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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 3: Democracy and Land

2 August: Dr Victor Figueroa (South Africa-Cuba Health Cooperation). Social Medicine and Universal Healthcare in South Africa: A History Discussant: Prof Jonathan Stadler (UJ).

16 August: Matias López (Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy Graduate Institute) Unlikely Expropriators: Why Right-Wing Parties Implemented Agrarian Reform in Democratic Brazil Discussant: Dr Dineo Skosana – Society, Work and Politics Institute (Wits University)

23 August: Dr Gaynor Paradza (Public Affairs Research Institute) The impact of (unregulated) customary tenure change on land access and livelihood in Southern Africa. Discussant: Sthandiwe Yeni (PhD candidate, the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), UWC).

30 August: Dr Tendai Murisa (SIVIO Institute, Zimbabwe). The link between democracy and customary land rights in Zimbabwe. Discussant: Prof. Mbongiseni Buthelezi (Anthropology and Development Studies, UJ and Public Affairs Research Institute)

Term 2: Health, the Body and Medicine

11 April Prof Efua Prah

19 April Dr Ziyanda Majambozi (UP) Too old to start a family?: Obstetric Abuse of Women of ‘Advanced Maternal Age. Discussant: Prof Efua Prah (UJ)

26 April Prof Susan Levine (UCT) Proxemics, COVID-19, and the Ethics of Care. Discussant: Dr Alison Swartz

3 May Sandra Manuel

10 May Prof Siphokazi Magadla (Rhodes University) Mzana: Transnational Guerrillas. Discussant: Nomzamo Ntombela (PhD Candidate – Stellenbosch University).

17 May Prof Anne Pollock University Kings College London) Reproductive Injustice: Serena Williams’ Birth Story. Discussant: Prof Efua Prah (UJ).

24 May Prof Carla Tsampiras (UCT) What are you historically classified as? –  Reflections on Histories and Futures of Health, the Body, and Medicine

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