Symposia & Conferences | 20162015


SWOP, FES (Friedrich Ebert Stiftung) and University of the Witwatersrand


Workshop on Gendered Responses to the Social Crises in South Africa


22 November 2012

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22 MARCH 2016


Decolonising the University, decolonising the world


Join Professor Nelson Maldonado-Torres, for his lecture on, Whiteness Must Fall, The Gift of Black Consciousness and the Imperative of Decolonality of the South African University.


TIME: 09h00 - 10h45

DISCUSSION:  11h15 - 13h00

Zimitri Erasmus

School of Social Sciences

Mbuyiseni Ndlozi

Swop/Politics PhD Fellow, EFF Spokesperson

Moshibudi Motimele

TH!NK Fellow, Politics Department, Doctoral Fellow



Graduate Seminar Room, South West Engineering Building, East Campus, Wits



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PUBLIC LECTURES (jointly convened with CUBES)

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11 - 14 AUGUST 2015


PUBLIC LECTURE: Urban Marginality - 4 lecture series

Professor Javier Auyero is one of the world’s foremost sociologists of the grey zones of informal politics. His textured analysis of power, domination and the politics of the poor in the urban margins of Argentina resonate across the global South. On his first visit to South Africa, he delivers four lectures based on two decades of ethnographic work. In them, he seeks to sketch an outline of a political sociology of urban marginality through a close inspection of the objective and subjective dimensions of the double life of clientilist politics, insurgent collective action, environmental contamination and interpersonal violence.


PRESENTER: Distinguished Visiting Professor Javier Auyero

11 AUG | The Practical Logic of Clientilist Domination

12 AUG | The Gray Zones of Politics

13 AUG | Environmental Suffering in the Americas

14 AUG | In Harm’s Way, Towards a Political Sociology of Urban Marginality

TIME: 16h00 - 18h00

VENUE: Graduate seminar room, South West Engineering Building, Braamfontein Campus East


Behind Marikana


Panel Discussion


30 August 2012

13–14 MAY 2015


30 Years of SWOP Colloquium

New directions, new collaborations, new generations


A Photo Exhibition will be on display throughout the Colloquium to mark 30 Years of SWOP‘s existence.

SPEAKERS: Alberto Arribas (University of Granada, Spain); Ruy Braga (University of Sao Paula, Brazil); Michael Burawoy (University of California, Berkeley); Jacob Dlamini (Harvard University, Cambridge); Alf Nilsen (University

of Bergen, Norway); Cesar Rodriguez-Garavito (University of Andes, Colombia)



Geoff Budlender; Koketso Moeti; Khwezi Mabasa and Dinga Sikwebu.



Wits Club, West Campus, Wits University



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SWOP, Ford Foundation, FES (Friedrich Ebert Stiftung)


Raymond Bush (Professor of African Studies and Development Politics at the University of Leeds), T Dunbar Moodie (Lloyd Wright Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges), Samantha Ashman (an NRF-funded Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Johannesburg), Gavin Capps (SWOP Senior Researcher), Dick Forslund (Alternative Development Information Centre), Ben Fine (Professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London), Saliem Fakir (Head of the Living Planet Unit at the World Wildlife Fund South Africa), Miles Larmer (Senior Lecturer, International History, University of Sheffield, UK), Richard Saunders (Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at York University, Toronto, Canada), César Rodríguez-Garavito (Associate Professor of Law and founding Director of the Program on Global Justice and Human Rights at the University of the Andes, Colombia), Gavin Capps (SWOP), Sonwabile Mwana (SWOP), Tracy-Lynn Humby (Associate Professor, School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand), Kally Forrest (SWOP), Micah Reddy (Wits), Asanda Benya (Wits), Paul Stewart, Gavin Hartford (Esop Shop), Andries Bezuidenhout (Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Pretoria), Joseph Mujere (SWOP), Andrea Shaw, Crispen Chinguno (SWOP), Luke Sinwell (Wits), Peter Alexander (South Research Chair in Social Change at the University of Johannesburg), Karl von Holdt (Director, SWOP), May Hermanus (Executive Director of NRE, CSIR). Download the Abstracts & Bios for more detailed information


Meanings of Marikana Colloquium

The Rise of the SA Platinum mining industry and the nature of the post-apartheid order



11 - 12 September 2013


Graduate Seminar Room, South West Engineering Building, University of the WItwatersrand

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