Current Seminars

Indexing Transformation seminar: Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela – 16 February 2017

Below is the link to the full seminar by Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela


Seminars are normally held on a weekly basis during term time, on a Thursday from 13:00-14:30 (Room 401, Arts and Social Science building, Stellenbosch University). Presenters usually speak for 35 – 40 minutes, followed by questions, comments and discussion in the remaining time. Questions and suggestions about the seminar programme are welcomed, and may be addressed to Prof Steven Robins and Prof Rob Pattman who coordinate the programme.


Indexing The Human

Indexing the Human: From Classification to a Critical Politics of Recognition is a programme of seminars, workshops and collaborative learning opportunities intended to provoke a re-thinking of the past and future of social anthropology and the human sciences at Stellenbosch and in the region. Funded by the Mellon foundation from 2014-2015, the project continues – please check the website for updates!

NSF (New Social Forms) seminars 

NSF (New Social Forms) seminars investigates new social forms and experimental communities in South Africa and beyond. South African examples include international crime syndicates and gangs, anti-crime vigilante groups such as Pagad and Mapogo, new globally connected social movements, transnational advocacy networks, CBOs and NGOs such as Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and the SA Homeless People’s Federation, new religious and occult movements, changes in family and household structures, new sexual cultures and so on.

This series is aimed at a university-wide audience and both external and departmental speakers are invited to address it.

Transforming Stellenbosch

We are interested in encouraging seminars based on research/pedagogic practices/debates and discussions about Stellenbosch (the university and town) and other universities in SA, with implications for thinking about, developing our understanding of and promoting transformation.