Seminar 2016

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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. Meetings are held on UJ’s Auckland Park Kingsway campus, at 15h30 on every Wednesday afternoon during term time, unless otherwise indicated.

Prospective presenters are encouraged to contact Dr Tapiwa Chagonda at or Ms Letitia Smuts at

Please find the current programme below. A written paper is usually distributed on this website, to allow participants to read this in advance of the seminar. Confirmed presenters should please copy their written papers in electronic format to the convenor and copy to by ten days prior to their presentation. Those who wish to be added to the mailing list are welcome to send a request to the same e-mail address.

Guests are asked to arrive at the venue by 15:25. Those coming from outside the UJ are advised to enter the campus through Gate 2 on the corner of Ditton and Ripley Streets and to park in Car Park B (scroll down for map). It may be helpful to show an invitation to the guard on duty.

Best wishes
The Convenors: Wednesday Seminar

First term 2016: Transformation/Decolonisation of the Academy in South Africa

10 Feb: Prof Xolela Mangcu (Department of Sociology, University of Cape Town). ‘Decolonising South African Sociology’. Discussant: Dr Irma Du Plessis, (Department of Sociology, University of Pretoria). DecolonizingSociology (Xolela Mangcu)
17 Feb: Prof Angina Parekh (Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), University of Johannesburg). ‘Reflections on the Transformation/Decolonisation of the Academy Debate in South Africa’.
24 Feb: Prof Peter Alexander (Director, SARChi, Social Change), Prof Jane Duncan (Journalism, Film and Television, UJ) & Dr Sikhumbuzo Mngadi (English Department, UJ). ‘Colonisation, Protest and Present Debates’.
1 March: Prof William Gumede (TBC) (School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand). Discussant: Prof David Moore, (Department of Development Studies, UJ). Raewyn Connell’s Paper on Decolonisation of Knowledge
9 March: Prof Yunnis Ballim (Vice Chancellor, S​ol Plaatjies University); Prof Mongane Wally Serote (Department of Philosophy, University of Joohannesburg); Prof Molebatsi Milton Nkoane (School of Education, University of Free State); Prof Omari Jackson, (Department of Social Sciences and Education, Colby-Sawyer, USA); Mr Malusi Mncube (UJ Student Representative); Ms Lerato Mabunda (UJ Student Representative).
16 March: Andile Mngxitama (Black First Land First (BLF)): Discussant: Tsepho Moloi ​(Student Leader, UJ)​ ​​
23 March: Term-end screening. Prof Rob Pattman (Department of Sociology, Stellenbosch University) *Venue: Faculty of Humanities Common Room (C-Ring 3).​​

Second term 2016:

6 April: Dr Alex Beresford (School of Politics and Internationsl Studies, Leeds University). Book Launch: South Africa’s Political Crisis: Unfinished Liberation and Fractured Class Struggles. Discussant: Prof. Susan Booysen (Wits School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand).
13 April: Prof Noyoo Ndangwa (Department of Social Work, University of Johannesburg) Social policy after two decades of democracy in South Africa: A call for social re-engineering? Discussant: Dr Mondli Hlatshwayo Centre for Education Rights and Transformation, University of Johannesburg.​ Social policy after two decades of democracy in South Africa Presentation.docx
20 April: Dr Essop Pahad (Former Minister in the Presidency RSA). ‘The South African State in Transition’. Discussant: Prof Patrick Bond (School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand).
04 May: Mr Jonathan Timm, (Acting Head: Presidential Frontline Service Delivery Monitoring Director: Citizen-based Monitoring, Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation). ‘Learning to listen: Institutionalizing citizen-based monitoring in South Africa’. Discussant: Dr Luke Sinwell (Senior Researcher: South African Research Chair in Social Change, University of Johannesburg). LEARNING TO LISTEN_UJ Paper
11 May: Dr Shahana Rasool (Department of Social Work, University of Johannesburg) Gender and social policy. Discussant: Prof Natasha Erlank (Department of Historical Studies, University of Johannesburg). Ms Boitumelo Seepamore (Department of Social Work, UKZN) Social secuirty for domestic workers – implications for practice. Discussant: Mr David Du Toit (Sociology Department, University of Johannesburg).

DOMESTIC WORKERS AND SOCIAL SECURITY POLICY- IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE The role of womens movements in putting geneder issues on policy agenda
18 May: Dr Leo Zeilig, Mosa Phadi and EFF. Book launch: Frantz Fanon: The militant philosopher of third world revolution.

Term 3: Sport and transformation

10 August: Kiran Odhav (NWU, Sociology) ‘Hegemony in Sport: Cricket and Soccer in South Africa and India.’ Discussant: Claudia Martinez Mullen (Rhodes, Sociology)
17 August: Dr Marizanne Grundlingh (Varsity College, Cape Town) ‘Showcasing the Springboks: The Commercialisation of South African Rugby Heritage.’ Discussant: Charles Villet (Monash, South Africa, School of Social Science) Grundlingh paper
24 August: Prof Cora Burnett (UJ, Department of Sport and Movement Studies) ‘Issues and Controversies in sport: A role for ‘critical’ and ‘public’ sociology.’ Discussant: TBC
31 August: Dr Hikabwa D. Chipande (University of Zambia, Department of History) ‘Contesting Power in Football: The Social Meaning of the Game in Postcolonial Zambia 1964 – 1991.’ Discussant: Dr Tapiwa Chagonda (UJ, Sociology)
7 September: Nadine Schlebusch (UJ, Sociology) ‘Women on a Roll: How Members of the C-Max Roller Derby League in Johannesburg, South Africa, Construct their Gender Identity.’ Discussant: Memory Mphaphuli (Ghent, Belgium) Nadine seminar paper_final
​​​14 September: Documentary term-end: Is professioanlism ending sport? Inside sport. BBC – Discussant: Mr. Muhammed Suleman (UJ Sociology) Venue: Faculty Humanities Common Room, C-Ring 3.

Fourth term: Labour, youth and society

5 October: Dr Mondli Hlatshwayo (UJ, CERT) ‘Just Work? Migrant Workers, Capitalist Globalization and Resistance.’ Discussant: Pragna Rugunanan

12 October: Dr Veerle Dieltiens (CEPD, Researcher) ‘The formation of youth: Marching into a National Youth Service in South Africa’ Discussant: Dr Siphelo Ngcwangu

19 October: Mr Gift Luxomo (CEPD, Researcher) ‘Non-participation in education, training and employment: youth experiences.’ Discussant: Siphelo Ngcwangu

26 October: Dr Rozena Maart (UKZN, CCRI) ‘Critical Research on Race and Identity’ Discussant: Khumisho Moguerane

2 November: Ms Vangile Bingma (University of Pretoria, Sociology) ‘Co-constituting the process of schooling: A preliminary assessment of parental involvement at a secondary school in Mamelodi Township’, Discussant: Siphelo Ngcwangu

9 November: Documentary Term-end: TBC, Discussant: TBC, Venue: Faculty of Humanities Common Room C Ring 3