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, 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
Monday, 30 September, 2013 - 15:00
  • Shula
  • Marks
Social Justice or Grandiose Scheme? : The 1944 National Health Services Commission (the Gluckman Commission) Revisited
Monday, 16 September, 2013 - 15:00
  • Thembisa
  • Goolam
  • Waetjen
  • Vahed
Passages of Ink: Decoding the Natal Indentured Records into the Digital Age
Monday, 9 September, 2013 - 15:00
  • Bernard
  • Dubbeld
How social security becomes social insecurity: fluid households, crisis talk and the value of grants in a KwaZulu-Natal village
Monday, 26 August, 2013 - 15:00
  • Gustav
  • Peebles
Rehabilitating the hoard: the social dynamics of unbanking in Africa and beyond
Monday, 19 August, 2013 - 15:00
  • Keith
  • Hart
Manifesto for a Human Economy
Monday, 12 August, 2013 - 15:00
  • Pier
  • Larson
Literacy and Power in Madagascar
Monday, 5 August, 2013 - 15:00
  • Meghan
  • Healy-Clancy
‘Marching Forward’: Rethinking African Nationalist Public Culture from the Women’s Pages of the Bantu World, 1935-1948
Monday, 29 July, 2013 - 15:00
  • Ran
  • Greenstein
The Palestinian national movement and the anti-colonial struggle
Monday, 22 July, 2013 - 15:00
  • Hlonipha
  • Mokoena
Anonymity and the Zulu Policeman: An Economy of Portraiture
Monday, 15 July, 2013 - 15:00
  • Lynn
  • Thomas
Local Manufacturing of Skin Lighteners and Divergent Markets
Monday, 10 June, 2013 - 15:00
  • Dan
  • Magaziner
Two Stories About Art, Education and Beauty in 20th Century South Africa
Monday, 3 June, 2013 - 15:00
  • Alan
  • Mabin
Southern theory and cities of the South
Monday, 27 May, 2013 - 15:00
  • Imraan
  • Coovadia
Coetzee: In and Out of Cape Town
Monday, 20 May, 2013 - 15:00
  • Sarah
  • Nuttall
Private lives and public cultures in South Africa
Monday, 13 May, 2013 - 15:00
  • Maggie
  • Davey
The Okhela Story
Monday, 6 May, 2013 - 15:00
  • Cynthia
  • Kros
‘Facing up to the Past’: a comparative venture along the trajectories of two truth commissions – The Independent Commission of Experts (Bergier Commission) and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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