Programme for Workshop 1 : The Global South as an idea and a source of theory

Monday, 5 May, 2014 - 11:00

The full list of participants is available at here.

Monday May 5

11:00am -- Introductions and an Agenda setting meeting

1:00pm Lunch

3:00pm WISH Seminar by Antonio Tomas "Skin of the city: Luanda or the dialectics of spatial transformation"

5:00pm Launch of Cambridge Companion to Nelson Mandela


Tuesday May 6

2:00pm -- Africa and the problem of the Global South

Organisers: Achille Mbembe, Danny Herwitz, Dilip Menon, Gabrielle Hecht, Joey Slaughter

Bibliography:

Comaroff, Jean, and John L. Comaroff. “Theory from the South: Or, How Euro-America Is Evolving Toward Africa.” Anthropological Forum 22, no. 2 (2012): 113–31. doi:10.1080/00664677.2012.694169.
Coronil, Fernando. “Beyond Occidentalism: Toward Nonimperial Geohistorical Categories.” Cultural Anthropology 11, no. 1 (1996): 51–87.
Herwitz, Daniel. “State, Civil and Intellectual Heritages  in South Africa (some Preliminary Thoughts).” In The Global South as an Idea and a Source of Theory. Johannesburg: WISER, 2014.
Hofmeyr, Isabel. “Against the Global South.” In The Global South as an Idea and a Source of Theory. Johannesburg: WISER, 2014.
Mbembé, Achille. “African Modes of Self-Writing.” Translated by Steven Rendall. Public Culture 14, no. 1 (2002): 239–73.
Mbembe "Theory from the Antipodes: Notes from Jean and John Comaroff's TFS" The Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism. A Symposium : Theory from the South. Vol. 5. Johannesburg: JWTC, 2012. http://www.jwtc.org.za/resources/docs/salon-volume-5/JWTC_Vol5_FINAL.pdf, pp 18 - 25.
Tsing, Anna Lowenhaupt. Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection. Princeton University Press, 2005, pp 81 - 112.
Wa Thiong’o, Ngũgĩ. “What Is Asia to Me? Looking East from Africa.” WORLD LITERATURE TODAY 86, no. 4 (2012): 14–18.

6:00pm Dinner at Breckenridge & Burns


Wednesday May 7

2:00pm -- The South as Capitalism's Future

Organisers: Sharad Chari, Ravinder Kaur, Lumkile Mondi, Howard Stein, Jennifer Wenzel

Bibliography:

Anderson, Daniel Gustav. “Accumulating-Capital, Accumulating-Carbon, and the Very Big Vulnerable Body: An Object of Responsibility for Ecocriticism.” Public Knowledge Journal 3, no. S1 (2012).
Hirschman, Albert O. “The Rise and Decline of Development Economics.” In Essays in Trespassing: Economics to Politics and beyond, 1 – 24. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981.
Illich, Ivan. “The Shadow Our Future Throws.” New Perspectives Quarterly 16, no. 2 (1999): 14–18.
James, Deborah. “Money-Go-Round: Personal Economies of Wealth, Aspiration and Indebtedness.” Africa 82, no. 01 (2012): 20–40.
Kaur, Ravinder. “Vernacular, Inc.  and the Seductions of Global Capital : Notes from India Adda, Davos.” In The Global South as an Idea and a Source of Theory. Johannesburg: WISER, 2014.
Nixon, Rob. Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor. Cambridge  MA: Harvard University Press, 2011, pp 1 - 67.
Peck, Jamie, Nik Theodore, and Neil Brenner. “Neoliberal Urbanism Redux?: Debates and Developments.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 37, no. 3 (May 2013): 1091–99. doi:10.1111/1468-2427.12066.
Prestholdt, Jeremy. “On the Global Repercussions of East African Consumerism.” The American Historical Review 109, no. 3 (2004): 755–81.
Sidaway, James Derrick, and Michael Pryke. “The Strange Geographies of ‘Emerging Markets.’” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, New Series, 25, no. 2 (January 1, 2000): 187–201.
Tsing, Anna Lowenhaupt. Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection. Princeton University Press, 2005, pp 81 - 112.

Thursday May 8

12:30pm Lunch meeting at WISER of the Planning Committee for November 2014 Digital Humaniteis Meeting

2:00pm -- Media and Cultural Configurations

Organisers: Naomi Andre, Sarah Chiumbu, Mehita Iqani, Brenda Mhlambi, Marissa Moorman, Lucia Saks, Donato Somma

Bibliography:

Banda, Fackson. “African Political Thought as an Epistemic Framework for Understanding African Media.” ECQUID NOVI 29, no. 1 (2008): 79–99.
Canclini, Néstor García. Consumers and Citizens: Globalization and Multicultural Conflicts. Vol. 6. U of Minnesota Press, 2001, "Chapter 1 Consumption is Good for Thinking."
Davies, James, and Lindiwe Dovey. “Bizet in Khayelitsha: U-Carmen eKhayelitsha as Audio-Visual Transculturation.” Journal of African Media Studies 2, no. 1 (2010): 39–53.
Lee, Christopher. Making a World After Empire: The Bandung Moment and Its Political Afterlives. Vol. 11. Ohio University Press, 2010,  "Introduction" and Dipesh Chakrabarty "Chapter 1 The Legacies of Bandung : Decolonization and the Politics of Culture."
Miller, Daniel. Consumption and Its Consequences. Polity, 2012, "Chapter 1 What's Wrong with Consumption?."
Naficy, Hamid. An Accented Cinema: Exilic and Diasporic Filmmaking. Princeton University Press, 2001, pp 1 - 39
Saks, Lucia. Cinema in a Democratic South Africa: The Race for Representation. New Directions in National Cinemas. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010, "Chapter 5  Counter Cinema".

7:00pm Dinner at Lucky Bean


Friday May 9

2:00pm -- The State and the People in the South

Organisers: Sarah Charlton, Shireen Hassim, Claire Benit-Gbaffou, Sarah Mosoetsa, Noor Nieftagodien, Anne Pitcher

Bibliography:

Auyero, Javier. “‘From the Client’s Point(s) of View’: How Poor People Perceive and Evaluate Political Clientelism.” Theory and Society 28, no. 2 (April 1, 1999): 297–334.
Bähre, Erik, and Baz Lecocq. “The Drama of Development: The Skirmishes behind High Modernist Schemes in Africa.” African Studies 66, no. 1 (2007): 1–8.
Chatterjee, Partha. The Politics of the Governed: Reflections on Popular Politics in Most of the World. Columbia University Press, 2004.
Goh, Daniel P.S., and Tim Bunnell. “Recentering Southeast Asian Cities: Recentering Southeast Asian Cities.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 37, no. 3 (May 2013): 825–33. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2427.2013.01208.x.
Gupta, Akhil. “Blurred Boundaries: The Discourse of Corruption, the Culture of Politics, and the Imagined State.” American Ethnologist 22, no. 2 (May 1, 1995): 375–402.
Li, Tania Murray. “Beyond ‘the State’ and Failed Schemes.” American Anthropologist 107, no. 3 (2005): 383–94.
Miller, Michelle Ann. “Decentralizing Indonesian City Spaces as New ‘Centers’: Decentralizing Indonesian City Spaces as New ‘centers.’” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 37, no. 3 (May 2013): 834–48. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2427.2013.01209.x.
Robins, Steven. “Whose Modernity? Indigenous Modernities and Land Claims after Apartheid.” Development and Change 34, no. 2 (2003): 265–86.
Roy, Ananya. “Why India Cannot Plan Its Cities: Informality, Insurgence and the Idiom of Urbanization.” Planning Theory 8, no. 1 (2009): 76–87.
Von Holdt, Karl. “South Africa: The Transition to Violent Democracy.” Review of African Political Economy 40, no. 138 (2013): 589–604. doi:10.1080/03056244.2013.854040.

Saturday May 9

No organised activities


Sunday May 11

3:00pm Vans to depart for Bakubung from guesthouses

8:00pm Platinum Mining and the Marikana, Ngaka Mosiane and Keith Breckenridge


Monday May 12

3:00pm at Bakubung Conference Facility WISH Seminar by Ruth Sacks "Looking for the Congo in Congo Style: Dreamscapes in Belgian Art Nouveau and the nightmare of the African colony."  Please read the pre-distributed paper.


Tuesday May 13

No sessions


Wednesday May 14

Paper and Special Edition discussions in small groups


Thursday May 15

10:00am Depart for Johannesburg via Marikana

6:00pm Screening of Sven Augustijnen documentary

Dinner at WISER


Friday May 16

1:00pm Writing from Johannesburg

Organisers: Isabel Hofmeyr and Sarah Nuttall

3:00pm  Recap and Planning Session

Dinner at Sarah and Achille's House


Saturday, May 17

10:00am Wrap-up at WISER