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Type: Paper
Paper Title: THE MODERN TITANIC: POSSIBILITIES AND IMPASSES OF URBAN TRANSFORMATIONS IN DRCONGO
Author: FILIP DE BOECK (University of Leuven)   
Date/Time: Fri., 4:15 PM
Co-Author(s): FILIP DE BOECK (University of Leuven) 
Abstract: Kinshasa, the capital of DRCongo, is currently undergoing its ‘Dubai’ moment. Spurred on by Kabila’s ‘five pillar’ program (the ‘5 chantiers’), the city is being radically transformed and redefined. This paper takes two locations within Kinshasa to discuss these urban transformations, their possibilities and impasses. The first is the cemetery of Kintambo, one of the city’s oldest and largest burial grounds. The second is the ‘Cité du fleuve’, a giant real estate project which intends to construct a new commune for 100.000 inhabitants on two artificial islands in the middle of the Malebo Pool. Between these two opposing points within the urban landscape, I will explore the radically new geographies of proximity and distance, of inclusion and exclusion that emerge, and highlight ongoing struggles between those who have a right to the city and those who do not over the use of public urban space, the meaning of the public sphere and the content of citizenship. This paper will, in short, look into the (im)possibilities generated by the current urban reform, and its broader implications for urban futures in Central Africa and beyond.

Program Number: 3-0785
Session Title: AFRICAN FUTURES IN CRISIS
Session Sponsor: Co-Sponsored by Society for Cultural Anthropology and Society for Cultural Anthropology
Session Date/Time: Fri., 1:45 PM-5:30 PM
Organizer(s): BRIAN GOLDSTONE (Duke University) 
Chair(s): CHARLES PIOT (Duke University)  
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