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Call for Participation: Urban Theory Africa – Doing (UTA-Do) African Cities Workshop (2023)

By December 16, 2022No Comments

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. 

Additional details:

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. 


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