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Afrisem Virtual Conference

When: Wednesday, July 29, 2020
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM CT

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Program of African Studies   (847) 491-7323

Group: Program of African Studies

Category: Lectures & Meetings


AFRISEM Virtual Conference
Africa's Place in a Globalizing World: Reimagining Governance, Science, Technology, Art, and Culture
When: July 29 & 30, 2020, 01:00 PM – 4:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)                                                                

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Webinar Keynote Speaker : Ayala Levin (Professor of Art History @Northwestern University) 
Ayala Levin's talk considers the planning of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, in the late 1970s as a site of global knowledge production about urbanism that cut across the Global North and South.

The planning of Abuja presented an unprecedented opportunity to international teams of planners to experiment with environmental city planning and to tackle social concerns following lessons learned in planning new capitals in the South. By shifting the focus to the role Nigerian academics, architects, and universities assumed in the process, this paper challenges north-south hierarchies of knowledge production. It asks how despite being embedded in paradigms of western thought, the contribution of Nigerian researchers can be considered as a form of southern expertise.


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