Social Movements, Religion
& Political Expression in Africa
VENUE | The University of Texas at Austin
HOSTS | Toyin Falola, Ben Weiss, Bisola Falola
The 2015 UT Africa Conference generated interdisciplinary insights that interrogated development paradigms and intervention practices as they relate to urban space and human rights in Africa. The papers submitted examined how development, urban space, and human rights are linked with struggles to access secure and stable livelihoods; efforts to claim rights to cities and urban spaces and extend these rights beyond citizenship, ethnicity, and age; and interventions that aim to transform Africa’s development trajectory in ways that account for both social and spatial relations.
These topics are particularly timely as protests in and over urban spaces have brought attention to the need to question and rethink development strategies for Africa, and to examine all perspectives whether indigenously derived, diasporically framed, or externally influenced/imposed.
How do notions of development and human rights shape urban space in Africa?