ON 8-10 September 2015, JIAS hosted a workshop entitled ‘Johannesburg: Performative Urbanisms: fighting for and over the city; expressing the city; knowing the city’.

It was co-organised by JIAS, the Wits City Institute, La Trobe University of Melbourne, the Chair of Culture and Society at Curtin University in  Perth, and the journal Thesis Eleven. The workshop took place over three days, with a single theme addressed every day.

‘The politics of urban life’

The theme for day one was ‘The politics of urban life: private confessions’. Presentations were made by Koketso Moeti (Local Government Alliance), Maurice Smithers (community activist), Kelly Kropman (Legal Resources Centre), Christa Kuljian (author), Lisa Vetten (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research), Erica Emdon (Probono), Jacob van Garderen (Lawyers for Human Rights), Tish White (Safe Zones@Wits & Varsity Pride), Harry Kalmer (author), Lauren Royston (Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa), and Munyaradzi Masunga (SWEAT and Sonke Gender Justice).

‘Expressing the city’

The theme for the second day was ‘Expressing the city: the performance of everyday urbanisms’. Presentations were made by Prof Alan Mabin (UP), Mpho Matsipa (Wits City Institute), Nicholas Clarke, Cynthia Kros (UP), Georges Pfruender (Technical University of Northwestern Switzerland), Nduka Mntambo (UJ), Yohann Quëland de St Pern (College of the Arts of la Réunion), Jason Cohen (Wits University), Judy Backhouse (Wits University), Mitchell Hughes (Wits University), Danai Mupotsa (Wits University), Danielle Bowler (Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflecting), Kavuli Nyali (goodhairdiaries.com), John Higgins (UCT), Christine Dixie (Rhodes University), James Sey (UJ), Harry Kalmer (author), Noeleen Murray (Wits City Institute), Pia Bombardella (NWU), Detlev Krige (UP) and Jade Gibson.

‘The mediated city’

The theme for the third day was ‘The mediated city: how do we know the city?’ Presentations were made by Prof Trevor Hogan (La Trobe University), Julian Potter (La Trobe University), Dr Sian Supski (Monash University)  and Prof Peter Beilharz (Curtin University).

Work on a publication emanating from the workshop is proceeding.