Past Events

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

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Public Events
Title Datesort ascending WISER Research Theme
The Art(s) of Forensics: A Cross-Disciplinary Conversation 06-Aug-2014 Law and personhood
Notes on Human Rights in Africa: A Public Presentation and Conversation 05-Aug-2014 Law and personhood
JWTC 2014: Week Two 07-Jul-2014 Curating the Afropolitan City, African Futures
Race to Commonwealth: Universalism in International Law 01-Jul-2014 African Futures
Histories of Anti-Racism: Commemorating Stuart Hall 30-Jun-2014 African Futures
Can the Subaltern Genome Code? Rethinking Race, Science, and Subjectivity 30-Jun-2014 African Futures
Raceless Futures in Critical Black Thought 30-Jun-2014 African Futures
JWTC 2014: Week One 29-Jun-2014 Curating the Afropolitan City, African Futures
JWTC 2014: Johannesburg Events 29-Jun-2014 Curating the Afropolitan City, African Futures
History of Non-Racialism in South Africa: Ahmed Kathrada in Conversation with Achille Mbembe 29-Jun-2014 Law and personhood
New Pathologies and Old Susceptibilities: Aging and Chronic Disease in India and South Africa (1940-50s) 27-Jun-2014 Medical Humanities in Africa
Age and the Body: Cultures and Conversations 27-Jun-2014 Medical Humanities in Africa
Videobrasil 30 Years 26-Jun-2014 African Futures
Migrancy and Health 04-Jun-2014 Medical Humanities in Africa
The Survey as a Social Event: What field notes tell us about the quality and contextuality of quantitative data 29-May-2014
Impilo Mapantsula : The role of imagination, narrative and story-telling in IsiPantsula culture and dance 22-May-2014
Sven Augustijnen's 'Spectres' at WiSER 15-May-2014
Beyond the Black Atlantic: Angola, The Eastern Bloc and the Cold War 15-Apr-2014
Thinking gender from the global South 11-Apr-2014
Violence and Memory: The Mulele rebellion in Postcolonial DR Congo 07-Apr-2014
Retrotopia: “Secretly I Will Love You More” 03-Apr-2014
Precarious Japan 27-Mar-2014
Deeper into a hole: borrowing and lending in South Africa 27-Mar-2014
Digital Place and Urban Space 13-Mar-2014
Three WiSER-Duke Writing Fellowships Awarded 23-Feb-2014
The trouble with being female in politics 13-Feb-2014
Discussion of Sujit Sivasundaram's Islanded 11-Feb-2014
Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Clare Loveday (composer) and Nandipha Mntambo (artist) 07-Feb-2014
Telescopic Modernism: Ulysses, the Stars, and South Africa 14-Nov-2013
Lost in Transformation? Reviewing 20 years of transformation in South Africa 10-Oct-2013
Trying to Save Reason from Racism: Hegel vs. Kant on Autonomy and Diversity 06-Sep-2013
Body Knowledge: Medicine and the Humanities in Conversation 02-Sep-2013
Exhibition Opening: Colin Richards, A Fine Line 15-Aug-2013
Politics of the Punch: A Zaire Chronicle 14-Aug-2013
‘Apartheid Cyborg’: Agaat, Adoption, Technics & Time 14-Aug-2013
Walter Mignolo on Spirit Return to the East: The Racial Distribution of Capital and Knowledge 08-Aug-2013
The Roots of Impermanence: Settlement, Transience and Farm Labour on the Zimbabwean-South African Border 07-Aug-2013
Title Datesort ascending WISER Research Theme
The Arts of Human Rights: Day One 06-Aug-2014 Law and personhood
Geographies of Creolization: Thomas Mofolo’s Chaka and the 'Forgotten' Canon of African Literature 24-Jul-2014 Law and personhood
Immobilised by Immigration 26-Jun-2014
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: New Ethnographies of Johannesburg 15-Jun-2014
20 Years into Democracy: South Africa and Social Sciences 15-Apr-2014
Social Theory Reading Group: The Writings of Stuart Hall 25-Mar-2014
Moving Past the Original Crime: The Freedom Charter and its Fantasies 24-Oct-2013
Participation and Imagined Citizenship in Nigerian Talk Radio: The Case of Rock City FM’s ‘The Daybreak Show 10-Sep-2013
Book Launches
Title Datesort ascending WISER Research Theme
Launch of Regarding Muslims: From Slavery to Post-Apartheid 30-Jul-2014 Law and personhood
Launch of The Cambridge Companion to Nelson Mandela 05-May-2014
Launch of Migrant Women of Johannesburg 26-Mar-2014
Launch of Mark Gevisser's Lost and Found in Johannesburg 04-Mar-2014
Book Launch -- Richard Rive : a partial biography by Shaun Viljoen 23-Oct-2013
Book Launch -- CATEGORIES OF PERSONS Rethinking Ourselves and Others by Megan Jones and Jacob Dlamini 10-Oct-2013
Book Launch: Jeff Guy's Theophilus Shepstone and the Forging of Natal 01-Oct-2013
Book Launch -- Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle by Silvia Federici 17-Sep-2013
Men & Violence: Launch of Special Edition of Agenda, No 95 22-Aug-2013
Book Launch -- Rethinking the South African Crisis: Nationalism, Populism, Hegemony by Gill Hart 12-Aug-2013
Book Launch -- A World of their Own: A History of South African Women's Education by Meghan Healy-Clancy 05-Aug-2013
Public Positions
Title Datesort ascending WISER Research Theme
Public Positions : Property, communal land, and traditional leadership 21-Jul-2014 Public Positions on History and Politics
Public Positions : The crisis of democratic representation in local government 26-May-2014 Public Positions on History and Politics, Curating the Afropolitan City
Public Positions : Police against the People 14-Apr-2014 Public Positions on History and Politics
Public Positions on History and Politics : The Cost of Justice 24-Mar-2014 Public Positions on History and Politics
Title Datesort ascending WISER Research Theme
M. Neelika Jayawardane in Conversation with David Goldblatt 24-Jun-2014 Curating the Afropolitan City
WiSER-DUKE Writing Fellowship 31-Oct-2013
WISH Seminars
Title Datesort ascending WISER Research Theme
Regulating the South African Judiciary: 2012-2013 23-Jun-2014
Degeneration and satyagraha: Hind Swaraj and the crisis of liberal democracy 09-Jun-2014
Race, Sex, Birth and Blood in South African History : “Rhesus sensitization in the Bantu” in South Africa, 1940 to 1970 02-Jun-2014
“Mobutu’s Ghost”: Mobilising against foreign retailers in Kinshasa (DRC). Indigenization, autochthony and emerging urban 26-May-2014
Unquoting the Past: Authorship and Appropriation in Zakes Mda’s The Heart of Redness 19-May-2014
Looking for the Congo in Congo Style: Dreamscapes in Belgian Art Nouveau and the nightmare of the African colony 12-May-2014
Rehabilitating the hoard: the social dynamics of unbanking in Africa and beyond 26-Aug-2013
Title Datesort ascending WISER Research Theme
Workshop 1 : Conclusion 17-May-2014
Programme for Workshop 1 : The Global South as an idea and a source of theory 05-May-2014 Sugarman
Life and Legacies of Stuart Hall 10-Apr-2014
Audiences and publics in Africa 08-Apr-2014
Temporariness and the Everyday Conversations with Charles Piot and Ann Allison 26-Mar-2014
Call for applications to 2014 annual JWTC session 21-Mar-2014
Mapping Science and Technology in Africa: Traveling Technologies and Global Dis\orders 13-Feb-2014
Mapping Science and Technology in Africa: Traveling technologies and global dis\orders 12-Feb-2014
Title Datesort ascending WISER Research Theme
Skin of the city: Luanda or the dialectics of spatial transformation 05-May-2014
Radicalising Temporal Difference: Anthropology, Postcolonial Theory and the Question of Time 22-Apr-2014
Unfinished Debates: Settler Liberalism, East Africa, and the Origins of Non-Racialism 14-Apr-2014
Other People's Sons: Conscription in the Rhodesian Army 1972-80 07-Apr-2014
Print culture and imagining the Union of South Africa 24-Mar-2014
Daughters of the Revolution: Spectacle and narrative in S v Zuma 17-Mar-2014
Principals, chiefs and school committees:The development of local school administration in rural lebowa, 1972 – 1990 10-Mar-2014
Deferred reciprocity: ransoming and the ethics of compensatory justice 03-Mar-2014
Can the People Govern? Popular Sovereignty and the Sovereignty of Ordinary People 24-Feb-2014
The Unstable Terrain of (Auto)Biography in <i>The Struggle</i> 17-Feb-2014
Black and Middle Class in South Africa 10-Feb-2014
Science of Empire: The South African Origins of Galton's Eugenics 18-Nov-2013
Spectacles or Publics? Billboards, magazine covers, and ‘selfies’ as spaces of appearance 11-Nov-2013
Dependence, discipline and the morality of consumption: an intellectual history of the SASOL project 04-Nov-2013
“Anginayo ngisho indibilishi!” (I don’t have a penny!) The gender politics of “Native Welfare” in Durban, 1930-1939. 28-Oct-2013
Black and Middle Class in South Africa, 1910 – 1994 14-Oct-2013
Suzerainty or Empire: U.S. Military Intervention in the Indian Ocean, 1963-1970 07-Oct-2013
Social Justice or Grandiose Scheme? : The 1944 National Health Services Commission (the Gluckman Commission) Revisite 30-Sep-2013
Passages of Ink: Decoding the Natal Indentured Records into the Digital Age 16-Sep-2013
How social security becomes social insecurity: fluid households, crisis talk and the value of grants in a KwaZulu-Natal 09-Sep-2013
Manifesto for a Human Economy 19-Aug-2013
Literacy and Power in Madagascar 12-Aug-2013