Past Events

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

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Public Events
Name Titlesort descending Date WISER Research Theme
Achille Mbembe JCPZ Public Dialogue 05-Aug-2015 Curating the Afropolitan City
Johannesburg – The Elusive Metropolis edited by Sarah Nuttall and Achille Mbembe 24-Feb-2009
John Matshikiza 20-Aug-2003
Leigh-Ann Naidoo Justifying the Removal of Non-Natives: A Case Study from Hawaii 02-Oct-2012
JWTC 2014: Johannesburg Events 29-Jun-2014 Curating the Afropolitan City, African Futures
JWTC 2014: Week One 29-Jun-2014 Curating the Afropolitan City, African Futures
JWTC 2014: Week Two 07-Jul-2014 Curating the Afropolitan City, African Futures
Leigh-Ann Naidoo JWTC Public Events: Futures of Nature 02-Jul-2012
Kala Pani:  09-Apr-2002
Lucy Allais Kant on Race and Kant’s Racism 08-Oct-2015 Law and personhood, African Futures
Ken Follett internationally acclaimed bestselling author of the thriller novel, on The History of the Thriller, in conve 16-Feb-2005
Roger Southall Launch of 'The New Black Middle Class in South Africa' 15-Mar-2016 African Futures
Launch of book: The Security-Development Nexus: Expressions of Sovereignty and Securization in SA 26-Sep-2007
Louise Bethlehem Lauren Beukes: Instalments in a Literature of the Governed 03-Apr-2013
Living together/living apart – the complexity of home 08-Oct-2014 Curating the Afropolitan City
Load Shedding 28-Apr-2009
Local Economies 14-Sep-2010
Ahmed Kathrada Foundation Lost in Transformation? Reviewing 20 years of transformation in South Africa 10-Oct-2013
Stephen Graham Luxified skies: How vertical urban housing became an elite preserve 22-Mar-2017 African Futures
Dilip Menon Making a Song and Dance of it: taking Bollywood seriously 15-May-2013
Making sense of the past, designing the future: International lessons for Constitution Hill  13-Mar-2003
Collaborations
Name Titlesort descending Date WISER Research Theme
Keith Breckenridge Johannesburg Colloquium on the Future of Legal Identity 14-Feb-2017 Public Positions on History and Politics, Law and personhood
Achille Mbembe JWTC Newsletter 03-Jul-2013
Kant on Enlightenment and the Cosmopolitan Ideal 26-Mar-2003
Key Concepts in Kant's Metaphysics 25-Mar-2003
Life and Death in a Time of AIDS: the Southern African Experience 14-Oct-2004
Department of Sociology Life and Legacies of Stuart Hall 10-Apr-2014
Literary Studies, New Literacies and New Publics: Translating Between the Disciplines 08-Apr-2002
Seminars
Name Titlesort descending Date WISER Research Theme
John Stremlau 10-May-2004
Keeping Faith with the Black Messiah: Suffering, Hope and the Cost of the Future 23-Jul-2008
Sarah Nuttall Knowledge Futures 14-Aug-2016 African Futures
Antina von Schnitzler Late Apartheid Techno-Politics and Temporalities of Transition 13-Apr-2015
Laughing All the Way to Freedom? :Contemporary Stand-up Comedy and Democracy in South Africa 16-May-2005
Legal Pluralism, Decentralization and Conflict in the Sahel 23-Oct-2001
Lessons from South Africa for Israel/Palestine 08-Mar-2007
Joshua Walker Lines of Communication: On the Micropolitics and Meanings of Electricity in Mbujimayi, DR Congo 12-May-2015 African Futures
Robert G. O’Meally Liquid at the Borders 17-Aug-2015 African Futures
Isabel Hofmeyr Literary Ecologies of the Indian Ocean World: Mauritian and Southern African Intersections 16-Aug-2018 Oceanic Humanities
Victoria J. Collis-Buthelezi Literary Education and Manufacturing Consent: Soga, Rhodes, and The Colored American Magazine 30-Jul-2015 African Futures
Stefan Helgesson Literary Theory and South-South Comparison: The Case of the São Paulo School 06-Sep-2016 Curating the Afropolitan City
David Johnson Literature against Stalinism: South Africa's left opposition, 1930-1960 23-Apr-2018
Ngaka Mosiane Livelihoods, the body, and city space. 16-May-2016
Marielle Debos Living by the Gun in Chad: Combatants, Impunity and State Formation 20-Feb-2017
Locating the Indian Ocean: Thoughts on the Historical Reconstitution of Space 04-Nov-2010
Love and troubled marriage in Kenyan popular fiction 14-Apr-2003
Love in the time of conviction 13-Aug-2007
Ma-slaan-pa dockets': Policing domestic violence 20-Aug-2007
Jay Schutte Made in Other Words 06-Aug-2015 African Futures
Making Peace: Evaluation and Reconciliation 15-Nov-2002
Jens Andersson Malawians in Johannes-burg: Organising Informal Trade & Migration in a Liberalising Environment 01-Mar-2005
Name Titlesort descending Date WISER Research Theme
Liz Gunner K.E.Masinga, Zulu Radio and the Politics of Migrant Aurality 30-Jul-2012
Lucy Allais Kant on giving to beggars 14-May-2012
Daniel Magaziner Keeping the Faith with the Black Messiah: Suffering, Hope and the Cost of the Future 23-Jul-2008
Stephane Robolin Keorapetse Kgositsile's Imaginative Geographies 29-Jun-2011
Julia Seirlis Laughing All the Way to Freedom?: Contemporary Stand-Up Comedy and Democracy in South Africa 16-May-2005
Gerti Hesseling Legal Plurism, Decentralization and Conflict in the Sahel 23-Oct-2001
Heribert Kogila Adam Moodley Lessons from South Africa for Israel/Palestine 08-Mar-2007
Ilana Feldman Life Lived in Relief: Humanitarian Effects, Political Claims and Palestinian RefugeeCommunity 15-Mar-2011
Pier Larson Literacy and Power in Madagascar 12-Aug-2013
Lynn Thomas Local Manufacturing of Skin Lighteners and Divergent Markets 15-Jul-2013
Jeremy Prestholdt Locating the Indian Ocean: Thoughts on the Historical Reconstitution of Space 04-Nov-2010
Eva Hoffman Lost and Found in Transition: Contested memories and moving on from difficult pasts 18-Aug-2011
Tom Odhiambo Love and troubled marriage in Kenyan popular fiction 14-Apr-2003
Eric Worby Love in the time of conviction 13-Aug-2007
Julia Hornberger Ma-slaan-pa dockets': Policing domestic violence 20-Aug-2007
Shireen Ally Maid' Subject: Democratic Statecraft and Domestic Workers in Post- Apartheid South Africa 26-Mar-2007
Jim Martin Making Peace: Evaluation and Reconciliation 15-Nov-2002
Book Launches
Name Titlesort descending Date WISER Research Theme
John Masterson Launch of The Disorder of Things : A Foucauldian Approach to the Work of Nuruddin Farah 08-May-2013
Ilana van Wyk Launch of 'A Church of Strangers' 18-May-2016 African Futures
Grace Musila Launch of 'A Death Retold in Truth and Rumour' 11-May-2016 African Futures
David Theo Goldberg Launch of 'Are We All Postracial Yet?' 12-Oct-2015 African Futures
Steven Robins Launch of 'Letters of Stone' 24-Feb-2016 African Futures
Pumla Dineo Gqola Launch of 'Rape: A South African Nightmare' 02-Mar-2016 African Futures
Catherine Burns Launch of 'Sol Plaatje’s Native Life in South Africa' 16-Nov-2016 African Futures
Thiven Reddy Launch of 'South Africa, Settler Colonialism and the Failures of Liberal Democracy' 22-Sep-2016 African Futures
Panashe Chigumadzi Launch of 'Sweet Medicine' 24-Oct-2015 African Futures
Elleke Boehmer Launch of 'The Shouting in the Dark' and 'Indian Arrivals' 17-Sep-2015 African Futures
Jean Comaroff John Comaroff Launch of 'The Truth about Crime' 27-Jul-2017 African Futures
Michael Neocosmos Launch of 'Thinking Freedom in Africa' 15-Mar-2017 African Futures
Thula Simpson Launch of 'Umkhonto we Sizwe: The ANC’S Armed Struggle' 20-Apr-2016 African Futures
Terry Kurgan Launch of 'Wide Angle: Photography as Participatory Practice' 12-Sep-2015 African Futures
Richard Pithouse Launch of 'Writing the Decline' 20-Jul-2016 African Futures
Maxim Bolt Launch of 'Zimbabwe’s Migrants and South Africa’s Border Farms' 11-May-2016 African Futures
Catherine Burns Launch of a new Book by Mandisa Mbali - South African Aids Activism and Global Health Politics 06-Jun-2013
Keith Breckenridge Launch of Biometric State : The global politics of identification and surveillance in South Africa, 1850 to the Present 20-Oct-2014 Public Positions on History and Politics, Law and personhood
Achille Mbembe Launch of Critique of Black Reason 06-Jun-2017 African Futures
Sarah Nuttall Launch of Isabel Hofmeyr’s new book: Gandhi’s Printing Press Experiments in Slow Reading 28-May-2013
Cherryl Walker Launch of Land Divided, Land Restored edited by Ben Cousins and Cherryl Walker 24-Feb-2015 Public Positions on History and Politics, Law and personhood, African Futures
Sarah Nuttall Launch of Mark Gevisser's Lost and Found in Johannesburg 04-Mar-2014
Caroline Kihato Launch of Migrant Women of Johannesburg 26-Mar-2014
Launch of Pamila Gupta's 'The Relic State' 14-Oct-2014
Sarah Nuttall Launch of Picturing Change Curating visual culture at post-apartheid universities 05-Jun-2013
Raymond Suttner Launch of Raymond Suttner's new book : Recovering Democracy in South Africa 19-Mar-2015 Public Positions on History and Politics, Law and personhood, African Futures
Gabeba Baderoon Launch of Regarding Muslims: From Slavery to Post-Apartheid 30-Jul-2014 Law and personhood
Sarah Nuttall Jonny Steinberg Launch of Stephen Clingman’s 'Birthmark' 12-May-2015 African Futures
Achille Mbembe Launch of The Cambridge Companion to Nelson Mandela 05-May-2014
Collaborations, Seminars
Name Titlesort descending Date WISER Research Theme
Sarah Nuttall Locations of African and African Diaspora Critical Thought 14-Aug-2017 Digital Humanities, African Futures
Sarah Nuttall Locations of African and African Diaspora Critical Thought 14-Aug-2017 Digital Humanities, African Futures
WISH Seminars
Name Titlesort descending Date WISER Research Theme
Ruth Sacks Looking for the Congo in Congo Style: Dreamscapes in Belgian Art Nouveau and the nightmare of the African colony 12-May-2014
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Name Titlesort descending Date WISER Research Theme
M. Neelika Jayawardane in Conversation with David Goldblatt 24-Jun-2014 Curating the Afropolitan City

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