Seminar 2021


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. For the time being, seminars are held online at 15h00 on every Wednesday afternoon during term time, unless otherwise indicated.

Prospective presenters are encouraged to contact Dr David du Toit at Please find the current programme below. Those who wish to be added to the mailing list are welcome to send a request to

Term 2: Sexuality, children and ethics under covid-19: Unemployment/corruption and foreign aid for Africa

14 April. Dr Andile Mayekiso (UJ) Sexuality and AmaXhosa women’s agency: South African indigenous women’s agency in sexual matters

21 April. Lori Lake (CI, UCT) South African Child Gauge 2020: Shedding light on the slow violence of malnutrition.

28 April. Prof Paul Nugent (UE) Wine and Cultural Heritage: A Research Idea in Search of a Fruitful Comparison.

5 May. Dr Dipuo Winnie Kgotleng (UJ) Locomotion and habitat classifications of fossil monkey postcrania of the Cradle of Humankind.

12 May. Dr Nonhlanhla “Nonny” Vilakazi (UJ) The forgotten fossils from the Cradle of Humankind: First fossil record of Agama and spitting Elapidae from Bolt’s Farm, South Africa.

19 May. Prof Nokuthula Hlabangane (UNISA) When Ethics Fail: Unmasking the Duplicity of Eurocentric Universal Pretensions in the African Context.

26 May. Prof Wiebe Nauta (UM) South Korean Development Assistance in Africa: exporting development programmes with roots in authoritarianism or the struggle for democracy?

Term 1: LGBTIQ+ identities in Africa: Challenges and Possibilities 

17 February. Kate Alexander (UJ) and Ngqapheli Mchunu (HSRC) ‘Who wants the vaccine, who doesn’t, and why? Findings and analysis from the UJ/HSRC COVID Democracy Survey’.

24 February. Nomancotche Pakade (Wits) ‘Sexuality and national liberation’

10 March. Virginia Magwaza (The Other Foundation) ‘Notes from an LGBTIQ+ organiser

17 March. Ndumiso Ngcobo (UKZN) ‘Exploring Queerphobic Geographies in Southern Africa.

24 March. Letitia Smuts (UJ) ‘Heteronormativity: what is it and why should we care?’

31 March. Zethu Matebeni (UWC) ‘Reclaiming Afrikan: Queer perspectives on sexual and gender identities (themes from the book)’