Conf/CfP - Cities in Colonial Africa and Europe (19th-20th C.): A History of Separateness and Entanglement, 29 August - 1 September 2018, Germany


Deadline:

October 05, 2017


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CFP: Cities in Colonial Africa and Europe (19th-20th C.): A History of Separateness and Entanglement

Special Session 30 of the 14th International Conference on Urban History (EAUH)
Rome, 29 August - 1 September 2018

Deadline for paper proposals submission (max 450 words): 5 October 2017

Session Coordinators:
Geert Castryck, Leipzig University (geert.castryck@uni-leipzig.de)
Johan Lagae, Ghent University (johan.lagae@ugent.be)

short abstract
What can a spatial analysis of African and European cities tell us about colonialism? The colonial ambivalence between separateness and entanglement got a spatial expression in cities. We focus on urban spaces and spatial practices in order to scrutinize African-European entanglement and separation.

long abstract

As Cooper & Stoler, amongst others, have demonstrated, colonialism is not only premised on asymmetries and distinction, but is also characterized by intertwinement in all domains of daily life. This ambivalence between separateness and entanglement, which is one of the core characteristics and inherent contradictions of colonialism, got a material and spatial expression in colonial urbanism. Moreover, the ‘tensions of empire’ were not restricted to places in colonies, but also shaped spatial relations with other cities, across borders, as well as with and within metropolitan cities.
In recent years, historians have critically engaged with such aspects as the imprint of colonial ideas on spatial constellations and settlement patterns in African cities, the imperial outlook of metropolitan cities, or the role of these cities for anti-colonial activity or post-colonial opposition movements. These strands in urban history have demonstrated the importance of approaches that thwart national, imperial and continental frameworks.
This panel adopts a focus on urban spaces and spatial practices in Africa and Europe in order to scrutinize African-European entanglement and separation. We are particularly interested in papers which address one of the following questions: (1) how do colonial cities and neighbourhoods within them relate to each other across colonial/national, imperial and continental borders; (2) how did different imperial, colonial, national or ethnic identities and experiences ‘find a place’ within African and metropolitan cities; (3) how have imperial, metropolitan, colonial or global cities around the world been used effectively in African politics – both during and after the colonial period?

Paper proposals of up to 450 words can only be submitted online, via the EAUH2018 website. To submit a paper proposal, registration is required.

After the deadline for paper proposals submission on October 5th, 2017, session organisers will select the final list of participants based on abstract submission, and notification of acceptance of abstracts will be send by December 1st, 2017.

Contact Info: 

Geert Castryck, Leipzig University (geert.castryck@uni-leipzig.de)
Johan Lagae, Ghent University (johan.lagae@ugent.be)

Contact Email: geert.castryck@uni-leipzig.de


Eligible Countries
Host Country
Publish Date
June 22, 2017




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