This event is one part of a USF Seminar Series Award on: Infrastructure, Inequality and the Neo-Apartheid City.

This workshop for early-career researchers, supported by the Urban Studies Foundation, will critically explore a conceptual analysis of an emerging urban regime – the neo-apartheid city, by analysing the role of infrastructure in facilitating political control through socio-spatial division. The current pandemic has elucidated the urgency of critically re-theorising how urban regimes of separation, based on racial and ethnic discrimination and driven by consumer logic, privatisation and deregulation, intensify and deepen inequalities in urban settings.

To understand how COVID-19 effects urban lives, there is an urgent need to locate, articulate and challenge pre-existing conditions of inequality (visibly manifest in urban infrastructure), which shape (and are shaped by) contemporary political regimes in the city. This workshop is an opportunity for early-career researchers working in cognate research areas to discuss and critically analyse their work in the context of an emerging urban regime we identify as the neo-apartheid city.

In this context, the workshop seeks to critically explore how different case-studies and theoretical trajectories are engaged with the new urban regime we define as neo-apartheid. We are inviting early-career researchers from the global South and global North to share work in progress and reflect on its relevance for the neo-apartheid city. The workshop will be relatively small, and has two primary goals:

  1. To create a space to discuss the relevance of the neo-apartheid concept for scholars’ existing research
  2. To create a space for ECRs to network with one another and some key invited scholars (TBC)


We, therefore, encourage Early Career Researchers (self-identified), across the social sciences, the humanities, and the fields of arts and architecture to reflect on the following themes:

  1. Urban Health and the Infrastructure of Apartheid; Citizenship
  2. Capital and Infrastructure in the Apartheid City
  3. Mobility and Movement beyond Apartheid

The workshop is planned to run in person (unless Covid restriction will occur) on 6th June 2022 in London (UK).

Participants will be selected according to both the relevance of the proposed topic and the applicants’ capacity to participate. The workshop will be held in English. Travel and accommodation expenses are available.

Please send the following to

***no later than 28 February 2022***

  • A title and abstract (300 words maximum plus 3 keywords)
  • A short bio (100 words maximum)
  • A personal statement explaining your motivation to attend (300 words maximum)
  • Estimation of costs and justification for financial support request

Important dates:

28 February 2022: deadline for abstracts, bio, personal statement and justification for financial support
1 April 2022: Confirmation of participation
15 May 2022: Sharing draft paper
1 June 2022: Final programme
6 June 2022: Workshop

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"We are extremely happy with the final publications from this seminar series, and we are grateful to the USF for sponsoring the event which made this possible."

Doing Global Urban Research, Seminar Series

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