(Re)presentation and Theories: Post Qualitative Ways of Inquiring

Thu, 2017-08-10 12:45
Associate Professor Candace Kuby from the University of Missouri, will present the School of Education seminar entitled, "(Re)presentation and Theories:  Post Qualitative Ways of Inquiring"> In this session, I share my own struggles and hopeful possibilities of (re)presentation when doing post qualitative inquiry. Specifically, I share from an article that puts to work ‘more than human ontologies’ drawing on poststructural (rhizomatic) and posthumanist (intra-active) theories by plugging-in concepts with data produced in a second grade Writers’ Studio. The first aim of the article is to illustrate why a paradigm shift of ‘more than human ontologies’ is needed, specifically, how ways of doing/being/knowing (ethico-onto-epistemology) literacies are produced through intra-actions of humans and nonhumans. A second aim is to demonstrate how theory(ies) shape inquiry, how we write up transcripts and do analysis. To access article: Kuby, C.R. (2017, online first version). Why a Paradigm Shift of ‘More than Human Ontologies’ is Needed: Putting to Work Poststructural and Posthuman Theories in Writers’ Studio. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. To link to this article: Candace R. Kuby, PhD, is an associate professor of early childhood education at the University of Missouri. She received her PhD in literacy, culture, and language education from Indiana University. Candace previously taught primary grades in public U.S. schools and preschoolers in Japan. Her research interests are twofold: 1) the ethico-onto-epistemologies of literacy desiring(s) when young children work with materials to create multimodal, digital, and hybrid texts and 2) approaches to qualitative inquiry drawing upon poststructural and posthumanist theories and the teaching of qualitative inquiry. Candace is the co-author of Go Be a Writer!: Expanding the Curricular Boundaries of Literacy Learning (2016, Teachers College Press); author of Critical Literacy in the Early Childhood Classroom: Unpacking Histories, Unlearning Privilege (2013, Teachers College Press); and co-editor of Disrupting Qualitative Inquiry: Possibilities and Tensions in Educational Research (2014, Peter Lang). Journals in which her scholarship appears include Qualitative Inquiry; International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education; Journal of Early Childhood Literacy; Education, Citizenship, and Social Justice; Language Arts; Talking Points; and Young Children. Candace chairs the faculty committee that oversees Mizzou Ed’s graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research. Candace teaches courses on early childhood literacy and qualitative inquiry.

Traumatic Brain Injury and Crime: A focus for intervention to reduce violence?

Thu, 2017-07-13 13:00
Associate Professor Huw Williams (Exeter University, UK) will present the Department of Psychology seminar with a talk entitled, "Traumatic Brain Injury and Crime: A focus for intervention to reduce violence?" Huw Williams is Associate Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology and Co-Director of the Centre for Clinical Neuropsychology Research (CCNR) at Exeter University. He gained his PhD and his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wales, Bangor. He was on the founding staff team of the Oliver Zangwill Centre (OZC) for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation in Ely and Visiting Scientist at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge. In 2006 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Rehabilitation Studies Unit, University of Sydney, Australia. He has honorary positions with the OZC and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital’s Emergency Department. He has published papers and books and held grants in a range of areas of Clinical Neuropsychology – particularly on neuro-rehabilitation, and, recently in relation to crime. 

Black Radical Imagination: A Different Way Out

Fri, 2017-06-23 13:00
The Centre for African Studies (CAS) and Department of Sociology invite you to a seminar by Professor Robin D.G Kelley, Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History.University of California Los Angeles Campus.  The talk is entitled, "Black Radical Imagination: A Different Way Out".  The title of the talk is taken from Robin’s 2002 book, Freedom dreams: the Black radical imagination. In the book, Robin traces what he calls black radical tradition propagated by black intellectuals, activists and artists who “not only imagined a different future, but in many instances their emancipatory vision proved more radical and inclusive”. According to him the ideas of people such as W.E.B Du Bois, Claude McKay, Aimé Césaire, Suzanne Césaire and Trinidadian-born communist Claudia Jones; “challenged and reshaped communism, surrealism, and radical feminism”. For Robin, the visions of these radicals were unfortunately “held at bay, if not completely marginalised”. Robin’s research explores the history of social movements in the U.S., the African Diaspora, and Africa; black intellectuals; music; visual culture; contemporary urban studies; historiography and historical theory; poverty studies and ethnography; colonialism/imperialism; organized labor; constructions of race; Surrealism, Marxism, nationalism, among other things. His essays have appeared in a wide variety of professional journals as well as general publications, including the Journal of American History, American Historical Review, Black Music Research Journal, African Studies Review, New York Times (Arts and Leisure), New York Times Magazine, The Crisis, The Nation, The Voice Literary Supplement, Utne Reader, New Labor Forum, Counterpunch, to name a few. Robin is currently collaborating with two other authors, Tera Hunter and Earl Lewis, on a general survey of African American history. In this project, they are proposing a re-writing of American history through the experiences and struggles of African Americans.  

A cattle-centred history of South Africa? : Some methodological issues

Wed, 2017-06-21 13:00
The Department of Historical Studies invites you to a Seminar by Mr Michael Glover, entitled, "A cattle-centred history of South Africa?  Some methodological issues". This seminar is about the methodological and theoretical issues accompanying attempts to write animal history. It has three parts. 1) It briefly motivates for why animal-centred history is important and the relevance of a cattle-centred history of South Africa. 2) It considers theoretical and methodological difficulties in writing animal history by examining concerns raised by Erica Fudge, Jason Hribal and Sandra Swart. 3) It uses Jan Bonsma's work on Bonsmara breeding 'science' (more accurately animal eugenics) to consider Bonsmara cattle as a case study to illuminate some methodological challenges to writing animal-centred history.

Fundraising Concert - UCT Symphony Orchestra Concerto Festival

Tue, 2017-06-13 19:30
CONCERTO FESTIVAL Come and support the students as they perform in a Concerto Festival which is a fundraiser to raise funds to send the orchestra to Grahamstown,next year.  Conductor: Daniel Boico   Some of the top performers from the SACM appear as soloists with the orchestra. This concert will include a short work by the winner of the SACM Composition Competition 2016, Johannes Visser.   Alice Clegg – Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466 - Allegro   Neil Robertson – Mozart Flute Concerto in G, K. 313 – Allegro maestoso   Tessa Campbell - Pablo de Sarasate Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20   Paul Loeb van Zuilenburg IV – Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op.22 – Allegro con fuoco   Osamu Nakada – Hindemith Trauermusik   Shannon Thebus – Glière Horn Concerto in B-flat Major, Op.91 - Allegro   Ané Pretorius – Berlioz Les nuis d'été, Op.7 - Le Spectre de la rose and Lile inconnue   Johannes Visser  (composer) sprokie, Op.4 Prices: R95 / UCT Staff: R85 Senior citizens and students: R70 / Learners: R50 Book at Computicket or at the door.

The Diamond Industry in Nineteenth-Century Amsterdam

Wed, 2017-06-14 13:00
Associate Professor Saskia Coenen Snyder will present a seminar entitled, " The Diamond Industry in Nineteenth-Century Amsterdam" on behalf of the Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Centre, in collaboration with the Department of Historical Studies. Saskia Snyder (PhD University of Michigan, 2008) is Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History and the Associate Director of the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. She is the author of Building a Public Judaism: Synagogues and Jewish Identity in Nineteenth-Century Europe, published by Harvard University Press in 2013. Her second book, tentatively titled Diasporic Gems: Diamonds, Jews, and Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Diamond Trade examines the role of Jews in the international diamond industry. Her work has appeared, among others, in Jewish Social Studies, Jewish History,Studies in Contemporary Jewry, and The Marginalia Review of Books. She has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Hadassah -Brandeis Institute Research Award, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Research Fellowship, and U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Faculty Research Grant. For the 2017-2018 academic year, she will be a fellow - in-residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) in Amsterdam.

Media postgraduates’ sprint through data to tackle spatial inequality

Tue, 2017-06-13 14:10 -- 01401867

Quick and dirty are not usually adjectives you want to associate with your research. But it has proven an apt description for the work of – and deliberate tactic by – postgraduate students from the Centre for Film & Media Studies, who investigated the media’s role in tackling spatial inequality in Cape Town.


The “Dark Side”: Popular Politics and the Question of Democratic Violence

Wed, 2017-08-23 13:00
The Department of Religious Studies invites you to a seminar by Dr Ruchi Chaturvedi, entitled, "The “Dark Side”:  Popular Politics and the Question of Democratic Violence".  Ruchi Chaturvedi received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University and an M. Phil in Sociology from University of Delhi. She has taught at the City University of New York and Makerere Institute of Social Research. Ruchi’s research focuses on questions of political violence, popular politics and its contentious relationship with the ideology and institutions of liberal democracy. Her writings have revolved around a long-running violent conflict between local level political workers of the Marxist Left and Hindu Right in Kerala, South India. This presentation revolves around community protests and violent contests between members of various political groups in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. Central to it is what Partha Chatterjee as well as Karl von Holdt, Langa et al. describe as the “dark side” of political society and insurgent citizenship: namely, the often-times collective and sometimes individualized violence that has characterized popular and party politics in various postcolonial states. I read this violence through critiques of liberal equality and democracy articulated especially in the Nigerian political theorist Claude Ake’s work, and in the historian Ajay Skaria’s analysis of Gandhi’s writings. Seen through these lenses, the violent dark side of political society and insurgent citizenship comes into view as an aspect of a shared postcolonial democratic inheritance. I describe the relationship between this modern democratic inheritance, the modes of enacting and organizing power that have emerged in its wake, and collective and inter-party violence. I conclude with the problem of recasting this democratic bequest that haunts Ake’s analysis as much as it does Gandhi’s.