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

Monday, 5 May, 2014 - 11:00

Keith Breckenridge

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


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., 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


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


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


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