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 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
Using Covid-19 as a point of departure, Sarah Nuttall explores the “redistributed university”. She considers new and older challenges that have contributed to redefining institutions of higher learnin...
October 9, 2020
Sisonke Msimang discusses the life, politics and legacy of Winnie Mandela. Sisonke Msimang is the author of  Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home (2017) and The Resurrection of Winnie Ma...
September 25, 2020
In Episode 4 of Season 2 of The WISER Podcast, Shireen Hassim and Sisonke Msimang discuss the life, politics and legacy of Winnie Mandela. Shireen Hassim is Canada 150 Research Chair in Gender and Afr...
September 25, 2020
Sakiru Adebayo examines the multiple melancholies associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Sakiru Adebayo is a sessional lecturer in the Department of African Literature and Postdoctoral Fellow at WiSE...
September 17, 2020
Terry Kurgan discusses two photographs, each found in her father’s possession, and both taken on the edge of graves, one in Ein al-Beida, Palestine and the other in a forest just outside the town of P...
September 3, 2020
Johannes Machinya discusses the everyday experience of living with potential or imminent arrest and deportation for undocumented migrants in South Africa. Johannes Machinya is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fe...
August 20, 2020
Melanie Boehi discusses botanical gardens and public parks in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic with Luciano Concheiro San Vicente and Phakamani m’Afrika Xaba. Melanie Boehi is a Visiting Researcher a...
August 6, 2020
In the latest episode of The WISER Podcast, Makhosazana Xaba discusses the life and work of Noni Jabavu, memoirist, reader, radio broadcaster and columnist.   Makhosazana Xaba has published three ...
July 23, 2020
In the latest episode of The WISER Podcast, Ruth Sacks discusses post-independence sites in Kinshasa, focusing especially on L’Échangeur [the Exchange] in Limete as a means of understanding processes ...
July 16, 2020
Confidence Joseph, Ryan Poinasamy, Meghan Judge and Mapule Mohulatsi go below the water line as they describe new avenues for research in the environmental humanities and critical ocean studies. Conf...
July 9, 2020
Pamila Gupta and Drew Thompson discuss the visual archive of Ricardo Rangel, whose photography documents the last days of Portuguese colonial rule in Mozambique. Pamila Gupta is a Professor of histori...
July 2, 2020
Hlonipha Mokoena examines links between masculinity, dress and "war work" in colonial South Africa. Hlonipha Mokoena received her Ph.D. from the University of Cape Town in 2005. She is currently an as...
June 25, 2020
Nolwazi Mkhwanazi explores her work on Childbirth, Natality and 'Young Families'. Nolwazi Mkhwanazi an Associate Professor in Medical Anthropology at WISER. She leads the Institute’s programme in Med...
June 11, 2020
Tinashe Mushakavanhu speaks about a forgotten archive of letters written after Dambudzo Marechera's death, and his attempt to run a writing surgery for young war returnees from Zimbabwe's liberation s...
June 4, 2020

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