High stakes, High Hopes: Building Collaborative Urban Geography in South Africa

High stakes, High Hopes: Building Collaborative Urban Geography in South Africa

Seminar

Location: Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Klosterberg 23, 4001 Basel

Mi, 09.11.2016, 18:15-20:00 Uhr

High stakes, High Hopes: Building Collaborative Urban Geography in South Africa

Sophie Oldfields Vortrag ist Teil des Forschungskolloquiums "Namibian and Southern African Studies".

Sophie Oldfield ist Assistenzprofessorin am Departement for Environmental and Geographical Sciences der University of Cape Town.

 

Abstract zum Vortrag

High Stakes, High Hopes builds urban theory in the political and physical realities of everyday South African city life. In a city bursting at its seams, struggling to deliver services, to manage the conflicts that threaten to tear it asunder. In a township neighbourhood grappling with evictions, with the legacies of apartheid, forced to fight for every right, service, and resource. And, in a university up on the city’s mountain slopes, tasked – and contested in its legitimacy and capacity – to theorise its pasts and futures. What is at stake in this partnership and its creative, and at times, conflictive, evolution? The seminar explores the high stakes and hopes at play in this decade-long research and teaching partnership, which has brought this university and neighbourhood civic organisation in Cape Town to research the city together, to collaboratively build urban geography.