Africa at Noon on February 19, 2014

Remaking the Edges: Sub-Saharan Africa’s New Suburbs

Garth Myers
Urban International Studies
Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut

Time and Loca­tion

12:00pm, 206 Ingra­ham Hall, 1155 Obser­va­tory Drive, Madi­son, WI

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This paper chapter examines the edge areas of Lusaka, based on fieldwork from 2013, as a broad example of the trajectory of urban expansion at the new urban frontiers in Sub-Saharan Africa. I emphasize four themes: (1) the significance of new foreign investment in urban frontier zones (particularly from China); (2) the bifurcated character of the expansion; (3) the rise of surveillance technologies; and (4) the endurance of continuities with European colonialism.


Garth Myers is the Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Urban International Studies at Trinity College. He is Director of the Urban Studies Program. A geographer with thirty years of research experience on and in African cities, Myers teaches courses in both urban studies and international studies at Trinity. Myers contributed to the growth of urban studies and geography research on the continent, through 5 books and more than 60 articles and book chapters. His most recent book is African Cities: Alternative Visions of Urban Theory and Practice (London: Zed Books, 2011).

This event is co-sponsored by the African Studies Program and the Department of Geography.