SEMINAR – URBANIZATION DYNAMICS IN GREATER KHARTOUM, Dr. BAKHIT

We are pleased to invite you to CEDEJ Khartoum next Seminar, by Dr. Mohamed Bakhit, Head of the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, University of Khartoum :

« Urbanization Dynamics in Greater Khartoum: Examples of Al-Baraka area and South Sudanese people ».

On Thursday 15 November, at 3pm.

Summary: The presentation will examine changes in the urbanisation and the resulting reconfigurations of power relations in the peripheral spaces of Greater Khartoum.  The aim of the presentation is to demonstrate arising divergences as a result of changes in the urbanisation dynamics in Khartoum in the last two decades.


Two examples will be discussed during the presentation to illustrate such dynamics:
1/The construction of identity and different lifestyles of the Al-Baraka shantytown area, located in the north-eastern periphery of Khartoum city in Sudan, populated mainly by migrants, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and refugees from South Sudan, Darfur and the Nuba Mountains. The presentation focuses on the processes of social identity construction and practiced lifestyles of shantytown settlers, on the bases of generational variations, rural-urban disparities, and ethno-cultural differences between Khartoum city and local people’s home areas in south, western Sudan and South Sudan.

2/The processes of identity, nationality and citizenship changes for a group of South Sudanese people resident in Khartoum since the independence of South Sudan in 2011. The emphasis will be on the everyday experiences and practices of South Sudan communities in Khartoum in obtaining and using nationality documents, and the specific rights and duties generated from such legal status. The presentation will also examine the extent that nationality and citizenship processes reflected certain ideas of national identity sponsored by the state and/or South Sudanese communities in Khartoum.  

Mohamed A. G. Bakhit has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Bayreuth, Germany. He has been Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Faculty of Economic and Social Studies, at the University of Khartoum, since August 2016 up to now. Currently, he is the Head of Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, since February 2017. His main research interests are identity change, urbanization, forced migration, minority groups, and citizenship. 
He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Volkswagen Foundation-funded research project “Knowledge for Tomorrow – Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa”, coordinated by the Centre for Interdisciplinary African Studies (ZIAF), University of Frankfurt, Germany. His postdoctoral project is entitled:Identity, Nationality and Citizenship for Southern Sudanese Communities in Khartoum. The research project runs from 2015 to 2018.His recent publications include“From “Truck Modding” to Auto-Rickshaw Driving:  A Continuous Attempt to Trace Creativity and the Localization of Technology in the Sudan”. In: Körper Technik Wissen: Kreativität und Aneignungsprozesse in Afrika. In den Spuren Kurt Becks. Markus Verne, Paola Ivanov, Magnus Treiber (ed.). LIT Verlag: Berlin (2017). And peer reviewed article “The citizenship dilemma of Southern Sudanese communities in the post-secession era in Khartoum”. In Égypte/Monde arabe [Online], Troisième série, Le Soudan après l’indépendance du Soudan du Sud 2016. 


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