Flashes, Fragments, and the Sound Bite in Writing Ethnography

Wednesday, 14 June, 2017 - 13:00

WiSER invites you to a lunch time seminar by
Susan Levine
(University of Cape Town)
Flashes, Fragments, and the Sound Bite in Writing Ethnography: Reflections on ‘Children of a Bitter Harvest’
Susan Levine’s seminar will address the grim and intractable realities of exploitation and poverty on farms in the Western Cape, not by way of an authoritative narrative, but by way of a series of ‘flashes’ from her research on child labour in the Cape winelands (1997-2015). She will focus on the writing of ‘flash ethnography’, a concept that she developed while trying to assemble a coherent analysis of child labour over time.  Her research spans the period from child slavery at the Cape through to intergenerational forms of labour extraction and exploitation in the neoliberal post-apartheid era. At this stage, Susan’s thinking around the work of ‘flash ethnography’ is preliminary, newly imagined, and open to critique.
Wednesday, 14th June
WiSER Seminar Room,
6th Floor, Richard Ward Building,
East Campus, Wits University
All welcome.