FINAL CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
Since 2009 the Southern Africa City Studies Conference (SACSC) series has provided an interdisciplinary forum for researchers examining urban issues in Southern Africa. One of the objectives of this conference series is to promote emerging scholars who are residents of Southern Africa working on cities in the region or elsewhere, as well as scholarship on cities in Southern Africa.
Given the current Covid-19 pandemic, and subsequent restrictions on travel and large gatherings, we are pleased to announce that the fifth conference will be hosted online from 31 August to 4 September 2020, and will feature an exciting series of presentations, panels and events.
As an interdisciplinary space, urban studies is animated by a rich series of debates and issues including:
Recent interest in comparative urbanism and southern urbanism, as well as a context of increasing regional and global uncertainty, creates an important opportunity for scholars to engage these and other issues and debates from the vantage of urban experiences in our region. The conference also provides a good opportunity to reflect on the complex and profound impact of the current pandemic on cities in Southern Africa.
We invite abstracts and proposals on any urban studies theme from (a) researchers who would like to present their work, (b) those who would like to organise themed sessions or panels, and (c) those who would like to organise any other virtual event (creative approaches are especially welcome). To submit abstracts and proposals (and for submission templates and instructions) please visit: www.sacsc2020.com
The conference is hosted by the Centre for Urbanism and Built Environment Studies, the Gauteng City-Region Observatory, and the South African Research Chair in Spatial Analysis and City Planning, and in association with the other members of an evolving, informal urban studies network currently made up of the following university entities: the National Research Chair in Economic Development of the City of Johannesburg, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), the Wits City Institute, the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town, Department of Political Studies, University of the Western Cape, the Urban Futures Centre at the Durban University of Technology, the Centre for Development Support at the University of the Free State, the National Research Chair for Sustainable Human Settlements, Nelson Mandela University, the Department of Town and Regional Planning, University of Pretoria, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Venda, and the Department of Social Anthropology, North West University.
SACS Writing Workshop (Currently Postponed)
The SA City Studies network is organising its fourth writing workshop, which will be held at Wits University in Johannesburg on 28 & 29 August 2020, immediately preceding the City Studies Conference at Wits, from 30 August to 1 September 2020. We invite scholars who are doctoral candidates (or within five years post PhD) registered or based in an academic department or an institute at a Southern African university, and participating in the City Studies Conference, to apply to participate in the Workshop, which will focus on supporting the development of scholarly academic journal publishing. Click here or visit our submissions tab for further information and to submit your abstract. **The SACS Writing Workshop is currently postponed