Speakers


Keynote Speakers






Sarah Nuttall

The Infrastructural Turn: Some Conceptual Considerations
from Southern Africa
13 January 2021
18:55 - 19:40
Sarah Nuttall is Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies and Director of WiSER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research) in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is the author of Entanglement: Literary and Cultural Reflections on Postapartheid, editor of Beautiful/Ugly: African and Diaspora Aesthetics, and co-editor of many books including Negotiating the Past: The Making of Memory in South Africa; Senses of Culture; Johannesburg: The Elusive Metropolis and Loadshedding: Writing On and Over the Edge of South Africa. Her most recent published and forthcoming work is on the redistributed university, on urban infrastructures and African city forms and on pluvial time, rethinking the literary ecologies of rain and flooding in an era of catastrophic climate change. She has given more than thirty keynote addresses around the world, and published more than sixty journal articles and book chapters. Her work is widely cited across many disciplines. In 2016 she was an Oppenheimer Fellow at the DuBois Institute at Harvard University and in 2020 she gave the Nelson Mandela Chair in Human Rights Lecture on ‘The Earth as a Prison?’ at UNAM in Mexico City. For eight years she has directed WiSER, the largest and most established Humanities Institute across the Global South.



Image provided by Killian Doherty 
NIMBA Building a railroad from scratch in Liberia
© Herron Rail Video


Siba N'Zatioula Grovogui

Infrastructural Pretense: Supplying Power and Authority
through the Chad Pipeline Project
14 January 2021
18:55 - 19:40

Grovogui is a professor of international relations theory and law. His focus remains on African reflections on the purpose of ethical life and moral existence associated with the African past and present, most certainly modernity and its political, moral, and material economies. He is confined to themes in international and global politics that either highlight dimensions applicable to Africa (including their modes of differentiation, hierarchies, and the racial and regional axes along which they can be erected); or African contributions and elucidation on the central themes of global politics: international community, sovereign rights, global justice, and moral subjectivity.


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Achille Mbembe

Notes on Techno-Molecular Colonialism
15 January 2021
18:45 - 19:30

Achille Mbembe (b. 1957) is a philosopher, political scientist, and public intellectual. He obtained his doctoral degree at the Université Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) in 1989 and subsequently obtained the D.E.A. in Political Science at the Institut d’études politiques, Paris. During his time in France, Jean-Marc Ela, Jean Leca and Jean-François Bayart had a profound influence on him. Mbembe is a Research Professor of History and Politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research in Johannesburg, South Africa and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Romance Studies at the Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University. He has also held appointments at Columbia University, Berkeley, Yale University, and the University of California.  In the spring of 2016, he will be a visiting professor at Harvard University.
Achille Mbembe’s research interests lie in the social sciences and African history and politics. More precisely, Mbembe investigates the “postcolony” that comes after decolonization. He is especially interested in the emergence of “Afro-cosmopolitan culture,” together with the artistic practices that are associated with it.


Image provided by Giulia Scotto
Tema’s Oil Refinery Inauguration, Ghana, 1963
© ENI Historical Archive


Panel 1 Chair, Peo Hansen

Eurafrica as infrastructural project

15:00 - 15:15
Welcome and Introduction by

Kenny Cupers

Megan Brown
12 January 2021
15:15-15:30
“Tourism and the Infrastructure of Empire: 1959, 1969”


Giovanni Costenaro
12 January 2021
15:30-15:45
“The Geo-strategy of Eurafrica. France, the ECSC and
the ‘mise en valeur’ of French African iron ores: extractive infrastructures
in Gabon and their legacies”


Killian Doherty
12 January 2021
15:45-16:00
“Liberias’ open-door; enframing the geographical imaginaries of extraction”


︎Speakers Abstracts and Bios Panel 1

Panel 2 Chair, Samia Henni

Infrastructure in the colonial continuum

Idalina Baptista & Joshua Kirshner
12 January 2021
17:10-17:25
“The entanglement of Mozambique’s colonial past and present
in the Maputo, Beira and Nacala corridors”


Cristiana Strava
12 January 2021
17:25-17:40
“Infrastructural citizenship: High-speed Rail and/as Belonging in Postcolonial Morocco”


Dalia Wahdan & Holger Gladys
12 January 2021
17:40-17:55
“Limits of Imitation: Post-colonial Hangover in Everyday Lives of African Cities”


︎Speakers Abstracts and Bios Panel 2

Panel 3 Chair, Anne-Isabelle Richard

Infrastructure between decolonization and dependency

Jessica Pearson
13 January 2021
15:15-15:30

“Eurafrica in the Sky? Air Afrique between Pan-African Solidarity and Franco-African Dependency”

Petros Phokaides
13 January 2021
15:30-15:45
“Afroecumenopolis”


Giulia Scotto
13 January 2021
15:45-16:00
“Postcolonial Logistics: ENI’s Disegno Africano”


︎Speakers Abstracts and Bios Panel 3

Panel 4 Chair, Charles Heller

Infrastructure of Race and

Alterity

Omar Jabary Salamanca
13 January 2021
17:10-17:25     
“But I also know a silence: Ruminations on film, labor and infrastructure”


Zandi Sherman
13 January 2021
17:25-17:40
“Racial Infrastructure: The Circulation of the Closed Compound”


Adesoji Adedipe
13 January 2021
17:40-17:55
“Backyard Housing and Segregation: A colonial legacy in Africa? Nigeria and South Africa in comparative perspective”


︎Speakers Abstracts and Bios Panel 4

Panel 5 Chair, Bilgin Ayata

Black Migration and Infrastructural Violence

Ingy Higazy
14 January 2021
15:15-15:30

“From EurAfrica to EuroMed: Infrastructures of Violence and Containment in the Mediterranean Sea”

Huda Tayob
14 January 2021
15:30-15:45
“Black Infrastructures and Planned Violence”


Irene Peano14 January 2021
15:45-16:00
“Spectres of Eurafrica in an Italian agroindustrial enclave: (Post)colonial infrastructures of labour and migration containment”


︎Speakers Abstracts and Bios Panel 5


Panel 6 Chair, Edgar Pieterse

Transforming
Infrastructure Otherwise


Cady Gonzalez
14 January 2021
17:10-17:25
“Urban Natures: River Rehabilitation and State-building in Addis Ababa Ethiopia”


Liza Cirolia14 January 2021
17:25-17:40
“Development by default’: the historical trajectory of heterogenous and multi-scalar infrastructure configurations in Kisumu Kenya”


Tara Weber
14 January 2021
17:40-17:55
“Beyond Botany: Reimagining the Colonial Hothouse
for New Notions of Cultivation and Preservation”


︎Speakers Abstracts and Bios Panel 6

Panel 7 Chair, Muriam Haleh Davis

Infrastructure as Medium of Contestation


Andreas Greiner
15 January 2021
15:15-15:30
“Infrastructure between colonial schemes and local realities: African agency and the limitations of road building in colonial East Africa c. 1900”

Megan Eardley
15 January 2021
15:30-15:45

“After Eurafrica: Fanakalo & the Politics of Creolization in South Africa’s Extractive Industry since the 1950s”

Sophie Toupin
15 January 2021
15:45-16:00
“Eurafrican Communication Infrastructure”


︎Speakers Abstracts and Bios Panel 7

Panel 8 Chair, Lorena Rizzo

Remaking Infrastructural Inheritance

Miriam Maranga-Musonye & Alina Oswald
15 January 2021
17:00-17:15

“A Literary-Historical Perspective of Colonial Roads: Reading Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o”

Senayon Olaoluwo
15 January 2021
17:15-17:30
“Infrastructural Entanglement: Exile and Postcolonial Critique of Empire in Mapanje’s Of Chameleons and Gods”


Chalden Sabab & Raffaele Perniola 15 January 2021
17:30-17:45
“Locomotives and workers. New perspectives on the musealization of railway memory in Namibia”


︎Speakers Abstracts and Bios Panel 8


International Conference 12-15 Jan 2021, Time zone WAT/CET