2017 – Seminar Series

Indexing Transformation:
Interventions in Critical Knowledge Production in South Africa

First Semester 2017: Intersectionality

  • 16-Feb
    From Freudian to Kleinian Psychoanalysis: Mourning the Past and a Dialogue with Frantz Fanon.  
    Prof. Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela
    (Historical Trauma and Transformation Unit, Stellenbosch University)
  • 23-Feb
    Art as Activism in Stellnbosch
    Greer Valley
    (Visual Arts– Stellenbosch University)
  • 02-Mar
    Revolution, restitution and redress: Obligations towards restoring our humanity
    Sharlene Swartz
    (Human Sciences Research Council)
  • 09-Mar
    What sex has to do with it: Intersectionality and the decolonisation of transformation in higher education
    Thabo Msibi
    (Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal)
  • 16-Mar
    Higher Education Transformation: Interrogating normativities, dismantling centres of power  
    Christi Van Der Westhuizen
    (Sociology, University of Pretoria)
  • 23-Mar
    Middle class Indian Muslim women in Johannesburg: Thinking through racialized subjectivities in post-apartheid South Africa
    Safiyya Goga
    (Political Science, University of Pretoria)
  • 30-Mar
    Sense and Sensibility in the age of crisis – Reimagining Higher Education in South Africa
    Khaya Sithole
    (Oxford University)
  • 06-Apr
    One Crime, Multiple senses: The Death and the Death of a Right Wing Leader in South Africa – Ethnography of a Funeral
     Laura Moutinho
    (Anthropology, University of Sao Paulo)
  • 11-May
    The Humanitarian Industry in the Great Lakes Region
    Luca Jourdan

Second Semester 2017: Governance, Citizenship, and Technologies of Transformation

  • 20-Jul
    The Truth about Crime
    Jean & John Comaroff (African and African-American Studies and Anthropology, Harvard University)
    Discussed by Sarah Nutall and Achille Mbembe (Witwatersrand Institute for Social And Economic Research)
  • 27-Jul
    The dialectic of emanicipatory politics & African subjective potentiality
    Michael Neocosmos
    (Unit for the Humanities, Rhodes University)
  • 03-Aug
    Excremental Experiment: Human Waste as a  Laboratory for Capital  in Urban Ghana
    Prof. Brenda Chalfin
    (African Studies and Anthropology, University of Florida)
  • 10-Aug
    The politics of the concept ‘settler colonial modernity’ in South African studies
    Thiven Reddy
    (Political Studies, University of Cape Town)
  • 17-Aug
    State, Capture and the Politics of ‘Elite Populism’
    Ivor Chipkin
    (Public Affairs Research Institute, Johannesburg)
  • 24-Aug
    Cecil John Rhodes: The Uitlander and Makwerekwere with a Missionary Zeal
    Francis Nyamnjoh
    (Anthropology, University of Cape Town)
  • 31-Aug
    An “NGOisation” of the Social Cohesion Policies between Migrants and South Africans?
    Léo Fortaillier
    (Politics, University of Western Cape and Sciences Po, Toulosse) 
  • 14-Sep
    The Mulele “Rebellion,” Congolese Political Regimes, and the Politics of Forgetting
    Emery Kalema
    (Historical Trauma Unit, Stellenbosch University)
  • 21-Sep
    The Determined Pursuit of Humanity’s Most Dangerous Myth: ‘Race’ as Ambiguity in African Slavery Legacy Societies
    John Stanfield
    (Human Sciences Research Council)
  • 28-Sep
    Revolution was not on the agenda: French political subjectivity after 1968
    Eli Thorkelson
    (Sociology and Social Anthropology, Stellenbosch University)
  • 05-Oct
    Wombs in labor and the Paradox of Cross Border Commercial Surrogacy
    Amrita Pande
    (Sociology, University of Cape Town)
  • 12-Oct
    Halal Consumption as an Ethical Practice: Negotiating the Emerging Terrain of Halal Certification in South Africa
    Shaheed Tayob
    (Sociology and Social Anthropology, Stellenbosch University)
  • 19-Oct
    The Fate of the Nation: 3 Senarios for South Africa’s Future
    Jakkie Cilliers
     (Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria)