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, 8 March, 2021 - 16:00
    • Charlie
    • Piot
    Book discussion of The Fixer : Visa Lottery Chronicles
    Monday, 15 March, 2021 - 16:00
    • Ariella Aïsha
    • Azoulay
    Potential History - Unlearning Imperialism
    Monday, 22 March, 2021 - 16:00
    • Lucy
    • Allais
    Property, Markets and Human Freedom
    Monday, 29 March, 2021 - 16:00
    • Crispian
    • Olver
    What can we learn about the state of metropolitan governance in SA from the available statistics?
    Monday, 12 April, 2021 - 16:00
    • Siphiwe
    • Dube
    The New Religious Political Right in South Africa
    Monday, 19 April, 2021 - 16:00
    • Efthimios
    • Karayiannides
    Orlando Patterson’s analyses of slavery as an intervention into debates around the political economy of the “Third World” in the 1970s
    Monday, 3 May, 2021 - 16:00
    • Albert
    • Mushai
    The Long Road to Compensation for Silicosis Sufferers in South Africa
    Monday, 10 May, 2021 - 16:00
    • Janeke
    • Thumbran
    The Formulation of the 'Coloured Question' (1932-1950)
    Monday, 17 May, 2021 - 16:00
    • Stephen
    • Sparks
    Modernist/Modernising South Africa
    Monday, 24 May, 2021 - 16:00
    • Lindelwa
    • Dalamba
    Fostering Decoloniality in Music: From Local Archives to Global Dialogue
    Monday, 31 May, 2021 - 16:00
    • Rachel
    • Sandwell
    The Impasses of Politics: Sexual Violence and the ANC in Exile
    Monday, 7 June, 2021 - 16:00
    • Sharad
    • Chari
    ‘Interlocking Transactions’: Micro-foundations for ‘Racial Capitalism’
    Monday, 14 June, 2021 - 16:00
    • Mark
    • Hunter
    The Labour-drug Question in precarious times: The rise of Heroin and Xanax
    Monday, 21 June, 2021 - 16:00
    • Edward
    • Higgs
    Criminal Faces: Beauty, Race and Criminality in Western Thought and the Development of Digital Profiling