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Religious urbanisation and development in Africa

Urbanisation religieuse et développement en Afrique

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Published on Thursday, October 04, 2018 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

The volume will critically explore how processes related to religious urbanization intersect with different notions of development in African contexts. Cities are taken to be powerful venues for the creation and implementation of models of development whose moral, temporal, and political assumptions need to be examined, not least as they intersect with religious templates for the planning and reform of urban space.

Announcement

Presentation

Abstracts are invited for an interdisciplinary volume on Religion urbanization and moral economies of development in Africa, edited by David Garbin (University of Kent), Simon Coleman (University of Toronto) and Gareth Millington (University of York). The volume will critically explore how processes related to religious urbanization intersect with different notions of development in African contexts. Cities are taken to be powerful venues for the creation and implementation of models of development whose moral, temporal, and political assumptions need to be examined, not least as they intersect with religious templates for the planning and reform of urban space.   The themes and problematics to be discussed in this volume reflect the broader focus of the Religious Urbanization in Africa project (see https://rua-project.ac.uk/). These include (but are not limited to):

  • The ways urban faith-based practices of ‘development’ - through for example the provision of basic infrastructure, utilities, housing, health and educational facilities - link moral subjectivities with individual and wider narratives/aspirations of modernization, change, deliverance or prosperity
  • The ideals of belonging and citizenship promoted by religious visions of the ‘ideal city’ and how these are materially articulated in concrete urban developments 
  • How models of infrastructural development mobilized by religious actors may conflict or cohere with existing regimes of planning in specific urban contexts as well as with international development discourses
  • The ways in which religious actors and groups may provide resources to negotiate unpredictability and socio-economic uncertainties through production of urban/infrastructural space

We welcome empirically-grounded qualitative case studies or comparative approaches (including but not limited to Islam or Christianity), in particular chapters linking urban change in African context(s), religious place-making, and ‘development’ discourses and practices at various scales.

Submission guidelines

The proposal for this volume has been invited for a new Bloomsbury book series, ‘Studies in Religion, Space and Place’.

Please submit abstracts of up to 300 words

no later than 20 November 2018

to ruaproject@kent.ac.uk  

Accepted chapters in full (6000-7000 words) will be due by 1 June 2019. 

Editors

  • David Garbin (University of Kent),
  • Simon Coleman (University of Toronto)
  • Gareth Millington (University of York).

Date(s)

  • Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Keywords

  • religion, urbanization, development, Africa

Contact(s)

  • David Garbin
    courriel : d [dot] garbin [at] kent [dot] ac [dot] uk

Information source

  • David Garbin
    courriel : d [dot] garbin [at] kent [dot] ac [dot] uk

To cite this announcement

« Religious urbanisation and development in Africa », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, October 04, 2018, https://calenda.org/483617

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