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

Posted on March 23, 2015

The Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC) in South Africa and Capital Cities Project (UP Institutional Research Theme) 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).

Join Vice-Chancellor Prof Cheryl de la Rey and Executive Mayor of Tshwane HE Mr Kgosientso Ramokgopa for the official opening:

Date:     21 April 2015

Time:     09:00 – 10:30

Venue: Conference Centre, University of Pretoria, Hatfield Campus

RSVP:    Nico Taljaard ([email protected]) by 13 April.

The conference continues through Tuesday April 21 and ends at lunch time on Wednesday April 22.

The cultural exhibition will run throughout the two days.

The Capital Cities Project is a cross-faculty research project initiated by the Faculty of Humanities, but incorporating expertise from several other faculties within the University of Pretoria community. Researchers and postgraduate students from the Faculties of Humanities; Law; Health Sciences; Natural and Agricultural Sciences; Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology; Theology; and Economic and Management Sciences collaborate by asking new questions about Pretoria/Tshwane as a city, and as a capital city. The uniqueness of capital cities in general and our capital city in particular, will be investigated from the viewpoint of a variety of disciplines.

The Capital Cities Project represents an invitation by the University of Pretoria to the residents of the city, civil society and public authorities on all levels, as well as international communities, to engage one another in theory and practice about the capital cities in which we live, and the capital cities in which we want to live.

- Author C Garnas


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