Announcements

Monday, 26 February, 2024 - 16:00

Uhuru Phalafala

My grandfather is dead he was vomiting blood, my mother says lungs contaminated by history brimming full with mine dust. These are the opening lines of the epic poem Mine Mine Mine (2023), a personal narration of my family’s more

Monday, 26 February, 2024 - 16:00

Uhuru Phalafala

WiSER and the Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) at the University of London UCL warmly invite you to the first seminar of our new online seminar series Breathing In: Air and Atmospheres   Uhuru Phalafala will more

Monday, 4 March, 2024 - 16:00

Ranjit Singh

[ Please register on Zoom in advance of this event. ] This paper explores data security practices of Aadhaar, India’s biometrics- based national identification number, and the co-constitution of trust and mistrust that underlies its more

Monday, 11 March, 2024 - 16:00

Lucy Sabin & Jorge Olcina Cantos

This interdisciplinary dialogue between climatology and cultural studies explores the phenomenon of “Saharan dust” that passes through and beyond the Spanish Mediterranean Basin. The dialogic process seeks to unearth the power more

Monday, 18 March, 2024 - 16:00

Rike Sitas et al

Kigali and Nairobi have been dubbed ‘silicon savannahs’, celebrated for their adoption of smart city programmes and projects (Rosenberg & Brent, 2020; Graham & Mann, 2013). Since 2019, these cities have seen a huge more

Wednesday, 3 April, 2024 - 12:00

Achille Mbembe

Ideas Forum: Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, the Innovation Foundation for Democracy and Hannah Arendt Humanities Network at the Hannah Arendt Center From April 3-6, 2024, The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), with more

Monday, 8 April, 2024 - 16:00

Louise Green


Monday, 15 April, 2024 - 16:00

Georges Eyenga

This article analyzes how individuals react to the age barriers established by the state for access to public service in Cameroon. The use of civil age as an instrument of identification reveals that this artifact has political more

Monday, 22 April, 2024 - 16:00

Ruth Sacks

This paper embraces what reading for air can bring to a narrative of how a 16th century portrait of Queen Idia appears in Lagos. Likenesses of the legendary Edo queen have been fashioned in Benin tradition since her time (including in more

Monday, 6 May, 2024 - 16:00

Euclides Goncalves


Monday, 13 May, 2024 - 16:00

Peter Geschiere


Monday, 20 May, 2024 - 16:00

Awadhendra Sharan

My presentation shall focus on practices and technologies through which air was sought to be rendered ‘pure’ in cities in colonial India. In particular, I shall draw attention to hygienic discourses that prioritized ‘ more

Monday, 3 June, 2024 - 16:00

Ruth Gilmore


Monday, 24 June, 2024 - 16:00

Gala Rexer

In this exploratory paper, I invite you to visit the Edmonton Waste Incinerator in North London. Since 2020, climate justice and Black Lives Matter activists have been campaigning against the expansion of this already polluting more

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