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, 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’
Monday, 11 October, 2021 - 16:00
  • James
  • Merron
(Hetero)Topologies of an Eastern Cape Province Nature Reserve
Monday, 4 October, 2021 - 16:00
  • Véra
  • Ehrenstein
Planetary forests: Remote sensing, field sciences and carbon markets in Central Africa
Monday, 27 September, 2021 - 16:00
  • Jeff
  • Maskovsky
Laboring for whiteness: The rise of Trumpism and what it tells us about racial and gendered capitalism in the United States
Monday, 13 September, 2021 - 16:00
  • Christopher
  • Tounsel
The Troubled Promised Land: Political Theology in South Sudan
Monday, 6 September, 2021 - 16:00
  • Kirk
  • Sides
Animist Eco-logics: The Speculative Ecosystems of Amos Tutuola
Monday, 30 August, 2021 - 16:00
  • Janeke
  • Thumbran
The Formulation of the 'Coloured Question' (1932-1950)
Monday, 23 August, 2021 - 16:00
  • Srila
  • Roy
From travel to arrival: mapping intersectionality’s landings in the Global South 
Saturday, 14 August, 2021 - 16:00
  • Nicodemus Fru
  • Awasom
POSTPONED Metropolitan Factor in the Crisis of Nation-Building in Africa: The British Incomplete Decolonization of the British Southern Cameroons
Monday, 2 August, 2021 - 16:00
  • William
  • Beinart
Rhodes, violence and the statue at Oriel College, Oxford
Monday, 21 June, 2021 - 16:00
  • Edward
  • Higgs
Criminal Faces: Beauty, Race and Criminality in Western Thought and the Development of Digital Profiling
Monday, 14 June, 2021 - 16:00
  • Mark
  • Hunter
The Labour-drug Question in precarious times: The rise of Heroin and Xanax
Monday, 7 June, 2021 - 16:00
  • Sharad
  • Chari
‘Interlocking Transactions’: Micro-foundations for ‘Racial Capitalism’
Monday, 31 May, 2021 - 16:00
  • Rachel
  • Sandwell
The Impasses of Politics: Sexual Violence and the ANC in Exile
Monday, 24 May, 2021 - 16:00
  • Lindelwa
  • Dalamba
Fostering Decoloniality in Music: From Local Archives to Global Dialogue

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