ACC Urban Conference


New turns in urban thinking from the south

Sean O' Toole

In his keynote address at the recent International Urban Conference, hosted by the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), visiting Indian scholar Gautam Bhan spoke of a “southern turn in urban studies”. Over the course of the next three days this discursive shift formed a repeated point of deliberation […]

ACC International Urban Conference: A personal reflection

James Duminy

African Centre for Cities researcher James Duminy reflects on his experience of the ACC International Urban Conference which took place from 1 to 3 February 2018 at the University of Cape Town.  The ACC 2018 International Urban Conference was an important experience for me, both intellectually and personally. (more…)

African Centre for Cities International Urban Conference: Day 3

Sean O' Toole

Urban studies in Africa have come a long way in the last half-century. Speaking on the final day of an international urban conference hosted by the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), pioneering US-born urban researcher AbdouMaliq Simone drew on his early experiences to emphasise the gains of this […]

African Centre for Cities International Urban Conference: Day 2

Sean O' Toole

The use of data to manage the world’s growing housing crisis was a pronounced theme in panels during the second day of the international urban conference hosted by the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Its use as a tool to manage Cape Town’s critical housing shortage was a […]

African Centre for Cities International Urban Conference: Day 1

Sean O' Toole

Why is Cape Town experiencing a water crisis? How does one offer a rounded answer without ignoring history and simplifying the facts? Building on these questions, should frightened citizens of Cape Town, many now scrambling to become water literate, embrace a call to decolonise narratives around water governance? While not explicitly framed as broad talking […]

Reflections on 10 years of the ACC: Four Vignettes

As one of the early members of the ACC team Jane Battersby reflects on the evolution and maturation of the unit.  Sitting in the opening of the ACC Conference and listening to director Edgar reflect on our origin story, I found myself scanning across the packed venue and remembering snapshots of the proto-ACC. So, here […]

ACC IUC General Information

General information for delegates attending the African Centre for Cities International Urban Conference, 1 to 3 February 2018, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town. ONSITE REGISTRATION 12:00-18:00 on Wednesday, 31 January 2018 at the Leslie Social Sciences Building, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town. 07:00-17:00 on Thursday, 1 February 2018 at the New Lecture Theatre, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town. […]

J Bobs Live – Off the Record

Kiri Pink Nob is bringing its special game show presentation of Off the Record to the African Centre For Cities International Urban Conference. This multi-award winning production returns to Cape Town’s shores to offers a different register of discourse, specifically tailored to the ACC Conference themes and beyond. Why would you, a serious academic mind, a true […]

ACC International Urban Conference Programme published

Preparations for the African Centre for Cities International Urban Conference are entering the final stages and we are excited to release the draft programme. With 71 panels and 16 roundtables the three-day programme is packed with fantastic contributions from around the globe. (more…)