The UTA-Do 2023 organizing team is proud to announce the call for prospective participants interested in attending the annual UTA-Do Workshop. The Workshop responds to the dire need to co-produce knowledge from urban Africa, challenging the asymmetries which exist in urban theory and policy spaces.
The UTA-Do African Cities Workshop builds on the brash, daring, dynamic ‘uta-do?’ mentality of Nairobi. Loosely translated as ‘what are you going to do about it?’ (rendered with a mischievous smirk), the UTA-Do workshop creates a space and network through which scholars and fellow urbanists theorize and think together.
The one-week program is structured around theoretical inputs, writing exercises, field trips, and arts immersion activities.
UTA-Do, while centered on urban theory making, is designed to connect academics with those who are doing – including artists and activists. While the Workshop targets Nairobi based urbanists (for practical reasons), the orientation and conceptualization is Pan-African, and the Workshop hopes to attract thinkers and doers from various cities and regions. Between 25 and 30 participants will be selected to take part in the 2023 program.
Who: Early career academics, researchers, activists, and artists interested in urban theory
Where: British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA), Nairobi
When: April 17 – 21, 2023
Website: UTA-Do site
Application deadline: Applications must be submitted online by Jan 27. Applicants will be notified of acceptance in early February.
How to apply: An application link can be found on the website or through this link.
Cost: If selected, participation is free. We will not be able to provide compensation for travel, accommodation or per diems.