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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 2: Politics and Power

13 April Prof Joost Fontein (UJ) ‘Decolonising the dead or decolonizing death in Southern Africa? Some hesitation’.

4 May Dr Wangui Kimari (UCT) ‘Colour ni Green’:Ecological Future in Nairobi Outaw Style’.

11 May Prof Michael Degani (JHU) ‘Becoming Infrastructure: “Street Technicians” and Self-Making along Dar es Salaam’s Power Grid’.

18 May Dr Sylvia Croese (Wits) ‘Amor á Camisa: where party meets people’s power’.

25 May Dr Adam S. Harris (UJ) ‘Launch of Dr Adam Harris’s book- Everyday identity and Electoral Politics’. Discussant: Professor Kealaboga Maphunye (UNISA).

Term 1: Ecofeminism: Contesting heteropatriarchal, ecocidal racial capitalism

16 February Prof Patrick Bond (UJ) ‘Ambushing Godongwana’s budget speech’. Discussant: Mr Gumani Tshimomola (Wits)

23 February Ms Makoma Lekalaka (Earthlife Africa) ‘Struggles for gender, ecological and social justice’ Discussant: Dr Hibist Kassa (WoMin/UCT)

2 March Prof Jackie Cock (Wits) ‘An eco-feminist reading of a just transition from carbon capitalism’. Discussant: Ms Alice Mporo (CSRP-UJ)

9 March Prof Melanie Samson (UJ) ‘Recycling Colonialism and Reparation Ecology’. Discussant: Dr Suzall Timm (UJ)

16 March Prof Yvette Abrahams (Khoelife) ‘Why Not ecofeminism?’. Discussant: Dr Michelle Pressend

23 March Ms Mmatshilo Motsei (UP) ‘Indigenous birthing practices, land and nature’. Discussant: Prof Nthabiseng Motsemme

30 March Ms Samantha Hargreaves (WoMin) Topic to follow TBC