The Bartlett School of Architecture


Unfinished Symphonies: Transformational Decolonial Urbanism

07 July 2021–15 October 2021, 3:00 pm–3:00 pm

Statue Removal Desmond Bowles

An event series hosted by The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and Wits University

This event is free.

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In July, two online roundtables will bring together staff and students from Witswatersrand University and UCL to share and discuss work-in-progress on transformational decolonial urbanism. Contributions will report on a variety of research, teaching and other initiatives for change in our institutions. 

Speakers include: Jhono Bennett, Nnamdi Elleh, Hayley Gewer, Neil Klug, Nkosilenhle Mavuso, Clare Melhuish, Matimba Ngobeni, Kamna Patel, Makena Phaledi, David Roberts, Nathaniel Télémaque and Tsepang Leuta.

These discussions will lead into a public lecture by Professor Achille Mbembe (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research) with responses by Dr Tsepang Leuta (Wits) and Dr Adam Elliott-Cooper (Queen Mary, University of London and Visiting Research Fellow, UCL Sarah Parker Remond Centre, UCL); and a PhD workshop for UCL and Wits students. 

Unfinished Symphonies is organised by Ben Campkin, Solam Mkhabela, Naigwe Kalema and Jennifer van den Bussche with support from the UCL-Wits Strategic Partnership fund.


7 July 15:00 - 17:00 BST // 16:00 - 18:00 SAST: Roundtable 1 

8 July 15:00 - 17:00 BST // 16:00 - 18:00 SAST: Roundtable 2 

14 October 17:00 - 18:30 BST // 18:00 - 19:30 SAST: Public Lecture by Professor Achille Mbembe, Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research

15 October 13:00 - 15:00 BST // 14:00 -16:00 SAST: PhD Workshop for UCL and Wits PhD students to sign up please email UCL Urban Laboratory: urbanlaboratory@ucl.ac.uk 


Image: Removal of the statue of Cecil Rhodes (sculptor: Marion Walgate) from the campus of the University of Cape Town, 9 April 2015

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