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Reading Group 4: Wednesday 16 August 2017 09.00-10.30

Art, Endtimes and Walter Benjamin
Led by:
Professor Dilip Menon, University of the Witwatersrand
Mellon Chair in Indian Studies + Director, Centre for Indian Studies in Africa
Venue: TBC


Reading Group 3: Wednesday 5 April 2017 12.00-13.30

With Professor Cory Kratz, Emory Director, African Critical Inquiry Program

Wits City Institute, Room CB 141, Central Block, Wits University

Secret Affinities: AFTERLIVES A post-workshop discussion to plan publications and other outcomes drawing on the proceedings of the Secret Affinities workshop

Reading Group 2: Wednesday 8 March 2017 14.00-15.30

Led by Professor Brett Pyper (WSOA)

ACMS Room, 2162 SE Wing, Senate House, Wits University

Ballantine, C. 2014. Marabi Nights: Jazz, ‘Race’ and Society in Early Apartheid South Africa. Pietermaritzburg: UKZN Press. Intro and Ch 1.

Benjamin, W. 1969. The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. In: H. Arendt (ed) Illuminations. Translated by Harry Zohn from the 1935 essay. New York: Schocken Books.

Coplan, D. 1985. In Township Tonight! South Africa’s Black City Music and Theatre. Chicago: Chicago University Press. Ch 3.

Couzens, T. Moralising Leisure Time: The Transatlantic Connection and Black Johannesburg. In: Marks and Rathbone (eds) Industrialisation and Social Change in South Africa. New York: Longman. Ch 12.

Peterson, M. 2010. Sounding the City. In: Sound, Space, and the City: Civic Performance in Downtown Los Angeles. University of Pennsylvania Press. Introduction.

Reading Group 1Thursday 16 February 2017 12.00-14.00

Led by Dr Jill Weintroub and Professor Noëleen Murray (WCI)

CB 248, Central Block, Wits University

Brown, A. 2013. The Black Skyscraper. American Literature 85(3): 531-561

Chipkin, C. 1993. Skyscrapers; New Architecture. In: Johannesburg Style: 146-152; 159-161.

Van Synghel, K. & de Boeck, F. 2013. Tourist City: A Reflection on Utopia in The Post-Political City. In: Pieterse & Simone Rogue Urbanism: 83-89.