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, 3 August, 2020 - 16:00
  • Alexandra
  • Parker
Spouse in the house: Household structures and roles, gender, and quality of life in the Gauteng City-Region,South Africa
Monday, 27 July, 2020 - 16:00
  • Stefan
  • Ouma
From the Plantation to the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Other Economic Geographies
Monday, 20 July, 2020 - 16:00
  • Adam
  • Tooze
Panel discussion of Crashed
Monday, 25 May, 2020 - 15:00
  • Lauren
  • Paremoer
Protect the poor but don’t meddle with those who can pay: Debating solidarity in the context of the NHI
Monday, 18 May, 2020 - 16:00
  • Joanna
  • Woods
Contemporary Speculative Fiction in Southern Africa
Monday, 11 May, 2020 - 16:00
  • Jeremy
  • Seekings
International actors and social protection in Africa, 2000-2020
Monday, 4 May, 2020 - 15:00
  • Divine
  • Fuh
On Monastic Seclusion: Making knowledge from an African University
Monday, 20 April, 2020 - 16:00
  • Jon
  • Klaaren
Responding to African Digital Platform Economies: A Preliminary Regulatory Space Analysis
Monday, 6 April, 2020 - 16:00
  • Laura
  • Phillips
The Making of the Lebowa Civil Service: Class Formation and Bantustan Administration
Monday, 30 March, 2020 - 15:00
  • Richard
  • Rottenburg
Some current transformations in the power of metrologies
Monday, 9 March, 2020 - 15:00
  • Jonny
  • Steinberg
Ethnographies of Global Policing
Monday, 2 March, 2020 - 15:00
  • Claudia
  • Gastrow
Aesthetic Authoritarianism: The Caring State and the 'New Luanda'
Monday, 24 February, 2020 - 15:00
  • Lumkile
  • Mondi
Knowledge and technological innovation transfer for economic development – the case of Eskom
Monday, 17 February, 2020 - 15:00
  • Rogers
  • Orock
Encountering Cameroon’s Garrison State: Checkpoints, Democratic Aspirations, and the Anglophone Revolt
Monday, 10 February, 2020 - 15:00
  • Grace
  • Davie
Financialization or Transculturation? Poverty Knowledge in South Africa
Monday, 3 February, 2020 - 15:00
  • Stephan
  • Miescher
Waiting for Light: The Story of Electrification in Rural Ghana
Monday, 4 November, 2019 - 15:00
  • Nafisa
  • Essop Sheik
A Few (more) notes on non-intervention: Age of consent laws and the forging of a fraternal contract on the margins of the nineteenth century British empire
Monday, 28 October, 2019 - 15:00
  • Tara
  • Weinberg
Buying Land on Credit: Networks of debt, risk and investment among black land purchasers in early 20th Century Transvaal
Monday, 21 October, 2019 - 15:00
  • Hannah Joy
  • Dawson
Labour, laziness and distribution: Work imaginaries among the South African unemployed
Monday, 14 October, 2019 - 15:00
  • Catherine
  • Janet
  • Jennifer
  • Burns
  • Giddy
  • Upton
Faith, Hope and Science in the time of AIDS
Monday, 7 October, 2019 - 15:00
  • Nkgopoleng
  • Moloi
Narratives of Mobility - understanding the movement of womxn in and around Johannesburg.
Monday, 30 September, 2019 - 15:00
  • Lucy
  • Allais
Kant’s racism and liberal political philosophy
Monday, 23 September, 2019 - 15:00
  • Tinashe
  • Mushakavanhu
The myth of Dambudzo Marechera and radical politics in Zimbabwe
Monday, 16 September, 2019 - 15:00
  • Stephen
  • Sparks
Apartheid's Anthropocene: The (Under)mining of a South African Company Town  
Monday, 26 August, 2019 - 15:00
  • Keith
  • Breckenridge
Networks of Mistrust: Ratings, Collateral and Debt in the emergence of African cyberfinance
Monday, 19 August, 2019 - 15:00
  • Crispian
  • Olver
Rents and repurposing in the local state
Monday, 12 August, 2019 - 15:00
  • Nimanthi
  • Rajasingham
Assembling Ethnicities in Neoliberal Times: Cultural Festivals, Housing for the Poor, and Erasing Minorities in Sri Lanka
Monday, 29 July, 2019 - 15:00
  • Megan
  • Eardley
Shaft Versus Klap: Acclimatization on Johannesburg’s Gold Mines 1950-1975
Monday, 27 May, 2019 - 15:00
  • Richard
  • Rottenburg
Technology and Lifeworld
Monday, 13 May, 2019 - 15:00
  • Annemi
  • Conradie
Channelling Out of Africa: colonial chic and imperial nostalgia in postcolonial worlds
Thursday, 11 April, 2019 - 02:00
  • Nafisa
  • Essop Sheik
A Few (More) Notes on Non-Intervention: Colonial Law and the Forging of a Fraternal Contract on the Margins of the Nineteenth Century British Empire
Monday, 8 April, 2019 - 15:00
  • Sizwe
  • Mpofu-Walsh
Obedient Rebellion: Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones and the Paradoxes of ‘Nuclear Order’
Monday, 18 March, 2019 - 15:00
  • Ufuoma
  • Akpojivi
‘Classism’ and Social Protest in Ghana: The Case Study of #OccupyGhana
Monday, 11 March, 2019 - 15:00
  • Wahbie
  • Long
Shame, envy, impasse and hope: On the psychopolitics of violence in SA
Monday, 4 March, 2019 - 15:00
  • Doug
  • Bafford
The Prosperity Gospel and an Unprosperous Reality in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Conservative Evangelical Responses to Charismatic Christianity
Monday, 25 February, 2019 - 15:00
  • Tinashe
  • Jakwa
Is the idea of ‘the state’ still useful?
Monday, 29 October, 2018 - 15:00
  • T. Dunbar
  • Moodie
Confessing remorse about the evils of Apartheid: the Dutch Reformed Church in the Nineteen-Eighties
Monday, 22 October, 2018 - 15:00
  • Richard
  • Pithouse
Forging New Political Identities in the Shanty Towns of Durban, South Africa
Monday, 15 October, 2018 - 15:00
  • Melanie
  • Boehi
A South African social garden: People, plants and multispecies histories in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Monday, 8 October, 2018 - 15:00
  • Alf
  • Gunvald
Political Modernity in the Postcolony: Some Reflections of India's Bhil Heartland
Thursday, 4 October, 2018 - 12:00
  • Rodrigo
  • Naranjo
The Dynamic of Captivity and the American Imagination
Monday, 1 October, 2018 - 15:00
  • Thato
  • Masiangoako
Rationalizing injustice: surprising reinforcement of legal hegemony in South Africa
Monday, 17 September, 2018 - 15:00
  • Wendy
  • Kline
Psychedelic Birth: Bodies, Boundaries, and the Perception of Pain in the 1970s
Monday, 10 September, 2018 - 15:00
  • Euclides
  • Goncalves
Arquivo Morto: notes on institutional memory in postcolonial Mozambique
Monday, 27 August, 2018 - 15:00
  • Caio Simões
  • de Araújo
“One of the most dangerous documents ever produced”: the United Nations, the Global South and the politics of race in the early decolonization era, ca.1946-1955
Monday, 20 August, 2018 - 15:00
  • Danny
  • Bradlow
Money Talks: International Law and the Governance of International Finance
Monday, 13 August, 2018 - 15:00
  • Lewis
  • Manthata
The politics of social exclusion : Transformation in Cricket South Africa
Monday, 6 August, 2018 - 15:00
  • Ruth
  • Sacks
The City Speaks for Itself: Notes on approaching architecture in Kinshasa
Monday, 30 July, 2018 - 15:00
  • Carina
  • Truyts
Fishfinger stew and peach tarts: from hunger to nourishment in the Dwars River Valley
Monday, 23 July, 2018 - 15:00
  • Johan
  • Mathew
On Principals and Agency: Reassembling Trust in Indian Ocean Commerce

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