This multi-session panel will focus on the nuances and complexities of urban spatial production in Africa, in both contemporary and historical contexts, from across a range of disciplines.
An increasing array of scholars across many disciplines are examining the nuances and complexities of urban spatial production in Africa, in both contemporary and historical contexts. This multi-session panel will bring together urban historians, geographers, anthropologists, and sociologists to interrogate the significance and co-determination of space and society for cities in Africa. Three sessions will examine 1. sexuality and gender in urban spaces, 2. heritage and memory issues, and 3. space planning and policy. The panel will include 12 papers which cover a range of geographical and historical contexts, and research themes which range from ongoing urban environmental politics, the impacts of space on urban residential development, and the spaces of sex workers, to the urban sites of memory associated with slavery. These papers from North, West, East and Southern Africa examine past and present dynamics of the production of urban space on the continent.