This panel, organized by the AEGIS CRG 'Africa in the World' aims to bring together a collection of papers covering diverse aspects of how the African city and its inhabitants are part of, and co-shape, the Global Village.
Africa's relations to the rest of the World can i.a. be analysed by looking at macro-economic data or political agreements, but also by simply walking the African city. The latter has the advantage of encountering the ways in which external influences are integrated in the lives of Africans, and how they meet and work with these on a daily basis. We aim to bring together a diverse collection of papers covering diverse aspects of how the African city and its inhabitants are part of, and co-shape, the Global Village. Contributions could for instance focus on spatial aspects of Chinese presence in African towns, historical layers of architectural forms, infrastructural investments by diaspora groups, social relations between immigrants and African locals, or changing consumer habits. We particularly invite authors who on the basis of empirical case studies are also able to contribute to larger questions concerning Africa's position in the world, including the role of history, African agency, and questions related to inclusion and exclusion from the local to the global level. This panel is organized by the AEGIS CRG 'Africa in the World'.
Matthias Gruber (Goethe-University)