Africa Conference 2003 African Urban Spaces: History and Culture March 28 - 30 2003
University and Community Support

Center for African and African American Studies
Department of History

Department of Government
Office of the Vice President and Dean of Graduate Studies
Louann and Larry Temple Centennial Professor In English Literature
Women¹s and Gender Studies
School of Music
Program in Comparative Literature
Department of American Studies
Capital Spectrum, INC.
CSI Urban Issues Program

Center for Middle Eastern Studies
College of Fine Arts
Department of Radio-Television-Film
Liberal Arts Honors Program
LBJ School of Public Affairs
Department of History, Southern Methodist University
University Co-Op
Department of English

Dr. Bola Olusola
Songhai Ventures, INC.

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Venue: The Texas Union on the University of Texas at Austin Campus

Convener: Dr. Toyin Falola
Coordinator: Steven J. Salm


University of Texas at Austin, 28-30 March 2003

We are pleased to announce a three-day conference centered on African urban history and culture, from the earliest settlements to twenty-first century cities. The conference will revolve around specific aspects of African urban environments and encompass a wide range of disciplines and perspectives. The participants will be drawn from the United States, Canada, and elsewhere, including European and African countries. Graduate students are encouraged to attend and present papers. Africans continue to move to urban environments, in both Africa and abroad, in significant numbers, changing the political, economic, social, and cultural environments around them. Urban research, however, has rarely kept pace with these changes. Africans in cities have received more attention over the last decade, but there are still many voids in the research. We welcome papers that raise historical, cultural, methodological, and theoretical questions that address these voids by focusing on relevant issues in urban African and diaspora communities. The "African Urban Spaces" conference will provide a space for scholars of various disciplines to share their ideas on a variety of topics with others and receive feedback. As much as possible, papers will be assigned to particular panels based on similarities in theme, discipline, or location. Selected papers from the conference will be published in book form.

The deadline for submitting paper proposals is November 1, 2002. Proposals should include a 250-word abstract along with author's name, address, telephone, email, and institutional affiliation. Please address all inquiries and submissions to or or

Toyin Falola
Department of History
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas 78712