The Network comprises a two-year programme of academic and cultural events based on four two-day workshops, in London, Delhi, Johannesburg, Oxford, with a final keynote lecture in Warwick. The four workshops, held over a span of two years, will be built around a two-day structure where the first day will consist of panel discussions, and the second, of a variety of cultural events. Each will take one of the major conceptual axes of the project as its focus and aim to maximize the exchanges between academic and non-academic participants, and between these activity clusters and the cities themselves.

1. ‘Empire and Post-Empire in the Global City’, King’s College London

30 and 31 January 2014

The first workshop investigated the relationship between violence and urban planning in the post-imperial metropolis of London and explored the way this is interrogated in literature and performance.

A reflective summary of the workshop is available, along with podcasts of the papers and other resources.

2. ‘Planning Modernity: Colonial Continuities, Postcolonial Disjunctions’, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

24 and 25 October 2014

The second workshop investigated the cultural production of space in a city in which colonial urban planning reached a superlative breadth and scale in Lutyens’ and Baker’s expansive architectural expressions (1911). The workshop brought writers, literary critics and geographers together to explore how Delhi’s new administrative centre formalized the bipartite exclusionary layout that had become commonplace in other cities of empire (as in South Africa).

View the programmeread a summary of the event or listen to a selection of podcasts from the workshop.

3. ‘Forensic Infrastructure: Building the Global South’, WISER, Johannesburg

31 March and 1 April 2015

The third workshop will investigate the city’s spatial construction, reconstruction and transformation as a consequence of southern Africa’s legacies of empire, apartheid and political transition. Comparative corridors between Johannesburg and its Network partners, London and Delhi, will be explored, relating to such issues as spatial zoning, racialized cartography, sites of memory and memorialization, immigrants’ and refugees’ re-visioning of the city.

View the workshop programme.

4. ‘The Cost of Urban Violence’, Oxford

24 and 25 September 2015

The final workshop, in Oxford, will critically review the major findings of the network, especially the overarching themes of colonial-postcolonial continuity (and divergence) in urban space, and spatial/planning continuities between cities of the global south and north. The second day will consider future project developments, rounding off with readings by Ali and Sandhu.

Warwick keynote lecture

January 2016

The Warwick keynote lecture will be delivered by Professor Eyal Weizman (Goldsmiths), and will be accompanied by a photo exhibition.