Fluxus - Conference on Social Appropriations and Usage Conflicts in African Cities

ISCTE-IUL, 14-15 September 2011

This Conference proposes a comparative approach based on fieldwork observation to examine ways in which social life is organised in urban centres of African cities. It addresses the possibilities and the limitations of applying the same conceptual and methodological criteria in African and non-African socio-cultural contexts. It also proposes to clarify the way in which the major dynamics of global metropolitisation particularly in regard to the increasing use of cars, affects planned and unplanned urban morphologies and the traditional ways of living in a city, and more specifically the way it affects the use of open spaces as the stage for varied forms of sociability. The Conference will  focus on the conflicts arising from these land use controls – with particular attention on those conflicts between car users and pedestrians, and suggests administrative actions culturally adapted to the urban planning, regulatory and educational fields.

The final objective of the Conference is to ensure that the urban spaces explored remain not only transiting spaces but also meeting points within the framework of policies of international cooperation in the key fields of health, sustainability, urban planning and cultural heritage.


Wendesday 14 September 2011

10:30 Registration

11:00 Opening Cerimony

11:30 Presentation of the FLUXUS Project, its history, current state and future perspectives (Manuel João Ramos, CEA-IUL, and Alberto López Bargados, UB-GRECS)

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 16:30 - Session 1

-        From Diya to compensation. Compensation for victims of road crashes in Nouakchott (Marta Alonso Cabré - UB-GRECS)

-        Processes of modernization of a young African capital: Nouakchott  (Francesca Nucci - UB-GRECS)

-        Hiaces and road danger in Santiago (Cape Verde) (Gerard Horta Calleja - UB-GRECS)

-        Socio-spatial domestication of the Sucupira market: public transport on the crossroads of urban reform in Praia (Santiago, Cape Verde) (Daniel Malet Calvo - UB-GRECS)

Discussant: Manuel Delgado (UB-GRECS)

16:30 Break

16:45 – 17:30 Debate

Thursday 15 September 2011

10:00 – 12:30 – Session 2

-        Aspects of the informal economy of public transportation in Luanda (Carlos Lopes - CEA-IUL)

-        Representations of road trauma in popular spiritualist cults in S. Vicente (Cape Verde) (João Vasconcelos – ICS-UL)

-        Road Renewal as a source of social conflict in Addis Ababa (Rodolfo Soares – CEA-IUL)

-        [In]Formal Planning to the African City: an Integrated and Systemic Approach  (David Viana – CEAUP)

Discussant: Cristina Rodrigues (CEA-IUL)

12:30 Debate

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 Round Table: Project Fluxus - integration of research activities on urban transportation and social conflict between European and African teams.


13.09.2011 | by joanapires | cidades africanas