Heated Conversations : A New Seminar Series

convened by Isabel Hofmeyr and Sarah Nuttall 

As global warming produces rising seas, falling dam levels and excessive droughts, generating new levels of multi-crisis in the world-now, so too are our conversations and discourses heating up in multiple ways. 

This seminar series takes up these questions of anthropogenic escalation and pedagogical shifts of gear. It does so in a context in which strengthening Southern bodies of knowledge is ever more crucial to engaging collectively with and comprehending these complex new rubrics and material dimensions. A forum broadly dedicated to the literary and cultural humanities, the seminar is hospitably open to wide participation from as many parts of the world as possible and will invite speakers to offer generative interventions for discussion and debate.

The Heated Conversations series will begin in March and run until October 2023. It will be hosted @WiSER Online at 6pm Johannesburg time. Fortnightly sessions will be announced in good time. Our first 6 sessions will be by invitation, our next 6 will be open for proposals which can be directed to the organizers.

Isabel Hofmeyr is Professor Emeritus at Wits University; Sarah Nuttall is Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies at WiSER, Wits.


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