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, 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
Monday, 16 July, 2018 - 15:00
  • Julia
  • Stephens
Governing Islam: Law, Empire, and Secularism in South Asia
Monday, 28 May, 2018 - 15:00
  • Charne
  • & Meg
  • Lavery
  • Samuelson
The Oceanic South
Monday, 21 May, 2018 - 15:00
  • Siphiwe Ignatius
  • Dube
A Foray into (Study of?) African Political Theology
Monday, 14 May, 2018 - 15:00
  • Rogers
  • Joshua
  • Orock
  • Walker
Suspicious Times?
Monday, 7 May, 2018 - 15:00
  • Isabel
  • Hofmeyr
Object-oriented Reading: The View from the Customs House
Monday, 23 April, 2018 - 15:00
  • David
  • Johnson
Literature against Stalinism: South Africa's left opposition, 1930-1960
Monday, 16 April, 2018 - 15:00
  • Cindy
  • Morillas
Individualization versus Democratization? Conditions and forms of student activism in authoritarian situation (Cameroon, 1962-2014)
Monday, 9 April, 2018 - 15:00
  • Renee
  • van der Wiel
Doing research that does something: The trope of the exceptional knowledge-producing medical doctor
Monday, 19 March, 2018 - 15:00
  • Claudia
  • Gastrow
The Discomforts of Home: Infrastructure, Rehousing and Class in Luanda
Monday, 12 March, 2018 - 15:00
  • Sarah
  • Wild
The lifecast cast: an ethico-legal inquiry
Monday, 5 March, 2018 - 15:00
  • Keith
  • Breckenridge
What happened to the theory of African capitalism?
Monday, 26 February, 2018 - 15:00
  • Antonio
  • Tomas
Urban Nostalgia: Colonial traces in the postcolonial city of Luanda
Monday, 19 February, 2018 - 15:00
  • Saarah
  • Jappie
Baas of the Kramat: Muslim place and belonging in 19th and 20th century Cape Town
Monday, 12 February, 2018 - 15:00
  • Simamkele
  • Dlakavu
“Say No, Black Woman”: The Giant is Falling and the erasure of Black women in South Africa