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2014

SEMINAR TITLE:  Change from below - the people and the state

Lessons from democracy and development from Ntinga Ntaba ka Ndoda

PRESENTER: Mazibuko Jara

DATE: 2 October 2014

TIME: 12h00 - 12h30

JOINTLY CONVENED:

SWOP & PARI

SEMINAR TITLE:  Demanding the impossible? Platinum mining profit and wage demands in context

PANEL MEMBERS:
Author: Andrew Bowman, a visiting researcher from CRESC at the University of Manchester, currently based at the Wits Department of Political Studies and Gilad Isaacs, a PhD student at SOAS (University of London) and part-time researcher at CSID.

Discussant: The Rt Rev. Jo Seoka, Anglican Bishop of Pretoria and President of the Benchmarks Foundation

Chair: Gavin Capps, Senior Researcher at SWOP, specialising in the political economy of platinum

DATE: 6 June 2014

SEMINAR TITLE:  South Africa: Developmental failure or neoliberal success? Review of African Political Economy

PRESENTERS: Nicolas Pons-Vignon, Aurelia Segatti and Karl von Holdt

DATE: 13 March 2014

2013

SEMINAR TITLE: SWOP, Sociology and GLU invites you to a Seminar by Guy Standing (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London) to discuss his new book: 'The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class' 

PRESENTER: Guy Standing

DATE: 25 September 2013

LECTURE TITLE: Feminism, Activism and the Commons

Silvia Federici, Emerita Professor at Hofstra University, is a long time feminist activist, teacher and writer and has published widely influential essays on political philosophy, feminist theory, cultural studies and education.

PRESENTER: Silvia Federici

DATE: 16 & 17 September 2013

2012

SEMINAR TITLE: Gun violence: how mobilisation and strong law reduced death rates 2000-10

PRESENTER: Adele Kirsten
(Independent)

DATE: 8 November, 2012

SEMINAR TITLE: Understanding and intervening in youth violence

PRESENTER: Andy Dawes (UCT)

DATE: 10 October, 2012

 

SEMINAR TITLE: Claustrophobic criminality: intimate violence and the desire for the state

PRESENTER: Kelly Gillespie
(Anthropology)

DATE: 12 September, 2012

 

SEMINAR TITLE: The riot in South African history

PRESENTER: Phil Bonner
(History Workshop)

DATE: 8 August, 2012

 

SEMINAR TITLE: The violence of order, orders of violence

 

PRESENTER: Karl von Holdt
(SWOP)

DATE: 13 June, 2012

 

SEMINAR TITLE: Narratives on Trial: The Vaal Uprising as an Events and  Discourse

PRESENTER: Franziska Rueedi (Oxford)

DATE: 9 May, 2012

 

SEMINAR TITLE: Conflict, com-promise and insurgent citizenship: Violence on the South African gold mines during the transition to democracy (1988-1996)

PRESENTER:
Prof Dunbar Moodie (SWOP)

DATE: 11 April, 2012

 

22 JULY 2015

 

Thinking about SWOP in our post-apartheid world: research, theory, social justice ‘violent democracy’

Karl interrogates whether the concept of ‘violent democracy’ provides an adequate lens through which to think about the emerging post-apartheid order and its disorders, and at the same time whether it provides an adequate frame for the SWOP research programme in its investigation of the ‘making and unmaking of social order’. ABSTRACT.

 

PRESENTER: Karl von Holdt - SWOP Director

TIME: 13h00 - 14h30

VENUE: Central Block 8

SEMINARS

FIRST SEMESTER | 2016

MONDAYS | 13H00 - 14H30

Room CB248

(Central Block, Braamfontein Campus East)

27 JUNE:

Alberto Arribas - From researching others to ‘thinking together’: collaborative research with social movement networks

06 JUNE:

Stanley Malindi - Continuity or rupture? The shaping of the rural political order through contestation of land, community, and mining in the Bapo- ba-Mogale Traditional Authority area

23 MAY:

Edward Webster - Choosing sides: the promise and the pitfalls of public sociology in apartheid South Africa

09 MAY:

Tracy Humby - Conflict about coal mining in the Mabola Protected Area

25 APRIL:

Sepetla Molapo - Xenophobic violence, insurgent citizenship and the battle for belonging: a view from Jacobshoek

18 APRIL:

Alf Nilsen - Passages from Marxism to Postcolonialism: critical reflections on Vivek Chibber’s Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital

11 APRIL:

Karl von Holdt & Malose Langa - Bourdieu in the ‘grey zone’ of community protests: destabilising and rethinking field theory

04 APRIL:

Gavin Capps - Tribal-landed property: the value of the chieftaincy in contemporary South Africa

14 MARCH:

Victor Munnik - Steel Valley: environmental justice, the politics of knowledge and the power to pollute

29 FEBRUARY:

Hannah Dawson - Making a living on the urban periphery: are young people ‘waiting’ for work or ‘hustling’ to get by?

22 FEBRUARY:

Andrew Bowman - Changes in the platinum industry

SECOND SEMESTER | 2016

MONDAYS | 13H00 - 14H30

Wits Anthology Museum

(Next to CB15, Central Block, East Campus)

31 OCTOBER

Liz Fouksman - Work, cash grants and the political imagination in Southern Africa 

17 OCTOBER

Luke Sinwell & Book launch: The Spirit of Marikana: The Rise of Insurgent Trade

Siphiwe Mbatha - Unionism in South Africa

 

10 OCTOBER

Crispen Chinguno - #Feesmustfall: hierarchies and shifting solidarities

03 OCTOBER

Jacklyn Cock - Illustrating how the past is congealed in the present: a river story

03 OCTOBER

Sonwabile Mnwana - Mining and struggles over land and meaning on the platinum belt

26 SEPTEMBER

Alberto Arribas - Revisiting public sociology: limitations and ways forward

19 SEPTEMBER

Rob Lambert - The China price: the All-China Federation of Trade Unions and the repressed question of international labour standards

12 SEPTEMBER

Malose Langa - Masculinities in community protests: tensions and contradictions

05 SEPTEMBER

Isaac Tchuwa - Deconstructing uneven spaces of water access in informal settlements in Southern Africa: a case study of Blantyre, Malawi

29 AUGUST

Sepetla Molapo - Localisation by locals: xenophobic violence, insurgent citizenship and the struggle for a place in South Africa after 1994

22 AUGUST

Ben Scully - Rethinking the rural: households and internal migration in contemporary South Africa

15 AUGUST

Farai Mtero - Rural livelihoods, large-scale mining and agrarian change in Mapela, Limpopo

08 AUGUST

Robin Turner - Perceptions matter: how participant perceptions shape our data

01 AUGUST

Tasneem Essop - Branching down: the Economic Freedom Fighters in Marikana and local politics

25 JULY

Thabang Sefalafala - Experiences of unemployment and the meaning of work: the dilemma of waged work in post-apartheid South Africa

LUNCH-HOUR SEMINARS

 

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25 APRIL 2017

 

SEMINAR: ‘Radical Economic
Transformation’ versus ‘White Monopoly Capital’? The Case of the Mining Industry

Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) is back in the news. On the one hand, the ANC government has renewed its commitment to radically transform the racial structure of the post-apartheid economy. Yet, on the other, it is locked in a bitter dispute with the mining corporations over the extent to which they have met the 2004 Mining Charter requirement that 26% of their ownership should be transferred to black people by 2014.

Duma Gqubule is the Director of the Centre for Development and Economic Transformation (CDET), and the country’s leading commentator on BEE in the mining industry. At the Wits launch of his major new report - South African Mining at the Crossroads: An Analysis of the Mining Charter, 2004-2014.

Duma will discuss how far the mining sector has fallen short of its ownership and other Charter targets, the issues raised by the current standoff over the ‘once empowered, always empowered’ principle, and the prospects for its meaningful transformation over the next decade.

 

SPEAKERS:

Presenter: Duma Gqubule - Centre for Development and Economic Transformation

Respondents: Carol Paton - Deputy Editor, Business Day

Mbuyiseni Ndlozi - National Spokesperson, EFF
 

TIME:

14h00 - 16h00
 

VENUE:

Graduate Humanities Seminar Room, South West Engineering Building, Braamfontein (East Campus)

 

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23 FEBRUARY 2015

 

SEMINAR: Police in Parliament? Violence in Democracy?

Was the clash in Parliament and the eviction of the EFF a constitutional crisis or merely the workings of a robust democracy? What about the events outside Parliament? How are we to understand the increasing violence and threats of violence that attend democratic processes in South Africa?

 

PRESENTERS:

Chair: Ferial Haffajee (City Press, Editor)

Welcome: Professor Adam Habib (Wits Vice-Chancellor)

Discussion: Karl von Holdt (SWOP Director) will launch the discussion with a talk on ‘violent democracy’

Open Forum: Engagement from the floor
 

TIME:

16h30 - 18h30
 

VENUE:

Humanities Graduate Centre Seminar Room, Ground Floor, South West Engineering Building, Braamfontein Campus East

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