SITUATED ECOLOGIES is a platform for research projects and activities that relate to situated and contested ecologies, in particular when viewed through the processes of urbanisation.

Democratic Practices of Unequal Geographies (Annual PhD Course/Seminar)(2015–)

Annual ACC Seminar/PhD course (full information at the course/seminar homepage):

Democratic Practices of Unequal Geographies:

Reading Political Theory with Southern Urbanism

This is an annual week-long literature and discussion seminar organized in July each year by Dr. Henrik Ernstson and Dr. Andrés Henao Castro at the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town. It invites PhD students and Early Career Scholars in particular, but also other more experienced scholars from UCT, UWC, Stellenbosch and other South African universities. For more information go to the course/seminar homepage. Contact Henrik Ernstson for more information.

Andrés Henao Castro leading the seminar on democratic practices and unequal urban geographies in 2015 at UCT.

Andrés Henao Castro from the University of Massachusetts-Boston leading a seminar in the ACC course “Democratic Practices of Unequal Geographies” in 2015 at UCT.


Feedback from participants

“The group discussions were of perhaps the highest intellectual rigour and focus that I have ever experienced.”

“The readings from both sides – political theory and Southern urbanism – were well-chosen [and] Dr. Henao Castro and Dr. Ernstson created a nurturing space for collective reflection on specific local cases and popular debates that were generously shared by all participants.”

“I have tremendously enjoyed participating in the above seminar. It was well prepared, comprehensibly structured and intellectually stimulating. The guiding questions for each reading also came in very handy, especially when tackling the longer and more complex texts.”