Middle Class Urbanism in the Global South: Routes, Shapes and Aspirations

The ´Middle Class Urbanism´ Research Team & the Department of Anthropology at Aarhus University are inviting participants to the interdisciplinary Conference "Middle Class Urbanism in the Global South", to be held in Maputo, Mozambique, in February, 2018.

2017.10.23 | Elena Sophia Kaarup-Christensen

Date Mon 26 Feb Wed 28 Feb
Time 09:00    16:00
Location Maputo, Mozambique

This conference focuses on the dynamic, multi-stranded and highly complex relationship that exists between the emerging middle classes and urban development in the Global South. It aims to promote an exploratory dialogue based on accounts from different urban contexts and with various analytical perspectives, in order to reach new interdisciplinary insights and refine research questions concerning this dynamic relationship. 

The rising global middle classes are at the centre of international debates. Indeed, for many analysts and researchers, they are considered crucial for generating macro-economic growth and democratic stability. In Sub-Saharan Africa, for example, the rising middle class is diagnosed on the basis of the urban population’s shifting consumption patterns. The middle classes in Africa have, in a liberal capitalist logic, also been associated with the “prediction” that  they are key drivers for socioeconomic improvement and a better urban future. Throughout the region’s cities, such optimistic estimations already affect and transform urban development, by, for instance, encouraging commercial initiatives and development plans on different societal levels – e.g. It might thus seem that the alleged growth of the middle class has become a platform for realising ideals of a proper city and a proper society, as well as of proper social and political belonging and recognition. 

For more information about the conference theme, location, abstract submission and participation, visit our conference website, which will updated continuously: http://conferences.au.dk/mcu2018/ 

For any inquiry or additional information please contact anna.mazzolini@cas.au.dk and florabotelho@cas.au.dk