Hosted by Wits Media Studies and WISER, with support from the Wits School of Human and Community Development

 All events held in the Wiser seminar room, 6th floor, Richard Ward Building, Wits East Campus 


18.00-20.30 Film screening and director’s Q&A with Marco Dutra



9.30-10.00: Opening remarks
Nicky Falkof, Cobus van Staden, Sarah Nuttall

10.00-11.30: A view from three cities
Chair: Sarah Nuttall

  1. ‘Anxious slums’
    Claudia Gastrow, University of Johannesburg
  2. ‘South Africa’s wildlife poaching crisis as urban morality play’
    Cobus van Staden, University of the Witwatersrand
  3. ‘Suspicion as anxiety? “Learning to live with your witch” in DR Congo’
    Joshua Walker, University of the Witwatersrand

 11.30-11.45: Coffee

 11.45-13.15: Spatial anxieties I
Chair: Nicky Falkof

  1. ‘Friendship fears and communities of convenience in Africa’s urban estuaries: Disconnection as measure of urban condition’
    Loren B Landau, University of the Witwatersrand
  2. ‘Race, culture, capital flows and truncated gentrification in Durban’
    Patrick Bond, University of the Witwatersrand
  3. ‘Urban subalterns in Zimbabwe: Capital, dispossession and contestations for Survival in Harare’s urban interstices’
    Tinashe Chimedza, Institute for Public Affairs in Zimbabwe, & Tamuka Chirimambowa, University of Johannesburg

13.15-14.15: Lunch

14.15-15.45: Anxious elites
Chair: Candice Jansen

  1. [‘White anxiety’
    Derek Hook, Duquesne University] Unfortunately Dr Hook will not be attending the workshop
  2. ‘White collar corporate professionals in the Indian capital city Delhi: The privileges and anxieties of class and consumption’
    Sayantika Palit, Jawaharlal Nehru University’
  3. ‘Expat anxieties in Santiago de Chile’
    Nicky Falkof, University of the Witwatersrand

15.45-16.10: Coffee

16.00-17.30: Technology and anxiety
Chair: Cobus van Staden

  1. ‘Easing anxiety through the production and circulation of images of the self in a Maputo market’
    Andrea Moreira, University of Lisbon
  2. ‘“You are being watched”: Closed circuit television surveillance and urban crime in post-apartheid’
    Admire Mare, University of Johannesburg:
  3. ‘Joburg, sex, love and money: An ethnography of phones and feelings’
    Lebohang Masango, University of the Witwatersrand



9.30-11.00: Anxiety and migration
Chair: Srila Roy

  1. ‘Domestic Indian migration: Histories, theories and politics’
    Svati Shah, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  2. ‘Immigrant language anxiety as a social, emotional and linguistic construct’
    Yeşim Sevinç, University of Oslo
  3. ‘Anxiety, trauma and “being seen”: The struggle of migrant mothers in inner-city Johannesburg’
    Rebecca Walker, University of the Witwatersrand

11.00-11.15: Coffee

11.15-12.45: Insecurity in South Africa

Chair: Greve Chelwa

  1. ‘Relational anxieties: The concerns of precarious labour employed to build a gated community’
    Richard Ballard, Gauteng City-Region Observatory
  2. ‘Shopping and guns’
    Sean Thurtell, University of the Witwatersrand
  3. ‘Macabre and belonging: Reflections Johannesburg’
    Federica Duca, Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI)

12.45-13.45: Lunch

13.45-15.15: Wits Press/WISER book launch: Remains of the Social
Ross Truscott and Maurits van Bever Donker

 15.15-16.45: Spatial anxieties II
Chair: Achille Mbembe

  1. ‘Potholes, panic and precarity: Exploring South African urban middle-class anxieties’
    Alexandra Appelbaum University of the Witwatersrand
  2. ‘Anxiety in the anodyne: Unruly matter in gated communities’
    Renugan Raidoo, Harvard University
  3. ‘Architecture as anxiety: The unfinished business of reconciliation in Pretoria’
    Saneze Tshayana, University of the Witwatersrand



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