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2020 Southern Africa City Studies Conference

When: Monday, 31 August 2020 - Friday, 04 September 2020
Where: Online Event
Start time:9:00


The 2020 conference will feature over 225 speakers presenting from research organisations and higher education institutions based in 19 different countries.

The 2020 Southern Africa City Studies Conference (SACSC) will be held virtually from 31 August to 4 September. This 2020 conference is being co-hosted by the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO), along with the Centre for Urbanism & Built Environment Studies (CUBES), and the NRF Chair in Spatial Analysis and City Planning, both at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Witwatersrand.

The 2020 conference is the fifth event in this series, following earlier conferences in 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2016. These conferences are interdisciplinary forums for urban scholars and are hosted by a network of South African urban research units. This year the conference offers a variety of paper and themed sessions, panels and events; with over 225 speakers presenting from research organisations and higher education institution based in 19 different countries. As in previous years, the 2020 event provides an important platform for local and international scholars to expose their work to constructive, critical discussion and to engage with ideas, theoretical framings and methodological innovations in the field of urban studies. The event also acts as a developmental platform for younger and emerging scholars, including post-graduate students, to come to the fore and contribute to the wide field of urban studies.

In addition to the impressive variety of urban subjects under discussion, some researchers have offered initial contributions on the implications of COVID-19 for cities, a topic that will surely echo through urban studies for many years to come.
Please browse through the programme and the abstract book, and if there are sessions that you would like to attend, please do complete the short registration form whereupon you will be provided with the meeting links. 

Visit the conference website for registration information: and follow @sacsc2020 on Twitter for programme updates and session reminders.

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