine silicosis. 15-Apr-2017