Seminar 2003​

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Special 100th Meeting of the RAU Sociology Seminar – Gwede Mantashe (General Secretary, National Union of Mineworkers) andTrevor Ngwane (SECC/APF) on ‘The Problem of Power and the Way Forward for Social Movements’. (2003/28).

Prof Adam Habib (Centre for Civil Society) on ‘State-Civil Society Relations in Post-Apartheid South Africa’. Discussant: Bernard Nthambeleni (National Research Foundation). (2003/27).

Prof Peter Alexander (Centre for Sociological Research, Department of Sociology, RAU) on Mining and Development: an ‘off the plane’ Report on the International Mining History Conference held in Japan. (Please note that this is a ‘brown-bag’ seminar. Feel free to bring your lunch along). (2003/26).

Liela Groenewald (Centre for Policy Studies) on ‘Constructing Common Cause: A Brief History of “Race”‘. 2003/25).

Kelly Luck (Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, RAU) on ‘Farm-Workers and Land Tenure Reform: The Case of Game-Farming in Hope Fountain in the Eastern Cape’. Discussant: Andile Mngxitama (Land Rights Co-ordinator, National Land Committee) (2003/24).

Prof Roger Southall (Democracy and Governance, Human Sciences Research Council) on ‘The ANC and Black Capitalism in South Africa’. Discussant: Prof Albert Venter (Department of Politics and Governance, RAU). (2003/23).

Prof Ran Greenstein (Department of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand) on ‘Civil Society, Social Movements and Power in South Africa’. Discussant: Lindsey Martin (Centre for Sociological Research, RAU). (2003/22).

Simon Mapadimeng (Department of Sociology, University of Natal) on ‘Culture, Socio-economic Change and Development – A Theoretical Review and Implications for Ubuntu Culture in the Post-Apartheid South Africa’. No paper available. (2003/21).

Mark Bennett (Department of Sociology, RAU) on ‘Building Organisation Among South Africa’s Textile and Clothing Workers: The National Union of Textile Workers and its Successor Unions, 1973 – 2003: A Research Proposal’. Discussant: Mike Murphy (Independent researcher currently working on NALEDI’s Chris Hani Hospital Project, and GRI’s HIV-AIDS Project).(2003/20).

Prof Belinda Bozzoli (School of Social Sciences, Wits) on, ‘The Private Utopia: People’s Courts in Alexandra, Johannesburg, 1986’. Discussant: Peter Alexander (Centre for Sociological Research, Department of Sociology, RAU). (2003/19).

8 August: Irma du Plessis (Wits Institute of Social and Economic Research) on, ‘Making Lives in “Jan Bom”: Continuity and Rupture in the Jan Hofmeyr Council Housing Scheme in Johannesburg’. Discussant: Prof Tina Uys (Department of Sociology, RAU). (2003/18).

Prof Shula Marks (Emeritus Professor, School of Oriental and African Studies, London) on, ‘Class, Culture and Consciousness: the African Experience, 1870-1920’. This seminar will take the form of a lecture. (2003/17).

Prof Patrick Bond (Wits Business School) on, ‘Potentials for African Anti-Capitalism: Uneven Development and Popular Resistance’. Discussant: Naude Malan (Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, RAU). (2003/16).

Prudence Makhura (Department of Sociology, RAU) on, ‘Death and Dying from AIDS: The Impala Mines as Case Study’. Discussant: Marlize Rabe (Department of Sociology, Vista University).(2003/15).

Prof William G Martin (Department of Sociology, Binghamton University), on ‘300 Years of World Movements: Towards the end of the Capitalist World-Economy?’ Discussant: Prof Patrick Bond (Graduate School of Public and Development Management, University of the Witwatersrand). (2003/14).

Hilma Shindondola (Department of Sociology, RAU), on ‘Xenophobia: Southern Africa and Beyond’. Discussant: Prof Jon Hyslop (Department of Sociology, WISER, University of the Witwatersrand). (2003/13).

Herbert Jauch (Labour Resource and Research Institute, Namibia) on ‘Export Processing Zones and the Quest for Sustainable Development: A Southern African Perspective’. Discussant: Carina van Rooyen (Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, RAU). (2003/12).

Prof Tina Uys (RAU) and Dr Neville Bews (Dr Neville Bews & Associates) on ”’Not in my Backyard”: Challenges in the Social Impact Assessment of the Gautrain.’ Discussant: Dr June Meeuwis (Department of Geography and Environmental Management). (2002/11).

Dr Olive Shisana (Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS, Human Sciences Research Council), on ‘Nelson Mandela/HSRC Study of HIV/AIDS: South African National HIV Prevalence, Behavioural Risks and Mass Media Household Survey 2002’. Discussant: Dr Liz Floyd (Director of Gauteng Department of Health: AIDS Unit). (2003/10).

Meera Ichharam (Department of Sociology, RAU), on ‘Informal Sector Women Workers – The Case of Garment Workers Under the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA): An off the Plane Report-back from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India’. (2003/9).

Lucien van der Walt (Department of Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand), on ‘Before Communism: Rethinking the Early Socialist Movement in South Africa’. Discussant: Mike Murphy (Independent researcher currently working on NALEDI’s Chris Hani Hospital Project, and GRI’s HIV-AIDS Project). (2003/8).

Prof Iris Marion Young (Department of Political Science, University of Chicago) on, ‘Violence against Power: Critical Thoughts on Military Intervention’. Prof Young’s paper will provide a basis for discussion on the US-led military intervention in Iraq.(2003/7).

Stephanie Matseleng Allais (South African Institute for Distance Education), on ‘The National Qualifications Framework in South Africa: a Democratic Project Trapped within a Neo-liberal Project?’ Discussant: Dr Yael Shalem (School of Education, University of the Witwatersrand). (2003/6).

Prof Edward Webster (Sociology of Work Unit, University of the Witwatersrand), on ‘What is new in the New Labour Internationalism: A Southern Perspective’. Discussant: Prof Peter Alexander (Department of Sociology, RAU). (2003/5).

Sasha Gear (Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation), on “Forgotten is an Understatement . . .”: Reflections From Research With Ex-combatants in Democratic South Africa. Discussant: Anton Senekal (Department of Sociology, RAU). (2003/4).

Meera Ichharam (Department of Sociology, RAU), on ‘South Africa’s Bargaining Councils and their Role in Dispute Resolution’. Discussant: Dr. Sakhela Buhlungu (Department of Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand). (2003/3).

Dr Thomas Hansen (Department of Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh), on ‘“We are Arabs from Gujarat’: The Purification of Muslim Identity in Contemporary South Africa.” Discussant: Dr. Rehana Ebr.-Vally (Social Anthropology, University of the Witwatersrand). (2003/2).

Marcelle Dawson (Department of Sociology, RAU), on ‘The State of Global Resistance: An off the Plane Report-back From the World Social Forum, Porto Alegre, Brazil’. (2003/1).