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BIEA Graduate Conference

22 March 2019 - 23 March 2019

Theme: African Urban Futures

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The African continent is currently experiencing the world’s most rapid urban growth. As compared to other continents, Africa is the least urbanized today with about 40% of its population currently living in urban areas as compared to 81% in North America, 80% in Latin America and the Caribbean, 73% in Europe, and 47% in Asia (Statistica, 2015). With the estimated growth in urban areas both as a result of rural to urban migration as well as due to natural population growth, several challenges as well as milestones are expected that are supposed to impact on the lives of the city inhabitants in different ways. With this expected growth, urban centres will increasingly shape the lives of people on the continent. This provides a rich area for research exploring different aspects in African urban futures such as problems and challenges of the future city, emergent and dominant livelihoods, opportunities for growth and development, futuristic literary imaginings and their significance today, among other social, economic and political issues of the African city in the move towards building and maintaining sustainable and resilient cities. This conference invites early career scholars working in different fields within the wider Social Sciences and Humanities sector to engage with the theme African Urban Futures.

The Screening

“Sidelots is a love story of Black land reclamation told in ritual between Detroit, Alabama and Kenya. It follows one family on Detroit’s East Side as their story of urban farming unfolds into a spiritual journey of discovery, loss and re-indigenization. By digging up familial and land roots across the diaspora, Sidelots illuminates all that is sacred in the land and encourages a radical reconsideration of how we view the earth immediately below our feet.”



22 March 2019
23 March 2019


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British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi
Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa
Nairobi, Kenya
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