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 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
Monday, 22 April, 2013 - 15:00
  • Lucy
  • Allais
On Freedom and Forgiveness
Monday, 8 April, 2013 - 15:00
  • Achille
  • Mbembe
Africa in Theory
Monday, 25 March, 2013 - 15:00
  • Ivor
  • Chipkin
Capitalism, City, Apartheid in the Twenty First Century
Monday, 18 March, 2013 - 15:00
  • Jacob
  • Dlamini
My traitors' narratives: Betrayal in South African history
Monday, 11 March, 2013 - 15:00
  • Andrew
  • Macdonald
The Beggar Chiefs of St. Zaia: Nestorian 'Great Deceivers' in South Africa and the Benevolent Empire, 1860s-1940s
Monday, 25 February, 2013 - 15:00
  • Alex
  • Lichtenstein
From Durban to Wiehahn: Black Workers, Employers, and the State in South Africa during the 1970s
Monday, 18 February, 2013 - 15:00
  • Deborah
  • James
Regulating credit: tackling the redistributiveness of neoliberalism
Monday, 12 November, 2012 - 15:00
  • Zoe
  • Groves
Transnational Migration and Pan-African Solidarity: the Case of the Central African Federation, 1953-1963
Monday, 5 November, 2012 - 15:00
  • Stacey
  • Sommerdyk
Negotiating Cross-Cultural Trade in the Eighteenth Century: From the Atlantic Coast Markets to the Congo River Basin
Monday, 29 October, 2012 - 15:00
  • Joel
  • Quirk
Slavery and 'Lesser' Servitudes: Separate and Stratified or Blended Together?
Monday, 22 October, 2012 - 15:00
  • Jeff
  • Guy
Continuities, contexts and concepts: making sense of Shepstone
Monday, 15 October, 2012 - 15:00
  • Lindelwa
  • Dalamba
Gwigwi Mrwebi, Ghetto Musicians, and the Jazz Imperative: the Social and Musical Dynamics of South African Jazz in 1960s London
Monday, 8 October, 2012 - 15:00
  • Vukile
  • Khumalo
A post-apartheid (rural) citizen, 1986 – 1991: Provisional Notes on Rural Transformation Association
Thursday, 4 October, 2012 - 14:15
  • Keith
  • Breckenridge
Imperial biometric laboratory

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