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Land governance in the era of Artificial Intelligence 
Lamine Doumbia (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)
Aïdas Sanogo (Centre Universitaire de Manga)
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Lamine Doumbia (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)
Aïdas Sanogo (Centre Universitaire de Manga)
Anthropology (x) Conservation & Land Governance (y)
Philosophikum, S84
Thursday 1 June, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

This panel explores the outcomes of the use of technological and digital tools in land governance in the African continent, with a focus on case studies drawn from empirical data.

Long Abstract:

The 21st century has witnessed the rapid growth and expansion of technology throughout the African continent. Indeed, millions of Africans have incorporated the use of "modern technology" in their daily lives for transport, economic transactions, cooking, construction work, farming, entertainment, and so on. Land plays a key role in the actors' cycle of life. All over the world, its function as a natural resources' provider goes hand in hand with its social and cultural function. The transversal nature of land in human life, be it at the individual or collective level, has turned it into a thoroughly researched topic in social sciences in general and in humanities in particular. The increased use of new technologies in land governance in Africa during the last decade remains under documented, despite its relevance in the understanding and conceptualisation of the new challenges and opportunities that it might create in the coming years. This panel welcomes contributions from empirical case studies all over the continent, focusing on how and why various technologies such as AI or blockchain, have altered land governance in both urban and rural areas.

Keywords: Urbanity, rurality, technology, 21st century, land governance, Africa, Digitalisation

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 1 June, 2023, -