Past Events

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

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Name Title Datesort descending WISER Research Theme
Joel Quirk Slavery and 'Lesser' Servitudes: Separate and Stratified or Blended Together? 29-Oct-2012
Stacey Sommerdyk Negotiating Cross-Cultural Trade in the Eighteenth Century: From the Atlantic Coast Markets to the Congo River Basin 05-Nov-2012
Zoe Groves Transnational Migration and Pan-African Solidarity: the Case of the Central African Federation, 1953-1963 12-Nov-2012
Deborah James Regulating credit: tackling the redistributiveness of neoliberalism 18-Feb-2013
Alex Lichtenstein From Durban to Wiehahn: Black Workers, Employers, and the State in South Africa during the 1970s 25-Feb-2013
Andrew Macdonald The Beggar Chiefs of St. Zaia: Nestorian 'Great Deceivers' in South Africa and the Benevolent Empire, 1860s-19 11-Mar-2013
Jacob Dlamini My traitors' narratives: Betrayal in South African history 18-Mar-2013
Ivor Chipkin Capitalism, City, Apartheid in the Twenty First Century 25-Mar-2013
Achille Mbembe Africa in Theory 08-Apr-2013
Lucy Allais On Freedom and Forgiveness 22-Apr-2013
Cynthia Kros ‘Facing up to the Past’: a comparative venture along the trajectories of two truth commissions – The Independent Commiss 06-May-2013
Maggie Davey The Okhela Story 13-May-2013
Sarah Nuttall Private lives and public cultures in South Africa 20-May-2013
Imraan Coovadia Coetzee: In and Out of Cape Town 27-May-2013
Alan Mabin Southern theory and cities of the South 03-Jun-2013
Dan Magaziner Two Stories About Art, Education and Beauty in 20th Century South Africa 10-Jun-2013
Lynn Thomas Local Manufacturing of Skin Lighteners and Divergent Markets 15-Jul-2013
Hlonipha Mokoena Anonymity and the Zulu Policeman: An Economy of Portraiture 22-Jul-2013
Ran Greenstein The Palestinian national movement and the anti-colonial struggle 29-Jul-2013
Meghan Healy-Clancy ‘Marching Forward’: Rethinking African Nationalist Public Culture from the Women’s Pages of the Bantu World, 1935-1948 05-Aug-2013
Pier Larson Literacy and Power in Madagascar 12-Aug-2013
Keith Hart Manifesto for a Human Economy 19-Aug-2013
Bernard Dubbeld How social security becomes social insecurity: fluid households, crisis talk and the value of grants in a KwaZulu-Natal 09-Sep-2013
Thembisa, Goolam Waetjen, Vahed Passages of Ink: Decoding the Natal Indentured Records into the Digital Age 16-Sep-2013
Shula Marks Social Justice or Grandiose Scheme? : The 1944 National Health Services Commission (the Gluckman Commission) Revisite 30-Sep-2013
Chris Lee Suzerainty or Empire: U.S. Military Intervention in the Indian Ocean, 1963-1970 07-Oct-2013
Roger Southall Black and Middle Class in South Africa, 1910 – 1994 14-Oct-2013
Marijke du Toit “Anginayo ngisho indibilishi!” (I don’t have a penny!) The gender politics of “Native Welfare” in Durban, 1930-1939. 28-Oct-2013
Stephen Sparks Dependence, discipline and the morality of consumption: an intellectual history of the SASOL project 04-Nov-2013
Mehita Iqani Spectacles or Publics? Billboards, magazine covers, and ‘selfies’ as spaces of appearance 11-Nov-2013
Keith Breckenridge Science of Empire: The South African Origins of Galton's Eugenics 18-Nov-2013
Roger Southall Black and Middle Class in South Africa 10-Feb-2014
Paul Landau The Unstable Terrain of (Auto)Biography in <i>The Struggle</i> 17-Feb-2014
Ivor Chipkin Can the People Govern? Popular Sovereignty and the Sovereignty of Ordinary People 24-Feb-2014
Amy Niang Deferred reciprocity: ransoming and the ethics of compensatory justice 03-Mar-2014
Book Launches
Name Title Datesort descending WISER Research Theme
Keith Breckenridge Invitation to a Book Launch 29-Oct-2012
Ran Greenstein Book Launch: Pretending democracy: Israel, an ethnocratic state 19-Feb-2013
Zoe Groves Book Launch -- The Hard Road to Reform: The Politics of Zimbabwe's Global Political Agreement, edited by Brian Raft 18-Apr-2013
John Masterson Launch of The Disorder of Things : A Foucauldian Approach to the Work of Nuruddin Farah 08-May-2013
Sarah Nuttall Launch of Isabel Hofmeyr’s new book: Gandhi’s Printing Press Experiments in Slow Reading 28-May-2013
Sarah Nuttall Launch of Picturing Change Curating visual culture at post-apartheid universities 05-Jun-2013
Catherine Burns Launch of a new Book by Mandisa Mbali - South African Aids Activism and Global Health Politics 06-Jun-2013
Achille Mbembe Book Launch: The Future as Cultural Fact by Arjun Appadurai 24-Jun-2013
Achille Mbembe Book Launch, Accented Futures: Language Activism and the Ending of Apartheid 29-Jul-2013
Meghan Healy - Clancy Book Launch -- A World of their Own: A History of South African Women's Education by Meghan Healy-Clancy 05-Aug-2013
Gill Hart Book Launch -- Rethinking the South African Crisis: Nationalism, Populism, Hegemony by Gill Hart 12-Aug-2013
Catherine Burns Men & Violence: Launch of Special Edition of Agenda, No 95 22-Aug-2013
Catherine Burns Book Launch -- Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle by Silvia Federici 17-Sep-2013
Keith Breckenridge Book Launch: Jeff Guy's Theophilus Shepstone and the Forging of Natal 01-Oct-2013
Sarah Nuttall Book Launch -- CATEGORIES OF PERSONS Rethinking Ourselves and Others by Megan Jones and Jacob Dlamini 10-Oct-2013
Sarah Nuttall Book Launch -- Richard Rive : a partial biography by Shaun Viljoen 23-Oct-2013
Sarah Nuttall Launch of Mark Gevisser's Lost and Found in Johannesburg 04-Mar-2014
Public Events
Name Title Datesort descending WISER Research Theme
Keith Breckenridge Book Discussion -- Saving Mandela: The Rivonia Trial and the Fate of South Africa 06-Dec-2012
The University of the Witwatersrand has appointed a new WISER Director: Professor Sarah Nuttall 01-Jan-2013
Crystal Biruk Soap, Bloodsuckers, and Surveys: Moral Economies of AIDS Survey Research in Malawi 24-Jan-2013
David Theo Goldberg Public Symposium on New Directions In Critical Race Theory 08-Feb-2013
Sarah Nuttall William Kentridge in conversation with Sarah Nuttall 21-Feb-2013
Achille Mbembe Santu Mofokeng in conversation with Achille Mbembe 07-Mar-2013
Duncan Green Political Economy of Citizenship: which matters more, poverty or inequality? 13-Mar-2013
Keith Breckenridge Finding and Managing Digital Resources: Repositories and Zotero 13-Mar-2013 Digital Humanities
Martin Klein Slavery in the Cities of the Slave Trade 14-Mar-2013
Achille Mbembe Difference and repetition: reflections on the current South African moment 14-Mar-2013
Louise Bethlehem Lauren Beukes: Instalments in a Literature of the Governed 03-Apr-2013
Catherine Burns How do we theorize rape? 11-Apr-2013
Joan Pau Rubiès Travel Writing and the origins of the Enlightenment 16-Apr-2013
Sarah Nuttall What's at stake in the Reeva Steenkamp murder trial? 18-Apr-2013
Sarah Nuttall A new series of WiSER and Wits Press book talks: Early Black Intellectuals 24-Apr-2013
Dilip Menon Making a Song and Dance of it: taking Bollywood seriously 15-May-2013
Didier Fassin The Moral World of the Police 23-May-2013
Sarah Nuttall TAXI POETRY: From Fiction to Reality 29-May-2013
Keith Breckenridge Public Lecture by Arvind Panagariya on ‘India’s Growth Explosion: Its Roots and Impact on the Poor’ 07-Jun-2013
Sarah Nuttall Textual Commodities in Empire 10-Jun-2013
Catherine Burns Roundtable: Global South studies of, and responses to, Rape 03-Jul-2013
Keith Breckenridge Panel Discussion of Open Access Publishing 04-Jul-2013
John Comaroff The Return of Khulekani Khumalo, Zombie Captive: Imposture, Law, and the Paradoxes of Personhood in South Africa 17-Jul-2013
Pamila Gupta Reading a Photographic Archive from Indian Ocean Africa: Capital Art Studio in Stone Town, Zanzibar 23-Jul-2013 African Futures
Maxim Bolt The Roots of Impermanence: Settlement, Transience and Farm Labour on the Zimbabwean-South African Border 07-Aug-2013
Walter Mignolo Walter Mignolo on Spirit Return to the East: The Racial Distribution of Capital and Knowledge 08-Aug-2013
Andrew van der Vlies ‘Apartheid Cyborg’: Agaat, Adoption, Technics & Time 14-Aug-2013
Dominique Malaquais Politics of the Punch: A Zaire Chronicle 14-Aug-2013
Penny Siopis Exhibition Opening: Colin Richards, A Fine Line 15-Aug-2013
Catherine Burns Body Knowledge: Medicine and the Humanities in Conversation 02-Sep-2013
Keith Breckenridge Trying to Save Reason from Racism: Hegel vs. Kant on Autonomy and Diversity 06-Sep-2013
Ahmed Kathrada Foundation Lost in Transformation? Reviewing 20 years of transformation in South Africa 10-Oct-2013
Isabel Hofmeyr Telescopic Modernism: Ulysses, the Stars, and South Africa 14-Nov-2013
Catherine Burns Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Clare Loveday (composer) and Nandipha Mntambo (artist) 07-Feb-2014
Keith Breckenridge Discussion of Sujit Sivasundaram's Islanded 11-Feb-2014
Catherine Burns The trouble with being female in politics 13-Feb-2014
Three WiSER-Duke Writing Fellowships Awarded 23-Feb-2014
Name Title Datesort descending WISER Research Theme
Catherine Burns Doctoral Fellowships 05-Mar-2013
Sarah Nuttall WiSER-DUKE Writing Fellowship 31-Oct-2013
Name Title Datesort descending WISER Research Theme
Catherine Burns Body Knowledge: Medicine and the Humanities in Conversation 15-Mar-2013
Achille Mbembe JWTC Newsletter 03-Jul-2013
Lynn Thomas Workshop with the Editors of the Journal of African History 03-Jul-2013
Faeeza Ballim Mapping Science and Technology in Africa: Traveling technologies and global dis\orders 12-Feb-2014
STS Africa Mapping Science and Technology in Africa: Traveling Technologies and Global Dis\orders 13-Feb-2014
WISH Seminars
Name Title Datesort descending WISER Research Theme
Gustav Peebles Rehabilitating the hoard: the social dynamics of unbanking in Africa and beyond 26-Aug-2013
Name Title Datesort descending WISER Research Theme
Jendele Hungbo Participation and Imagined Citizenship in Nigerian Talk Radio: The Case of Rock City FM’s ‘The Daybreak Show 10-Sep-2013
Nick Matlin Moving Past the Original Crime: The Freedom Charter and its Fantasies 24-Oct-2013