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 April, 2017 - 15:00
  • Richard
  • Pithouse
Manichean Delirium (In the Time of Jacob Zuma)
Monday, 10 April, 2017 - 15:00
  • Gregory
  • Dowd
AMfecaneRICA, 1650-1850: What can Historians of Native America Learn from Southern Africanists?
Monday, 24 April, 2017 - 15:00
  • Edgar
  • Taylor
The Tank Hill Party: Generational Politics and Decolonization in East Africa
Monday, 8 May, 2017 - 17:00
  • Lucy
  • Allais
‘Is there Western Philosophy?’ a discussion with Lucy Allais and Eusebius McKaiser
Monday, 15 May, 2017 - 15:00
  • Daniel
  • Magaziner
African Architecture, Education and Possibility in the 1960s
Monday, 22 May, 2017 - 15:00
  • Cynthia
  • and John
  • Kros
  • Wright
"You can write and remember but we are simply izithunguthu'"
Monday, 29 May, 2017 - 15:00
  • Achille
  • Mbembe
Future Knowledges
Monday, 5 June, 2017 - 15:00
  • Robyn
  • Bloch
The apartheid historian’s struggle: black betrayal and its effects
Monday, 12 June, 2017 - 15:00
  • Grieve
  • Chelwa
Does economics have an ‘Africa Problem’? Some data and preliminary thoughts
Monday, 24 July, 2017 - 15:00
  • Kerry
  • Chance
Sacrifice After Mandela: Debts of Liberation Among South Africa’s First Post-Apartheid Generation
Monday, 31 July, 2017 - 15:00
  • Keith
  • Breckenridge
The single source of truth about Kenyans : collateral mysteries, credit information and Safaricom
Monday, 7 August, 2017 - 15:00
  • William
  • Mpofu
Decoloniality as Travelling Theory: Or What Decoloniality is not
Monday, 14 August, 2017 - 15:00
  • Juan
  • Obarrio
private/public government of communities
Monday, 28 August, 2017 - 15:00
  • Jim
  • Campbell
History, Memory, and the Mississippi Freedom Movement
Monday, 4 September, 2017 - 15:00
  • Benson A
  • Mulemi
Popular Theorizing on albinism and the human in Eastern Africa: Exploration of Tanzanian experience.
Monday, 18 September, 2017 - 15:00
  • Faeeza
  • Ballim
Neoliberalism and the techno-politics of Apartheid
Monday, 2 October, 2017 - 15:00
  • Darja
  • Djordjevic
Historicizing Public Oncology in Rwanda: From Geographies of Incidence to Onco-Nationhood (1915-2015)
Monday, 16 October, 2017 - 15:00
  • Thato
  • Masiangoako
The shaping of legal consciousness through the experience of short-term incarceration
Monday, 23 October, 2017 - 15:00
  • Srila
  • Roy
Queer activism as governmentality: regulating lesbian lives in India
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
Monday, 19 February, 2018 - 15:00
  • Saarah
  • Jappie
Baas of the Kramat: Muslim place and belonging in 19th and 20th century Cape Town
Monday, 26 February, 2018 - 15:00
  • Antonio
  • Tomas
Urban Nostalgia: Colonial traces in the postcolonial city of Luanda
Monday, 5 March, 2018 - 15:00
  • Keith
  • Breckenridge
What happened to the theory of African capitalism?
Monday, 12 March, 2018 - 15:00
  • Sarah
  • Wild
The lifecast cast: an ethico-legal inquiry
Monday, 19 March, 2018 - 15:00
  • Claudia
  • Gastrow
The Discomforts of Home: Infrastructure, Rehousing and Class in Luanda
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, 16 April, 2018 - 15:00
  • Cindy
  • Morillas
Individualization versus Democratization? Conditions and forms of student activism in authoritarian situation (Cameroon, 1962-2014)
Monday, 23 April, 2018 - 15:00
  • David
  • Johnson
Literature against Stalinism: South Africa's left opposition, 1930-1960
Monday, 7 May, 2018 - 15:00
  • Isabel
  • Hofmeyr
Object-oriented Reading: The View from the Customs House
Monday, 14 May, 2018 - 15:00
  • Rogers
  • Joshua
  • Orock
  • Walker
Suspicious Times?
Monday, 21 May, 2018 - 15:00
  • Siphiwe Ignatius
  • Dube
A Foray into (Study of?) African Political Theology
Monday, 28 May, 2018 - 15:00
  • Charne
  • & Meg
  • Lavery
  • Samuelson
The Oceanic South
Monday, 16 July, 2018 - 15:00
  • Julia
  • Stephens
Governing Islam: Law, Empire, and Secularism in South Asia
Monday, 23 July, 2018 - 15:00
  • Johan
  • Mathew
On Principals and Agency: Reassembling Trust in Indian Ocean Commerce
Monday, 30 July, 2018 - 15:00
  • Carina
  • Truyts
Fishfinger stew and peach tarts: from hunger to nourishment in the Dwars River Valley
Monday, 6 August, 2018 - 15:00
  • Ruth
  • Sacks
The City Speaks for Itself: Notes on approaching architecture in Kinshasa
Monday, 13 August, 2018 - 15:00
  • Lewis
  • Manthata
The politics of social exclusion : Transformation in Cricket South Africa
Monday, 20 August, 2018 - 15:00
  • Danny
  • Bradlow
Money Talks: International Law and the Governance of International Finance
Monday, 27 August, 2018 - 15:00
  • Caio
  • Simoes
“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, 10 September, 2018 - 15:00
  • Euclides
  • Goncalves
Arquivo Morto: notes on institutional memory in postcolonial Mozambique
Monday, 17 September, 2018 - 15:00
  • Wendy
  • Kline
Psyschedelic Birth: Bodies, Boundaries, and the Perception of Pain in the 1970s
Thursday, 20 September, 2018 - 15:00
  • Naranjo
  • Rodrigo
The writing captivity through the comparative study of American literature.
Monday, 1 October, 2018 - 15:00
  • Thato
  • Masiangoako
Rationalizing injustice: surprising reinforcement of legal hegemony in South Africa
Monday, 8 October, 2018 - 15:00
  • Alf
  • Gunvald
Political Modernity in the Postcolony: Some Reflections of India's Bhil Heartland
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, 22 October, 2018 - 13:00
  • Michael
  • Neocosmos
Thinking the State in Africa Today
Monday, 29 October, 2018 - 15:00
  • T. Dunbar
  • Moodie
Confessing remorse about the evils of Apartheid: the Dutch Reformed Church in the Nineteen-Eighties

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