Precarious Urbanism: Displacement, Belonging and the Reconstruction of Somali Cities

Öffentlicher Vortrag von Prof. Jutta Bakonyi (Durham University) im Rahmen des Ethnologischen Kolloquiums

Datum: 7. Mai 2024
Zeit: 16.15 Uhr bis 17.45 Uhr
Ort: Universität Luzern, Raum 4.B02

Jutta Bakonyi introduces the main findings of her recent book (with Pete Chonka) which explores relationships between war, displacement and city-making. Focusing on people seeking refuge in Somali cities after being forced to migrate by violence, environmental shocks or economic pressures, she highlights how these populations are actively transforming urban space. Using first-hand testimonies and participatory photography by urban in-migrants, we document and analyse the micropolitics of urban camp management, evictions and gentrification, and the networked labour of displaced populations that underpins growing urban economies. Central throughout is a critical analysis of how the discursive figure of the ‘internally displaced person’ is co-produced by various actors. The book argues that this label exerts significant power in structuring socio-economic inequalities and the politics of group belonging within different Somali cities connected through protracted histories of conflict-related migration.