The WISER Podcast

Conversations, audio-essays and public talks from the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER), at the University of the Witwatersrand.

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Today we hear from Najibha Deshmukh, WISER’s Senior Administrator and Adila Deshmukh, WISER’s Financial Manager. Najibha and Adila, who are sisters, give us their take on life at WISER, offering an in...
October 14, 2021
Dr Tinashe Mushakavanhu discusses the coup of November 2017 in Zimbabwe, the death of Robert Mugabe, and why it is necessary to build a new set of digital tools for re-reading the country’s history. T...
September 30, 2021
Today we release the second of several podcasts marking WiSER’s 20th anniversary. The Institute was launched in September 2001 and we asked a number of colleagues from Wits, the region and beyond to o...
September 23, 2021
Today we release the first of several podcasts marking WiSER’s 20th anniversary. The Institute was launched in September 2001 and we asked a number of colleagues from Wits, the region and beyond to of...
September 16, 2021
In this podcast, we present highlights from an event “On Violence: An Intergenerational Conversation about Women's Resistance” held at WiSER on August 11 2021.  Convened by WISER, the Governing Intima...
September 8, 2021
Welcome to Season 4 of The WISER podcast. We begin this season with a number of event podcasts, capturing key debates happening at WISER on matters of urgent national importance. Today we release a t...
September 2, 2021
Welcome to Season 4 of The WISER podcast. We begin this season with a number of event podcasts, capturing key debates happening at WISER on matters of urgent national importance. Today we release a t...
September 2, 2021
Our latest episode focuses on oral poetry from the Kenyan coast and its relation to indigenous marine conservation knowledges; black travel writing from the Indian Ocean world in the early twentieth c...
June 25, 2021
This episode focuses on the most prominent themes in global and local preoccupations with the models of government that China holds out for African states and peoples. We focus, in particular, on the ...
June 8, 2021
The second episode of our two-part series on Regions2050: mobility, extraction, circulation focuses on the Congo Basin eco-region of Africa, the world’s second largest rainforest block after the Amazo...
May 27, 2021
Today we release the next episode of The WISER Podcast entitled Regions2050: mobility, extraction, circulation. This is Part One of a two-part series.   The podcast is a conversation between Achille M...
May 13, 2021
Today we release the next episode of The WISER Podcast entitled Lost Books: Four Narratives On Absent Books. Focusing especially on books by women, Tinashe Mushakavanhu, Sarah Nuttall, Isabel Hofmeyr ...
May 6, 2021
Today we release Part Two of The WISER Podcast’s next mini-series, The Futures of the Constitution. It draws on research by WISER Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, on continuities between Sou...
April 29, 2021
Today we release Part One The WISER Podcast’s next mini-series, The Futures of the Constitution. It draws on research by WiSER Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, on continuities between South ...
April 22, 2021
Today we release Part Two of our next mini-series of The WISER Podcast. This two-part series takes as its theme Travelling Technology. It draws on research led by Prof Richard Rottenburg at WISER span...
April 15, 2021
This two-part series addresses Travelling Technology. It draws on research spanning 15 African countries and focusing on various technical assemblages to reflect on the amalgamation of techno-science ...
April 8, 2021
Part 2 of our mini-series on Unsettlement explores the predicament of those who are stranded in states of indefinite displacement, deferred arrival and recurrent departure around the world today. It h...
March 31, 2021
Today we launch our 2021 Season of The WISER Podcast. This year, from March to September, we will run concept-based podcasts, each in two parts over two weeks. Our first edition of The WISER Podcast f...
March 25, 2021
Charne Lavery discusses how theory from the south can be taken further south, towards the currents and creatures of the Southern Ocean. Charne Lavery is a Lecturer in the Department of English at the ...
October 23, 2020
Keith Breckenridge discusses Biometric Capitalism and African economics in the 21st Century. The WISER Podcast is also available on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Keith Breckenrid...
October 15, 2020

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