Past Events

These are the events hosted at WISER. Other events and press notices are here.

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Seminars
Name Title Datesort descending WISER Research Theme
Sarah Nuttall Fugitive/Narrative: Unhomed Texts, Human Rights, and the Broken Road 01-Feb-2018 African Futures
Benedict Carton Albert Luthuli, the ANC Moses: religious prophecy and the turn to armed struggle 02-Feb-2018 Public Positions on History and Politics, Locations of African Critical Theory
Simamkele Dlakavu “Say No, Black Woman”: The Giant is Falling and the erasure of Black women in South Africa 12-Feb-2018
Saarah Jappie Baas of the Kramat: Muslim place and belonging in 19th and 20th century Cape Town 19-Feb-2018
Elizabeth Hjorth Responsibility in Place: Marlene van Niekerk’s Memorandum: A Story With Paintings 20-Feb-2018 Medical Humanities in Africa
Antonio Tomas Urban Nostalgia: Colonial traces in the postcolonial city of Luanda 26-Feb-2018
Keith Breckenridge What happened to the theory of African capitalism? 05-Mar-2018
Sarah Wild The lifecast cast: an ethico-legal inquiry 12-Mar-2018
Ananya Kabir Between bioscape and sensorium: Creolized dance as Indian Ocean memory 15-Mar-2018 Oceanic Humanities
Claudia Gastrow The Discomforts of Home: Infrastructure, Rehousing and Class in Luanda 19-Mar-2018
Renee van der Wiel Doing research that does something: The trope of the exceptional knowledge-producing medical doctor 09-Apr-2018
Cindy Morillas Individualization versus Democratization? Conditions and forms of student activism in authoritarian situation (Cameroon, 16-Apr-2018
David Johnson Literature against Stalinism: South Africa's left opposition, 1930-1960 23-Apr-2018
Isabel Hofmeyr Object-oriented Reading: The View from the Customs House 07-May-2018
Rogers, Joshua Orock, Walker Suspicious Times? 14-May-2018
Jim Mills Cocaine and Colonialism? The origins of Asian markets for modern pharmaceuticals, c. 1900-1945 15-May-2018 Medical Humanities in Africa
Siphiwe Ignatius Dube A Foray into (Study of?) African Political Theology 21-May-2018
Charne, & Meg Lavery, Samuelson The Oceanic South 28-May-2018
Rimli Bhattacharya Cancelled | Transnational perspectives in juvenile literature: Gay-Neck (1927) and Dariyalal (1938) 04-Jul-2018 Oceanic Humanities
Sharad Chari Ruinous Foundations of Progressive Segregation: The Birth of Biopolitical Struggle (1920s-1950s) 11-Jul-2018 Curating the Afropolitan City, Locations of African Critical Theory
Julia Stephens Governing Islam: Law, Empire, and Secularism in South Asia 16-Jul-2018
Keith Breckenridge POLS4033 & POLS7036 The State in Africa 17-Jul-2018 African Futures
Max Bolt The Family House Position Paper 23-Jul-2018 Law and personhood
Johan Mathew On Principals and Agency: Reassembling Trust in Indian Ocean Commerce 23-Jul-2018
Carina Truyts Fishfinger stew and peach tarts: from hunger to nourishment in the Dwars River Valley 30-Jul-2018
Simone Haysom WISER Invitation -- Heroin Coast: the political economy of the heroin trade along the Indian Ocean seaboard 02-Aug-2018 Oceanic Humanities
Ruth Sacks The City Speaks for Itself: Notes on approaching architecture in Kinshasa 06-Aug-2018
Carolyn Steedman Social History comes to Warwick 08-Aug-2018 Governing Intimacies
Lewis Manthata The politics of social exclusion : Transformation in Cricket South Africa 13-Aug-2018
Ian Shapiro Democratic Competition: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 15-Aug-2018 Governing Intimacies, Public Positions on History and Politics
Isabel Hofmeyr Literary Ecologies of the Indian Ocean World: Mauritian and Southern African Intersections 16-Aug-2018 Oceanic Humanities
Danny Bradlow Money Talks: International Law and the Governance of International Finance 20-Aug-2018
Caio Simões de Araújo “One of the most dangerous documents ever produced”: the United Nations, the Global South and the politics of race in th 27-Aug-2018
Dilip Menon At the End of Time: Thinking with Water 29-Aug-2018 Oceanic Humanities
Euclides Goncalves Arquivo Morto: notes on institutional memory in postcolonial Mozambique 10-Sep-2018
Wendy Kline Psychedelic Birth: Bodies, Boundaries, and the Perception of Pain in the 1970s 17-Sep-2018
Thato Masiangoako Rationalizing injustice: surprising reinforcement of legal hegemony in South Africa 01-Oct-2018
Rodrigo Naranjo The Dynamic of Captivity and the American Imagination 04-Oct-2018
Keith Breckenridge Seminar by Johan Lagae : “Sorry Congo !?” On the positionality of architectural history in dealing with Congo’s colonial 08-Oct-2018 Curating the Afropolitan City
Alf Gunvald Political Modernity in the Postcolony: Some Reflections of India's Bhil Heartland 08-Oct-2018
Melanie Boehi A South African social garden: People, plants and multispecies histories in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden 15-Oct-2018
Richard Pithouse Forging New Political Identities in the Shanty Towns of Durban, South Africa 22-Oct-2018
T. Dunbar Moodie Confessing remorse about the evils of Apartheid: the Dutch Reformed Church in the Nineteen-Eighties 29-Oct-2018
Collaborations
Name Title Datesort descending WISER Research Theme
Keith Breckenridge Call for Proposals : Intellectual and Cultural Life under Conditions of Austerity 10-Feb-2018 Knowledge Futures, Sugarman
Department of Trade and Industry Innovation and Intellectual Property in South Africa 15-May-2018 Knowledge Futures, African Futures
Keith Breckenridge Intellectual and Cultural Life under Conditions of Austerity 04-Jun-2018 Sugarman
Sarah Nuttall The Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theory 2018 Summer School: The Human in Question | Application deadline 9 25-Jun-2018 Knowledge Futures, African Futures
Shireen Hassim WISER INVITATION : Telling Lives - Truth Lies History | 6 Aug | Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study 06-Aug-2018 Governing Intimacies
Pamila Gupta The Filmic and Photographic: African Visual Cultures 25-Nov-2018 Locations of African Critical Theory, Sugarman
Public Events
Name Title Datesort descending WISER Research Theme
Sarah Nuttall Entanglements and Aftermaths: Reflections on Memory and Political Time 22-Feb-2018 Public Positions on History and Politics, Knowledge Futures, Locations of African Critical Theory, African Futures
Sarah Nuttall WiSER in 2018 22-Feb-2018 Governing Intimacies, Oceanic Humanities, Public Positions on History and Politics, Medical Humanities in Africa, Digital Humanities, Curating the Afropolitan City, Knowledge Futures, Law and personhood, Locations of African Critical Theory, Sugarman, African Futures
Sarah Nuttall Africans In War: A Conversation between Paul Gilroy and William Kentridge 23-Feb-2018 Locations of African Critical Theory
Sarah Nuttall Call for Papers: On Suspicion and the Contemporary - deadline 15 December 2017 01-Mar-2018 Public Positions on History and Politics
Nolwazi Mkhwanazi Invitation | Two events focused on Sex and Sexuality in the Lives of Young South Africans 08-Mar-2018 Medical Humanities in Africa
Sarah Nuttall On Suspicion and the Contemporary 18-Apr-2018 Public Positions on History and Politics, Knowledge Futures, African Futures
Bruce Janz How Do We Speak Of Our Place? Achille Mbembe's World 22-May-2018 Locations of African Critical Theory, African Futures
Sarah Nuttall Goethe-Institut and WiSER Invitation: Wits School of Arts DIVA Talk: Special edition with Wolfgang Tillmans 29-Jun-2018 Curating the Afropolitan City
Sarah Nuttall "After Mandela": A Roundtable Colloquium at Stellenbosch University 18-Jul-2018 Public Positions on History and Politics, Locations of African Critical Theory, African Futures
Achille Mbembe The State against Mandela and the Others | Film & Debate | 23 July 2018 5.30pm 23-Jul-2018 Public Positions on History and Politics, African Futures
Duncan M. Yoon Toward the Global South Novel: Africa, China, and Bofane's Congo Inc. 25-Jul-2018 Oceanic Humanities, African Futures
Nolwazi Mkhwanazi Invitation | WellSexuality Projects | Tuesday 31 July 5-7pm 31-Jul-2018 Medical Humanities in Africa
Sisonke Msimang WISER and Governing Intimacies Invitation : Discussion of Sisonke Msimang's Always Another Country 07-Aug-2018 Governing Intimacies
Jonathan Klaaren Public event | The emotional toll of social justice work in medicine and law | Adler Museum 14-Aug-2018 Medical Humanities in Africa, Law and personhood
Jonathan Klaaren The emotional toll of social justice work in medicine and law 14-Aug-2018 Medical Humanities in Africa
Sarah Nuttall Digital Imaginaries: Premonition 06-Sep-2018 Digital Humanities, Curating the Afropolitan City, Locations of African Critical Theory
Keith Breckenridge Divinatory computation : the politics of Artificial Intelligence 11-Sep-2018 Digital Humanities, Knowledge Futures
Isabel Hofmeyr Yvette Christiansë events at WiSER | 13 & 14 Sept 13-Sep-2018 Oceanic Humanities
Shireen Hassim Invite : Book Discussion : SORRY, NOT SORRY by Haji Mohamed Dawjee | 18 Sept | 5pm 18-Sep-2018 Governing Intimacies
Keith Breckenridge 4th seminar in the Mellon 30th Anniversary Seminar Series | Mapping African Futures on the topic of Consumption | 3 Oct 03-Oct-2018 African Futures
Bongani Madondo Symposium on Telegraph to the Sky - Towards Afrofuturism 3.0. | 17-18 Oct 17-Oct-2018 Curating the Afropolitan City, African Futures
Sarah Nuttall Multi Crisis - Global South literary humanities in an era of global crises | 30-31 Oct 30-Oct-2018 Curating the Afropolitan City, Knowledge Futures, African Futures
Book Launches
Name Title Datesort descending WISER Research Theme
Sammy Baloji & Filip de Boeck Invitation | "Suturing the City": Discussion with Filip de Boeck and Sammy Baloji | 1 March 2018 | 12:00 01-Mar-2018 Curating the Afropolitan City, African Futures
Keith Breckenridge Book discussion : Rights to Land 08-Mar-2018 Public Positions on History and Politics, African Futures
Achille Mbembe NEW DATE | Invitation | Launch of Franz Fanon, Psychiatry and Politics | Tuesday 30 July | 1pm 30-Jul-2018 Medical Humanities in Africa, African Futures
Achille Mbembe Invite - The Politics of Custom: Chiefship, Capital and the State in Contemporary Africa | 15 Aug | 6pm 15-Aug-2018 Public Positions on History and Politics, Knowledge Futures, Locations of African Critical Theory
Isabel Hofmeyr WiSER and African Literature invite you to the launch of Mapule Mohulatsi's book Mizz President 30-Aug-2018 Oceanic Humanities, Locations of African Critical Theory
Keith Breckenridge Book Launch : Anne Mager & Phiko Velelo -- House of Tshatshu | 18 Oct | 12:30 pm 18-Oct-2018 Public Positions on History and Politics, Law and personhood
Isabel Hofmeyr Book talk by Thomas F. McDow Buying Time: Debt and Mobility in the Western Indian Ocean 18-Oct-2018 Oceanic Humanities
Zanele Muholi Book Discussion : Zanele Muholi's Somnyama Ngonyama | 25 Oct | 6pm 25-Oct-2018 Governing Intimacies, Curating the Afropolitan City
Sarah Nuttall Invite : JOHANNESBURG LAUNCH | EVERYONE IS PRESENT BY TERRY KURGAN 14-Nov-2018 Curating the Afropolitan City