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The Workshop

Unless otherwise indicated, the venue for the public events in Johannesburg detailed below is the WISER Seminar Room, 6th Floor, Richard Ward Building, East Campus, University of the Witwatersrand. For a map to the venue click here. Other venues are detailed on the programme.

All events that say PUBLIC are open to the public on a first come, first seated basis, as per each venue. Once all seats have been filled the doors will be closed. All events are free except where specifically indicated. All events that say CLOSED are not open to the public. They are for the speakers and the 40 participants of this year's workshop or by invitation only.

Sunday 28th June

TIME TYPE SESSION
09h00 - 13h00 Arrivals  
13h00
Johannesburg Orientation Tour - CLOSED Historians Keith Breckenridge and Catherine Burns
19h00 - 22h00 Welcome Dinner - CLOSED  Welcome and Introductions

Monday 29th June

TIME TYPE SESSION

10h30

PUBLIC LECTURE

Happiness in the Age of Animism. Achille Mbembe

14h30
PUBLIC LECTURE Body politics: Happiness in Postcolonial time. Ananya Kabir
18h00
PUBLIC LECTURE Rainmaking and other forgotten technologies. Julie Livingston

 Tuesday 30th June

TIME TYPE SESSION

10h00

PUBLIC LECTURE

Pharmocracy and the Capitalization of Health. Kaushik Sunder Rajan

14h00 CLOSED PRESENTATION and DISCUSSION Emoji-Con: Coding the Economy of Affect. Jenna Ng and David Theo Goldberg
17h30
PUBLIC BOOK LAUNCH in conjunction with Centre for Indian Studies (CISA)
Freedom Time, by Gary Wilder, with response from Achille Mbembe. There will be bookstalls by Wits Press and IH Pentz.

Wednesday 1st July

TIME TYPE SESSION
10h00
PUBLIC LECTURE at Adler Museum  Through My Grandmothers' Eyes. In search of happiness at home abroad. Ike Anya
13h30
PUBLIC PANEL at Adler Museum
Happiness After Crisis. Eileen Moyer, Lenore Manderson, and one other (TBC)
15h00 PUBLIC PERFORMANCE at Adler Museum Roberta Estrela D'Alva.
 15h45 CLOSED DISCUSSION Introductions to Encounters: Experiments with Methodologies of Happiness.
17h30 PUBLIC PERFORMANCE at Wits Theatre. Tickets on sale for R30 (students), R50 (others). Tebello: A tentative operetta on longing. Neo Muyanga and Roberta Estrela D'Alva.

Thursday 2nd July

TIME TYPE SESSION
10h00
PUBLIC LECTURE Happiness and the Revolutionary: Singing, Dancing and Marching. Françoise Vergès
14h30
PUBLIC LECTURE Apocalyptic Endgames of the Mind: Ecology, Body and Affect in Samuel Beckett's Happy Days. Gabriele Schwab
17h30 - 19h00 PUBLIC LECTURE Greeting the Dead. Anne Allison
19h00 - 20h30 PUBLIC PANEL Séance Panel. Thembinkosi Goniwe, Robert Muponde, Bronwyn Law-Viljoen

Friday 3rd July

TIME TYPE SESSION
10h00
PUBLIC LECTURE Foucault, Spirituality, and the Perils of Universal History. Behrooz Ghamari

Saturday 4th July

Away for the Saturday and Sunday

Sunday 5th July

Away for the Saturday and Sunday

 Monday 6th July

TIME TYPE SESSION
09h30 CLOSED DISCUSSION Reflection on Encounters. Ackbar Abbas
14h30
CLOSED Participant Discussion
17h30 PUBLIC LECTURE
Biomedicine, Happiness and the Epistemology of Crisis. Vinh-Kim Nguyen

Tuesday 7th July

TIME TYPE SESSION
9h30
PUBLIC LECTURE On Viability. Ghassan Hage
15h00  CLOSED
Participant activities

Wednesday 8th July

TIME TYPE SESSION
10h00
CLOSED ROUNDTABLE Kaushik Sunder Rajan, Ananya Kabir, Ghassan Hage and Roberta Estrela D'Alva.
14h30 CLOSED DISCUSSION
Group discussion and closing comments. 
19h00 CLOSED DINNER Closing Dinner