Borders, Mobilities and Landscapes. Mapping railway infrastructure in (post)colonial Africa

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In the context of the Trains & Tracks in Africa-program (Europalia Arts Festival), the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning of Ghent University is mounting an exhibition with spatial investigations of railways in Africa, produced by students in the course of master dissertations and a research seminar. The official opening of the exhibition, which will be discussed by curators prof. Johan Lagae and drs. Robby Fivez, will be accompanied by two keynote lectures by Geert Castryck (University of Leipzig, Germany) and Chao Tayiana Maina (African Digital Heritage, Kenya). 

Wednesday 16.03.22, 19h00 – 22h00 / Location: VANDENHOVE, Rozier 1, 9000 Gent
Organizers will open a work-in-progress exhibition of work produced by students and staff of the Department of Architecture and Planning of Ghent University on the theme of the railway in Africa, conducted over the last couple of years. Two keynote lectures, one by historian Geert Castryck (University of Leipzig, Germany) and one by digital humanities scholar Chao Tayiana Maina (African Digital Heritage, Kenya) will provide a broader context on the theme. The interventions will be in English.
More info on the program via:

Please register for on campus attendance to the opening as soon as possible here.
The event can also be followed through livestream via this zoom-link.

Trains & Tracks in Africa — A Dialogue on Infrastructures and Mobilities in Africa
Thursday 17.03.22, 9h30 – 19h00 / Location: Africa Museum, Leuvensesteenweg 13, 3080 Tervuren

During this international conference, a series of scholars from different disciplines (history, anthropology, political science, architecture,..) and backgrounds will present their (ongoing) research on railways in Africa and engage in a conversation with Anne Wetsi Mpoma  and two artists currently in residence in the context of Europalia Arts Festival, Alexandre Kyungu Mwilambwe and Arnaud Makalou. Aymar Nyenyezi Bisoka will start the day with a keynote lecture. Please note that interventions will be in French and/or English, with no simultaneous translation.

 More info on the program can be found here or here.

Please register for attendance at the Africa Museum as soon as possible here.
The event can also be followed through livestream after subscription.

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