WISER Seminar Papers

WISER, and its predecessors the Institute for Advanced Study and the African Studies Institute, have hosted an inter-disciplinary seminar in southern African research for almost half a century. Listed here are the papers for which we have information. Much of the data comes from the Wits Wiredspace project, and the papers are stored on their servers. This list is ordered chronologically, extending back to the middle of the 1960s.

Date
4 Nov 2019 - 3:00pm
  • Nafisa
  • Essop Sheik
A Few (more) notes on non-intervention: Age of consent laws and the forging of a fraternal contract on the margins of the nineteenth century British empire
28 Oct 2019 - 3:00pm
  • Tara
  • Weinberg
Buying Land on Credit: Networks of debt, risk and investment among black land purchasers in early 20th Century Transvaal
21 Oct 2019 - 3:00pm
  • Hannah Joy
  • Dawson
Labour, laziness and distribution: Work imaginaries among the South African unemployed
14 Oct 2019 - 3:00pm
  • Catherine
  • Janet
  • Jennifer
  • Burns
  • Giddy
  • Upton
Faith, Hope and Science in the time of AIDS
7 Oct 2019 - 3:00pm
  • Nkgopoleng
  • Moloi
Narratives of Mobility - understanding the movement of womxn in and around Johannesburg.
30 Sep 2019 - 3:00pm
  • Lucy
  • Allais
Kant’s racism and liberal political philosophy
23 Sep 2019 - 3:00pm
  • Tinashe
  • Mushakavanhu
The myth of Dambudzo Marechera and radical politics in Zimbabwe
16 Sep 2019 - 3:00pm
  • Stephen
  • Sparks
Apartheid's Anthropocene: The (Under)mining of a South African Company Town  
26 Aug 2019 - 3:00pm
  • Keith
  • Breckenridge
Networks of Mistrust: Ratings, Collateral and Debt in the emergence of African cyberfinance
19 Aug 2019 - 3:00pm
  • Crispian
  • Olver
Rents and repurposing in the local state
12 Aug 2019 - 3:00pm
  • Nimanthi
  • Rajasingham
Assembling Ethnicities in Neoliberal Times: Cultural Festivals, Housing for the Poor, and Erasing Minorities in Sri Lanka
29 Jul 2019 - 3:00pm
  • Megan
  • Eardley
Shaft Versus Klap: Acclimatization on Johannesburg’s Gold Mines 1950-1975
27 May 2019 - 3:00pm
  • Richard
  • Rottenburg
Technology and Lifeworld
13 May 2019 - 3:00pm
  • Annemi
  • Conradie
Channelling Out of Africa: colonial chic and imperial nostalgia in postcolonial worlds
11 Apr 2019 - 2:00am
  • Nafisa
  • Essop Sheik
A Few (More) Notes on Non-Intervention: Colonial Law and the Forging of a Fraternal Contract on the Margins of the Nineteenth Century British Empire
8 Apr 2019 - 3:00pm
  • Sizwe
  • Mpofu-Walsh
Obedient Rebellion: Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones and the Paradoxes of ‘Nuclear Order’
18 Mar 2019 - 3:00pm
  • Ufuoma
  • Akpojivi
‘Classism’ and Social Protest in Ghana: The Case Study of #OccupyGhana
11 Mar 2019 - 3:00pm
  • Wahbie
  • Long
Shame, envy, impasse and hope: On the psychopolitics of violence in SA
4 Mar 2019 - 3:00pm
  • Doug
  • Bafford
The Prosperity Gospel and an Unprosperous Reality in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Conservative Evangelical Responses to Charismatic Christianity
25 Feb 2019 - 3:00pm
  • Tinashe
  • Jakwa
Is the idea of ‘the state’ still useful?
29 Oct 2018 - 3:00pm
  • T. Dunbar
  • Moodie
Confessing remorse about the evils of Apartheid: the Dutch Reformed Church in the Nineteen-Eighties
22 Oct 2018 - 3:00pm
  • Richard
  • Pithouse
Forging New Political Identities in the Shanty Towns of Durban, South Africa
15 Oct 2018 - 3:00pm
  • Melanie
  • Boehi
A South African social garden: People, plants and multispecies histories in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
8 Oct 2018 - 3:00pm
  • Alf
  • Gunvald
Political Modernity in the Postcolony: Some Reflections of India's Bhil Heartland
4 Oct 2018 - 12:00pm
  • Rodrigo
  • Naranjo
The Dynamic of Captivity and the American Imagination
1 Oct 2018 - 3:00pm
  • Thato
  • Masiangoako
Rationalizing injustice: surprising reinforcement of legal hegemony in South Africa
17 Sep 2018 - 3:00pm
  • Wendy
  • Kline
Psychedelic Birth: Bodies, Boundaries, and the Perception of Pain in the 1970s
10 Sep 2018 - 3:00pm
  • Euclides
  • Goncalves
Arquivo Morto: notes on institutional memory in postcolonial Mozambique
27 Aug 2018 - 3:00pm
  • Caio Simões
  • de Araújo
“One of the most dangerous documents ever produced”: the United Nations, the Global South and the politics of race in the early decolonization era, ca.1946-1955
20 Aug 2018 - 3:00pm
  • Danny
  • Bradlow
Money Talks: International Law and the Governance of International Finance
13 Aug 2018 - 3:00pm
  • Lewis
  • Manthata
The politics of social exclusion : Transformation in Cricket South Africa
6 Aug 2018 - 3:00pm
  • Ruth
  • Sacks
The City Speaks for Itself: Notes on approaching architecture in Kinshasa
30 Jul 2018 - 3:00pm
  • Carina
  • Truyts
Fishfinger stew and peach tarts: from hunger to nourishment in the Dwars River Valley
23 Jul 2018 - 3:00pm
  • Johan
  • Mathew
On Principals and Agency: Reassembling Trust in Indian Ocean Commerce
16 Jul 2018 - 3:00pm
  • Julia
  • Stephens
Governing Islam: Law, Empire, and Secularism in South Asia
28 May 2018 - 3:00pm
  • Charne
  • & Meg
  • Lavery
  • Samuelson
The Oceanic South
21 May 2018 - 3:00pm
  • Siphiwe Ignatius
  • Dube
A Foray into (Study of?) African Political Theology
14 May 2018 - 3:00pm
  • Rogers
  • Joshua
  • Orock
  • Walker
Suspicious Times?
7 May 2018 - 3:00pm
  • Isabel
  • Hofmeyr
Object-oriented Reading: The View from the Customs House
23 Apr 2018 - 3:00pm
  • David
  • Johnson
Literature against Stalinism: South Africa's left opposition, 1930-1960
16 Apr 2018 - 3:00pm
  • Cindy
  • Morillas
Individualization versus Democratization? Conditions and forms of student activism in authoritarian situation (Cameroon, 1962-2014)
9 Apr 2018 - 3:00pm
  • Renee
  • van der Wiel
Doing research that does something: The trope of the exceptional knowledge-producing medical doctor
19 Mar 2018 - 3:00pm
  • Claudia
  • Gastrow
The Discomforts of Home: Infrastructure, Rehousing and Class in Luanda
12 Mar 2018 - 3:00pm
  • Sarah
  • Wild
The lifecast cast: an ethico-legal inquiry
5 Mar 2018 - 3:00pm
  • Keith
  • Breckenridge
What happened to the theory of African capitalism?
26 Feb 2018 - 3:00pm
  • Antonio
  • Tomas
Urban Nostalgia: Colonial traces in the postcolonial city of Luanda
19 Feb 2018 - 3:00pm
  • Saarah
  • Jappie
Baas of the Kramat: Muslim place and belonging in 19th and 20th century Cape Town
12 Feb 2018 - 3:00pm
  • Simamkele
  • Dlakavu
“Say No, Black Woman”: The Giant is Falling and the erasure of Black women in South Africa
23 Oct 2017 - 3:00pm
  • Srila
  • Roy
Queer activism as governmentality: regulating lesbian lives in India
16 Oct 2017 - 3:00pm
  • Thato
  • Masiangoako
The shaping of legal consciousness through the experience of short-term incarceration

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