Centring Africa: Postcolonial Perspectives on Architecture

Event, in English with live French translation, CODESRIA, Dakar, 16 May 2022 to 18 May 2022, 10am to 1pm (Senegal)

In 2019, with the financial support of the Mellon Foundation, the CCA initiated a collaborative project with ten Mellon Researchers, who have developed projects to analyze and historicize the ways in which architecture bears witness to transformations within African countries since their independence. The projects of these researchers involve the actors, architecture typologies, geographies, and urban developments that constitute the different fields of action of architecture in sub-Saharan Africa. The event, open to the public, will take place over three days, during which the researchers will share their research.

Guest respondents:

Miriam Hillawi Abraham, Game Designer (Ethiopia)
Mamadou Diouf, Columbia University (United Sates)
Jumoke Senwo, Revolving Art Incubator (Nigeria)
Tau Tavengwa, Cityscape Magazine (South Africa)


Dele Adeyemo (Goldsmith, University of London, United Kingdom)
Doreen Adengo (Architecte, Kampala, Uganda)
Warebi Gabriel Brisibe and Ramota Obagah-Stephen (Architectural School, Rivers State University, Nigeria)
Rachel Lee (Architecture and the Built Environment Department, TU Delft, The Netherlands) and Monika Motylinska (Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space)
Cole Roskam (Faculty of Architecture, Hong Kong University)
Lukasz Stanek (Manchester Architecture Research Centre, University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
Ikem Stanley Okoye (At History Deparment, University of Delaware, United States)
Huda Tayob (Manchester Architecture Research Centre, University of Manchester, United Kingdom)

Please register by email (limited seating capacity): studium@cca.qc.ca

The CCA/Mellon Multidisciplinary Program is a new model for collective research. Organized with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, each CCA/Mellon Multidisciplinary Project starts with an open call for projects. At the seminar, peer reviewers will select eight researchers who will pursue their research project over 18 months, meeting periodically at the CCA in Montreal. The fourth project in the CCA/Mellon Multidisciplinary Program, Centring Africa aims to understand the role of architecture in decolonization, neocolonialism, globalization, and their manifestations across the African continent.


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