To celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town, the International Urban Conference draws together leading urban scholars and practitioners from all corners of Africa and the world. The conference will to take stock of ground-breaking urban research, to explore new avenues for enquiry and collaboration, and to make visible the vibrant state of our broad and heterogeneous field.

The conference takes place from 1 to 3 February 2018, at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

With nearly 300 individual papers, over 80 panels and close to 20 roundtables, the conference will provide an opportunity to engage with the scale and breadth of African and southern urbanism, which calls for comparative readings of cities, alternative modes of inquiry and new geographies of theory.

The programme will engage with diverse readings and conceptualisations of African cities, their micro-realities and complex dynamics, and their relationships to national, regional and global debates and contentions.

A key component of the conference is a series of curated keynote sessions featuring leading scholars and cutting-edge practitioners. These include, among others, Dr Gautam Bhan, Prof Filip de Boeck, Prof Alcinda Honwana, Prof Achille Mbembe, Joy Mboya, Raúl Cárdenas Osuna, Dr Vyjayanthi Rao, Aromar Revi, Prof AbdouMaliq Simone and Max Michael Uwemedimo.

Read more about the conference themes here.

Registration for the conference is now open to participants and attendees.


If you are a participant (with your abstract already submitted and accepted as part of the conference programme).Registration for participants closes 6 October 2017. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 13 OCTOBER 2017.


register-hereIf you are an attendee registration closes 1 December 2017.




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