Experiments in Situated Urban Knowledge Production
13 Jun | The talk by Prof Edgar Pieterse will reflect on the experimental approach of the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town to sustain an interfaculty research center that is public-facing and policy-relevant.
At this talk, Professor Edgar Pieterse, founding director of the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town and holder of the South African Research Chair in Urban Policy, will reflect on the experimental approach of ACC to sustain an interfaculty research center that is public-facing and policy-relevant.
Since the inception of ACC a decade ago, there has been explicit decision to fashion an intellectual meshwork that allows for a commitment to grounded pragmatism to address pressing everyday challenges, whilst keep a foot in more philosophical and aesthetic considerations in order to contribute to the larger imperatives of building new epistemic reference points rooted in the global South.
Professor Edgar Pieterse is founding director of the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town and holder of the South African Research Chair in Urban Policy. His research and teaching gravitate around urban development politics, everyday culture, publics, radical social economies, responsive design and adaptive governance systems. He is consulting editor for Cityscapes—an international biannual magazine on urbanism in the global South. Edgar is a co-author with AbdouMaliq Simone of New Urban Worlds: Inhabiting Dissonant Times (2017) and recent co-edited books include: African Cities Reader III: Land, Property & Value (2015), Africa’s Urban Revolution (2014) and Rogue Urbanism: Emergent African Cities (2013).