WISER Seminar Papers

WISER is very pleased to host the Wits Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Humanities. The presentations for the remainder of the current academic semester are listed below. The seminar takes place every Monday during the teaching term at 3:00pm in the WISER Seminar Room. Participants should please note that they are required to read the paper prior to the event. WISER, and its predecessor institutions the Institute for Advanced Study and the African Studies Institute, have hosted similar seminars that date back to the late 1960s. The archive of those events is also available on the WISER web site at http://wiser.wits.ac.za.
Date Presented by Title
Monday, 7 November, 2022 - 16:00
  • Merve
  • Fejzula
Publics, Counterpublics, Black Publics: The Growth of a Negritude Public in the Twentieth Century
Monday, 31 October, 2022 - 16:00
  • Willemien
  • Froneman
On Being Touched by Boeremusiek: Listening as Haptic Event
Monday, 24 October, 2022 - 16:00
  • Anooradha
  • Siddiqi
Architecture and History in a Refugee Camp
Thursday, 20 October, 2022 - 12:00
  • Natasha
  • Erlank
Nets of Social Motion: Black Christianity in South African History
Monday, 17 October, 2022 - 16:00
  • Raff
  • Donelson
Acknowledging Natural Punishment
Monday, 3 October, 2022 - 16:00
  • Caio
  • Simoes de Araujo
Colonial Carnivalesque: Transgressing Normativities and Gender Performance in Mozambique and Angola
Monday, 26 September, 2022 - 16:00
  • Casey
  • Golomski
Mandela's Nurse
Monday, 19 September, 2022 - 16:00
  • Srila
  • Roy
Dissonant intimacies: South-South asymmetries, coloniality and failure
Monday, 5 September, 2022 - 16:00
  • Stephane
  • Robolin
Imported Black Books, Radical Undesirability, and Comparative Reading Under Apartheid
Monday, 29 August, 2022 - 16:00
  • Ran
  • Greenstein
Anti-colonial resistance in South Africa and Israel/Palestine: comparative dimensions
Monday, 22 August, 2022 - 16:00
  • Steve
  • Davis
The Bitter Aloe Project: Applying Advanced Machine Learning to the Truth and Reconciliation Archive
Thursday, 18 August, 2022 - 12:00
  • Asli
  • Telli
The politics of cooperative movements in three continents: Mesopotomia Coop in Rojava, Mondragon in Basque Country and ASCOOP in Colombia
Monday, 15 August, 2022 - 16:00
  • Seth
  • Koven
Born White: Race, Religion, and the Conscientious Objector to Smallpox Vaccination in Britain and Natal
Monday, 1 August, 2022 - 16:00
  • Upamanyu Pablo
  • Mukherjee
Finding Nemo: Energy, Justice and Transition
Monday, 6 June, 2022 - 16:00
  • Radhika
  • Singha
The Ends of War : Homecoming for the Indian Soldier and Follower, 1914–21
Monday, 30 May, 2022 - 16:00
  • Sarah
  • Nuttall
On Pluviality: Reading for Rain in Namwali Serpell’sThe Old Drift
Monday, 23 May, 2022 - 16:00
  • Jordanna
  • Matlon
A Man among Other Men: The Crisis of Black Masculinity in Racial Capitalism
Monday, 16 May, 2022 - 16:00
  • Beth Goldblatt &
  • Shireen Hassim
‘Grass in the cracks’: Gender, social reproduction and climate justice in the Xolobeni struggle.
Monday, 25 April, 2022 - 16:00
  • Jeremy
  • Seekings
American ideology and the politics of pain in a South African university
Monday, 11 April, 2022 - 16:00
  • Adam
  • Aboobaker
Macroeconomic determinants of South Africa’s post-apartheid income distribution
Monday, 4 April, 2022 - 16:00
  • Danny
  • Herwitz
Cultural Property and The Question of Repatriation
Monday, 28 March, 2022 - 16:00
  • Jacob
  • Dlamini
The Archive Machine: The Truth Commission and the Archaeology of Apartheid
Monday, 14 March, 2022 - 16:00
  • Sanyu
  • Mojola
Designing a syndemic risk environment: racial containment and health in historical context.
Monday, 7 March, 2022 - 16:00
  • Sylvia
  • Croese
Twilight governance: local power, politics and participation in Luanda
Monday, 28 February, 2022 - 16:00
  • Keith
  • Breckenridge
Revolutionary mathematics : risk, class and the financial overthrow of mining capitalism
Monday, 22 November, 2021 - 16:00
  • Madalitso
  • Phiri
The Colour of Inequality in South Africa and Brazil: Making Sense of Transformative Social Policy.
Monday, 15 November, 2021 - 16:00
  • Meredith
  • Root-Bernstein
What is degradation?
Monday, 8 November, 2021 - 16:00
  • Temba
  • Carmel
  • Middelmann &
  • Rawhani
Grounding the paradox of cohesion and contestation in public space
Monday, 25 October, 2021 - 16:00
  • Irvin Sifiso
  • Jiyane
Experts of the Surface and Underground: Cartography and Geological Knowledge in the Territorial Construction of the Witbank Labour District, c. 1899-1930s
Monday, 18 October, 2021 - 16:00
  • David
  • Kearabetswe
  • Coplan &
  • Moopelo
Magic mountain: ‘The ancestors cannot be relocated’

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