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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 Prof Tapiwa Chagonda at

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

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 is usually D-Ring 506, in the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, unless differently indicated. 

Best wishes
The Convenors: Wednesday Seminar  

Term 1: Reflecting on South Africa's 25 years of democracy

06 Feb: Prof Ashwin Desai (Department of Sociology, University of Johannesburg). 'South Africa 2019: Between Ramaphosa's New Dawn and Zuma's Long Shadow.' 

13 Feb: Dr Naude Malan (Department of Anthropology & Development Studies, University of Johannesburg), 'iZindaba Zokudla: A History.'

20 Feb: Prof Patrick Bond (Wits School of Governance, Wits University), 'Reflecting on SA's socio-economic landscape: 1994-2019.'Bond Malikane SA inequality, macroeconomics and overaccumulation crisis - Feb 2019 draft for Development Southern Africa.pdf

26 Feb: Prof Suzy Graham, (Department of Politics, University of Johannesburg) 'Reflecting on South Africa's Approach in its International Relations: 1994-2019.'

06 March: Prof Eddie Webster (Emeritus Professor, SWOP, Wits University). 'End of Labour or New Dawn?: From East Rand to Ekurhuleni.'

13 March: Prof Steven Friedman (Department of Politics, University of Johannesburg) 'The African National Congress: 1994-2019'.

20 March: Term-end Film Screening: Faith-Based Organisations’ Response to Gender-Based Violence - The SACBC Tavern Intervention Programme.

Term 2: Gender, personhood and humanism 

03 April. Dr Andile Mayekiso (University of Johannesburg). Ndiyindoda (I am a man): the meaning of pain in Xhosa male circumcision. ABSTRACT-03 April.docx

10 April. Dr Joseph Mujere (University of Zimbabwe). Unemployment, Service Delivery, and Practices of Waiting in South Africa’s Informal Settlements.ABSTRACT.10 Aprildocx.docx

17 April. Dr Denise Buiten (Notre Dame Australia). Reckoning with the media's mental health framing of fatal family violence in Australia: An intersectional case study analysis.ABSTRACT.17 April.docx

24 April. Prof Fraser G McNeil (University of Pretoria). Performance Management as a Technology of (Dis)enchantment: Managerialism, Media and Measuring Impact in a South African University.ABSTRACT.24 Aprildocx.docx

01 May. Welcome Lishivha (Independent) Site Visits: An Ethnographic Study of The Factory as a Celebrated Queer Counter Public.ABSTRACT.01 May.docx

08 May. Dr Sandra Manuel (Kaleidoscopio and Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique). Performing respect: Contemporary strategies to mediate radical contradictions between expectations and lived experiences in intimate relationships in Maputo.ABSTRACT.8 May.docx

15 May - Roundtable discussion: Anthropology 25 years since apartheid. Panelists: Professor Leslie Bank, Kharnita Mohamed, and Lwanda Maqwelane.

Term 3: Networks, systems, and urban development 

24th July. Dr. Bulelwa Maphela (UJ Department of Economics). The life of a township academic. Discussant: Larry Onyango (UJ). Abstract, 24 July 2019.pdf

1st August. Dr Hali Healy and Dalitso Materechera (UJ Department of Anthropology and Development Studies). Environmental Justice in South Africa. Discussant: Hilda Bbenkele. Abstract, 1st August 2019.pdf

7th August. Dr Chris Phiri. Book discussion - Transformational development in southern African communities in 2019. Dalitso Materechera. Abstract, 7th August 2019.pdf  

14th August. Prof Mary Galvin (UJ Department of Anthropology and Development Studies). Deceptive Lenses: A shared misrepresentation of local realities in eThekwini's water and sanitation services. Discussant: Dr Cecilia Nedziwe. Abstract, 14th August.pdf

21st August. Naude Malan (UJ Department of Anthropology and Development Studies). Agrarian transformation and small enterprises in the food system: Opportunities in South Africa. Discussant: Hali Healy. Abstract, 21st August 2019.pdf

28th August. Dr Sophie Plagerson (Center for Social Development in Africa). Social protection institutionalization trajectories in Africa. Discussant: Mary Galvin. Abstract, 28th August.pdf

4th September. Film reviewKurt Orderson (Director). Not in my neighborhood: A film on dispossession, police brutality and gentrification. Discussant: Naude Malan.

Term 4: Gender, Violence and Sexualities

11 Sept: Ms Memory Mphaphuli (Ghent University, Belgium) & Ms Letitia Smuts (Presenter) (Department of Sociology, University of Johannesburg) ' “Make sure you give a person what is theirs”: An exploration of sexual violence in the intimate relationships of black married women in South Africa'. Abstract 11 September 2019.pdf

18 Sept: Prof Shahana Rasool (Department of Social Work, University of Johannesburg) 'Do we accept the unacceptable? The role of family and friends in either preventing or perpetuating domestic violence’. Abstract 18 September 2019.pdf

2 Oct: Prof Kezia Batisai (Department of Sociology, University of Johannesburg) ‘Poverty has a Gendered Face’ so does (Sexual) Violence’: Experiences from South Africa'.

9 Oct: Ms Lesego Plank (Department of Sociology, University of Johannesburg) 'Violence is not a Class thing: Gender, Intimacy and Violence among Single Black Middle Class Women from Soweto'. Discussant: Ms Khanyisa Chauke (University of the Witwatersrand). Abstract 9 October 2019.pdf

16 Oct: Dr Leane Ramsoomar (Gender and Health Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council) 'What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls: Evidence from LMICs’.

23 Oct: Ms Lisa Vetten (Wits City Institute, University of the Witwatersrand) ‘Purity and danger: Gender and murder in South Africa 1994 – 2019’. 

30 Oct: Prof Melanie Judge (Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town) ‘25 years in: Provocations on queer identity, politics and futures’.