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, and the past papers of the current semester, is available here. A printable version of the seminar schedule for the current year is available here.

Date Author/s Title
Monday, 1 April, 2019 - 15:00
  • Sizwe
  • Mpofu-Walshe
Obedient Rebellion: Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones and the Paradoxes of ‘Nuclear Order’
Monday, 8 April, 2019 - 15:00
  • Keith
  • Breckenridge
Digitising debt : the development of data-driven credit surveillance in South Africa
Monday, 15 April, 2019 - 15:00
  • Richard
  • Rottenburg
Technology and Lifeworld
Monday, 13 May, 2019 - 15:00
  • Annemi
  • Conradie
‘Channelling Out of Africa’: colonial chic and imperial nostalgia in postcolonial times.
Monday, 20 May, 2019 - 15:00
  • Achille
  • Mbembe
Monday, 27 May, 2019 - 15:00
  • Crispian
  • Olver
Rent seeking or growth coalitions? - a comparative study of governance models in three South African cities
Monday, 3 June, 2019 - 15:00
  • Bhekinkosi
  • Hlatshwayo
Kwesta's "Spirit" Music Video , and the semiotics of township life.