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LAGOS: From the Pepperfarm to the Megacity

From Casablanca to Capetown, from Kinshasa to Mogadishu, and from Lagos to Luanda, Africa is dotted with cities that constitute political, economic, social, and intellectual alternatives to the nation, while being situated within it. Perennial

From Casablanca to Capetown, from Kinshasa to Mogadishu, and from Lagos to Luanda, Africa is dotted with cities that constitute political, economic, social, and intellectual alternatives to the nation, while being situated within it. Perennial challenges to nation-states in Africa and beyond, combined with the spectacular growth of cities on the Continent and the global south more broadly, have prompted some to suggest that we may be witnessing the rise/return of the city-state as the key structuring formation of the new global order, and thus the key structure of concern for theorists of the social world.

 

With these issues in mind, Barnard College is hosting an interdisciplinary conference on the city of Lagos this weekend. This conference, LAGOS: From the Pepperfarm to the Megacity (and Beyond), will consider the question of the rise/return of the city-state through the pasts, presents, and speculative futures of Lagos.

 

Featuring special guests and speakers Nosarieme Garrick of My Africa Is, and Kristin Mann, PhD, LAGOS is being presented by Abosede George (Associate Professor of History, Barnard College-Columbia University), Saheed Aderinto, (Associate Professor of History, Western Carolina University) and Ademide Adelusi-Adeluyi (Assistant Professor of History, University of California, Riverside).

 

Institutional partners for this event include:

Columbia University Institute for African Studies

Barnard College Office of the Provost

Barnard College, Department of History

Barnard Urban Studies Department

Rutgers Center for African Studies

Applause Africa

Barnard College, Department of Africana Studies

 

Featured image source: Iheanyi Igboko
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