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. The discussion will be more productive if participants 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.
  • During the pandemic our seminars will be held on-line; for the details of the Zoom meetings, please sign up for email notices at https://wiser.wits.ac.za/mail.
  • Participants must read the paper prior to the seminar.
  • The paper will typically only be available on the Friday preceding the seminar.
  • Date Author/s Title
    Monday, 25 October, 2021 - 16:00
    • Irvin Sifiso
    • Jiyane
    Experts of the Surface and Underground: Cartography and Geological Knowledge in the Territorial Construction of the Witbank Labour District, c. 1899-1930s
    Monday, 1 November, 2021 - 16:00
    • Daniel
    • Herwitz
    Cultural Property and the Question of Repatriation
    Monday, 8 November, 2021 - 16:00
    • Temba
    • Carmel
    • Middelmann &
    • Rawhani
    Grounding the paradox of cohesion and contestation in public space (co-authored with Carmel Rawhani)
    Monday, 15 November, 2021 - 16:00
    • Meredith
    • Root-Bernstein
    Degradation is social and technical, not ecological
    Monday, 22 November, 2021 - 16:00
    • Madalitso
    • Phiri
    The Colour of Inequality in South Africa and Brazil: Making Sense of Transformative Social Policy.