Past Events

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

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Title Datesort ascending WISER Research Theme
‘Marching Forward’: Rethinking African Nationalist Public Culture from the Women’s Pages of the Bantu World, 1935-1948 05-Aug-2013
The Palestinian national movement and the anti-colonial struggle 29-Jul-2013
Anonymity and the Zulu Policeman: An Economy of Portraiture 22-Jul-2013
Local Manufacturing of Skin Lighteners and Divergent Markets 15-Jul-2013
Two Stories About Art, Education and Beauty in 20th Century South Africa 10-Jun-2013
Southern theory and cities of the South 03-Jun-2013
Coetzee: In and Out of Cape Town 27-May-2013
Private lives and public cultures in South Africa 20-May-2013
The Okhela Story 13-May-2013
‘Facing up to the Past’: a comparative venture along the trajectories of two truth commissions – The Independent Commiss 06-May-2013
On Freedom and Forgiveness 22-Apr-2013
Africa in Theory 08-Apr-2013
Capitalism, City, Apartheid in the Twenty First Century 25-Mar-2013
My traitors' narratives: Betrayal in South African history 18-Mar-2013
The Beggar Chiefs of St. Zaia: Nestorian 'Great Deceivers' in South Africa and the Benevolent Empire, 1860s-19 11-Mar-2013
From Durban to Wiehahn: Black Workers, Employers, and the State in South Africa during the 1970s 25-Feb-2013
Regulating credit: tackling the redistributiveness of neoliberalism 18-Feb-2013
Transnational Migration and Pan-African Solidarity: the Case of the Central African Federation, 1953-1963 12-Nov-2012
Negotiating Cross-Cultural Trade in the Eighteenth Century: From the Atlantic Coast Markets to the Congo River Basin 05-Nov-2012
Slavery and 'Lesser' Servitudes: Separate and Stratified or Blended Together? 29-Oct-2012
Continuities, contexts and concepts: making sense of Shepstone 22-Oct-2012
Gwigwi Mrwebi, Ghetto Musicians, and the Jazz Imperative: the Social and Musical Dynamics of South African Jazz in 1960s 15-Oct-2012
A post-apartheid (rural) citizen, 1986 – 1991: Provisional Notes on Rural Transformation Association 08-Oct-2012
Imperial biometric laboratory 04-Oct-2012
Dictionaries and Discourses of Deviance 17-Sep-2012
Dignity, memory and the future under siege: reconciliation and nation-building in post-apartheid South Africa 10-Sep-2012
Insurgent citizenship, class formation and the dual nature of community protest: a case study of Kungcatsha 27-Aug-2012
Circuits of Schooling and the Production of Space: the Household, Education, and Symbolic Struggles after Apartheid 20-Aug-2012
Israel/Palestine and the apartheid analogy: theoretical and methodological considerations 13-Aug-2012
Writing the history of sex in South Africa 06-Aug-2012
K.E.Masinga, Zulu Radio and the Politics of Migrant Aurality 30-Jul-2012
The Lost History of the Rhonasians: Rhodesian Independence and the Place of Race in Decolonization 26-Jul-2012
Imported Cosmetics and Colonial Crucibles: Pre-histories to the Twentieth-century Use of Commercial Skin Lighteners 23-Jul-2012
The Work of Time in Uganda 23-Jul-2012
At War with the Pass Laws? Administrative Reform and the Policing of White Supremacy in 1940s South Africa 16-Jul-2012
Transforming South Africa’s Racial Bureaucracy: New Public Management and public sector reform in contemporary South Af 18-Jun-2012
The Diary as 'The Mirror of the self.' The daily discipline of diary writing in shaping Gandhi's private 04-Jun-2012
Thought Amidst Waste 28-May-2012
think metropole: memory, citizenship and futures in Paris, São Paolo and Johannesburg 21-May-2012
Kant on giving to beggars 14-May-2012
“Cyril’s eyes lit up.” Roelf Meyer, Francois Venter, the Afrikaner Broederbond and the decision to abandon "group r 07-May-2012
Doing the Intellectual History of Colonial India 23-Apr-2012
From Drug Safety to Drug Security 16-Apr-2012
Book Launches
Title Datesort ascending WISER Research Theme
Book Launch, Accented Futures: Language Activism and the Ending of Apartheid 29-Jul-2013
Book Launch: The Future as Cultural Fact by Arjun Appadurai 24-Jun-2013
Launch of a new Book by Mandisa Mbali - South African Aids Activism and Global Health Politics 06-Jun-2013
Launch of Picturing Change Curating visual culture at post-apartheid universities 05-Jun-2013
Launch of Isabel Hofmeyr’s new book: Gandhi’s Printing Press Experiments in Slow Reading 28-May-2013
Launch of The Disorder of Things : A Foucauldian Approach to the Work of Nuruddin Farah 08-May-2013
Book Launch -- The Hard Road to Reform: The Politics of Zimbabwe's Global Political Agreement, edited by Brian Raft 18-Apr-2013
Book Launch: Pretending democracy: Israel, an ethnocratic state 19-Feb-2013
Invitation to a Book Launch 29-Oct-2012
WISER and Wits Press book launch: Print, Text and Book Cultures in South Africa 12-Sep-2012
WISER and Wits Press Launch of UKhahlamba: Umlando wezintaba zoKhahlamba / History of the uKhahlamba Mountains (John Wri 07-Aug-2012
Public Events
Title Datesort ascending WISER Research Theme
Reading a Photographic Archive from Indian Ocean Africa: Capital Art Studio in Stone Town, Zanzibar 23-Jul-2013 African Futures
The Return of Khulekani Khumalo, Zombie Captive: Imposture, Law, and the Paradoxes of Personhood in South Africa 17-Jul-2013
Panel Discussion of Open Access Publishing 04-Jul-2013
Roundtable: Global South studies of, and responses to, Rape 03-Jul-2013
Textual Commodities in Empire 10-Jun-2013
Public Lecture by Arvind Panagariya on ‘India’s Growth Explosion: Its Roots and Impact on the Poor’ 07-Jun-2013
TAXI POETRY: From Fiction to Reality 29-May-2013
The Moral World of the Police 23-May-2013
Making a Song and Dance of it: taking Bollywood seriously 15-May-2013
A new series of WiSER and Wits Press book talks: Early Black Intellectuals 24-Apr-2013
What's at stake in the Reeva Steenkamp murder trial? 18-Apr-2013
Travel Writing and the origins of the Enlightenment 16-Apr-2013
How do we theorize rape? 11-Apr-2013
Lauren Beukes: Instalments in a Literature of the Governed 03-Apr-2013
Difference and repetition: reflections on the current South African moment 14-Mar-2013
Slavery in the Cities of the Slave Trade 14-Mar-2013
Finding and Managing Digital Resources: Repositories and Zotero 13-Mar-2013 Digital Humanities
Political Economy of Citizenship: which matters more, poverty or inequality? 13-Mar-2013
Santu Mofokeng in conversation with Achille Mbembe 07-Mar-2013
William Kentridge in conversation with Sarah Nuttall 21-Feb-2013
Public Symposium on New Directions In Critical Race Theory 08-Feb-2013
Soap, Bloodsuckers, and Surveys: Moral Economies of AIDS Survey Research in Malawi 24-Jan-2013
The University of the Witwatersrand has appointed a new WISER Director: Professor Sarah Nuttall 01-Jan-2013
Book Discussion -- Saving Mandela: The Rivonia Trial and the Fate of South Africa 06-Dec-2012
Dialogues and Discursive Laagers: Reflections on The Legacies of the Apartheid Wars Project 24-Oct-2012
SHAKA’S PROGENY: Historical reflections on global Zulu culture in the modern Atlantic world 09-Oct-2012
Justifying the Removal of Non-Natives: A Case Study from Hawaii 02-Oct-2012
The Great Arab Upheavals of 2011-2012: Causes and Consequences 24-Aug-2012
Zotero Workshop 08-Aug-2012
Book launch: Embroiled - Jeannerat, Morier-Genoud and Péclard 26-Jul-2012
Beyond Governmentality and Developmentalism: The Infrastructure of Citizenship 07-Jul-2012
JWTC Public Events: Futures of Nature 02-Jul-2012
Debating the ANC "Second Transition" Policy Documents 30-May-2012
Southern Theory | Global Humanities -- A Lecture Series on Frantz Fanon 28-May-2012
Moeletsi Mbeki: What has the ANC achieved in nearly two decades? 24-May-2012
European utopias of the Indian Ocean from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries: conquest, trade, and heterosexist fanta 03-May-2012
Introduction to Zotero -- Keith Breckenridge 05-Apr-2012
Title Datesort ascending WISER Research Theme
Workshop with the Editors of the Journal of African History 03-Jul-2013
JWTC Newsletter 03-Jul-2013
Body Knowledge: Medicine and the Humanities in Conversation 15-Mar-2013
Title Datesort ascending WISER Research Theme
Doctoral Fellowships 05-Mar-2013
Masters by thesis scholarship to begin 2012 and end June 2013 31-May-2012
Masters by thesis scholarship on Xenophobia Made and Unmade through Language Encounters and Language Usage: A Study Base 17-Apr-2012
Advertisement: WISER Directorship 31-Mar-2012
WISH Seminars
Title Datesort ascending WISER Research Theme
Married to the ANC: the life histories of Tanzanian women and their entanglement in South Africa’s liberation struggle 01-Oct-2012
African Associational Life and Journalism in Central Johannesburg of the 1910s 11-Jun-2012