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African Urbanisms

International Conference, October 23-26 2024, Wits University

The Wits-TUB-UniLag Urban Lab's African Urbanisms conference will provide a space to explore the multiplicity of interlinked African urbanisms as a starting point to question the status quo of urban policies and planning paradigms, to seek transformative practices that present alternatives to “business as usual” urban development, and to imagine alternative urban futures. The conference will take place between October 23 and 26 2024 at Wits University's School of Architecture and Planning. The conference will be held in English. It will be, in the first instance, be in-person event and participation will be free of charge. The conference will not be able to cover travel costs of the participants.

On these pages you'll find detailed information about the conference's theme and the current call for papers. If you have any questions, please contact Africanurbanisms.soap@wits.ac.za.

conference timeline
  • Closing date for session proposals: January 21, 2024
  • Issuing of the call for abstracts under approved sessions: February 12, 2024
  • Closing date for abstract submissions: April 21, 2024
  • Information on the acceptance of individual submissions: May 24, 2024
  • Conference: October 23-26, 2024
opening keynote

Prof Shuaib Lwasa (ISS, Erasmus University Rotterdam)

scientific committee
  • Prof Mfaniseni Sihlongonyane (Wits University)
  • Prof Marie Huchzermeyer (Wits University)
  • Prof Philipp Misselwitz (TU Berlin)
  • Prof Taibat Lawanson (University of Lagos)
  • Dr Haruna Jimoh (University of Lagos)
  • Dr Nadine Appelhans (TU Berlin)
  • Dr Emmanuel Busayo (Wits University)
  • Lucas Elsner (TU Berlin)
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