On African Urbanism(s) / Wakanda, not Wahala: Afropolitan Projects in Accra

Thu, Mar 5, 2020, 12:00 pm

Wakanda, not Wahala: Afropolitan Projects in Accra

On African Urbanism(s): Session 1

With Anima Adjepong and Rudo Mudiwa 

Afropolitan projects, as cultural politics, assert the modernity of the African continent and position Africans as citizens of the world. Accra is a lively site for articulating Ghanaian experiences that are at once postcolonial, diasporic, and cosmopolitan. Anima Adjepong will share their analyses of these projects through their ethnographic research to reveal contests shaped by Accra’s middle-class, with artists, activists, and other urban residents that mirror the tensions in a cosmopolitan and gentrifying city, rife with unequal development.

Dr. Anima Adjepong (pronouns: they/them) is a sociologist whose research examines culture, identities, and social change in West Africa and the diaspora.They received their PhD in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and an A.B. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University.

Rudo Mudiwa is a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Comparative Literature. Her research focuses on decolonization and the politics of time and space in Africa.

Photo Credit: Eric Gyamfi. 

Location: 
School of Architecture, South Gallery
Sponsor(s): 
Program in African Studies