Cancelled - Book Launch | Gone to Ground: A History of Environment & Infrastructure in Dar es Salaam
- Cancelled - Book Launch | Gone to Ground: A History of Environment & Infrastructure in Dar es Salaam
- Speaker: Emily Brownell # University of Edinburgh
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- Date and Time
- 25th Mar 2020 16:00 - 25th Mar 2020 17:30
- Violet Laidlaw room, 6th floor CMB
This event is unfortunately cancelled in light of the ongoing situation with coronavirus.
Please join us for the launch of Gone to Ground by Dr Emily Brownell (University of Edinburgh). Gone to Ground is an investigation into the material and political forces that transformed the cityscape of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in the 1970s and early 1980s. It is both the story of a particular city and the history of a global moment of massive urban transformation from the perspective of those at the center of this shift. Built around an archive of newspapers, oral history interviews, planning documents, and a broad compendium of development reports, Emily Brownell writes about how urbanites navigated the state’s anti-urban planning policies along with the city’s fracturing infrastructures and profound shortages of staple goods to shape Dar’s environment. They did so most frequently by “going to ground” in the urban periphery, orienting their lives to the city’s outskirts where they could plant small farms, find building materials, produce charcoal, and escape the state’s policing of urban space.