Past Events

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

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Seminars
Name Titlesort ascending Date
“Poor Men’s White: Turning the Popular into Cultural Heritage in Salvador, Bahia” 02-Mar-2009
‘Maid’ Subject: Democratic Statecraft and Domestic Workers in Post-Apartheid South Africa 26-Mar-2007
Lucy Allais ‘Is there Western Philosophy?’ a discussion with Lucy Allais and Eusebius McKaiser 08-May-2017
Sarah Emily Duff ‘From Young Adults to Teenagers: Sex Education Manuals and the Making of Modern Youth in Apartheid South Africa’ 10-Oct-2016
Julie Parle ‘A drug, like a scalpel, in an unskilled hand is a dangerous weapon…’ : South African struggles over pharmaceutical regu 14-Mar-2016
Zulu xenophobia, Kgatla conspiracies & Pedi plots: Transvaal Native Congress politics in the 1930s 21-Feb-2005
Writing the World from an African Metropolis 27-Sep-2004
Writing the City: Four Post-Apartheid texts 24-Feb-2003
Tom Penfold Writing the City from Below 31-May-2016
Writing on Witchcraft in Times of AIDS 01-Feb-2002
Worlds of Power: Religious Thought and Political Practice in Africa 10-Aug-2004
Polo Moji David Coplan Workshops with Graham Furniss 09-Mar-2016
Work colonies for white men and the historiography of apartheid 01-Apr-2010
Witchcraft and Modernity: A Strange Complicity 07-Aug-2002
Keith Breckenridge WISER Interrogating Political Economy Seminar : Economization 23-Mar-2017
Keith Breckenridge WISER Interrogating Political Economy Seminar : Central Bankers' Rhetoric 31-Aug-2017
Keith Breckenridge WIPES : Jane Guyer's Legacies, Logics, Logistics Essays in the Anthropology of the Platform Economy 04-May-2017
Why do you tear me from myself?': Torture, truth and the arts of the Counter-Reformation 22-May-2006
Lisa Vetten Who Cares? Post-Rape Services and the Expanded Public Works Programme in South Africa 16-Oct-2015
Christi Kruger White on the margin: post-apartheid white poverty and the politics of homogeneity 17-Oct-2016
Where can you find Xhosa Literature? 14-Jul-2008
When the “Deserving Poor” were White and the Blacks were “Cheap African Labor”: 17-Jul-2009
Ways of Reading 08-Apr-2002
Ways of Living, Ways of Dying and the South African City 25-Mar-2002
Candice Jansen VULNERABILITIES OF THE IMAGE: Cedric Nunn & Coloured Family in Struggle 27-Mar-2017
Violence & the French Resistance 09-Mar-2005
John Stremlau Valid Voting? Electoral Integrity and the Role of Pan-African Observers in Advancing Peace and Democratic Governance 18-Apr-2016
Keith Breckenridge Using Zotero to automate documentary research 01-Jun-2017
Urban Violence in Colonial Africa: A Case for South African Exceptionalism 15-May-2006
Unethical Conduct, 'Maladministration/Mismanagement in South Africa's Contemporary Civil Service: Daunting Cha 22-May-2003
Linda Gordon Unemployed activism in the 1930s : long-term structural change, gender and the meanings of independence 15-Aug-2016
Uncovering the Men' in Men's Health: Working with Desire, Diversions and Demons 25-Jul-2002
Transplants and Transients: Nativism, Nationalism, and Migration in the Inner-City Johannesburg 21-Aug-2006
Simonne Horowitz Transplant 31-May-2016
WISH Seminars
Name Titlesort ascending Date
Aurelia Segatti “Mobutu’s Ghost”: Mobilising against foreign retailers in Kinshasa (DRC). Indigenization, autochthony and emerging urban 26-May-2014
Paige Sweet Unquoting the Past: Authorship and Appropriation in Zakes Mda’s The Heart of Redness 19-May-2014
Name Titlesort ascending Date
Dunbar Moodie “Cyril’s eyes lit up.” Roelf Meyer, Francois Venter, the Afrikaner Broederbond and the decision to abandon "group r 07-May-2012
Marijke du Toit “Anginayo ngisho indibilishi!” (I don’t have a penny!) The gender politics of “Native Welfare” in Durban, 1930-1939. 28-Oct-2013
Meghan Healy-Clancy ‘Marching Forward’: Rethinking African Nationalist Public Culture from the Women’s Pages of the Bantu World, 1935-1948 05-Aug-2013
Cynthia Kros ‘Facing up to the Past’: a comparative venture along the trajectories of two truth commissions – The Independent Commiss 06-May-2013
Phil Bonner Zulu xenophobia, Kgatla conspiracies and Pedi plots: Transvaal Native Congress politics in the 1930s 21-Feb-2005
Sarah Achille Nuttall Mbembe Writing the World from an African Metroplis 27-Sep-2004
Catherine Burns Writing the history of sex in South Africa 06-Aug-2012
Liz Gunner Writing the City: Four Post-Apartheid texts 24-Feb-2003
Stephen Gerrie Ellis Ter Haar Worlds of Power: Religious Thought and Political Practice in Africa 10-Aug-2004
Wiser Directorship 12-Jan-2012
Jeff Opland Where can you find Xhosa Lierature? 14-Jul-2008
Tiffany Willoughby_Herard When the "Deserving Poor" were White and the Blacks were "Cheap African Labor": Racializing Poverty 17-Jul-2009
Keith Breckenridge We Must Speak For Ourselves': The Rise And Fall Of The Public Sphere On The Witwatersrand Gold Mines, 1920-1933. 28-Feb-1996
Olivier Wieviorka Violence and the French Resistance 09-Mar-2005
Gary Kynoch Urban Violence in Colonial Africa: A Case for South African Exceptionalism 15-May-2006
Jon Soske Unfinished Debates: Settler Liberalism, East Africa, and the Origins of Non-Racialism 14-Apr-2014
Kealeboga Maphunye Unethical Conduct, 'Maladministration/Mismanagement in South Africa's Contemporary Civil Service: Daunting Ch 22-May-2003
Dan Magaziner Two Stories About Art, Education and Beauty in 20th Century South Africa 10-Jun-2013
Loren Landau Transplants and Transients: Nativism, Nationalism, and Migration in the Inner-City Johannesburg 21-Aug-2006
Public Events
Name Titlesort ascending Date
Hlonipha Mokoena “...if Black girls had long hair” 05-Sep-2016
Rosina Conde ‘Those were the days’, an autobiographical essay which concerns her student days in the 1970s in Mexico. 27-Mar-2012
Andrew van der Vlies ‘Apartheid Cyborg’: Agaat, Adoption, Technics & Time 14-Aug-2013
Keith Breckenridge Zotero Workshop 08-Aug-2012
Keith Breckenridge Zotero : Things to get right capturing and sharing records 08-Jun-2017
Writing on the margin from the margin: Sinclair Beiles 09-Nov-2009
Workshop on Radio and the Pulse of the Times 26-Oct-2006
Sarah Nuttall WiSER Winter Programme in Critical Thought 15-Aug-2017
WISER was officially launched at a function hosted by the Vice-Chancellor 14-Sep-2001
WISER invites you to the first in the series of: 24-May-2005
Winning the Peace, Claiming the Future for the Past: Agrarian Elites and Collective Violence, 1900-1938 17-Mar-2010
Sarah Nuttall William Kentridge in conversation with Sarah Nuttall 21-Feb-2013
William Kentridge 06-Aug-2003
William Kentridge 13-Aug-2003
William Kentridge 11-Aug-2003
William Beinart William Beinart on the _Prickly Pear: The Social History of a Plant in the Eastern Cape_ 08-Mar-2012
White Power, Black Politics and Affirmative Action in the Post-Apartheid University 02-May-2006
What was at stake in the Zuma trial? 05-Jun-2006
Achille Mbembe What Fanon Said Fest 02-Oct-2015
Ways Of Staying 27-May-2009
Walter Mignolo Walter Mignolo on Spirit Return to the East: The Racial Distribution of Capital and Knowledge 08-Aug-2013
Waiting to Happen: HIV/AIDS in South Africa 31-Mar-2004
Graham Furniss Visions of an Alternative World: The Early Appeal of Boko Haram 07-Mar-2016
Emery Kalema Violence and Memory: The Mulele rebellion in Postcolonial DR Congo 07-Apr-2014
Simon Wood Viewing Mobility 21-Sep-2015
Videobrasil 30 Years 26-Jun-2014
Pamila Gupta Vernacular Photography - Africa and India 19-Feb-2015
University of Paris 8 awards Achille Mbembe an Honorary Doctorate 23-Oct-2014
Sumandro Chattapadhyay Unbundling the "WhatsApp Moment" in Indian Banking: Deregulation by Code 14-Mar-2017
Neo Muyanga Two Events by Neo Muyanga 06-May-2015
Keith Breckenridge Trying to Save Reason from Racism: Hegel vs. Kant on Autonomy and Diversity 06-Sep-2013
Joan Pau Rubiès Travel Writing and the origins of the Enlightenment 16-Apr-2013
Collaborations
Name Titlesort ascending Date
Workshop: 22-Aug-2005
Lynn Thomas Workshop with the Editors of the Journal of African History 03-Jul-2013
Keith Breckenridge Workshop 1 : Conclusion 17-May-2014
Wits Workshop on Law and Society 25-Sep-2003
Weber’s Method: Science, Values & History 10-Nov-2003
Weber on Rationalization, Power & Politics 11-Nov-2003
Voyage/Text 01-Sep-2010
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Name Titlesort ascending Date
Sarah Nuttall WiSER-DUKE Writing Fellowship 31-Oct-2013
Keith Breckenridge WISER calls for financial support for the Treatment Action Campaign 03-Nov-2014
Book Launches
Name Titlesort ascending Date
John Wright WISER and Wits Press Launch of UKhahlamba: Umlando wezintaba zoKhahlamba / History of the uKhahlamba Mountains (John Wri 07-Aug-2012
Ashlee Neser WISER and Wits Press book launch: Print, Text and Book Cultures in South Africa 12-Sep-2012
Collaborations, Seminars
Name Titlesort ascending Date
Sarah Nuttall Urban Anxieties in the Global South 16-Aug-2017
Sarah Nuttall Urban Anxieties in the Global South 16-Aug-2017

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