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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. For the time being, seminars are held online at 15h00 every Wednesday afternoon during term time, unless otherwise indicated. Prospective presenters are encouraged to contact Dr David du Toit at Please find the current programme below. Those who wish to be added to the mailing list are welcome to send a request to


Term 1: Digital Migration Studies: Methodological Considerations and Reflections about the Use of Multimedia and Storytelling in Knowledge Creation

22 February Maggie Perzyna (Research Associate, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration & Integration, Toronto Metropolitan University) Alternative modes of knowledge production in migration studies: Multimedia storytelling as a way of decolonising and communicating research. Discussant: Tsitsi Mpofu-Mketwa

1 March Julia Stier (Research Fellow, WZB Berlin Social Science Center) The role of social media for the construction of a migratory imaginary in the context of Senegalese migration. Discussant: Karabo Sitto

8 March Azrini Wahidin (University of Warwick, Department of Sociology) ‘The Mighty Few’: The Role of Reparation and Reconciliation for Female Ex-combatants in the Irish Republican Army and the African National Congress. Discussant: Ingrid Palmary (UJ Sociology).

15 March Sophia Burton (Migration Matters, managing director) and Bernadette Klausberger (Migration Matters, media producer) Migration Matters! – Cross-disciplinary practices in communicating migration research. Discussant: Selina Mudavanhu

22 March Alka Kumar (Research Affiliate with the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration program at the Toronto Metropolitan University) Between critical enquiry and creative writing: Exploring alternative approaches to knowledge production in migration studies Discussant: Betty Chiyangwa

29 March Cyrus Sundar Singh (an AcademiCreActivist—Gemini Award-winning filmmaker, scholar, songwriter, composer, poet, and change-maker ) Floating to the Lure of the Promised Land Discussant Ragi Bashonga