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Welcome Day 2018

When: Sunday, 28 January 2018 - Sunday, 28 January 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
Library Lawns
Start time:9:00
Enquiries:

http://www.wits.ac.za/students/first-year-experience/

 

Wits University will be welcoming first years as well as new and returning students.

Meet the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Adam Habib, members of the Senior Executive Team, the Dean of Students, the Student Representative Council (SRC) and many other members of staff.

Parents and students will have an opportunity to engage with Witsies and explore the campus. 

First Session: Humanities and Engineering and the Built Environment @ 10:00 to 11:30 
Second Session: Science, Health Sciences and Commerce, Law and Management @ 13:00 – 14:30

More information: 

http://www.wits.ac.za/students/orientation-week-2018/ 

http://www.wits.ac.za/registration/new-first-year-students/ 

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Orientation Week 2018

When: Monday, 29 January 2018 - Monday, 29 January 2018
Where:
All campuses.
Start time:9:00
Enquiries:

http://www.wits.ac.za/students/orientation-week-2018/

 

Orientation week starts with Welcome Day on Sunday, 28 January 2018, and ends on 2 February 2018.

Click on your Faculty for the full Orientation Programme. Remember you and your parents are invited to attend Welcome Day on 29 January 2018.

Student Orientation features a variety of workshops and activities to address the needs of incoming students, including campus tours, meeting Deans, faculty representatives, staff from various support structures, a campus challenge, numerous campus resource seminars and many fun events.   

The aim of the Orientation programme is to ensure students will:

  • Become more familiar with the campus
  • Identify the resources available aiding in their academic success
  • Begin developing relationships with our dynamic faculty and staff
  • Foster student engagement
  • Prepare students to navigate their new academic environment

More information:

http://www.wits.ac.za/students/orientation-week-2018/

http://www.wits.ac.za/registration/new-first-year-students/

 

 

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OWeek Performance Arts Festival 2018

When: Monday, 29 January 2018 - Monday, 29 January 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
Wits Theatre
Start time:9:56
Enquiries:

Bridget Van Oerle

Tel: +27 (11) 717 1376

Email: bridget.vanoerle@wits.ac.za 

Cost: R20

Wits Theatre and Wits School of Arts present the OWeek Performing Arts Festival 2018.

OWeek Performance Arts Festival 2018

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Power and energy in the context of the internet of things: the 4th Industrial Revolution

When: Wednesday, 24 January 2018 - Friday, 26 January 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus West
Wits Science Stadium
Start time:9:00
Enquiries:

Willie.Cronje@wits.ac.za / 011 717-7224 or Ken.Nixon@wits.ac.za / 011 717-7220

The School of Electrical and Information Engineering will be hosting the 26th Southern African Universities Power and Engineering Conference (SAUPEC 2018).

This conference is hosted in conjunction with the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE). SAUPEC brings together academics and students in electrical engineering from the southern African region to present research papers, network and expand the fraternity that has been built as part of the SAUPEC legacy since the first conference in 1990.

 

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Evictions, citizenship and inequality in contemporary Delhi

When: Monday, 29 January 2018 - Monday, 29 January 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
RS248, Robert Sobukwe Block
Start time:12:30
Enquiries:

David.Francis@wits.ac.za 

The Southern Centre for Inequality Studies (SCIS) will host Gautam Bhan to present this seminar.

Bhan is a researcher at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements in Bangalore, India. He is the co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Planning in the Global South (2018) and In the Public's Interest: Evictions, Citizenship and Inequality in Contemporary Delhi (2016). He works on urban poverty and inequality both as an academic and activist, particularly on issues of housing rights and evictions.

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Integrating theory and practice in neuropsychological rehabilitation

When: Monday, 29 January 2018 - Monday, 29 January 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
Emthonjeni Centre Auditorium
Start time:13:00
Enquiries:

Sahba.Besharati@wits.ac.za

RSVP:

Sahba.Besharati@wits.ac.za

The Psychology Department at Wits will host Professor Barbara Wilson, clinical neuropsychologist to present this brain matters lecture.

Practising neuropsychologists working in adult brain injury rehabilitation use a range of theoretical approaches in their clinical work. In 2002, Professor Barbara Wilson of the Oliver Zangwill Centre, Cambridge UK, published a model of rehabilitation arguing that rehabilitation is one of many fields needing a broad theoretical base incorporating frameworks, theories and models from many different areas. This presentation considers some of the theories and models, which have had the most influence on the field of neuropsychological rehabilitation.

Wilson is a clinical neuropsychologist who has worked in brain injury rehabilitation for 40 years. She has won many awards for her work including an OBE for services to rehabilitation in 1998 and four lifetime achievement awards.

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Section 25 unpacked: A legal analysis of the ANC's resolution on expropriation without compensation

When: Tuesday, 30 January 2018 - Tuesday, 30 January 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus West
Seminar Room, Chalsty Teaching and Conference Centre, School of Law
Start time:17:30
Enquiries:

Asma.Ooni@wits.ac.za

RSVP:

Asma.Ooni@wits.ac.za

The Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management will host a discussion on expropriation without compensation and what the law tells us.

Wits Property Law lecturers Professor Jackie Dugard and Nompumelelo Seme will join in the discussion which will be chaired by Head of School of Law, Professor Wesahl Domingo.

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More than scars and bruises? Assessing the impact of prenatal care on birth outcomes

When: Wednesday, 07 February 2018 - Wednesday, 07 February 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus West
CB 100, SEBS Seminar Suite, 1st Floor, New Commerce Building
Start time:13:00
Enquiries:

Siyabonga.Molaba@wits.ac.za 

The School of Economic and Business Sciences (SEBS) will host this seminar presentation by Dr Nyasha Mahonye from Wits.

Mahonye will examine whether physical violence during pregnancy impedes the beneficial effect of pre-natal care on child birth outcomes using comparable and nationally representative household-level data from the IPUMS-Demographic and Health Survey for selected countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The quality, quantity, and adequacy of prenatal care are all considered.

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Free webinar: Access to cancer medicines in South Africa

When: Tuesday, 30 January 2018 - Tuesday, 30 January 2018
Where: Parktown Health Sciences Campus
Philip V Tobias Health Sciences Building, Faculty of Health Sciences, Wits University, 29 Princess of Wales Terrace, Parktown
Start time:11:00
Enquiries:

Lorenzo Raynard: lraynard@ska.ac.za

Cost: Free

Access to Cancer Medicines in South Africa: A live discussion and webinar

Kwanele Asante, Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Commission on the Prevention and Control of Cancer, will speak at this lecture, which takes place in the Senate Room at Wits University.

Other speakers include:

  • Malebona Previous Matsoso, Director General of the National Department of Health
  • Xolelwa Mlumbi Peter, Deputy Director General at the DTI to discuss intellectual property
  • Professor Paul Ruff, from the University of the Witwatersrand, representing medical oncology
  • James Love, international patent and access activist from the UK Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment, and
  • Sue Johnson, multiple myeloma survivor.

The lecture is available simultaneously as a webinar. To join Lorenzo Raynard (SKA) at ska-vc.tenet.ac.za, use any of the following options: 

NOTE: Any video, audio and/or materials viewed during this conference may be recorded. 

Need help getting started? Check out the Vidyo Knowledge Center at http://www.vidyo.com/knowledge-center/ 

and TENET's help pages at https://tenetvc.wordpress.com/users/ 

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Of ancestors, mining companies and invasive species

When: Tuesday, 06 February 2018 - Tuesday, 06 February 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
First Floor Seminar Room, John Moffat Building
Start time:16:00
Enquiries:

njogu.morgan2@wits.ac.za 

Dr Emilie Guitard from the French Institute of Research in Africa in Nigeria will present this seminar.

Guitard studies the relationship between urban African societies and their environments.

The town of Hwange, located in Matabeleland North, North-Eastern Zimbabwe, has historical roots in coal mining. It is also located on the border of the country’s biggest protected area, the Hwange National Park. The 37 500 inhabitants of Hwange thus live in a paradoxical ecological context, caught between coal mines, mango trees, natural species introduced under British rule, and wildlife from the nearby Park.

This seminar presentation is based on the first analyses conducted on ethnographic and ethno-scientific data collected during a two months fieldwork in 2015, with city-dwellers and authorities of Hwange. The research reveals that the city-dwellers pay close attention to their natural environment and to the changes affecting it, through leisure activities (gardening, hunting, fishing), close relations maintained with their rural “homesteads”, but also through a great number of ecological phenomena imposed upon them such as water pollution.

Hwange inhabitants, along with local resource managers and municipal authorities, also produce diagnostics to explain these environmental changes. These diagnostics are built in complex causality chains, associating ecological causes with economic, political or religious causes. This specific case could serve to open a discussion on how to address urban governance and urbanity through relations to nature in urban settings.

 

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Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) seminar

When: Friday, 09 February 2018 - Friday, 09 February 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
CSMI Seminar Room, 3rd floor Chamber of Mines Building
Start time:14:00
Enquiries:

Pontsho.Ledwaba@wits.ac.za

RSVP:

Pontsho.Ledwaba@wits.ac.za

The Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry (CSMI) will host Dylan McFarlane.

Mcfarlane is Senior Program Officer working for Pact, a non-profit international development organisation established to improve the lives of those who are marginalised and submerged in poverty across the world. 

The special seminar will start off with a presentation by Pontsho Ledwaba on ASM in South Africa. This presentation is based on a project funded by Open Society Foundation for South Africa. This will be followed by McFarlane’s presentation which has two parts. The first part will be an overview of the DELVE project – a World Bank funded project which is aimed at building an online database for ASM. The second part will reflect on the evolution of the placer gold industry of Alaska, USA. Collectively, the ~200 small operations are known as Alaska’s “sixth” large mine and produce around 90 000 ounces per year. Placer gold exploration and mining techniques have changed considerably over the years, and operators continue to innovate in order to target larger, lower grade deposits with more difficult mineral processing challenges.

 

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'University for all' in the Calais refugee camp and other contexts beyond university walls

When: Thursday, 01 February 2018 - Thursday, 01 February 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
Start time:13:00
Enquiries:

Jill.Bradbury@wits.ac.za

 

The Narrative Enquiry for Social Transformation and the School of Human and Community Development will host a public lecture by Professor Corinne Squire.

Squire is from the Centre for Narrative Research at the University of East London, UK. 

The lecture is based on a paper which explores the borders of education, recognising that teaching, learning and knowledge-making happens in socio-political and cultural fields whose contours are shaped by who educates whom, about what, and why. These issues are explored in relation to contemporary refugee issues in Europe, specifically addressing the informal ‘Jungle’ camp in Calais, northern France, where UEL students and staff taught an accredited Life Stories short course from 2015 to 2016, and other living contexts for refugees in France and the UK.  The paper suggests, first, that this pedagogy, apparently beyond the borders of the conventional university, is in some ways precisely the terrain of the university and education more generally. Secondly, the paper argues that on this terrain, ‘education’ can be seen to operate in a number of different directions for different stakeholders – refugees, teachers, other volunteers, associations, NGOs, and state agencies. Lastly, the paper disassembles ‘education’ itself, in contexts where it is represented and practised as an ethical humanitarian response, one of a set of international human rights within both global and local contexts of inequality.

The talk will be followed by a round table discussion and workshop from 14:00 to 16:00 in the same venue for masters and PhD students.

Professor Squire will be in conversation with Professor Jill Bradbury and Peace Kiguwa to explore issues such as: conceptualising and designing qualitative research projects, the researcher’s role, how and why we decide to study particular things rather than others, the relation between data collection and analytic methods, ethical considerations, the relation between research and other forms of action and knowledge-making. Students will have the opportunity to discuss their own research proposals.

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Drama for Life Theatre for Youth and Young Audiences Symposium

When: Tuesday, 06 February 2018 - Tuesday, 06 February 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
DFL Arts in Conversation Space, 21st Floor, University Corner [WAM], Corner Bertha and Jorissen Streets, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Start time:9:00
Enquiries:

Caryn.Green@wits.ac.za

Professor Suzanne Osten, award winning director, will deliver a keynote address at the Drama for Life Theatre for Youth and Young Audiences Symposium.

The Embassy of Sweden in partnership with the University of the Witwatersrand Drama for Life, the Market Theatre Laboratory, and ASSITEJ South Africa, will be hosting distinguished guest, Professor Suzanne Osten, award winning director and playwright, and founder of Unga Klara Theatre Company. Professor Osten initiated Sweden’s first independent theatre company in the 60’s and has transformed the nature and status of children’s theatre in Sweden and beyond on issues pertaining to children’s rights, perspectives and politics.

During her visit, Professor Osten will deliver a keynote address at the Drama for Life Theatre for Youth and Young Audiences Symposium. The symposium will highlight practices and models in the field that endeavour to assist youth to find their voice, process the social challenges they face, learn about human rights and social justice discourse, and vision a new way forward. It will showcase work by the Drama for Life Theatre Company, which seeks to develop cutting-edge youth orientated performances about personal love, relationship and intimacy stories. Seminar and performance presentations will regard broader teaching, learning and research in the field, and engage delegates, in conversation with presenters, on the affordances of Applied Drama and Theatre approaches for youth development and social transformation.

Programme: Theatre for Youth and Young Audiences Symposium, 6 February 2018

 

DFL Arts in Conversation

Space

21st Floor

University Corner [WAM]

09:00 – 09:30

Registration and Tea

DFL  Emakhaya Theatre

19th Floor

University Corner [WAM]

09:30 – 09:40

Welcome and Opening: Drama for Life and the Embassy of Sweden Representative

09:40 – 10:00

Forward: Alison Green, ASSITEJ South Africa

Theatre for Children and Young People: A Global Perspective

10:00 – 10:20

Keynote Address: Suzanne Osten

Children’s Rights, Perspectives and Politics in Theatre.

10:20 – 10:40

Performance Presentation: Faith Busika

Indigenous Knowledge, Language and Culture in Traditional Storytelling: Ntsomi

DFL Arts in Conversation

10:40 – 11:00

Tea

DFL  Emakhaya Theatre

11:10 – 12:10

Performance: Drama for Life Theatre Company

Mainane

12:10 – 12:30

Presentation: Warren Nebe

Personal Story for Social Engagement and Transformation

DFL Yvonne Banning Studio

17th Floor

University Corner [WAM]

12:40 – 13:10

Presentation: Cherae Halley, Bongile Gorata Lecoge-Zulu and Jessica Lejowa

The Politic and Ethic of using Story for Activism

DFL Arts in Conversation

13:15 – 14:00

Lunch

DFL  Emakhaya Theatre

 

14:00 – 14:20

Presentation: Hamish Neill

The Role of Applied Drama and Theatre in Education

14:20 – 15:00

In Conversation: Tamara Guhrs, Clara Vaughan and Namatshego Khutsoane

Facilitated by Jacqlyne Titus and Response by Suzanne Osten

Making Theatre for and with Youth and Young Audiences on experiences from the Market Laboratory and the Inner City School Festival and Drama for Life Mvuso School and Community Education Project

DFL Arts in Conversation

15:00 – 15:15

Tea

DFL  Emakhaya Theatre

15:30 – 16:30

Performance: Drama for Life Theatre Company Interns

Insta-Grammar

16:30 – 16:45

Thank You and Closing: Drama for Life and the Embassy of Sweden Representative

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Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics Faculty Lecture

When: Wednesday, 07 February 2018 - Wednesday, 07 February 2018
Where: Parktown Health Sciences Campus
Lecture Theatre 4, 5th Floor, Medical School
Start time:13:00
Enquiries:

Samkelo.Nsibande@wits.ac.za

The Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics will host its first 2018 Faculty Lecture to be presented by Professor David McQuoid-Mason.

McQuoid-Mason is from the Centre for Socio-Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

In this lecture, McQuoid-Mason will argue that public health officials and MECs for health who allow cancer patients to die because of a failure to renew service contracts for hospital oncology machines – without providing a viable alternative – may be found guilty of having the ‘eventual intention’ to cause such deaths and convicted of murder if the other elements of the crime are satisfied. Should the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) decline to prosecute them for murder they may still be prosecuted for culpable homicide. To succeed in such a prosecution the NPA would have to prove that reasonable public health officials in their position would have foreseen that a failure to renew service contracts for oncology machines at a hospital might deprive scores of cancer patients of early access to oncology services and result in their deaths. The lecture will end with an interactive discussion in which the audience will be invited to consider whether these principles could apply to the Life Esidimeni tragedy in Gauteng.

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Beads from Blombos to Barbie

When: Saturday, 10 February 2018 - Saturday, 10 February 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
Origins Centre Museum
Start time:10:00
Enquiries:

bookings.origins@wits.ac.za /011 717-4700

Cost: Fee: R200 sold at Origins or through WebTickets: https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=1478

The Origins Centre Museum will host an illustrated talk on the Origins Beads by Severa Rech Cassarino.

This talk will present a light-hearted look at the story of beads from when it sprang up in the midst of the survivalist lifestyle of Early Hominids, through its various roles in ancient cultures - Sumerian, Phoenician, Etruscan, Egypt and Ancient Troy. The talk will be followed by a practical workshop where you will create your own personalised love version of the Trance Dancer.

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Justice, equity and health

When: Thursday, 15 March 2018 - Thursday, 15 March 2018
Where: Parktown Education Campus
School of Public Health Auditorium
Start time:18:00
Enquiries:

Samkelo.Nsibande@wits.ac.za

RSVP:

Samkelo.Nsibande@wits.ac.za by 8 March2018

The Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics will host the annual Ethics Alive Symposium themed Justice, Equity and Health.

The Gauteng Mental Health Marathon Project (also known as the Life Esidimeni tragedy) has highlighted the lack of access not only to clinical and technical resources for patients, but also to ethical practice and care. Equity considerations include the promise of our much anticipated National Health Insurance and whether or not progressive universalism will be a reality in light of the current context.

Speakers include:

  • Pravin Gordhan (former Minister of Finance and current Member of Parliament);
  • Professor Malegapuru Makgoba (leading South African immunologist, physician, public health advocate, academic, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and first Health Ombudsman in the country); and
  • Professor Elmi Muller (Head of the Transplantation Service at Groote Schuur Hospital as well as the Head of General Surgery at the University of Cape Town).
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Taking streets seriously: the politics of public space in Johannesburg

When: Tuesday, 13 February 2018 - Tuesday, 13 February 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
Seminar Room, First Floor, John Moffat Building
Start time:16:00
Enquiries:

njogu.morgan2@wits.ac.za 

The next seminar in the Faces of the City series will be presented by Jesse Harber, Mamokete Matjomane, Alex Parker from the Gauteng City-Region Observatory.

This seminar is based on the research report Taking Streets Seriously which interrogates how what is considered good urban design and liveability of streets may shift in different contexts. The studies unearthed a complex interplay of actors on Gauteng streets, with street users, property owners and the state each operating according to their own, diverse agendas, contingent on the particular street in question. The result is streets that are chaotic, contested, and changing over time.

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A framework for mitigating externalities by their risk profiles

When: Thursday, 15 February 2018 - Thursday, 15 February 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus West
The Liberty Actuarial Auditorium, Room 112, 1st Floor, Mathematical Sciences Laboratory Building
Start time:12:30
Enquiries:

Edith.Mkhabela@wits.ac.za / 011 717-6272

The School Of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences will host this seminar.

The seminar will be presented by R Lange and P Rumpelt. Since the concept of externalities was developed by Pigou in 1932, economists have committed themselves to analysing and trying to prevent the harmful external effects of economic activity on greater society. Despite this academic focus, the problem of externalities has not been completely solved. This point is most notably illustrated by the quandary of climate change, which threatens the continuation of the human species as a whole. This presentation will discuss why current methods for mitigating externalities are not succeeding and shows that a significant problem with the current methods is an improper approach to the handling of uncertainty.  A framework for categorising and mitigating externalities appropriately according to their risk nature will be presented. The application of this framework is exemplified through a case study involving the valuation of a nuclear power plant. This presentation will also suggest that externality regulation should be informed by the risk nature of externalities and demonstrates how this could happen.

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The reproduction of inequality in post-apartheid South Africa

When: Tuesday, 20 February 2018 - Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
Social Sciences Seminar Room, RS248, Robert Sobukwe Block
Start time:12:30
Enquiries:

david.francis@wits.ac.za 

The Southern Centre for Inequality Studies will host this seminar to be presented by Professor Emeritus Edward Webster and David Francis.

The seminar will examine the reproduction of inequality in South Africa, with a particular focus on power in the workplace. It will present a critical analysis of how the post-apartheid labour regime has addressed (and failed to address) inequality in the workplace.

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The pothole pandemic: South African exceptionalism, modernity and state failure for the middle class

When: Tuesday, 20 February 2018 - Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
First Floor Seminar Room, John Moffat Building
Start time:16:00
Enquiries:

njogu.morgan2@wits.ac.za

 

Alli Applebaum, South African Research Chair in Spatial Analysis and City Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand will present this seminar.

South Africa’s belief in its own exceptionalism within the African continent has a long history, and South African (white) middle-class identity has been, at least partially, constructed in relation to Africa as the ‘Other’. A large part of the binary construct between South Africa and the rest of Africa, in the eyes of the South African middle class, is the ‘modern’ infrastructure that typifies South Africa’s cities, as opposed to the perceived rural and chaotic Africa. Middle-class concerns about flaws in the South African road surface are so great as to shape the governance strategies for local municipalities. A key argument of the paper is that the predominantly white middle class hysteria about potholes is driven by fear that the white diasporic modern vision for South Africa, inculcated under apartheid, is crumbling. Tracing the historical and contemporary discourse of potholes in South African media, this paper uses potholes as a lens to explore the relationship between the middle class and the state, as well as the way in which the South African middle class construct their identity; express anxiety, and understand their position in South Africa. 

This seminar will be presented as part of the Faces of the City series.

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Entanglements and aftermaths: Reflections on memory and political time

When: Thursday, 22 February 2018 - Saturday, 24 February 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
WiSER Seminar Room,6th Floor Richard Ward Building
Start time:13:00
Enquiries:

 

 info.ictconsortium@berkeley.edu

 

The Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER) will host this three day conference.

This conference will investigate connections between histories that persist into the present and reflect on the role of memory in our understanding of political time. Click here for the full programme.

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A lunchtime conversation with Shirley Zinn

When: Wednesday, 28 February 2018 - Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
Senate Room, 2nd Floor, Solomon Mahlangu House
Start time:13:15
Enquiries:

Cecilia.Smith@wits.ac.za

The Wits Transformation and Employment Equity Office will host Professor Shirley Zinn, CEO of Shirley Zinn Consulting.

She recently released her autobiography entitled Swimming Upstream: A Story of Grit and Determination to Succeed in which she shares insights into her life growing up on the Cape Flats, and the relentless pursuit of her goals in the face of significant challenges. The Transformation Office will be giving away 10 copies of Professor Zinn’s book.

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Visualising information with Power BI

When: Thursday, 22 February 2018 - Thursday, 22 February 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus West
The Liberty Actuarial Auditorium Room 112, 1st Floor, Mathematical Sciences Laboratory Building
Start time:12:30
Enquiries:

Edith.Mkhabela@wits.ac.za / 011 717-6272

The School of Actuarial Sciences will host Alwyn Grobler from Lightstone Property to present this seminar.

We are presented with many tools today that allow us to link different data sources, manipulate data, visualise data and ultimately add some kind of value through this process. This talk takes a look at general concepts telling data stories through visualisation with the help of Microsoft Power BI.

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Drama for life town hall

When: Thursday, 22 February 2018 - Thursday, 22 February 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
eMakhaya Theatre, 19th Floor University Corner
Start time:12:15
Enquiries:

info.dfl@wits.ac.za

Drama for Life will host distinguished guest, Dr Phillip Speiser for a town hall presentation.

The presentation will explore the relationship between mental illness and substance abuse and the unique contributions that drama therapy can make towards treating and caring for individuals who are affected by these diseases.

Speiser is an expressive arts educator, therapist, drama music therapist, and “psychodramatist” who has developed and implemented integrated arts therapy and educational programs for over three decades. He is currently Director of Parkside Arts and Health Associates in Boston USA. Speiser has worked in the mental health and an addiction field for over three decades and has successfully integrated drama and arts therapies into mainstream treatment centers working closely with medical and mental health staff.

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The iron fist and the people: Two ways of analysing Africa’s paradoxes

When: Thursday, 22 February 2018 - Thursday, 22 February 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
Seminar Room, Humanities Graduate Centre, Southwest Engineering
Start time:11:00
Enquiries:

 michael.elliott@wits.ac.za

The NRF/British Academy Chair in Political Theory will host a public lecture by Dr Paulo Faria, Universidade Agostinho Neto.

African states reflect complex past and present political trajectories. This can be understood as entailing four interconnected dynamics and processes: first, a mix of hasty decolonisation processes; second, the battleground of fierce proxy wars; third, ideological struggles for the balance of power; and fourth, the rule of perennial autocratic systems sustained by domestic, international, state and non-state actors. On the one hand, this has deterred the blossoming of civic rights and rule by law, and on the other hand, fed into narratives about the paradox of plenty, social imbalances, and institutional decay as undermining the struggle of African states to guarantee basic political, social and economic rights to citizens. Yet, despite enduring power structures that often interlace with repressive impulses within existing regimes, an emerging pattern of change seems to be taking place across the continent. It is hard, however, to foresee whether the efforts to reform the African Union will help to address the gulf between power-holders and the people or fall prey to a complex web of vested interests. This talk is based on a paper that attempts to tackle the challenges and opportunities facing the continent.

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Writing about city politics : The making of How to steal a city

When: Tuesday, 27 February 2018 - Tuesday, 27 February 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
Dorothy Suskind Auditorium, John Moffat Building
Start time:16:00
Enquiries:

njogu.morgan2@wits.ac.za

 

The next seminar in the Faces of the City series will be presented by Crispian Olver, Research Fellow at the Public Affairs Research Institute.

The seminar will be based on the book, How to steal a city, authored by Olver. The seminar will explore different ways or perspectives for analysing city dynamics, and discuss some of the thorny ethical issues that confront researchers, including the role of the researcher as an actor within the city space. The book paints a world in which both heroes and villains share human frailties, questionable motives and endearing characteristics, and moral boundaries are not as clearly delineated as the author initially expected.

 

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Resistance from within: Palestinian citizens of Israel and the struggle for democracy and equality

When: Tuesday, 27 February 2018 - Tuesday, 27 February 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus West
Seminar Room, Humanities Graduate Centre, South West Engineering Building
Start time:18:30
Enquiries:

Ran.Greenstein@wits.ac.za

 

The Wits Sociology Department together with the Afro-Middle East Centre host this seminar by Ayman Odeh and Mustafa Abu-Raiya.

Odeh is Head of the Joint List – a coalition of Palestinian-Arab political parties in the Israeli parliament. Abu-Raiya is a pharmacist and water specialist, and is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Galilee Water and Wastewater Union. Their visit to South Africa is significant as 2018 marks 70 years since the declaration of the state of Israel and the catastrophic activities it took to consolidate its territorial control. The tour will include private engagements, interviews and lectures in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

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The enigma machine: How legitimation code theory is helping achievement in education

When: Thursday, 01 March 2018 - Thursday, 01 March 2018
Where: Parktown Education Campus
Staff Room, Bohlahleng Block
Start time:13:15
Enquiries:

Lee.Rusznyak@wits.ac.za

 

The Wits School of Education hosts a lecture by Professor Karl Maton from the University of Sydney.

Maton is the Director of the Legitimation Code Theory (LCT) Centre for Knowledge-Building at the University of Sydney

Education brings together different knowledges and diverse students in a large number of possible combinations. Cracking the codes of success at any particular level, discipline, kind of assignment, etc. is a tough task for which some students are better prepared by their backgrounds than others. LCT reveals the organising principles of the diverse knowledge practices in which students must become adept to succeed. The lecture will demonstrate how teaching can use ideas from LCT to empower students by revealing the bases for achievement in different subject areas.

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African resource governance amidst political transitions and rising social resistance

When: Thursday, 01 March 2018 - Thursday, 01 March 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
Classroom G, Research Hub, Wits School of Governance
Start time:12:30
Enquiries:

kemantha.govender1@wits.ac.za

 

The Wits School of Governance (WSG) will host this talk.

Presentations will be made by Chris Rutledge (mining project officer with ActionAid South Africa); Makoma Lakalakala (a climate/energy project officer with Earthlife Africa) and Patrick Bond (Professor of Political Economy at the WSG).

In the wake of the African Mining Indaba, there is renewed confidence in the extractive industries, boosted by a 10% price rise since 2015's catastrophic crash. Several resource-rich countries in the region (South Africa, Zimbabwe and Angola) are changing political leadership from prior regimes considered highly corrupt. Yet these industries remain inadequately regulated, especially in terms of 'Resource Curse' complaints from civil society. As tough questions now arise about the net economic benefits of mining, in addition to many other grassroots and labour grievances, a rethink of the governance of mining is more urgent than ever. 

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Access to health care and organ donation

When: Monday, 12 March 2018 - Monday, 12 March 2018
Where: Parktown Health Sciences Campus
Marie Curie Lecture Theatre
Start time:18:00
Enquiries:

Samkelo.Nsibande@wits.ac.za / 011 717-2190

The Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics will host this talk during the Ethics Alive Symposium.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Roy Thomas (Chief Executive, Kidney Wales Foundation) on Playing God in Organ Donation
  • Dr Shoyab Wadee (Nephrologist, Wits University and Donald Gordon Medical Centre) on Presumed Consent and Organ Shortage
  • Professor Magda Slabbert (Professor of Law, Department of Jurisprudence, University of South Africa) on Presumed Consent with Routine Referral
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Social and labour plans: Alternative models for social benefit

When: Wednesday, 28 March 2018 - Wednesday, 28 March 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus West
Chalsty Centre
Start time:17:30
Enquiries:

Robert.Krause@wits.ac.za

RSVP:

Robert.Krause@wits.ac.za

The Centre for Applied Legal Studies hosts the launch of their third and final report in their Social and Labour Plan (SLP) Project.

The first two reports uncovered systemic problems in the existing SLP system that prevent it from achieving its objectives of transforming the mining sector and ensuring development for mine-affected communities. The report seeks to address these problems through proposing alternative and more community-driven models while also proposing immediate measures to improve the existing SLP system. The ongoing process of amending minerals policy and legislation coupled with challenges to the existing system by communities and workers mean that it is an opportune moment to discuss more people-centred alternatives.

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