The University of Cape Town
invites you to an Inaugural Lecture
by Professor Nancy Odendaal
Topic: Reframing African Smart Urbanism
Through this lecture, Professor Odendaal will counter mainstream claims that the standardised smart city represents a panacea for intractable urban problems. The lecture will argue for a celebration of place and local practices, in reframing smart urbanism. This approach embraces the material features of contemporary cities, considers the interface with livelihoods and technological innovation, and gives insights into digital appropriation at the socio-economic margins. The notion of African Smart Urbanism is explored relationally and granularly to contest the universalist claims of the platform economy and data-driven governance.
Date: Tuesday, 24 October 2023
Time: 17:15 SAST
Venue: Snape Teaching Studio 3B, Snape Building, UCT Upper Campus