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.
  • The WISH seminar will continue to be held on-line for the foreseeable future; 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, 26 February, 2024 - 16:00
    • Uhuru
    • Phalafala
    Cosmologies of Breath
    Monday, 4 March, 2024 - 16:00
    • Ranjit
    • Singh
    The curious case of tweeting an Aadhaar number: trust/mistrust in security practices of public data infrastructures
    Monday, 11 March, 2024 - 16:00
    • Lucy Sabin &
    • Jorge Olcina Cantos
    Weathering Saharan Dust Beyond the Spanish Mediterranean Basin: A Dialogue Between Climatology and Postcolonial Critical Theories
    Monday, 18 March, 2024 - 16:00
    • Rike
    • Sitas et al
    Platform Politics and Silicon Savannahs : The Rise of on-Demand Logistics and Mobility in Nairobi and Kigali
    Monday, 25 March, 2024 - 16:00
    • Rowan
    • Boyson
    Air Makes Free: the 1772 Somerset Case and the Poetics of England’s ‘Pure Air’
    Monday, 8 April, 2024 - 16:00
    • Louise
    • Green
    Animating air: Cinema, Environment, Atmosphere
    Monday, 15 April, 2024 - 16:00
    • Georges
    • Eyenga
    The Invention of 'Kumba Age’. How did individuals' age become dynamic in Cameroon?
    Monday, 22 April, 2024 - 16:00
    • Ruth
    • Sacks
    Queen India’s Air: Saturation, Conditioning and Power
    Monday, 6 May, 2024 - 16:00
    • Euclides
    • Goncalves
    "Revisiting the Dead Archive through Air and Atmospheres" (tbc)
    Monday, 13 May, 2024 - 16:00
    • Peter
    • Geschiere
    Witchcraft logics and the biometric citizen
    Monday, 20 May, 2024 - 16:00
    • Awadhendra
    • Sharan
    (Re)Configuring Atmospheres: Design, Technology and the Quest for ‘Pure Air’ in Colonial India
    Monday, 3 June, 2024 - 16:00
    • Ruth
    • Gilmore
    Earth, Fire, Water: Reflections on Air and Atmospheres
    Monday, 10 June, 2024 - 16:00
    • Tunde
    • Okunoye
    Carrot or Stick? Linking Nigeria’s National Identity Number (NIN) coerced enrolment with Questions of a shared Nigerian Identity
    Monday, 24 June, 2024 - 16:00
    • Gala
    • Rexer
    Methodologies for Living with Toxicity: Polluting Infrastructures and Environmental, Reproductive and Racial Injustice in North London
    Monday, 1 July, 2024 - 16:00
    • Matthew
    • Gandy
    Atmospheres: Contestations and Configurations