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Infrastructure, inequality the Neo-Aparteid City

Infrastructure, inequality the Neo-Aparteid City

Mobility and movement beyond apartheid

This seminar series, supported by the Urban Studies Foundation, develops 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, we 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.

Our seminar series will discuss and critically analyse an emerging urban regime we identify as the neo-apartheid city.


Schedule (all times are GMT)

Full session descriptions and further information on this workshop series can be viewed in our Mobility and movement beyond apartheid guide (PDF 179KB)


10.00 to 10.15

Welcome and opening remarks

Prof Simon Philpott - Head of Politics

Dr Mori Ram - Lecturer in Politics of the Global South

Prof Stephen Graham - Professor of Cities and Society

10.15 to 11.00

Session 1

Elite Avenues: Flyovers, Freeways and the Politics of Urban Mobility

Prof Stephen Graham - Professor of Cities and Society

11.00 to 11.15




11.15 to 12.00

Session 2

Making space on the run

Arch Diala Isid - Right to Movement Palestine

12.00 to 13.00 

Lunch Break



13.00 to 13:45

Session 3

Infrastructural violence and the impossible possibility of ‘home’

Prof Michele Lancione - DiST, Polytechnic of Turin

13.45 to 14.00




14.00 - 15:00

Keynote Lecture

Stress in the suburbs: good selves versus safe selves in Johannesburg

Prof Nicky Falkof - Department of Media Studies, University of the Witwatersrand

15.00 to 15.15




15.15 - 15.45


Prof Oren Yiftachel - Department of Geography and Environmental Development, Ben Gurion University of the Negev


Concluding Remarks

Prof Haim Yacobi - Development Planning Unit, UCL
Prof Charlotte Lemanski - Department of Geography, University of Cambridge