Wednesday Seminar

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).

Best wishes
Liela Groenewald
Convenor: Wednesday Seminar
Senior Lecturer in Sociology​​


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Fourth term 2014

10 September: Dr Arnold Smit (Centre for Business in Society, Stellenbosch University): 'The Contextualisation of Corporate Social Responsibility in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Territory, the Map and the Challenges'. Discussant: Prof Freek Cronjé (Benchmarks Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, North West University).

17 September: Prof Derik Gelderblom (Unisa): 'Social Capital and Sociology: Towards a More Sustainable Marriage​'. Discussant: Prof Tina Uys (UJ Deparment of Sociology).

24 September: No meeting due to public holiday (Heritage Day).

1 October (Nigerian Independence Day): Aghogho Akpome (UJ Department of English): 'What is Nigeria?'. Discussant: Femi Adeagbo (UJ Department of Sociology).

8 October Debate: Marikana - A Watershed in South African History? 
For: Prof Peter Alexander (UJ/NRF Chair in Social Change); 
Against: Prof Steven Friedman (UJ/Rhodes Centre for Democracy).

15 October: Dr Alexander Beresford (University of Leeds): 'Power, Patronage, and Gatekeeper Politics in South Africa'Discussant: Prof David Moore (UJ Department of Anthropology & Development Studies).

22 October: Year-end screening of a fatherhood documentary, Boys Don't Cry, by Teboho Petersen. Discussants: Prof Thea de Wet and Dr Admire Chereni (C-FAR (UJ Centre for Anthropological Research)). *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.


2010 series 2011 series 2012 series 2013 series ​2014 series
2005 series 2006 series 2007 series 2008 series 2009 series
2000 series 2001 series 2002 series 2003 series 2004 series


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