Call for papers: Rural-Urban Connections in Sub-Saharan Africa

Dates: 25 - 28 January 2015


Where: Copenhagen, Denmark

Venue: University of Copenhagen, Oster Voldgade 10, Copenhagen, Denmark

Conveners: Jytte Agergaard, Paul Yankson, Bernard Charlery de la Masselière, Fulgence Mish, James Esson, Griet Steel

The international scientific conference “Rural-urban connections in sub-Saharan Africa,” will be held on the 25th to the 28th of January 2016, at the University of Copenhagen.

The conference addresses the dynamic relationships between rural and urban transformations in sub-Saharan Africa, which is also the focus of the ongoing EU funded research project RurbanAfrica. During the past 5-10 years, there has been a renewed academic and policy interest in understanding how socio-economic changes are intertwined with territorial changes, including new mobilities and complex processes of urbanization. Central to these discussions is considering how societies and people of Sub-Saharan Africa are experiencing and responding to these changes; bearing in mind that Africa is the most rural continent while at the same time having the highest actual (and projected) population growth rates, these are crucial questions.

These considerations form the catalyst for this conference, which aims to explore how insights and visions of rural and urban transformations are translating into structural changes in agriculture, international and domestic migration practices, rural livelihood dynamics and small town development, changing demographic and settlement dynamics in cities, and shifting demands and provisions of private and public services.

The conference will take place at University of Copenhagen. Participation will depend on acceptance of paper/panel presentation. More information can be found at


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