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Middle Class Urbanism in the Global South Conference
From Monday 26 February 2018
To Wednesday 28 February 2018
Contact ,

This conference focuses on the dynamic, multi-stranded and highly complex relationship that exist between the emerging middle classes and urban development in the Global South. It aims to promote an exploratory dialogue based on accounts from different urban contexts and with various analytical perspectives, in order to reach new interdisciplinary insights and refine research questions concerning this dynamic relationship.

The organisers encourage participants to consider the following questions:

  • What happens to a city when the middle class starts to grow?
  • How does the rise of an urban middle class influence urban development and how does it change or rebalance the actors and agencies involved in the production of urban space?
  • Which kind of new patterns of urban expansion, housing typologies and city models does it encourage?
  • How do the middle classes manifest themselves as societal forces that potentially shape new and emerging urban spaces?
  • How do they influence renewed forms of urban citizenship and urban anxieties/aspirations?
  • To what extent, and in what way, are they key drivers for new or changing city models?

Abstract submission

Authors/researchers can send abstracts of up to 250 words to and , specifying affiliation and attaching a short biography (100 words).

Formats: Authors can elaborate full papers, posters or speeches supported by PowerPoint presentations. Full papers should not exceed 6000 words.

Important dates

  • Deadline for abstract submission: December 1st, 2017.
  • Communication of accepted abstracts: December 15th, 2017
  • Confirmation of participation in the conference: February 1st, 2018

Conference fee: No conference fee is required but participants (or related institutions) must cover travel costs to Maputo. Depending on the number of participants, some accommodation may be provided. Further information regarding accommodation will be provided by the conference organisers when papers are accepted.

Further information

For more information on the conference objectives, registration and outputs, click here to download the call for submissions document.

The Middle Class Urbanism project

The conference is organised by the research project 'Middle Class Urbanism: An interdisciplinary study of the physical reordering of urban sub-Saharan Africa', which is funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research (FKK) and will run from 2017-2020. The project uses the specific example of Maputo as a lens for investigating rapid urbanization processes in sub-Saharan Africa more generally. It places special emphasis on the radical transformations of the built environment caused by ‘middle class urbanism’, conceptualised as an assemblage of practices (crosscutting the legal and the illegal, the formal and the informal) that is structured by ideas of privacy and social-cum-physical security as key factors for improving the quality of urban life.

More information about the MCU project and sub-projects can be found here.

Location Maputo, Mozambique

Middle Class Urbanism in the Global South Conference

Location : Maputo, Mozambique
Contact : ,
From Monday 26 February 2018
To Wednesday 28 February 2018

This conference focuses on the dynamic, multi-stranded and highly complex relationship that exist between the emerging middle classes and urban development in the Global South. It aims to promote an exploratory dialogue based on accounts from different urban contexts and with various analytical perspectives, in order to reach new interdisciplinary insights and refine research questions concerning this dynamic relationship.

The organisers encourage participants to consider the following questions:

  • What happens to a city when the middle class starts to grow?
  • How does the rise of an urban middle class influence urban development and how does it change or rebalance the actors and agencies involved in the production of urban space?
  • Which kind of new patterns of urban expansion, housing typologies and city models does it encourage?
  • How do the middle classes manifest themselves as societal forces that potentially shape new and emerging urban spaces?
  • How do they influence renewed forms of urban citizenship and urban anxieties/aspirations?
  • To what extent, and in what way, are they key drivers for new or changing city models?

Abstract submission

Authors/researchers can send abstracts of up to 250 words to and , specifying affiliation and attaching a short biography (100 words).

Formats: Authors can elaborate full papers, posters or speeches supported by PowerPoint presentations. Full papers should not exceed 6000 words.

Important dates

  • Deadline for abstract submission: December 1st, 2017.
  • Communication of accepted abstracts: December 15th, 2017
  • Confirmation of participation in the conference: February 1st, 2018

Conference fee: No conference fee is required but participants (or related institutions) must cover travel costs to Maputo. Depending on the number of participants, some accommodation may be provided. Further information regarding accommodation will be provided by the conference organisers when papers are accepted.

Further information

For more information on the conference objectives, registration and outputs, click here to download the call for submissions document.

The Middle Class Urbanism project

The conference is organised by the research project 'Middle Class Urbanism: An interdisciplinary study of the physical reordering of urban sub-Saharan Africa', which is funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research (FKK) and will run from 2017-2020. The project uses the specific example of Maputo as a lens for investigating rapid urbanization processes in sub-Saharan Africa more generally. It places special emphasis on the radical transformations of the built environment caused by ‘middle class urbanism’, conceptualised as an assemblage of practices (crosscutting the legal and the illegal, the formal and the informal) that is structured by ideas of privacy and social-cum-physical security as key factors for improving the quality of urban life.

More information about the MCU project and sub-projects can be found here.

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