What can Omeka S do for you?

Wednesday, 7 August, 2024 - 15:00

Invitation | Post-Extractivism Post-Institute

Wednesday, 29 November, 2023 - 17:00

WISER invites you to join us for a two day workshop on the global h

Institut Francais de Pondycherry | Digital & Society: Social Sciences Winter School

Between November 12 and 19, the Trust Doctoral fellows will be attending a week long Winter School in Pondycherry, India hosted by the Institut Francais de Pondycherry. 

For more information follow this link:

Rights and Ethics in Biometric Population Registration : Mapping the limits of digital recognition and the drivers of exclusion

Under the pressure of the continent’s demography and a powerful alliance of donors, technology firms, local banks and governments, many African states have begun to adopt new technologies of identification linked to mobile finance systems.  These projects are not all alike, but they are typically organised around the use of biometric identification tools aimed at adult populations.

IUSSP Fellowship and Orientation Week

Population Registers, Ethics, and Human Rights

An IUSSP initiative carried out in collaboration with WiSER, ISER & IIGH with the aid of a grant from IDRC. 

Standard Bank Chair in African Trust Infrastructures

Keith Breckenridge, November 2022

WISER is pleased to announce a new, long-term research project into African Trust Infrastructures.  With generous support from Standard Bank we will be hosting a new doctoral research programme examining the development of digital population registration systems, and their effects on institutions. 


Two Wits professors awarded Science for Society Gold Medals

Two Wits professors awarded Science for Society Gold Medals

The Academy of Science of South Africa has awarded its highest honour, Science for Society Gold Medals, to Wits Professors Karen Hofman and Achille Mbembe.


ASSAf annually awards ASSAf Science for Society Gold Medals in recognition of outstanding achievements by individuals. Up to two Gold Medals are awarded per annum for outstanding achievement in scientific thinking for the benefit of society.

Project Page | IUSSP Initiative on Population Registers, Ethics and Human Rights

The overall purpose of this initiative is to infuse interdisciplinary perspectives, drawing on perspectives from law, history, economics, public policy, demography, and public health, to address the ethical and human rights challenges that are emerging as population register systems are modernized and digitized.  We set out the basic elements of the collaboration on this page.

Programme in African Digital Humanities : Presentations

Thursday, 29 July, 2021 - 16:00

year three : achievements, problems and plans across the humanities

Programme in African Digital Humanities : Zoom Workshops

Thursday, 17 September, 2020 - 14:30
Wednesday, Sept 16, 3pm - 5:30 pm (South African Time)

Digital Identity and Data Privacy in Africa : Research Notes and Links

Tools for researching Digital Identity on the African Continent

Use a documentary database management tool – Zotero (keeping track of the changing web, sharing)

* Good summary overview : Gelb and Metz Identification Revolution

Intellectual and Cultural Life under Conditions of Austerity

Tuesday, 5 June, 2018 - 08:30

WISER is pleased to announce a Workshop on Intellectual and Cultural Life under Conditions of Aus

WiSER's Shireen Hassim and Bongani Madondo report on Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

"Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: revolutionary who kept the spirit of resistance alive" 

Read the full article by Shireen Hassim for the Conversation here


And Bongani Madondo's piece for the Sunday Times below:


WiSER in 2018

WiSER in 2018


Call for Proposals : Intellectual and Cultural Life under Conditions of Austerity

Sunday, 11 February, 2018 - 08:30

WISER and the African Studies Center at the University of Michigan invite proposals for papers a

MA and PhD scholarships - deadline 31 Jan: “Oceanic Humanities for the Global South” invites applications

Rising sea levels require new styles of oceanic research that speak to environmental and decolonial themes. Much oceanic research focuses on the surface of the ocean, tracing movements of people, ideas and objects.  An oceanic humanities equal to the present must engage with both human and non-human aspects of the ocean, with the depth and the surface. Such a project must also decolonize the histories of oceanic space, providing new approaches to aesthetic understandings of water.

Locations of African and African Diaspora Critical Thought

Tuesday, 15 August, 2017 - 09:30

Within the domain of critical thought, it is clear that the Western archive is in danger of being

Democracy and the Poor

Friday, 4 August, 2017 - 16:30

The Truth about Crime

Friday, 21 July, 2017 - 12:30

An event at the University of Stellenbosch




CFP: Urban Anxieties in the Global South

16 August 2017 

A workshop at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa 

Silicosis: Past, Present, and Future

Thursday, 9 June, 2016 - 13:15

Silicosis: Past, Present, and Future


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