Urban News Roundup: March 27, 2015

Cairo: The New Capital Good, bad, and Cairo Over the past few days, the Egyptian government has unveiled to the world and surprisingly enough, its own Egyptian nationals, that there shall be a change of its capital state. It will be moving from Cairo to a patch of uninhabited land 50km to the East of … Continued

Tracing infections through the city

Cape Town’s annual Infecting the City (ITC) festival, which ran from the 9th to 14th March, proved that art need not be about elite commodities bound within gallery walls.

Urban news roundup: March 16, 2015

Urban news headlines from around the continent…   Kinshasa: The Case Against Giant Traffic Robots Kinshasa, the sprawling capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is trying an unusual approach to the city’s notoriously frenetic traffic situation. As first reported by AFP, Kinshasa installed three new robots last week to help direct traffic (two others … Continued

Writing Home: An Auto-Ethnography of Space, Culture, and Belonging in Burkina Faso, West Africa

This essay investigates the ways in which African Americans encounter African culture and space. Specifically, this is an auto-ethnographic essay that details the author’s diasporic identity transformation as a result of visiting the West African nation of Burkina Faso.

Call for papers: Beyond Eurocentricism – Rethinking Spatial Representation

The CCLPS invites papers that investigate spatial representation as a cultural practice and a discourse in the broadest possible sense from an interdisciplinary perspective. It seeks papers that question and encourage discussions on the implications, limitations and new trajectories of rethinking representations of space beyond a Eurocentric prism and European theory in Asian, African and Middle Eastern culture.

Urbanising the global agenda

Yanna Romano talks to Susan Parnell of the African Centre for Cities about the United Nation’s urban goal on its pending post-2015 agenda.

Call for proposals: Bamako Symposium 2015

Submit proposals to participate in the Bamako Symposium 2015, July 17 –31.

Urban News Roundup: February 27, 2015

Dar es Salaam: scholar underscores management of urbanisation Urbanisation and planning are important aspects in the country’s development agenda, said Prof Joseph Semboja, Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development (UONGOZI) Institute. He said the reality of urbanisation is sinking in but significant challenges remain. The process should be managed so … Continued

Call for entries: POPCAP’15

Call for entries for POPCAP’15.

Sembene Ousmane film prize competition

The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) is re-launching the Sembene Ousmane Film Prize competition this year. It rewards excellence in short film production, encouraging creativity within and sustainability of the industry.