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5 September 09:00-17:00, Plant Sciences Auditorium, Plant Sciences Complex (building 59, Hatfield Campus)

Persons and Cities Graduate Conference

Chief organiser: Mpho Tshivhase; co-organiser: Chané J Rama Dahya.

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31 August - 1 September, SRC Council Room (UP Conference Centre)

Conference: Land: Texts, Narratives, Practices

After the successful seminar in May, the Faculties of Law and Theology bring you more on the hot topic of Land.


24 August 12:30 - 14:00, Old College House

Reading Group: Tshwane Mutations Series

Ngaka Mosiane (MISTRA) wraps up the series with “Meanings and representations of Tshwane”

Kindly direct your RSVP to Chané at [email protected] by 23 Aug.


10-21 August | University of Pretoria, Pretoria CBD & surrounds

[email protected] UP in collaboration with FEAST of the CLOWNS

-- a collective of academics and students collaborating to foster citizenship for social justice --

This year's programme takes the theme #WEMUSTRISE. Highlights include:

15 Aug (14:00-15:30)... 'Detroit: From Industrial Epicentre through urban rebellion to world water war' ~ Prof. Jim Perkinson (Ecumenical Theologial Seminary, Detroit, Michigan) 

11 Aug (09:00-12:00)... 'Protest in the city: healers - dreamers - jesters' 

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4 August 12:30 - 14:00, Old College House

Reading Group: Tshwane Mutations Series

Johan Swart (Dept of Architecture, UP) discusses “Urban history and spatial negotiation”

Kindly direct your RSVP to Chané at [email protected] by 3 Aug.


JUNE 2016

23 June 12:30 - 14:00, Old College House

Reading Group: Tshwane Mutations Series

Britt Baillie (UP + Cambridge) discusses “Contemporary Urban Iconoclasm”

Kindly direct your RSVP to Chané at [email protected] by 22 June.


7 June 12:30 - 14:00, Old College House

Reading Group: Tshwane Mutations Series

Stephan van Wyk (UNISA) discusses “Post-apartheid Pretoria? Old ideas and new mutations”

Kindly direct your RSVP to Chané at [email protected] by 6 June.


MAY 2016

12 May 12:30 - 14:00, Old College House

Reading Group 

Mpho Matheolane (WITS) unpacks his research on Imagined spaces & lived realities: the flaneur in the postcolonial/post-apartheid city

Kindly direct your RSVP to Chané at [email protected] by 11 May.


6 May 09:30 - 16:30 (Moot Court, Level 1, Law Building)

Seminar: 'Land: texts, narratives, practices'

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This event marks a successful collaboration between the Departments of Law and Theology supported by the Capital Cities Programme.

Kindly direct your RSVP to Sunét Slabbert at [email protected] by 5 May.


APRIL 2016

14 April 12:30 - 14:00, Old College House

Reading Group: The role of the planner in post-apartheid South Africa

presented by Danielle Hill and Kundani Makakavhule from the Department of Town and Regional Planning (UP)

Kindly direct your RSVP to Chané at [email protected] by 13 April.


MARCH 2016

17 March 12:30 - 14:00, Old College House Boardroom

Reading Group: 'Skating for social change: skateboard programs in Johannesburg and Durban'

Hans Berner (TU Darmstadt and Humboldt) shares his research exploring the role of skateboarding in the construction of public space in some South Africa cities.

Kindly direct your RSVP to Chané at [email protected] by 16 March.



23 February 12:30 - 14:00 (Moot Court, Level 1, Law Building, Hatfield Campus)

Seminar: 'Land: Texts, Narratives, Practices'

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NOTE: due to protest action on campus this event is postponed!!!


18 February 12:30 - 14:00, Old College House Boardroom

Reading Group: 'Mega-projects and Cities'

Jason Musyoka (post-doc, Human Economy Programme) takes this session on the potentional distruptiveness of mega-projects to lives in the city using the following texts:

Blaž Križnik (2014) Local responses to market-driven urban development in global cities; and

- Paul K. Gellert & Barbara D. Lynch (2003) Mega-projects as displacements.

Kindly direct your RSVP to Chané at [email protected] by 17 February.



26 November 08:30 for 09:00 - 15:00

Colloquium: Cities in and after Societal Transformations - cases from eastern Europe and the 'global south'

Please join to hear and enter into conversation with Bill Freund (UKZN) on postcolonial material life in African cities; Nancy Odendaal and Jerónimo Delgado (UCT) on Bogotá; Bongi Ndimande (Unizul) on Ngoye and traditional authority; Ludek Sykora (Charles University Prague) on multiple transformations in post-socialist cities; we hope, Antonádia Borges (UnB) on Brasília; and Alan Mabin on city mutations and 'theory from the south'.

Kindly direct your RSVP to Chané at [email protected] by 23 November.



31 October 11:00 -14:00

Documentary Screening: Lixo Extraordinario - Waste Land (2010) 

The Brazilian Embassy in Pretoria, Swiss Agency for Development and Corporation, Pretoria Street Photography, Capital Cities IRT, and SLOW (Social Life of Waste) Art Network invite you to a screening of the award-winning documentary WASTE LAND (2010) by Lucy Walker. The screening will be followed by a response to the film by discussants addressing the question of waste art.

Click here to view the trailer. 


2 October 12:00 for 12:30-14:00

Tomas Baum, Director: Flemish Peace Institute







Public Lecture: 'Dealing with Riots: More than Repression, More than Prevention'

Venue: Graduate Centre 1-56, Hatfield (main) campus, University of Pretoria

RSVPChané Rama Dahya [email protected] by 1 October

Riots disturb the public order in a city. When they are sizable, or as they grow larger, local riots draw attention to tense coexistence in the neighborhoods where they take place. It is always government that is called upon to formulate a response. Policy actions are best founded on an adequate understanding of the riot in question. How does one make sense of riots? One may certainly assess the context of the - sometimes violent - actions and the motives of individuals involved. However, since riots are “infra political events” the boundary between delinquency and crime on the one hand, and more explicit significance on violence on the other hand, cannot be drawn in an univocal way. Moreover, riots cannot be reduced to a display of violence; people flock together, emotions run high, narratives are created and spread. The political significance can therefore exceed the limited lifespan of the riotous event. 
While government responses to riots oscillate between repressive and preventative forms, the realization of both dimensions can vary widely. It is therefore useful to distinguish five dimensions based on which governments (local and national) can pursue policy objectives: social context, policing activity, power relations, communication and urban city planning. In this way policies relating to riots can extend beyond the mere sum of, or a balancing act between, repression and prevention. 

Tomas Baum is currently director and research coordinator of the Flemish Peace Institute in which capacity he translates the Institute’s  work  to  various  levels  of  policymaking,  media  and other fora. He also facilitates in conflict transformation processes based on insights from participatory community building and theories of conflict resolution. Through and examination of the common characteristics of peace that comprise democratic, cultural, institutional and cosmopolitan elements he reflects not only on the war/peace dichotomy, but  on  the interplay between  local/global,  ideals/reality  and morality/politics. Beyond conflict management and violence, his expertise ranges to international politics and arms export control. He has published on the political thought of Immanuel Kant and arms control. Baum holds three master’s qualifications in philosophy,  applied  ethics  and  in-
ternational politics respectively. 




AUGUST 2015 

5 August 17:00 for 17:15

Jan Nijman, Director: Centre for Urban Studies, University of Amsterdam

Public Lecture: 'Emergent Urban Formations: the Case of India'

Venue: Merensky 2 Library Auditorium, Hatfield (main) campus, University of Pretoria

RSVPChané Rama Dahya [email protected] by 3 August

Claims about a global 'urban age'or 'planetary urbanization' demand attention to differentiated urban experiences  and necessitate re-thinking what is urban, and what not. The lecture engages debates on comparative urbanism and the portability of western urban theory. It does so using the example of India, where accelerated economic growth is not accompanied by urban growth as commonly observed. The notion of 'emergent urban formations underscores the possibility of genres of urbanisation that fdo not fit existing (western) theory.

Jan Nijman is the founding Director of the Centre for Utban Studies at the University of Amsterdam, where he is also a Professor of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies. His speciality is in urban and regional development and comparative urbanism, with regional expertise in North America and South Asia. He is a former Guggenheim Fellow and author of five books including the award winning 'Miami: Mistress of the Americas' (U od Pennsylvania Press, 2011). Professor Nijman is a distinguished visiting professor at the University of Pretoria, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.




MAY 2015 

Public Lecture: 12 May 18:00 for 18:30 - 20:00

Tomasso Vitale, Associate Professor, SciencesPo (Paris)






Public Lecture: ‘The Effects of Metropolitan Governance Discontinuities. A research framework and some preliminary comparative results in London, Mexico City, Paris, and Sao Paulo.’

Venue: Sanlam Auditorium, Economic and Management Sciences Building

RSVP: Chané Rama Dahya [email protected] by 11 May

Have large metropolises become so complex to be ungovernable? Do globalization pressures make political and policy choices irrelevant? Going beyond rational or positivist views of governance, the process of governing a metropolitan region is never fully complete, nor linear. Governance discontinuities are salient as entry points to explore (1) how processes of governance operate in relation to urban development projects, and (2) the effects of policy implementation on inequalities and social opportunities; so to say articulating an analysis of the governance processes, policy implementation and their outcomes. Evidence is provided from four large metropolises. What is not governed is important as much as what is governed. 

Tommaso Vitale is the scientific director of the master’s degree programme in “Governing the Large Metropolis”. His main research interests are in the fields of Comparative Urban Sociology where he has published books and articles on conflicts and urban change, on spatial segregation, on social service planning, and on élite and local governance of industrial restructuring. His main research topics are: 1) Tensions between endogenous and exogenous mechanisms of urban change; 2) Social effects of governance discontinuities; 3) Structural contexts of opportunities; 4) Social effects of minority visibility and segregation.

His papers can be downloaded here:





15 & 16 May

African Heritage Challenges: Development and Sustainability

CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT - SG1&2

The Cambridge Heritage Research Group invites you to the 16th annual seminar at CRASSH focusing on the challenges in the African heritage landscape. The conference aims to explore the ways in which heritage can promote, secure or undermine sustainable development in Africa, and in turn, how this development affects conceptions of heritage in Africa. As the countries of Africa attempt to forge burgeoning economies and societies in the twenty-first century, cultural heritage has a role to play as the nexus where the past and the future meet.

Heritage in Africa is increasingly employed as a vehicle for development. The desire to make heritage pay is palpable. Can one really put the onus on Africa’s past to not only be self-sustaining but also to fuel development? How can Africa’s heritage be used to shape and secure a sustainable future for the continent?

This conference has two broad aims: a) to understand the relationship, tensions and challenges between heritage, development and sustainability in Africa, b) to understand how heritage is conceptualized in a diverse African context in light of developing societies, economies and priorities.

It explores the questions: In what ways do heritage, sustainability and development intersect in African nations? Can heritage be conceived as a motor for innovation and change, or is it a barrier to development? What challenges or tensions arise as nations, cities and communities employ cultural heritage for economic, touristic, or societal development? What can heritage researchers learn from the African experience? 

Britt Baillie (University of Cambridge, Affiliated Lecturer in the Division of Archaeology)
Chris Boonzaaier (University of Pretoria, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology)
Leanne Philpot (University of Cambridge, PhD Student in the Division of Archaeology)
Marie Louise Stig Sørensen (University of Cambridge, Reader in the Division of Archaeology)

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25 & 26 May

Tshwane Homeless Summit

Ditsong Museum (149 Visagie Street, Tshwane)

RSVP: Ntsakisi Khosa [email protected] by 15 May 

For more info click here




APRIL 2015 

21 & 22 April 

Conference: Changing Capital Cities in Latin America, the Caribbean and Southern Africa

The Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC) in South Africa and Capital Cities Project hereby cordially invite you to a two-day international conference on

Changing Capital Cities in Latin America, the Caribbean and Southern Africa

Alongside a cultural fair by the GRULAC Embassies and High Commissions, gain an insight into other world cities through expert presentations from Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Uruguay, Guyana, Mozambique, South Africa that show how cities adapt for life.

Highlights include: “A tale of three capital cities: Salvador, Rio de Janeiro e Brasília” by Prof. Maria Fernanda Derntl (Universidade de Brasília), “The Social Life of Waste Art” by Dr Myer Taub and Dr. Detlev Krige (UP) and “Capital Cities in Africa: Power and Powerlessness” by Prof. Simon Bekker (University of Stellenbosch).

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MARCH 2015 

24 March

Westfort Cultural Landscape

The Department of Architecture invites you to a roundtable discussion with heritage experts working through the Shared Cultural Heritage Program of the Royal Dutch Embassy in Pretoria about the significance and future of the Westfort cultural landscape. The discussion will be chaired by Prof. Alan Mabin of the Capital Cities IRT at the Univeristy of Pretoria.

Room 4-3, Boukunde Building, Department of Architecture, University of Pretoria.



Date to be confirmed
Capital Cities Conversations: Re:[email protected] Youth and the Arts event

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9 September
Capital Cities Public Conversation







Presented by Professor Gorän Therborn, Swedish born Global Scientist and Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Cambridge, UK
18:00-19:30, followed by a reception
Venue to be confirmed.
Enquiries and RSVP: [email protected]


AUGUST 2014 

11-16 August
Feast of the Clowns

An inner city festival hosted by the Tshwane Leadership Foundation in collaboration with the University of Pretoria Faculties of Law and Humanities, the Urban Innovation Hub and the Capital Cities Project.
Log onto the Facebook page for updates: Feast of the Clowns


MAY 2014

8 May
Workshop: Pretoria in/im print: Textual and print cultures and text-as-image in the Capital City

A one-day book history workshop hosted by the Faculty of Humanities, University of Pretoria, as part of the CAPITAL CITIES project.  Jointly co-ordinated by the Dept of Visual Arts (Faculty of Humanities) and the Dept of Information Science (Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and IT).
Enquiries: Lize Kriel, Dept of Visual Arts, [email protected], or Beth le Roux, Dept of Information Science, [email protected] 

8 May Public lecture: 'What bonds the nation? Ties of affective belonging in today's South Africa' Presented by Dr Derek Hook, Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck College, London. Dr Hook is a visiting scholar with the UP Capital Cities Institutional Research Theme and Extraordinary Professor of Psychology, University of Pretoria

17:00 for 17:30-19:00, followed by a reception
Senate Hall, Administration Building, University of Pretoria Hatfield Campus
Enquiries and RSVP: [email protected]


APRIL 2014 

10 April
Capital Cities Public Conversation: 'Debating Cities of the South: Theories and Materialities'
Presented by Professor Sophie Oldfield, social geographer, School of Environmental Geographical Sciences, University of Cape Town, and Dr Noëleen Murray, architect and humanities scholar, Cities in Transition Research Project, University of the Western Cape
Click here for the Presentation by Professor Sophie Oldfield.


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