Last year's news

28th November 2018 : A First for Medical and Health Humanities in Africa – BMJ Special Issue December 2018

The BMJ’s Medical Humanities Journal has just published the first English-language special issue to deal exclusively with work on and about Medical and Health Humanities (MHH) in Africa. Edited by Carla Tsampiras (UCT), Nolwazi Mkhwanazi (WiSER) and Victoria Hume (WiSER), the special issue is... more

27th November 2018 : Statement from Sarah Nuttall and Achille Mbembe on “Recognition, Reparation, Reconciliation” Conference (Stellenbosch University)

Statement from Sarah Nuttall and Achille Mbembe on “Recognition, Reparation, Reconciliation” Conference (Stellenbosch University)   We, like a large number of South African and international scholars, firmly oppose Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and support the boycott as a non-violent... more

02nd October 2018 : WiSER is pleased to be part of a 5 year collaborative project: "Enclaving: Patterns of global futures in three African cities"

WiSER is pleased to be part of a new 5 year collaborative project: "Enclaving: Patterns of global futures in three African cities." The website is here, and a news story about the project can be found here.

29th August 2018 : Zotero Workshop : 29 August 2018

The basics for this Zotero workshop are available here:  https://wiser.wits.ac.za/event/zotero-workshop-basics.

25th July 2018 : Subtle signs of male dominance at universities remain : Hlonipha Mokoena's Graduation Address

http://www.wits.ac.za/news/latest-news/graduations/2018/subtle-signs-of-...

02nd July 2018 : Congratulations to Sinethemba Makanya - one of #MG200 Young South Africans for 2018

Sinethemba Makanya, a WiSER medical humanities doctoral student, has been named one of the Mail & Guardian's 200 Young South Africans in the field of Science & Technology... Read more here: http://ysa.mg.co.za/2018/sinethemba-nombala-makanya/

11th June 2018 : ACHILLE MBEMBE WINS THE 2018 GERDA HENKEL AWARD

ACHILLE MBEMBE WINS THE 2018 GERDA HENKEL AWARD The Gerda Henkel Prize was set up in 2006. It is awarded every two years to excellent and internationally acclaimed researchers who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement in the disciplines and funding areas supported by the Foundation... more

08th June 2018 : ACHILLE MBEMBE WINS THE 2018 GERDA HENKEL AWARD

Achille MBEMBE is a Research Professor in History and Politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He was born in Cameroon and obtained his PhD in History at the Université de Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and... more

22nd May 2018 : Achille Mbembe wins the Ernst Bloch prize 2018

Achille Mbembe wins the Ernst Bloch prize 2018 - given in recognition of the deep influence the author has exercised in the field of critical theory. Prevoius winners include Jürgen Habermas, Axel Honneth, Avishai Margalit and Seyla Benhabib.   https://www.augsburger-allgemeine.de/augsburg/... more

09th April 2018 : WiSER's Shireen Hassim and Bongani Madondo report on Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

"Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: revolutionary who kept the spirit of resistance alive"  Read the full article by Shireen Hassim for the Conversation here .... And Bongani Madondo's piece for the Sunday Times below:  

09th February 2018 : WiSER Research Associate Maxim Bolt to give Malinowski Memorial Lecture at LSE

Research Associate Dr Maxim Bolt will be giving this year's Malinowski lecture at LSE on 17 May:   Fluctuating formality: anthropology and the structure of differenceDr Maxim Bolt, University of Birmingham Date: Thursday, 17 May 2018 at 6.00pmVenue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building (LSE... more

07th February 2018 : WiSER in 2018

WiSER in 2018   WiSER warmly welcomes you to our 2018 programme.  As always, WiSER staff will be publishing numerous books, book chapters and journal articles; implementing new regional, Southern-oriented and international research initiatives; and curating a series of events with the aim of... more

25th January 2018 : The Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theory 2018 Summer School: The Human in Question | Application deadline 9 April 2018

Bologna, June 25 – July 6, 2018   ‘The world found nothing sacred in the abstract nakedness of being human,’ so wrote Hannah Arendt in The Origins of Totalitarianism (1976). Arendt’s questioning of the adequacy of the category ‘human’ in rights discourse in the wake of the Nazi-era terror and... more

15th January 2018 : MA and PhD scholarships - deadline 31 Jan: “Oceanic Humanities for the Global South” invites applications

Rising sea levels require new styles of oceanic research that speak to environmental and decolonial themes. Much oceanic research focuses on the surface of the ocean, tracing movements of people, ideas and objects.  An oceanic humanities equal to the present must engage with both human and non-... more