​Seminar 2018

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 tchagonda@uj.ac.za.

Please find the current programme below. Those who wish to be added to the mailing list are welcome to send a request to to daviddt@uj.ac.za.

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.  

The venue for the seminars are usually D-Ring 506, in the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, unless differently indicated.

Best wishes
The Convenors: Wednesday Seminar  


Term 1: Contours of Sex and Sexualities

7 February: Prof. Jonathan Stadler (Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, UJ) on '(Re-) Discovering Sexuality in a Clinical Trial.' Discussant: Dr. Femke Brandt (Department of Anthropology and Development, UJ).

14 February: Helen Gebregiorgis (Independent Consultant, Africa Photo Stories) on 'Lagos Budding 50 - Storytelling project on Migration and Resilience.'

21 February: Marlene de Beer (Department of Social Work, UJ) with inputs by, Fayzal Mahamedon (the father) on 'Male Disability Sexual Assistance Through Masturbation: South African Case Study of Father Masturbating his Severe Disabled Son - Ethical, Legal, Assessment and Intervention Considerations and Options.' Discussant: TBC

28 February:  Andile Mayekiso (Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, UJ) on 'Ndiyindoda! (I am man!): The Significance of Pain in Xhosa Male Circumcision and Implications ofukutesta (to test).' Discussant:  TBC

7 March: Prof Dennis Francis (Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Stellenbosch University) on 'Troubling Compulsory Heterosexuality in South African Education.'

14 March: Dr. Peace Kiguwu (Department of Psychology, University of the Witwatersrand) on 'Reading non-heteronormative Bodies: (re)engaging theoretical impasse'. Discussant: Mr. Anele Siswana (Department of Psychology, UJ). 


Term 2: New South African Labour Politics

11 April. Dr. Carin Runciman (Senior Researcher at the Centre for Social Change, UJ) on "Why Labour Gave up the Right to Strike". Discussant: Prof. Eddie Webster, (Wits)

20 April. Prof. Malehoko Tshoaedi, (UJ) and Prof. Andries Bezuidenhout, (University of Fort Hare). Book Launch: Labour Beyond COSATU: Mapping the Rupture in South Africa's Labour Landscape (Wits University Press). Discussant: Dr. Trevor Ngwane, (Senior Researcher at the Centre for Social Change, UJ).

25 April. Ms. Ramona Baijnath, (M.A. student at UJ) on "Writing her in: An Exploratory Study into the Life Herstory Narratives of Women Participants in the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), Infrastructure Sector Project at Leratong Hospital in Krugersdorp, South Africa Utilising an African Feminist Perspective". Discussant: Dr. Kezia Batisai, (UJ).

2 May. Prof. David Dickinson, (Wits) on "Above and Below the Lex: Insurgent Unionism and Technologies of Struggle. Industrial Conflict in the South African Post Office 2011 – 2014". Discussant: Dr. Carin Runciman, (Senior Researcher at the Centre for Social Change, UJ).

9 May. Sonwabile Mnwana on "Mining, Property Struggles, and Shifting Meanings of Land on the Platinum Belt, South Africa". Discussant TBC.

16 May 2018. Term end film: Racism in Sport: Forever Pure (2016).