WISER Seminar Papers

WISER is very pleased to host the Wits Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Humanities. The presentations for the remainder of the current academic semester are listed below. The seminar takes place every Monday during the teaching term at 3:00pm in the WISER Seminar Room. Participants should please note that they are required to read the paper prior to the event.

WISER, and its predecessor institutions the Institute for Advanced Study and the African Studies Institute, have hosted similar seminars that date back to the late 1960s. The archive of those events is also available on the WISER web site at http://wiser.wits.ac.za.

Date Presented by Title
Monday, 16 February, 2015 - 15:00
  • Allen
  • Isaacman
Cahora Bassa : Extending South Africa's Tentacles of Empire 1965-2010
Monday, 23 February, 2015 - 15:00
  • Rosa
  • Williams
Morbid Circulations: Labour Migration, Alcohol and the Colonial Politics of Life in Early 20C Mozambique
Monday, 2 March, 2015 - 15:00
  • Keith
  • Breckenridge
To Think Better than the State will Allow : the short history of the South African Humanities
Monday, 9 March, 2015 - 15:00
  • Danai
  • Mupotsa
Proper Sex: Making Tea, Pure Romance and the Lazy Man
Monday, 16 March, 2015 - 15:00
  • Amy
  • Niang
A Community out of Empire: the French Union (1946-58) as a postcolonial experiment in multinational polity
Monday, 23 March, 2015 - 15:00
  • Lynn
  • Thomas
Agency in African history
Monday, 30 March, 2015 - 15:00
  • Liz
  • Thornberry
Sexual Consent and Political Legitimacy in the 19th Century Eastern Cape
Monday, 13 April, 2015 - 15:00
  • Antina
  • von Schnitzler
Late Apartheid Techno-Politics and Temporalities of Transition
Monday, 20 April, 2015 - 15:00
  • Kirk
  • Sides
Ecologies of Relation: Post-Slavery, Post-Apartheid and Rethinking Race Across the Atlantic
Monday, 4 May, 2015 - 15:00
  • Thembisa
  • Waetjen
Poppies and Gold: 'Transit' Labour and Narcopolitics on the Witwatersrand, 1904-1910
Monday, 11 May, 2015 - 15:00
  • David
  • Dickinson
Protecting Unprotected Strikes: Casual Workers and New Technologies of Struggle in the South African Post Office
Monday, 18 May, 2015 - 15:00
  • Dilip
  • Menon
The Great Flood and Modern Times: colonial history and abbreviated time
Monday, 25 May, 2015 - 15:00
  • Belinda
  • Bozzoli
The Weberian state, civility and explanations of rape
Monday, 1 June, 2015 - 15:00
  • Emery
  • Kalema
The Mulele rebellion (D.R. Congo) and the production of suffering
Monday, 22 February, 2016 - 15:00
  • Samantha
  • Vice
Aesthetic Injustice
Monday, 29 February, 2016 - 15:00
  • Joshua
  • Walker
Face Values: Trust and Suspicion in Democratic Republic of Congo
Monday, 7 March, 2016 - 15:00
  • Claudia
  • Gastrow
Musseque Nation: Uncivil Citizens and Urban Space in Luanda, Angola
Monday, 14 March, 2016 - 15:00
  • Julie
  • Parle
‘A drug, like a scalpel, in an unskilled hand is a dangerous weapon…’ : South African struggles over pharmaceutical regulatory authority, 1930s to 1960s
Thursday, 24 March, 2016 - 15:00
  • David
  • Cohen
Small matter of truth
Monday, 4 April, 2016 - 15:00
  • Yasmina
  • Martin
"Now I am not scared": Transnational HIV/AIDS Activism through the lens of Simon Nkoli
Monday, 11 April, 2016 - 15:00
  • Neo
  • Lekgotla laga Ramoupi
A Critique of the Discourse on Africanization of Knowledge In the Universities in Africa: The Whys and How Far in Cameroon and South Africa
Monday, 18 April, 2016 - 15:00
  • John
  • Stremlau
Valid Voting? Electoral Integrity and the Role of Pan-African Observers in Advancing Peace and Democratic Governance
Monday, 25 April, 2016 - 15:00
  • Ellison
  • Tjirera
City as a Creature of Law – Revisiting Windhoek’s Legal Architecture
Monday, 9 May, 2016 - 15:00
  • Eric
  • Allina
From 'New Man' to Superman: The politics of work and socialism, from Maputo to Karl-Marx-Stadt, c. 1982
Monday, 16 May, 2016 - 15:00
  • Ngaka
  • Mosiane
Livelihoods, the body, and city space.
Monday, 23 May, 2016 - 15:00
  • Simonne
  • Horwitz
Race, gender and the South African ‘blood wars’.
Monday, 30 May, 2016 - 15:00
  • Taiwo Adetunji
  • Osinubi
Provincializing Slavery: Abolition, Law, Slave Subjects
Monday, 6 June, 2016 - 15:00
  • Ruth
  • Sacks
Object Agencies: Congolese artifacts as exhibition organisms
Monday, 25 July, 2016 - 15:00
  • Sam
  • Daly
Sworn on the Gun: Law and Crime in the Nigerian Civil War, 1967-1970.
Thursday, 4 August, 2016 - 15:00
  • Noah
  • Tamarkin
Becoming Genetic Jews: Lemba Political Histories of Racial, Religious, and Cultural Difference in Twentieth-Century South Africa
Monday, 8 August, 2016 - 15:00
  • Drew
  • Thompson
ID'ing Mozambique's Post-Independence Development and History from 1975 to 1993
Monday, 15 August, 2016 - 15:00
  • Linda
  • Gordon
Unemployed activism in the 1930s : long-term structural change, gender and the meanings of independence
Monday, 29 August, 2016 - 15:00
  • Carolyn
  • Dinshaw
Black Skin, Green Masks: Medieval Foliate Heads, Racial Trauma, and Queer World-making.
Monday, 5 September, 2016 - 15:00
  • Keith
  • Breckenridge
Aadhaar and the superindex : India's UID and the politics of database normalization
Monday, 5 September, 2016 - 15:00
  • Khumisho
  • Moguerane
Everyday identities, formal schooling and the practice of nationalism in Bechuanaland in the early twentieth century
Monday, 12 September, 2016 - 15:00
  • Shaun
  • Franklin
"Worse than Apartheid?" Measuring educational progress since democracy
Monday, 19 September, 2016 - 15:00
  • Nancy
  • Rose Hunt
A Nervous State
Monday, 26 September, 2016 - 15:00
  • Peter
  • Geschiere
Homosexuality, Witchcraft, Freemasonry - Postcolonial Obsessions in Cameroon and elsewhere
Monday, 3 October, 2016 - 15:00
  • Jamie
  • Miller
An African Volk: The Apartheid Regime and its Search for Survival
Monday, 10 October, 2016 - 15:00
  • Sarah Emily
  • Duff
‘From Young Adults to Teenagers: Sex Education Manuals and the Making of Modern Youth in Apartheid South Africa’
Monday, 17 October, 2016 - 15:00
  • Christi
  • Kruger
White on the margin: post-apartheid white poverty and the politics of homogeneity
Monday, 24 October, 2016 - 15:00
  • Emery
  • Kalema
The Mulele rebellion (D.R. Congo) and the politics of forgetting
Monday, 31 October, 2016 - 15:00
  • Victoria
  • Collis-Buthelezi
Other Universals: India, Africa, the Caribbean and Un-national Thought of the Southern Hemisphere
Monday, 7 November, 2016 - 15:00
  • Lumkile
  • Mondi
From proprietorship, public companies to pyramid ownership and control: The evolution of the Financialisation of the South African Economy
Monday, 20 February, 2017 - 15:00
  • Marielle
  • Debos
Living by the Gun in Chad: Combatants, Impunity and State Formation
Monday, 27 February, 2017 - 15:00
  • Rita
  • Kesselring
Bodies of Truth: Law, Memory and Emancipation in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Book discussion and launch
Monday, 6 March, 2017 - 15:00
  • Andreas
  • Kalyvas
Carl Schmitt's Postcolonial Imagination
Monday, 13 March, 2017 - 15:00
  • Nompumelelo Zinhle
  • Manzini
African Conceptions of Person as Gendered, Ableist and Anti-queer
Monday, 20 March, 2017 - 15:00
  • Bettina
  • Malcomess
Moving Image as chronotope of the Colonial Imagination
Monday, 27 March, 2017 - 15:00
  • Candice
  • Jansen
VULNERABILITIES OF THE IMAGE: Cedric Nunn & Coloured Family in Struggle

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