Celebrating a bumper year of publishing

Throughout 2015, ACC researchers and associates have been involved in a wide range of activities including the release of the following publications: State/Society Synergy edited by Mercy Brown-Luthango; the African Cities Reader III, edited by Ntone Adjabe and Edgar Pieterse; Mean Streets: Migration, Xenophobia and Informality in SA by Jonathan Crush, Abel Chikanda and Caroline Skinner; […]

Chronicling the history of a forgotten struggle

How did Koni Benson turn her PhD thesis on an untold chapter of local history into something accessible to the public? She collaborated with writer/illustrator duo the Trantraal Brothers to create a six-part comic book series. Crossroads: I Live Where I Like is the latest edition to the series.

Susan Parnell discusses ‘Africa’s Urban Revolution’

Susan Parnell

An interview with Susan Parnell, Executive Member of the African Centre for Cities and Co-Editor of ‘Africa’s Urban Revolution’, published by Zed Books. Sue discusses informal settlements, the effects of global environmental change & the true economic potential of Africa’s cities.

Africa’s Urban Revolution Launched

Susan Parnell, Edgar Pieterse

‘Africa’s Urban Revolution’, a new volume edited by Susan Parnell and Edgar Pieterse and published by Zed Books recently launched at Africa Research Institute in London. Steered by presentations by Jo Beall (British Council) and Sean Fox (University of Bristol), the event explored the relationships between cities, conflict and demographic changes. Watch video for highlights […]

Africa’s Urban Revolution launch event

Jo Beall (Director of Education and Society at the British Council) and Sean Fox ( Lecturer in Urban Geography and Global Development at the University of Bristol will participate in a panel discussion to mark the launch of ‘Africa’s Urban Revolution’, a new publication from Zed Books, edited by Susan Parnell and Edgar Pieterse of […]

Call for Papers: Re-making creative cities in African contexts

A special issue of the International Journal of urban and Regional Research (IJURR) Symposium edited by Jenny F. Mbaye & Andy C. Pratt. As urbanisation has continued apace, African cities have become the crucibles of dynamics, evolving cultural as well as economic practices. In tandem the premise that despite the increasing importance of the creative economy […]

Africa’s Urban Revolution edited by Susan Parnell and Edgar Pieterse

Drawing on the expertise of scholars and practitioners associated with the African Centre for Cities, and utilising a diverse array of case studies, Africa’s Urban Revolution provides a comprehensive insight into the key issues – demographic, cultural, political, technical, environmental and economic – surrounding African urbanisation.

Rogue Urbanism — The reviews are in

A few notable reviews of Edgar Pieterse and AbdouMaliq Simone’s edited volume Rogue Urbanism: Emergent African Cities have popped up over the last few months. “Many contributions in the book reconstruct and lay bare class issues, producing the kinds of credible, socially-engaged accounts we badly need more of.” writes Guillermo Delgado in an article which appeared […]

Cityscapes #4: Thinking relationally about north and south

Photographer Jodi Bieber’s portrait of a member of the Dube Young Blood Shotokan Karate Club in Soweto introduces the focus of the fourth issue of Cityscapes: Soweto. Is it a viable model of what happens after informality? The question does not propose a simple answer. Soweto’s redevelopment is uneven. There are malls, loft developments, a […]

Cityscapes #2: Inside “the world class city”

In case you missed the first issue, a brief introduction, courtesy of the magazine’s consulting editor, Edgar Pieterse: “Cityscapes is a continuous adventure in trying to decipher the emergent cities of the global south. The magazine understands that with a constant overflow of dynamics and meaning, it is best to operate in the zone of […]

African Cities Reader II: Mobilities and Fixtures

Edgar Pieterse

The African Cities Reader II: Mobilities and Fixtures is the second installment of this biennial publication that brings together contributors from across Africa and the world to challenge the prevailing depiction of urban life on the continent and redefine cityness, Africa-style.