AbdouMaliq Simone is an urbanist and research professor at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity and visiting professor of sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London, visiting professor at the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town, research associate with the Rujak Center for Urban Studies in Jakarta, and research fellow at the University of Tarumanagara. For three decades, he has worked with practices of social interchange, technical arrangements, local economy, and the constitution of power relations that affect how heterogeneous African and Southeast Asian cities are lived. He has worked on remaking municipal systems, training local government personnel, designing collaborative partnerships among technicians, residents, artists, and politicians. Simone’s work deals with a multiplicity of propositions and capacities for relationships that remain untapped in popular districts across urban Asia and Africa, even though they are deployed every day.
AbdouMaliq Simone will also be leading a workshop co-sponsored by the African Urbanism Lab and the Institute for the Humanities and Global Cultures at UVA at 10am on Monday, April 16.
Participants will have the opportunity to discuss select chapters from Simone's recent book, New Urban Worlds, co-authored with Edgar Pieterse (Polity Press, 2017).