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African Cities Reader II: Mobilities & Fixtures

 

The African Cities Reader is a biennial publication that brings together contributors from across Africa and the world to challenge the prevailing depiction of urban life on the continent and redefine cityness, Africa-style. It is a joint creation of Chimurenga Magazine and the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town.

 

The second installment of the Reader is centered on the theme ‘Mobilities and Fixtures’. In this issue Sean O’Toole interviews architect David Adjaye about African cityscapes, snapshot photography and failed utopias; Victor Lavalle uncovers the making of mercenaries in Uganda; Martin Kimani follows the African visa-seeker in the tragi-comedy that is the post 9/11 airport; Sherif El-Azma explores Cairo by foot; MADEYOULOOK and Santu Mofokeng imagine the didactic possibilities of trains; Manu Herbstein documents the ‘car-doctors’ of Accra; Chris Abani discovers the African city of Las Vegas; and Michael Watts examines oil cities.

 

Other contributors include Jonny Steinberg, Brian Chikwava, Dominique Malaquais, Mowoso Collective, Doreen Baingana, Teju Cole, Ed Kashi, Sean Christie, Khulile Nxumalo, Nicole Turner, Iain Chambers, Tim Cresswell and many more.

 

The African Cities Reader is edited by Ntone Edjabe and Edgar Pieterse.

 

Read it online here or or get a copy of the print edition from our shop.

 

Title: African Cities Reader II: Mobilities & Fixtures
ISBN number:  978-0-9814273-4-8
Text:  English
Editors:  Ntone Edjabe and Edgar Pieterse
Publishing date:  May 2011
Price*ZAR250; USD35; EURO25
* Price excludes shipping costs”

 

 

 

 

 

African Cities Reader I: Pan-African Practices

 

The African Cities Reader, an annual compendium of writing and art from multiple genres, forms of representation, and points of view, embodies and reflects the rich pluralism, cosmopolitanism and diversity of emergent urbanisms across Africa. The first installment of the Reader brings together contributors from across Africa and the Diaspora to challenge, examine and critique the prevailing depiction of urban life on the continent. The theme, Pan-African Practices, is explored from multiple vantage points to produce a fresh look at the trajectories and interiorities of the urban African experience.

 

In the launch issue Rustum Kozain muses over the cultural and alternative relations built, negotiations and dealings made as a resident of Cape Town (South Africa); Jean-Christophe Lanquetin‘s SAPE Project is captured in a pictorial narrative; Gabeba Baderoon and Karen Press poetically expound on the daily traversing of the personal and the (institutional) impersonal; James Yuma investigates the intersection between religion and national narrative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo whilst Valentine Cascarino asks how would a recontextualisation of Kinshasha in Johannesburg (South Africa) fare?; Annie Paul explores the practice of death and burial rituals in postcolonial Jamaica; and Vyjayanthi Rao, Filip de Boeck and Abdou Maliq Simone discuss Kinshasa’s Invisible City and other African cities.

 

Other contributors include Chris Abani, Akin Adesokan, Leslie Lokko, Achal Prabhala, Allan Kolski Horwitz, Marcus Neustetter, Jyoti Mistry, Rustum Kozain, and Ashraf Jamal amongst others.

 

The African Cities Reader is a collaboration between the Africa Center for Cities and Chimurenga. The African Cities Reader was edited by Ntone Edjabe and Edgar Pieterse.

 

Read it online here or get a copy of the print edition from our shop.

 

Title: African Cities Reader
ISBN number: 0-9814272-8-7
Text: English
Editors: Ntone Edjabe and Edgar Pieterse
Publishing year: April 2010
Price*: ZAR250; USD35; EURO25
* Price amounts exclude shipping costs
Soft cover, black
Inside black; 4 pages full colour