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 4:00pm SA time. We are currently holding all of the discussions on Zoom. (For the Zoom link, please subscribe to the notices here. 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, 19 March, 2012 - 15:00
  • Loren
  • Landau
Hospitality without hosts: Mobility and communities of convenience in Africa's Urban estuaries
Monday, 12 March, 2012 - 15:00
  • Isabel
  • Hofmeyr
The Folds of Empire: Gandhi and Print culture in the Indian Ocean world
Monday, 5 March, 2012 - 15:00
  • Prinisha
  • Badassy
'This sinister business in babies' - The perils of baby-farming scandals and Infant Life Protection Legislation, 1890-1930
Monday, 27 February, 2012 - 15:00
  • Jon
  • Hyslop
'Ghostlike' Seafarers and Sailing Ship Nostalgia: The Steamship Lascar in the British Imagination c.1880-1960
Monday, 20 February, 2012 - 15:00
  • Ute
  • Holl
Media, Ethnology and Cybernetics
Monday, 13 February, 2012 - 15:00
  • Roger
  • Southall
South Africa's Fractured Power Elite
Monday, 28 November, 2011 - 15:00
  • Eileen
  • Julien
The dead and the territory: a complex relationship
Tuesday, 23 August, 2011 - 15:00
  • Mustafa
  • Barghouti
Defeating occupation: The role of Palestine civil society and the internationalsolidarity movement
Thursday, 18 August, 2011 - 18:00
  • Eva
  • Hoffman
Lost and Found in Transition: Contested memories and moving on from difficult pasts
Wednesday, 29 June, 2011 - 15:15
  • Stephane
  • Robolin
Keorapetse Kgositsile's Imaginative Geographies
Thursday, 14 April, 2011 - 15:15
  • Paul
  • Gready
Aftermaths: South Africa after Transitional Justice
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011 - 15:15
  • Kerry
  • Bystrom
Reading the South Atlantic: Chile, the Cold War, and the Smell of Apples
Wednesday, 16 March, 2011 - 15:15
  • Stephen
  • Donovan
Tarzan in Jakarta: Barack Obama and the Comic Book
Tuesday, 15 March, 2011 - 15:15
  • Ilana
  • Feldman
Life Lived in Relief: Humanitarian Effects, Political Claims and Palestinian RefugeeCommunity
Monday, 14 March, 2011 - 15:15
  • Dunbar
  • Moodie
Confessing Remorse about the Evils of Apartheid: the Dutch Reformed Church in the Nineteen-Eighties
Thursday, 4 November, 2010 - 15:15
  • Jeremy
  • Prestholdt
Locating the Indian Ocean: Thoughts on the Historical Reconstitution of Space
Wednesday, 25 August, 2010 - 15:15
  • Bram
  • Buscher
Prosuming Conservation: Producing/Consuming Nature and the Material Base of Speculative Capitalism
Friday, 19 February, 2010 - 15:15
  • Dereje
  • Wordofa
Conflict transformation through dialogue in Africa
Tuesday, 9 February, 2010 - 15:15
  • Ida
  • Susser
AIDS, Sex and Culture: memory and power in contemporary South Africa
Tuesday, 29 September, 2009 - 15:15
  • Louise
  • Bethlehem
The Contagion of Witness: between Postcolonialism and Holocaust Memory
Tuesday, 11 August, 2009 - 15:15
  • Bibi
  • Bakare_Yusuf
Nudity and Morality: Legislating Women's Bodies and Dress in Nigeria
Tuesday, 21 July, 2009 - 15:15
  • Catherine
  • Cole
Mediating Testimony: Broadcasting South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Monday, 20 July, 2009 - 15:15
  • Susann
  • Baller
The Politics of Football: Neighbourhood clubs, youth politics and urban control in Senegal
Friday, 17 July, 2009 - 15:15
  • Tiffany
  • Willoughby_Herard
When the "Deserving Poor" were White and the Blacks were "Cheap African Labor": Racializing Poverty and Manufacturing Vulnerable White People
Wednesday, 3 June, 2009 - 18:30
  • Ania
  • Loomba
Cosmopolitan Legacies
Monday, 1 June, 2009 - 18:30
  • Suvir
  • Kaul
Three literary mediations on Hindu-Muslim violence in postcolonial India
Monday, 18 May, 2009 - 18:30
  • Sunil
  • Amrith
Indians Overseas? Governing Tamil Migration to Malaya, 1870-1941
Friday, 17 April, 2009 - 15:15
  • Hilary
  • Sapire
"A Sign Prophetic?": Black Loyalism and the 1947 Royal Tour of South Africa
Monday, 2 March, 2009 - 19:00
  • Mattijs
  • van de Port
"Poor Men's White: Turning the Popular into Cultural Heritage in Salvador, Bahia
Thursday, 31 July, 2008 - 15:15
  • Bernard
  • Magnier
Francophone African literature and the critical appraisal of South African literature in France

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