Annual ACC seminar & PhD course on democratic practices

Deadline: 6 May 2016 - 12:00am

Dates: 4 - 8 July 2016

Website: http://www.africancentreforcities.net/democratic-practices-of-unequal-geographies-annual-phd-courseseminar/

Where: University of Cape Town

Venue: Seminar Room 1, EGS Building, Upper Campus

Conveners: Henrik Ernstson and Andrés Henao Castro

The Aesthetical and the Political of Unequal Geographies: Reading Across Political Philosophy and Global South Urbanism

*Save the date* and apply to the Annual ACC Seminar & PhD Course on Democratic Practices. Based on our broader project to read across political philosophy and global south urbanism, this year we focus on aesthetics and politics.

In light of 2015 and the student movement of South Africa, questions of democracy, decolonization and profound emancipatory change have brought radical democratic practices to the fore again. This does not mean to forget other recent women, workers and community rebellions, nor the slow-grinding and incremental institutional changes of empowerment that is also ongoing. Indeed, we hope this seminar/course will provide a chance for participants to think about these recent events and processes. We hope it will contribute texts and discussions that can help to re-think and sharpen your own research project.

Contact Henrik Ernstson if you are interested in attending. We have 14-18 seats available. Please send your letter of intent by 6 May 2016. For more information, go to the course webpage!

From a participant last year 2015: “The group discussions were of perhaps the highest intellectual rigour and focus that I have ever experienced.”

How to apply!

Go to the course webpage! But basically the seminar/course is open to PhD students and scholars. Please send an e-mail to Henrik Ernstson no later than 6 May 2016 including a 500 word motivation letter (why you would like to take this course) and a 2-page CV (not longer please). We will have between 12-18 seats available. You will know if you have been accepted a week after.

No course fee

There are no course fees. During the seminar there we will arrange coffee and tea every day, and one dinner. The rest of food items and other costs will be on your own account.

Dr. Andrés Fabián Henao Castro is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His research interests are the relationship between ancient and contemporary political theory, particularly in reference to democratic and de-colonial theory and practices, the question of political subjectivity and the distribution of political agency.

Dr. Henrik Ernstson is a Research Fellow and Principal Investigator from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, and an Honorary Visiting Scholar at the University of Cape Town, where he has been since 2010. His focus is on urban political ecology and global south urbanism.

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