a call for change Theme for spring 2014: Moral Communities in transforming African cities n the spring of 2014, the Nordic Africa Institute places particular emphasis on ongoing political, social and moral upheavals in African cities. The theme Moral communities in transforming African cities is about how people build their future together in rapidly changing urban environments. It is also about those who tear down old walls, and those who create new ones. When hundreds of thousands of demonstrators forced Egyptian President Mubarak to step down in early 2011, people were united by feelings of hope. The usual fear of government seemed to have vanished. After Mubarak’s fall, however, optimism soon gave way to frustration, confusion and anger. South Africa and Nigeria are striking examples of in- I Erik and Ulrika Trovalla: The impact of imperfect infrastructure on the contours of everyday lives. creasing economic strength and confidence in Africa. Yet on other levels, they have not lived up to the expectations of their people. Today’s South Africa is shaped by a deep economic divide, unemployment and fear of crime. The equality people were hoping for when the apartheid system was dismantled 20 years ago is still a distant prospect. For its part, the Nigerian city of Jos has for over a decade been plagued by ethnic and religious tension. Fear and suspicion have come between its citizens, and former neighbours are now separated. Yet for all these divisions and frustrations, there are those who still have hope and seek to build community. All of these strands are examined in the spring of 2014. Marianne Millstein: Urban policies, citizens’ everyday experience and the struggle to carve out a place in deeply divided cities. Mats Utas, Anders Themnér, Ilmari Käihkö: Ex-commanders’ networks in Liberia: How are they sustained and can they be a tool for promoting peace and development? guinea sierra leone liberia ghana Mimmi Söderberg Kovacs, Jesper Bjarnesen, Mats Utas: How does election-related violence affect democratic legitimacy? Theme-related NAI projects Ulrika Trovalla: The aftermath of ethnic and religious violence in the emergent city of Jos, Nigeria 2001-2014. nigeria south africa dr congo egypt tanzania uganda ethiopia Annika Teppo: Urban communities: Boundaries and transformations in the post-apartheid city. Maria Eriksson Baaz and Judith Verweijen: The impact of security staff supplementary incomes (illicit taxes and protection fees, etc.) on civilians in the DRC. Kjell Havnevik, Linda Engström, Atakilte Beyene, Opira Otto and Terje Oestigaard: Imposed large scale land acquisitions, foreign investments and free market liberalism in local communities based on customary laws and social values. Maria Malmström: How do people understand and respond to events in Egypt in the aftermath of the 2011 uprisings and in today’s periods of instability? The particular focus is materiality and affective politics. Photo: Sven Torfinn/Panos Pictures/Felix Features Terje Oestigaard: The disappearance of traditional practices and beliefs in the face of modernisation and globalization in relation to the spread of both Christianity and new forms of witchcraft. Cape Town, South Africa. PROGRAMME: Welcome to NAI’s theme-related lectures for spring 2014, featuring guest lecturers of international repute. February 26 charlotte lemanski Who decides what is ´(im)moral´ in a highly unequal African urban context in a culturally differentiated society? In focus are two case studies from Cape Town, South Africa. April 9 mattia fumanti This lecture shows how towns in Namibia and their inhabitants are interwoven. It will explore social stratification, differentiation and the making of moral public spaces in African secondary cities. April 23 jane parish Drawing on her expertise on Akan witchcraft among Ghanaian diaspora communities in the UK, Paris and New York, Dr Parish will probe the interaction between movie stars, Detroit automobiles and African spirit shrines in New York City. May 14 filip de boeck How do urban populations make sense of their worlds and devise cultural strategies to cope with the ongoing breakdown of urban infrastructure? This lecture will examine social and cultural imaginaries in Kinshasa. June 4 elaine salo Who is a moral person, and what is needed to become one? The lecture will draw on the author’s ethnographic study of gender, race and community in the townships of the Cape Flats, Cape Town, South Africa. venue: The Nordic Africa Institute, Villavägen 6, Uppsala time: 15.15-17.00 for all lectures. Pre-registration is required two days before the lecture. 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