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Building Africa: how architecture makes states

February 21 @ 4:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Speaker: Professor Julia Gallagher, King’s College London

Chair: Professor Emma Mawdsley, Director of the Margaret Anstee Centre for Global Studies

Julia will explore how states are made and why they matter in South Africa, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia. She’ll do this by looking at state buildings, from parliaments to hospitals; from supreme courts to police stations, exploring their aesthetics, their role in public life, how they came to be built, who uses them and – most importantly – what citizens think about them.

Julia Gallagher is Reader in International Development at King’s College London. Her research is about how citizens think about and help make states, combining political, social, aesthetic and psychoanalytic theory with extensive fieldwork. She has written on UK-Africa relations, Images of Africa and Zimbabwean conceptions of the state in relation to the wider world. She currently leads an ERC-funded project about Architecture and the State in sub-Saharan Africa and is finishing a book on State-Building/s in South Africa, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.

Seminar: 4.15 to 5.30pm (in person and online)

Reception: 5.30 to 6.30pm

All welcome.

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Details

Date:
February 21
Time:
4:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Organiser

Margaret Anstee Centre for Global Studies
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Venue

Lucia Windsor Room-Newnham College