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, and the past papers of the current semester, is available here. A printable version of the seminar schedule for the current year is available here.

Date Author/s Title
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
Monday, 3 April, 2017 - 15:00
  • Richard
  • Pithouse
Political Identities in Popular Politics: Some observations from Durban
Monday, 10 April, 2017 - 15:00
  • Gregory
  • Dowd
AMfecaneRICA, 1650-1850: What can Historians of Native America Learn from Southern Africanists?
Monday, 24 April, 2017 - 15:00
  • Edgar
  • Taylor
The Tank Hill Party: Generational Politics and Decolonization in East Africa
Monday, 8 May, 2017 - 15:00
  • Lucy
  • Allais
What is Western Philosophy?
Monday, 15 May, 2017 - 15:00
  • Daniel
  • Magaziner
African Architecture, Education and Possibility in the 1960s
Monday, 22 May, 2017 - 15:00
  • Cynthia
  • John
  • Kros
  • Wright
"You can write and remember but we are simply izithunguthu'"
Monday, 29 May, 2017 - 15:00
  • Achille
  • Mbembe
Future Knowledges and Afro Computation
Monday, 5 June, 2017 - 15:00
  • Robyn
  • Bloch
The apartheid historian’s struggle: black betrayal and its effects
Monday, 12 June, 2017 - 15:00
  • Grieve
  • Chelwa
Does economics have an ‘Africa Problem’? Some data and preliminary thoughts