Colleagues and all interested guests
You are cordially invited to attend the UJ Sociology, Anthropology & Development Studies Wednesday Seminar. The weekly seminar is hosted by the Departments of Sociology and Anthropology & Development Studies with support from the Faculty of Humanities. The convenors are Liela Groenewald and Letitia Smuts. The seminar meets in UJ's Anthropology and Development Studies Seminar Room at DRing 506, on the Auckland Park Kingsway campus, at 15h30 on every Wednesday afternoon during term time, unless otherwise indicated. When possible, please arrive by 15:25.
A written paper is usually distributed on this website, to allow participants to read this in advance of the seminar. The seminar has run successfully for over a decade, with various incarnations and collaborators Please find the current programme below.
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. Should you be interested in presenting a paper, please contact the conveners. Confirmed presenters' papers should reach Liela Groenewald by two weeks prior to the presentation.
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Second term 2013:
Class, gender and race in southern African perspective - "The bad news"*
10 April: Prof Dunbar Moodie (Department of Sociology, Hobart and William Smith Colleges):'Profitability, respectability and challenge: (re)gaining control and restructuring the labour process while maintaining racial order on the South African gold mines, 1913 - 1922'. Discussant: Prof Keith Breckenridge (Wiser - Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research).
17 April: Dr Tijo Salverda (Human Economy Programme, University of Pretoria):
' "White bashing": power and victimisation among the Mauritian white elite'. Discussant: Dr Liela Groenewald (UJ Department of Sociology).
24 April: Netsai Matshaka (Institute for Women's and Gender Studies, University of Pretoria): 'Mobile women: Negotiating gendered norms and stereotypes'. Discussant:
Zaheera Jinnah (African Centre for Migration and Society, Wits).
1 May - No seminar due to Workers' Day public holiday.
8 May: Dr Marc
Fletcher (UJ Department of Sociology): 'Reinforcing divisions and blurring
boundaries: race, identity and the contradictions of Johannesburg soccer fandom'. Discussant: Shafinaaz
Hassim (Sociologist & author).
15 May: Prof Zimitri Erasmus (Wits Department of Sociology): 'A poetics of new genetics: genetic ancestry tracing and the future of belonging'. (Password only available to actual adience.) Discussant: Prof Eric Worby (Wits School of Social Science).
22 May: Term-end screening: Meantime in Mamelodi (a 75-min documentary produced by Benjamin Kahlmeyer). Discussant: Dr Dale McKinley (Independent social writer and activist). Venue: Faculty of Humanities Common Room (C-Ring 3).
*The verbatim comments of a 2013 lobby group for a new, local introductory sociology text included that young people are alienated from the discipline when universities impose on students "the bad news" that ordinary lives are structured by race, gender, ethnicity and status, rather than sexy topics like social media and culture, and that classical sociological theory is "boring". The Wednesday Seminar committee believes otherwise:
we anticipate our audience - of all ages - will embrace the tools of social science in order to penetrate theoretical debates shaped in the global North with their own research, interpretations and lived experiences here, in the South.
Background and archive
The UJ Sociology, Anthropology & Development Studies Wednesday Seminar runs on behalf of the UJ Department of Sociology and the Department of Anthropology & Development Studies. The Department of Sociology has hosted a seminar since 1995, began holding more regular seminars in 1999 and successfully launched the regular 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. The UJ Department of Sociology and the Department of Anthropology & Development Studies continue 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.