Prof. Armelle Choplin, Prof. Didier Péclard, Dr. Stéphanie Perazzone and Higor Carvalho (PhD candidate) co-organised an international conference entitled « Africa’s Urban Futures » which took place at the University of Geneva on September 15-16th 2022. The event was organized with the support of the Swiss African Studies Association, the Swiss National Science Foundation, and the University of Geneva and was part of a serie of seminars and conferences hosted by the Africa Geneva Lab.
The conference began with a live-streamed keynote speech by Prof. Jennifer Robinson, Department of Geography University College London. Her intervention is a continuation of previous work on a necessity to de-centralize and de-westernize urban studies. You can find this carte blanche below:
The event gathered over 50 participants and attendees, opened up discussions on the challenges and potentials of new and emerging ‘urban formations’ across the African continent, and showcased the works of academics, practitioners and film-makers.
The conference was structured around three main themes: