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.​

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' appers should reach us in electronic format by two weeks prior to presentation. Papers should be sent to the convenor.

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. ​

All prospective presenters are invited to contact Dr Tapiwa Chagonda at tchagonda@uj.ac.za.

Best wishes
The Convenors: Wednesday Seminar​

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​​Fourth term 2015: Transformation in Higher Education in South Africa

9 September: Prof Adam Habib (Vice Chancellor, Wits University): ‘Transcending the Past and Reimagining the Future of the South African University’. Discussant: Prof Thad Metz (UJ Faculty of Humanities). *Venue: C-Ring3 near Common Room.

16 September: Dr Sikhumbuzo Mngadi (UJ Dept of English): ‘Means and Ends, or, How (not) To Talk About Transformation in Higher Education?​’. Discussant: Prof Liz Gunner (UJ C-FAR / Centre for Anthropological Research).

23 September: Dr Kezia Batisai (UJ Dept of Sociology): ‘The Place and Voice of Black (Non-South) African Academics in the Transformation Discourse’. Discussant: Dr Irma du Plessis (Department of Sociology, University of Pretoria).

30 September: Prof Pedro Tabensky ( Allan Gray Centre for Leadership Ethics, Rhodes University): ‘IiNtetho ZoBomi: Pedagogy for a Better World’. Discussant: Pura Mgolombane (Manager: Diversity, Ethics & Social Justice, Wits University). 

7 October: Prof Salim Vally (UJ Centre for Education Rights and Transformation): ‘Key Issues in the Transformation / Decolonisation of Post-School Education’. Discussant: Dr Mondli Hlatswayo (UJ Centre for Education Rights and Transformation). 

14 October: Prof Colin Chasi (UJ School of Communication / Faculty of Humanities): ‘Transformation, Renaissance, Metamorphosis or Resurrection: Some Questions for African Scholars’. Discussant: Dr Nyasha Mboti (UJ Dept of Communication Studies).

21 October: Term-end film screening: Luister, a documentary by Open Stellenbosch. Discussant: Prof Rob Pattman (Dept of Sociology, Stellenbosch University). 
*Venue: TBC.​
​​​Background and archive

The UJ Sociology, Anthropology & Development Studies Wednesday Seminar is hosted by the UJ Department of Sociology, which has hosted a seminar sinc​e 1995, began meeting more regularly in 1999 and successfully launched the weekly seminar in 2000. By means of this seminar, the Department of Sociology has contributed vibrant and transformative intellectual debate linking both established and upcoming UJ human and social scientists with activists, trade unionists, scholars from other institutions, and members of the media. Alongside regular participation from within our own ranks, guests hosted by the department over the years include Proff Thabo Fako,Shula Marks and John Saul (2000), Proff William Beinart, Michael Burawoy, Dunbar Moodie and Rusty and Hilda Bernstein (2001), Proff Denis Brutus and Joanne Duffy (2002), Prof Iris Marion Young, Sasha Gear and Trevor Ngwane (2003), Proff Giovanni Arrighi, Fred Hendricks, Jonathan Jansen, and Gay Seidman (2004), Proff Simon Bekker, Bert Klandermans, Tom Lodgeand Elinor Sisulu (2005), Dr Loraine Nencel and Proff John Higgins, Partha Mukherji, and Immanuel Wallerstein (2006), Proff Susan Parnell, Liz Stanley, Thomas Blom Hansen and Rehad Desai (2007) and Proff Jo Beall, Min-Chang Tsai and Michael Burawoy (2008).

From 2001 to 2006, the department promoted its in-house Centre for Sociological Research (CSR) as a co-host of the seminar. The seminar has enjoyed financial support from the UJ Faculty of Humanities and a venue and general support from the Department of Anthropology & Development Studies. The UJ Department of Sociology continues to an​chor the Wednesday Seminar, the longest running and most regular of the University of Johannesburg's public lectures and seminars.