Global Urbanism @ Bham

417 Muirhead Tower
Wednesday 22 May 2019 (14:00-16:30)

Leading up to this year's annual Fage Lecture, the Department of African Studies and Anthropology will be hosting a workshop on the topic “Global Urbanism @ Bham”

We hope to create a moment for sharing research at the University of Birmingham on urban change and experiences of the urban across the Global South.

The format will be 5-minute presentations to share with colleagues the underlying concerns informing our research experiences, with the hope to create and strengthen relationships among scholars of cities across the University. All welcome to join. 

Wednesday, 22 May 2019



14:00 – 14:25

Panel 1


Tom Penfold - Graffiti, Political Participation and Protest in South Africa


Stacey Kennedy - Art infrastructure in urban spaces in Africa’


Yueming Zhang - China’s transforming urban landscape at the global-local interface: cases of “creative districts” in Beijing.

14:25 – 14:50

Panel 2


Leslie Fesenmeyer - Multi-religious encounters in urban Kenya


Pat Noxolo -  Flat out: Movements of the city


Fabien Cante - Media and social infrastructure in post-conflict Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

14:50 – 15:15

Panel 3


Marco Di Nunzio – Why street hustlers matter for development? On urban value in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


Max Bolt - Urban property, inheritance and the township family home in post-apartheid Johannesburg


Philipp Amis - Making sense of Urban Poverty: 25 years on

15:15 – 15:25

Coffee Break

15:25 – 15:50

Panel 4  


Reginald Cole – Bridging gaps…


Natasha Cornea - Urban environments, urban politics: waste, water and the governance of nature in India and Zambia


Xinfang Wang - Resilient cities - Energy and Infrastructure

15:50 – 16:15

Panel 5


Carla Aparecida Arena Ventura - Invisible citizens’ in rural settlements in the state of São Paulo, Brazil


Neelambari Phalkey - Displacement, Mobility, and Relocation of Sundarban Islanders in Kolkata, India.


Irina Kuznetsova  - Cities’ ‘invisible’ refugees'

16:15 – 16:30

Final Discussion