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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 Prof 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: Critical public intellectuals assess 30 years of South African progress and regress

14 Feb: Ben Cashdan and Nolwazi Tusini (The Big Debate) “Framing Tough Conversations about South Africa’s Democracy: The role of the media”. Discussant Prof Ylva Rodny-Gumede (UJ)

21 Feb: Mametlwe Sebei (GIWUSA and UNISA) and Newton Masuku (THORN) – “Did Trade Unions choose Class Snuggle over Class Struggle since 1994?”

28 Feb: Na-eem Jeenah (Mapungubwe Institute) and Roshan Dadoo (BDS-SA) – “Internationalism and Geopolitics Before and After SA-Palestine Solidarity”

6 Mar: Zen Mathe and Michael Marchant (Open Secrets) – “Climate and Energy Crises”

13 Mar (TBC): NAME, “Lessons of Treatment Advocacy, from AIDS to Covid-19” – and NAME – “The Youth Then and Now”

20 Mar: Moeletsi Mbeki – “Economic Justice Opportunities Missed” – and Lebohang Pheko (The Trade Collective) – “Fractious International Economic Relations”

27 Mar: “From Revolution to ‘Development’ and Back” – Mercia Andrews (Trust for Community Outreach and Education), Brian Ashely and Dominic Brown (Alternative Information and Development Centre)

3 Apr: Dale Mckinley (International Labour Research and Information Group) – “Evolving Electoral Fortunes” – and Xolani Dube (Xubera Institute) – “Patrimonialism, Repression and Ethnicity in KwaZulu-Natal”