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January 23rd, 2020

Towards comparative, historically informed research on African urban mobility issues — call for participation in the formation of a research network – University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa 8 – 9 June 2020

Conveners: Dr. Njogu Morgan (History Workshop, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa), Dr. Yusuf Madugu (History Department, Bayero University, Nigeria), Dr. Lisa Kane (Centre for Transport Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa), and Prof. Ruth Oldenziel (Technology, Innovation & Society, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands)

We are pleased to invite applications for participation in a 2-day workshop that will launch a research network on urban transport and mobility issues on the African continent. We seek applications from early career scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds in the social sciences who have established or emerging research agenda examining contemporary sustainable urban mobility questions on the continent from a historic and comparative perspective.

We invite scholars thinking about contemporary urban mobility issues from a historical and comparative perspective to an intimate 2-day workshop. Participants will exchange completed and ongoing research addressing some of the above questions and related ones pertaining to all forms of mobilities whether ‘public’ or ‘private.’ Given the accent on contributing to policy agenda for sustainable transport, workshop participants will also work on short articles for publication in popular press. It is also envisaged that participants will agree, as relevant, to work on co-authoring joint academic pieces for critical peer review at a subsequent workshop to be held in 2020. Such pieces will potentially be published either as a special journal issue or as part of an edited book. Finally, participants will discuss mechanisms for ongoing network development into the future.

Day 1 will focus on exchanging scholarship while day two will be allocated to authoring media articles and discussing mechanisms for network development. Participants will be expected to attend the entire 2 day-workshop.

To apply, submit the following in a single pdf document to njogu.morgan@wits.ac.za

The workshop will host a maximum of 40 participants with even geographical distribution of the research agenda that covers all major regions of sub-Saharan Africa. Successful applicants will have their travel, accommodation and meals provided.


You can download the complete call – including additional background information – here.