Cultural Solidarities

Thursday, 6 April, 2017 - 09:00

Cocaine and Colonialism? The origins of Asian markets for modern pharmaceuticals, c. 1900-1945

Tuesday, 15 May, 2018 - 12:00

WISER invites you to a lunchtime seminar by James Mills

Between bioscape and sensorium: Creolized dance as Indian Ocean memory

Thursday, 15 March, 2018 - 13:00

Responsibility in Place: Marlene van Niekerk’s Memorandum: A Story With Paintings

Tuesday, 20 February, 2018 - 13:00

WiSER in 2018

“Say No, Black Woman”: The Giant is Falling and the erasure of Black women in South Africa

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Monday, 12 February, 2018 - 15:00

Black women in South Africa are challenging power in various ways. We Black women are engaged in activist-intellectual projects to build a more humane society through our time, voices (written, signed, made verbal), labour, physical presence, ideas and political strategies to build branches/chapters to movements. To engage The Giant is Falling is to engage with the negation of Black women in South Africa, their history and acts of resistance.

Baas of the Kramat: Muslim place and belonging in 19th and 20th century Cape Town

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Monday, 19 February, 2018 - 15:00

Cape Town boasts roughly two dozen sacred Muslim tombs, known as kramats, which mark the resting places of pious, 17th and 18th century exiles from around the Indian Ocean basin. While scholars have tended to approach the kramats as unchanging monuments, which serve primarily as launch pads for broader narratives of Islam and exile in South Africa, they are in fact places with their own, often complex histories. This paper attempts a history of perhaps the most famous kramat of all, that of eastern Indonesian Sufi scholar and exile Shaykh Yusuf of Makassar (1626-1699).

Urban Nostalgia: Colonial traces in the postcolonial city of Luanda

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Monday, 26 February, 2018 - 15:00

Nostalgia has become an apt concept to elicit the examination of traces of the past upon the present. In this presentation, I am concerned with a particular kind of nostalgia, or, what I call, here, urban nostalgia. Using the city of Luanda, the capital of Angola, as a case study, I will be discussing the extent to which urban nostalgia deserves a category of its own. It is not colonial nostalgia, although it shares a great deal of its discursive field; nor is it anthropological nostalgia, or the nostalgia for the primitive and the pristine.

What happened to the theory of African capitalism?

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Monday, 5 March, 2018 - 15:00

In this paper I want to examine the reasons for the impressively consistent disinterest in African economics that runs through the four styles of comparative political economy that the journal Economy & Society – the most important forum for comparative economic sociology – has published over the last three decades. Arranged in reverse chronological order, these productive and influential theoretical styles can be identified as : Callon’s Economization, Soskice and Hall’s Varieties of Capitalism (VoC), Boyer and Jessop’s Regulationism and Foucault’s Governmentality.

The lifecast cast: an ethico-legal inquiry

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Monday, 12 March, 2018 - 15:00

What do we do with the relics of race science in South Africa? My research focuses on the Bushman lifecasts currently housed in Iziko Museum in Cape Town. Dozens of casts were made in the first half of the 20th Century with the aim of classifying different races, specifically Bushmen. Race science, as this form of inquiry became known, gave false scientific grounding to ideas of racial hierarchies, racism, and white supremacy. It stripped those cast of their dignity, and promoted racist stereotypes which justified the poor treatment of South Africa’s first inhabitants.


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