Cities are highly unequal places where histories of oppression is etched into the very machinery that makes them tick. This includes policies and regulations around who can trade and where, the use of police or anti-eviction forces as an integral part of urban planning, and how large-scale infrastructure projects can re-shape wider ecological dynamics to benefit some, while putting others at risk.
This ACC seminar series stretches across these themes to focus broadly on urban politics through in-depth case studies of Cape Town, Nairobi, New Orleans and São Paulo provided by an interdisciplinary field of scholars from developmental economy, critical anthropology, feminist history and political ecology.
The seminar series has its origin in ACC’s Notations of Theories of Radical Urban Change (NOTRUC) project, which will hold together the seminar series by facilitating a discussion with each presenter on what the political means in each study, what possibilities the presenters see for empowerment and emancipatory change, and what the detailed case study brings in thinking politics, capitalism and emancipatory change in-and-through contemporary urban realities.
All seminars run from 15:00 to 16:30
11 October 2017 – Studio 1, Environmental and Geographical Sciences Building, Upper Campus, UCT
Post-Apartheid Spatial Inequality: Obstacles of Land on Township Micro-Enterprise Formalisation by Dr Andrew Charman, Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation, Cape Town
25 October 2017 – Studio 1, Environmental and Geographical Sciences Building, Upper Campus, UCT
‘Nai-Rob-Me’ ‘Nai-Beg-Me’ ‘Nai-Shanty’: Historicizing Space-Subjectivity Connections in Nairobi from its Ruins by Dr Wangui Kimari, Department of Anthropology, York University, Toronto (PhD thesis), and Mathare Social Justice Centre, Nairobi.
1 November 2017 – Studio 3, Environmental and Geographical Sciences Building, Upper Campus, UCT
‘Reflection is Part of Rehabilitation:’ Interventions in the History of a Land Occupation by Dr Koni Benson, Department of History, University of Western Cape, Cape Town.
8 November 2017 – Studio 3, Environmental and Geographical Sciences Building, Upper Campus, UCT
Contesting the Coast: Infrastructure, Ecology and Coastal Planning in New Orleans and the Mississippi River Delta (written by Joshua Lewis and Henrik Ernstson) presented by Dr Henrik Ernstson, Department of Geography, The University of Manchester; KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory, KTH Royal Institute of Technology; and the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town.
23 November 2017 – Studio 5, Environmental and Geographical Sciences Building, Upper Campus, UCT
Delft as a site of Productive Disjunctures: Tracing Modes of Accessing and Transforming the City in Delft, Cape Town by Dr Suraya Scheba, Environmental and Geographical Science Department and the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town.
7 December 2017 – Studio 1, Environmental and Geographical Sciences Building, Upper Campus, UCT
Producing water scarcity in São Paulo, Brazil: The 2014 Water Crisis and the Binding Politics of Infrastructure by Dr Nate Millington, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town
We encourage teachers to contact us to bring their classes to attend all or some of the seminars. We also invite all interested students, scholars, policy makers and activists.
The series is organized by Dr Suraya Scheba and Dr Henrik Ernstson from NOTRUC the seminars are supported by funds from the Swedish Research Council Formas (Dnr: 211-2011-1519, MOVE, NOTRUC) and form part of the Situated Ecologies platform and The Situated UPE Collective.