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The Graduate School

Towards a Speculative Politics for African Cities

Tues. April 12, 2016      7:30 p.m.

Kane Hall 120, UW Campus

Edgar Pieterse

South African Research Chair in Urban Policy, director of ACC, University of Cape Town

Professor Pieterse breaks down how preconceived modes of thinking on urban Africa must be reconsidered so the global South can chart a more open, just and sustainable future.

Edgar Pieterse holds the South African Research Chair in Urban Policy and is founding director of the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town. ACC is emerging as the preeminent interdisciplinary urban research center on the African continent. He previously served as Special Advisor to the Premier of the Western Cape Provincial Government in South Africa and directed a number of urban policy think tanks before his brief time in government. He is consulting editor for Cityscapes — an international biannual magazine on urbanism in the global South. His most recent co-edited books are “African Cities Reader III: Land, Property & Value” (Chimurenga, 2015), “Africa’s Urban Revolution” (Zed, 2014) and “Rogue Urbanism: Emergent African Cities” (Jacana, 2013). Dr. Pieterse is also on the Advisory Boards of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, LSE Cities, the Gauteng City-region Observatory and the Open Society Foundation of South Africa, among others. He has recently been appointed as co-lead author of the Urban Chapter of the International Panel on Social Progress’s forthcoming report and he presently leads a team of experts working on an Urban Development Framework for South Africa.

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