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69492-01 - Seminar: African Urban Futures 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2023
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Ernest Sewordor (ernest.sewordor@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt By 2050, the population of Africa is estimated to double. Its urban residents will rise almost threefold, and become the most demographically youthful worldwide if current growth rates continue. This prediction has prompted policymakers, planners, and architects on the continent to think about the unprecedented implications for urban governance/planning. Taking a longue durée approach, this course retraces how the continent’s socio-spatial pasts have shaped contemporary urban realities and examine, through decolonial lenses, the potential in Africa’s non-colonial urban histories for confronting the challenges of planning future cities.
Each week, participants will read and discuss published research. This will be complemented by a semester-long reading, analysis, and interpretation (in the final week) of one African-authored novel that intimately documents modern urban lifeworlds in a colonial African city, yet refuses it as a sole model for organising urban space and lived experiences by imagining alternative Black-centred future possibilities.
Lernziele (a) To develop a historically informed understanding of current urban experiences in Africa
(b) To reflect on how urban research relates to ongoing processes of city-making/ life in Africa
(c) To use Africa as a lens to question and rethink urban theories rooted in global northern epistemologies from the perspectives of global southern urbanism
(d) To independently assess and interpret urban historical scholarship about Africa
Literatur Selected Bibliography
1. Adelusi-Adeluyi, Ademide. Imagine Lagos: Mapping History, Place, and Politics in a Nineteenth-Century African City. Ohio University Press, 2023.
2. Ekwensi, Cyprian. People of the City. New York Book Reviewers, [2020] 1954.
3. Pieterse, Edgar. City Futures: Confronting the Crisis of Urban Development. University of Cape Town Press, 2008.
4. Simone, AbdouMaliq. For the City Yet to Come: Changing African Lives in Four Cities. Duke University Press, 2004.
5. Silva, C. Nunes (ed). Urban Planning in Sub-Saharan Africa: Colonial and Post-Colonial Planning Cultures. Routledge, 2015.
6. Yiftachel, Oren and Mammon, Nisa (eds). TheorISE: Debating the Southeastern Turn in Urban Theories. Africa Centre for Cities, 2022.
Bemerkungen The course is open to Master students from other programs with a priority for Critical Urbanisms students on timely registration


Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 29.09.2023 – 22.12.2023
Zeit Freitag, 12.15-14.00 Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Datum Zeit Raum
Freitag 29.09.2023 12.15-14.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Freitag 06.10.2023 12.15-14.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Freitag 13.10.2023 12.15-14.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Freitag 20.10.2023 12.15-14.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Freitag 27.10.2023 12.15-14.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Freitag 03.11.2023 12.15-14.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Freitag 10.11.2023 12.15-14.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Freitag 17.11.2023 12.15-14.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Mehrzweckraum 035
Freitag 24.11.2023 12.15-14.00 Uhr Dies Academicus
Freitag 01.12.2023 12.15-14.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Freitag 08.12.2023 12.15-14.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Freitag 15.12.2023 12.15-14.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Freitag 22.12.2023 12.15-14.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Module Modul: Europäisierung und Globalisierung (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Modul: Fields: Environment and Development (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Migration, Mobility and Transnationalism (Master Studiengang Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources )
Modul: The Urban across Disciplines (Master Studiengang Critical Urbanisms)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Pass/Fail
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Urban Studies