Dear Colleagues and Members of the Public
You are cordially invited to attend the UJ Sociology, Anthropology & Development Studies Wednesday Seminar. The weekly seminar has been hosted by the Department of Sociology since 2000. It is supported by the UJ Faculty of Humanities and the UJ Department of Anthropology & Development Studies. Meetings are held on UJ's Auckland Park Kingsway campus, at 15h30 on every Wednesday afternoon during term time, unless otherwise indicated.
Please find the current programme below. A written paper is usually distributed on this website, to allow participants to read this in advance of the seminar. Confirmed presenters' papers should reach us in electronic format by two weeks prior to the presentation.
Guests are asked to arrive at the venue by 15:25. Those coming from outside the UJ are advised to enter the campus through Gate 2 on the corner of Ditton and Ripley Streets and to park in Car Park B (scroll down for map). It may be helpful to show an invitation to the guard on duty.
I take this opportunity to thank those on the 2014 seminar committee: Dr Tapiwa Chagonda (Sociology), Dr Naudé Malan (Anthropology & Development Studies), and Ismail Fadal (student assistant).
Convenor: Wednesday Seminar
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First term 2014:
Critical Evaluations of Corporate Social Responsibility
12 Feb: Prof
Marilise Smurthwaite (Department
of Applied Ethics, St Augustine College of South Africa): 'Thoughts on
Corporations, CSR and Economic justice in the South African context'. Discussant: Dr Adri Drotskie (UJ Dept of Business
19 Feb: Mr Claudious
Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership, University of Pretoria): 'Corporate Sustainability and Environmental
Stewardship in Africa: Strange Bedfellows?'. Discussant: Prof Godwell
Nhamo (UNISA-EXXARO Chair in Business & Climate Change).
26 Feb: Dr Chana Teeger (UJ Department of Sociology): 'Schools and Inequality: Towards a Broader Conceptualisation'. Discussant: Ms Siobhan Glanvill (Wits School
5 March: Prof
Neil Eccles (Centre for Corporate Citizenship, Unisa): 'From
Friedman to today: A wide-ranging ramble about CSR with reference to South
Africa'. Discussant: Prof Freek Cronjé, Bench Marks Centre for Coroporate Social Responsibility, North West University (tbc).
12 March: Dr
Arnold Smit (University
of Stellenbosch Business School): 'The contextualisation of CSR in sub-Saharan Africa: The territory, the map and the challenges'. Discussant: Prof Daleen Millard (UJ Department of Private
19 March: Term-end film courtesy of Tri Continental Film Festival: Screening of
Store Wars: When Walmart Comes to Town (a 60-minute documentary produced by Micha X Peled). Discussant: Ms Pragna Rugunanan (UJ Department of Sociology). *Venue: Faculty of Humanities Common Room (C-Ring 3).
Background and archive
The UJ Sociology, Anthropology & Development Studies Wednesday Seminar is hosted by the UJ Department of Sociology, which has hosted a seminar since 1995, began meeting more regularly in 1999 and successfully launched the weekly seminar in 2000. By means of this seminar, the Department of Sociology has contributed vibrant and transformative intellectual debate linking both established and upcoming UJ human and social scientists with activists, trade unionists, scholars from other institutions, and members of the media. Alongside regular participation from within our own ranks, guests hosted by the department over the years include Proff Thabo Fako, Shula Marks and John Saul (2000), Proff William Beinart, Michael Burawoy, Dunbar Moodie and Rusty and Hilda Bernstein (2001), Proff Denis Brutus and Joanne Duffy (2002), Prof Iris Marion Young, Sasha Gear and Trevor Ngwane (2003), Proff Giovanni Arrighi, Fred Hendricks, Jonathan Jansen, and Gay Seidman (2004), Proff Simon Bekker, Bert Klandermans, Tom Lodge and Elinor Sisulu (2005), Dr Loraine Nencel and Proff John Higgins, Partha Mukherji, and Immanuel Wallerstein (2006), Proff Susan Parnell, Liz Stanley, Thomas Blom Hansen and Rehad Desai (2007) and Proff Jo Beall, Min-Chang Tsai and Michael Burawoy (2008).
From 2001 to 2006, the department promoted its in-house Centre for Sociological Research (CSR) as a co-host of the seminar. The seminar has enjoyed financial support from the UJ Faculty of Humanities and a venue and general support from the Department of Anthropology & Development Studies. The UJ Department of Sociology continues to anchor the Wednesday Seminar, the longest running and most regular of the University of Johannesburg's public lectures and seminars.
For our past seminar programmes and papers, click on the relevant annual links below.