Wits City Institute Seminar Report

Affinities of Space

Wits City Institute Postdoctoral Fellow Jill Weintroub reports on her Life in the City research project at the first Wits City Institute seminar of 2018. Weintroub’s project seeks to build a digital mapping site aimed at making visible the spatial histories and cultural memories attached to sites in Johannesburg, selected for their links to Hermann Kallenbach and Mohandas Gandhi.

Wits City Institute Student Exhibition

A Just Image

Wits City Institute Mellon Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities Master’s Fellow Nocebo Bucibo’s exhibition iHostela Ngeliny’iKhaya, Regarding Photography as a Just Image opened at the Workers Museum in Newtown, Johannesburg, as part of the fulfillment of her Master of Arts in Fine Arts in the Wits School of Arts.

Wits City Institute Doctoral Presentation

Governing Rape

Wits City Institute Mellon Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities Doctoral Fellow Lisa Vetten presented an extract from her doctoral research ‘Governing Rape: The Biopolitics of Sexualized Violence’ at the symposium WellSexuality: Youth and Contemporary Notions of Sexuality in South Africa.

Inaugural Lecture

The New South

Andrew W. Mellon Chair of Critical Architecture and Urbanism and Wits City Institute Director Noëleen  Murray delivered her inaugural lecture presenting her intellectual interests in the role, place and disciplinary histories of Johannesburg through her current research project ‘The New South’.

AfroAsia Workshop

Writing on Water

Phindezwa Mnyaka presented a Re-Centring AfroAsia workshop reflecting on her ’embryonic’ research focused on musical recordings by the Blue Notes, and meditating on the potential of music to work as theory.


Wits City Institute / JIAS Seminar and Exhibition

Spatial Transformation?

Wits City Institute Honorary Research Fellow Melissa Myambo convened a seminar to bring scholars from the humanities and spatial disciplines into conversation with urban developers and local government officials to address issues related to the City of Johannesburg’s historically-conditioned spatial politics.


Thesis 11 Special Issue

Performative Jozi

Peformative Jozi, a Special Issue of the journal Thesis Eleven: Critical Theory and Historical Sociology, is guest edited by Andrew W. Mellon Chair of Critical Architecture and Urbanism and Wits City Institute Director Noëleen Murray in collaboration with Peter Vale, Director of the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study.

Wits City Institute Public Lecture

Urban Transformation in Divided Cities

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Chair of Critical Architecture and Urbanism and Director of the Wits City Institute Professor Noëleen Murray hosted ‘City Dialogues’, a presentation by former Washington DC Mayor Anthony Williams, in conjunction with the United States Consul General Christopher Rowan.

Exhibition and Conference

Usakos: Photographs Beyond Ruins

The Wits City Institute partnered with the University of Namibia, the Museums Association of Namibia, and the Municipality of Usakos to present Photographs beyond Ruins as part of the international conference ‘Circulations’: the (un)making of Southern Africa beyond and across borders.

Faces of the City Seminar

Lawnbefok: Civilising Grass on the Highveld

Wits City Institute Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow Jonathan Cane presented an overview of his doctoral thesis Civilising Grass: The Art of the Lawn on the South African Highveld.