“Locating the Urban University: International Dialogues with South African Policy and Practice”
As part of a GSU International Collaborative Urban Research Grant, Jean-Paul Addie was in Cape Town in August to run the workshop “Locating the Urban University: International Dialogues with South African Policy and Practice”. The event, co-organized by the Urban Studies Institute and the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa, explored two key themes: (1) the nexus of urban development and universities’ spatial practices in South Africa; and (2) universities’ role in producing urban knowledge, experts, and capacity-building to tackle the demands of 21st-century urbanization. Catalyst talks by Addie, Leslie Bank (HSRC), James Ransom (University College London), Michele Acuto (University of Melbourne), and Nisa Mammon (NM & Associates) shared international experiences and best practices regarding university urbanism, and focused discussions on the distinct challenges and opportunities presented by urban university engagement in Cape Town and other South African cities. Key debates revolved around: the reproduction of student life in the city; the land question capacity-building for inclusive economic growth, and the task of recognizing and moving beyond the legacies of Apartheid on both higher education and urban development.
A full workshop report is in preparation.