Book launch & discussion: Precarious Urbanism: Displacement, Belonging and the Reconstruction of Somali Cities
**POSTPONED** Please note new date of 8 November. Hybrid event. Register to attend online via the link below.
This book explores relationships between war, displacement and city-making. Focusing on people seeking refuge in Somali cities after being forced to migrate by violence, environmental shocks or economic pressures, it highlights how these populations are actively transforming urban space.
Using first-hand testimonies and participatory photography by urban in-migrants, the book documents and analyses the micropolitics of urban camp management, evictions and gentrification, and the networked labour of displaced populations that underpins growing urban economies. Central throughout is a critical analysis of how the discursive figure of the ‘internally displaced person’ is co-produced by various actors. The book argues that this label exerts significant power in structuring socio-economic inequalities and the politics of group belonging within different Somali cities connected through protracted histories of conflict-related migration.
Date: 8 November 2023, 16:00 (Wednesday, 5th week, Michaelmas 2023)
Venue: 13 Bevington Road, 13 Bevington Road OX2 6NB
Venue Details: African Studies Centre seminar room
Speakers: Peter Chonka (King's College London), Gayatri Sahgal (University of Oxford)
Organising department: Centre for African Studies
Organiser: Jason Mosley (University of Oxford)
Part of: Northeast Africa Forum seminar series
Booking required?: Not required
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Audience: Public
Editor: Jason Mosley