Lecture Series: Living the City

The African city was defined as a first theme for joint research projects in the Centre of Competence on Africa.

In the spring semester of 2009 we hold a bi-weekly public lecture series featuring scholars specialising in the field.


18.02.2009: Abdallah Uba Adamu (Bayero University Kano):
Hell on Earth: Media-Mediated Urban Sexuality and Islamicate Popular Culture in Northern Nigeria

09.03.2009: Elisio Macamo (Universität Bayreuth):
Technologies of Everyday Urban Life

23.03.2009: Nick Sheperd (University of Cape Town):
Post-apartheid Urban Imagineries and the Bones of the Prestwich Street Dead

02.04.2009: Trudy Harpham (London South Bank University and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine): Urban health in Africa: What do we know and where do we go? (Carl Schlettwein Lecture 2009)

23.04.2009: AbdouMaliq Simone (Goldsmiths University of London): On publics and intersections: Kinshasa and Jakarta

05.05.2009: Martin Murray (University of New York Binghampton):
Taming the Disorderly City: Envisioning the Spatial Landscape of Johannesburg after Apartheid

14.05.2009: Patrick Chabal (Kings College London):
Africa. The Politics of Suffering and Smiling

25.05.2009: Bill Freund (University of KwaZulu Natal Durban):
Kinshasa: The Congolese Elite and the City

02.06.2009: David Coplan (University of the Witwatersrand):
Inseparable Since Birth: Twin Towns and Unitary Concepts in Border Studies

Download: Programme (pdf)



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Centre for African Studies
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