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, 19 February, 2018 - 15:00
  • Saarah
  • Jappie
Baas of the Kramat: Muslim place and belonging in 19th and 20th century Cape Town
Monday, 26 February, 2018 - 15:00
  • Antonio
  • Tomas
Urban Nostalgia: Colonial traces in the postcolonial city of Luanda
Monday, 5 March, 2018 - 15:00
  • Keith
  • Breckenridge
What happened to the theory of African capitalism?
Monday, 12 March, 2018 - 15:00
  • Sarah
  • Wild
The lifecast cast: an ethico-legal inquiry
Monday, 19 March, 2018 - 15:00
  • Claudia
  • Gastrow
The Discomforts of Home: Infrastructure, Rehousing and Class in Luanda
Monday, 9 April, 2018 - 15:00
  • Renee
  • van der Wiel
Learning research at the intersection of university and hospital: Creating a new generation of doctor-researchers
Monday, 16 April, 2018 - 15:00
  • Cindy
  • Morillas
Individualization versus Democratization? Conditions and forms of student activism in authoritarian situation (Cameroon, 1962-2014)
Monday, 23 April, 2018 - 15:00
  • David
  • Johnson
Literature against Stalinism: South Africa's left opposition, 1930-1960
Monday, 7 May, 2018 - 15:00
  • Isabel
  • Hofmeyr
Object-oriented Reading: The View from the Customs House
Monday, 14 May, 2018 - 15:00
  • Rogers
  • Joshua
  • Orock
  • Walker
Suspicious Times?
Monday, 21 May, 2018 - 15:00
  • Siphiwe Ignatius
  • Dube
Religious Political Masculinities in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Study in African Political Theology
Monday, 28 May, 2018 - 15:00
  • Charne
  • Lavery
Thinking from the Southern Ocean