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, 30 March, 2015 - 15:00
  • Liz
  • Thornberry
Sexual Consent and Political Legitimacy in the 19th Century Eastern Cape
Monday, 23 March, 2015 - 15:00
  • Lynn
  • Thomas
Agency in African history
Monday, 16 March, 2015 - 15:00
  • Amy
  • Niang
A Community out of Empire: the French Union (1946-58) as a postcolonial experiment in multinational polity
Monday, 9 March, 2015 - 15:00
  • Danai
  • Mupotsa
Proper Sex: Making Tea, Pure Romance and the Lazy Man
Monday, 2 March, 2015 - 15:00
  • Keith
  • Breckenridge
To Think Better than the State will Allow : the short history of the South African Humanities
Monday, 23 February, 2015 - 15:00
  • Rosa
  • Williams
Morbid Circulations: Labour Migration, Alcohol and the Colonial Politics of Life in Early 20C Mozambique
Monday, 16 February, 2015 - 15:00
  • Allen
  • Isaacman
Cahora Bassa : Extending South Africa's Tentacles of Empire 1965-2010
Monday, 23 June, 2014 - 15:00
  • Jonathan
  • Klaaren
Regulating the South African Judiciary: 2012-2013
Monday, 9 June, 2014 - 15:00
  • Dilip
  • Menon
Degeneration and satyagraha: Hind Swaraj and the crisis of liberal democracy
Monday, 2 June, 2014 - 15:00
  • Catherine
  • Burns
Race, Sex, Birth and Blood in South African History : “Rhesus sensitization in the Bantu” in South Africa, 1940 to 1970
Monday, 26 May, 2014 - 15:00
  • Aurelia
  • Segatti
“Mobutu’s Ghost”: Mobilising against foreign retailers in Kinshasa (DRC). Indigenization, autochthony and emerging urban subjectivities
Monday, 19 May, 2014 - 15:00
  • Paige
  • Sweet
Unquoting the Past: Authorship and Appropriation in Zakes Mda’s The Heart of Redness
Monday, 12 May, 2014 - 15:00
  • Ruth
  • Sacks
Looking for the Congo in Congo Style: Dreamscapes in Belgian Art Nouveau and the nightmare of the African colony
Monday, 5 May, 2014 - 15:00
  • Antonio
  • Tomas
Skin of the city: Luanda or the dialectics of spatial transformation
Tuesday, 22 April, 2014 - 13:00
  • Stefan
  • Helgesson
Radicalising Temporal Difference: Anthropology, Postcolonial Theory and the Question of Time
Monday, 14 April, 2014 - 15:00
  • Jon
  • Soske
Unfinished Debates: Settler Liberalism, East Africa, and the Origins of Non-Racialism
Monday, 7 April, 2014 - 15:00
  • Luise
  • White
Other People's Sons: Conscription in the Rhodesian Army 1972-80
Monday, 24 March, 2014 - 15:00
  • David
  • Johnson
Print culture and imagining the Union of South Africa
Monday, 17 March, 2014 - 15:00
  • Lisa
  • Vetten
Daughters of the Revolution: Spectacle and narrative in S v Zuma
Monday, 10 March, 2014 - 15:00
  • Laura
  • Phillips
Principals, chiefs and school committees:The development of local school administration in rural lebowa, 1972 – 1990
Monday, 3 March, 2014 - 15:00
  • Amy
  • Niang
Deferred reciprocity: ransoming and the ethics of compensatory justice
Monday, 24 February, 2014 - 15:00
  • Ivor
  • Chipkin
Can the People Govern? Popular Sovereignty and the Sovereignty of Ordinary People
Monday, 17 February, 2014 - 15:00
  • Paul
  • Landau
The Unstable Terrain of (Auto)Biography in <i>The Struggle</i>
Monday, 10 February, 2014 - 15:00
  • Roger
  • Southall
Black and Middle Class in South Africa
Monday, 18 November, 2013 - 15:00
  • Keith
  • Breckenridge
Science of Empire: The South African Origins of Galton's Eugenics
Monday, 11 November, 2013 - 15:00
  • Mehita
  • Iqani
Spectacles or Publics? Billboards, magazine covers, and ‘selfies’ as spaces of appearance
Monday, 4 November, 2013 - 15:00
  • Stephen
  • Sparks
Dependence, discipline and the morality of consumption: an intellectual history of the SASOL project
Monday, 28 October, 2013 - 15:00
  • Marijke
  • du Toit
“Anginayo ngisho indibilishi!” (I don’t have a penny!) The gender politics of “Native Welfare” in Durban, 1930-1939.
Monday, 14 October, 2013 - 15:00
  • Roger
  • Southall
Black and Middle Class in South Africa, 1910 – 1994
Monday, 7 October, 2013 - 15:00
  • Chris
  • Lee
Suzerainty or Empire: U.S. Military Intervention in the Indian Ocean, 1963-1970

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