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Migration and the making of urban futures in Africa 
Tom Goodfellow (University of Sheffield)
Shuaib Lwasa (ISS Erasmus University)
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Urban Studies (x) Violence and Conflict Resolution (y)
Hörsaalgebäude, Hörsaal A2
Thursday 1 June, -, Friday 2 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

Africa's future is increasingly seen as urban, driven partly by rural-urban migration that can fuel both dynamism and social conflict. This panel explores processes of managing conflict and building peaceful coexistence that take place in the context of urban transformation, inequality and scarcity.

Long Abstract:

While Africa's future is increasingly seen as urban, the processes of managing conflict and building peaceful coexistence in contexts of extensive urban in-migration are rarely at the forefront of research. Drawing partly on a large comparative research project spanning 9 cities in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Uganda - but also soliciting papers from elsewhere - this panel will explore these processes in depth.

The relationship between urban migration and conflict has started to be explored through quantitative cross-national studies. We still know little, however about how relationships between migrants and pre-existing city-dwellers feed into dynamics of violent conflict and peacebuilding. The incapacity of overstretched municipal authorities to catch up with the pace of urban growth can result in massive failures in infrastructure and service provision. These phenomena are well known, but can intersect in contingent and unpredictable ways with differential forms of exclusion and inclusion that emerge when new migrant groups (either international or from elsewhere in a national territory) settle in already dense and complex urban areas.

This panel will explore the relationship between migration, urbanisation and conflict/peacebuilding, through papers that draw out empirical findings or conceptual reflections on these relationships anywhere in Africa. We solicit papers that explore any aspect of the process of urban 'arrival' and its intersection with conflict and efforts to overcome it, in order to build a deeper understanding of how African urban futures are being forged by encounters at the city and community level.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 1 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Friday 2 June, 2023, -
Session 3 Friday 2 June, 2023, -