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All are respectfully invited to the official commissioning of Professor George Benneh's graduate

reading room by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu. This follows the

University Council's approval at its last meeting. Thank you. 

 

Date: March 18, 2021

Time: 11 am

Venue: Department of Geography and Resource Development

 

 

Transition 

Professor Paul William Kojo Yankson

It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Professor Paul William Kojo Yankson,

Professor William Kojo has contributed to the University and the Department in various capacities,

He has also lead so many departmental roles and committees.

Funeral Arrangements are as Follows:

(There will be no wake keeping)

Pre-Burial Mass:  Sunday, 14th March, 2021 at 6:00 pm at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church,

University of Ghana, Legon.

Burial Service:  Monday, 15th March, 2021 at 8:30am

Transitions Funeral Home, Haatso, Accra

Thanksgiving Service:  Sunday, 21st March, 2021 at 9:00am at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church,

University of Ghana, Legon.

The Department mourns with the wife, Mrs. Johanna Yankson, children and the entire family of

Professor Paul William Kojo Yankson. 

Your Contributions to department will always be missed

 

AT REST

Emeritus Professor George Benneh

It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Emeritus Professor George Benneh, which occurred on Thursday,

11th February, 2021. He was 86. Emeritus Professor Benneh was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana from

1992 to 1996.

Emeritus Professor George Benneh, was appointed Lecturer on 1st October, 1964, in the then Department of Geography,

University of Ghana and served as Senior Lecturer (1973-1976); Associate Professor (1976 to 1989) and was promoted

Professor in 1989.

He served the University and Department in various capacities, including as Pro Vice-Chancellor from 1984-1988.

He was a member of several University Boards and Committees, Department level committees and the Commonwealth

Hall Council.

The Department mourns with the wife, Mrs. Adelaide Benneh, children and family of Emeritus Professor George Benneh.

Emeritus Professor George Benneh your Contributions to department will always be missed.

Lessons from Postcolonialism for Urban Africa and Global Urban Studies
Wednesday, 27th January 2021 @ 1:00 PM GMT
Join us for another webinar, we are excited to have you. The webinar will be presented by Prof. Garth Myers

 

Description of the webinar:  This talk is derived from my book, Rethinking Urbanism. I build on the opening toward re-centering global urban studies, through engagement with postcolonialism. Postcolonialism, as Tariq Jazeel (2019: 5-6) has written, is a ‘mode of intellectual work’ pushing ‘past and beyond the condition of coloniality in its widest sense’. I explore using ideas from a Caribbean postcolonial writer, Martinican poet Edouard Glissant, to re-describe urban development in Zanzibar, Tanzania, with a focus on its urban landscape and on its own writers and cultural analysts. Postcolonialism is sometimes now seen as ‘somewhat passé’ since ‘we no longer live in an age of empires and nor can we bask in the celebratory, grand narratives of decolonization’, as Jyotsna Singh (2017: 2) put it. Through borrowing from Glissant, I believe postcolonial urban studies can provide means for seeing ‘how subordinated social groups oppose… the vision’ of urbanism provided by colonial mindsets, but also how they ‘take up’ that vision, in the words of Ananya Roy (2011: 312). I make this case based out of historical, archival and ethnographic research as well as literary analysis. The book’s larger argument contends that if there is something called planetary urbanization happening in the 21st century, then it is happening in the global South, and perhaps especially in Sub-Saharan Africa’s cities; we must not simply explore the global-South empirical dynamics of this planetary urbanization with global North toolkits, but with the thoughts and perspectives of ‘Southern’ scholars and ordinary residents.

About the speakers:

Prof. Garth Myers is Director of the Center for Urban & Global Studies and the Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Urban International Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. He focuses on African urban geography and planning, comparative urbanism, and urban political ecology. He has published five books and more than 75 book chapters and articles on these themes. The books include Verandahs of Power (Syracuse, 2003), Disposable Cities (Ashgate, 2005), African Cities (Zed, 2011), Urban Environments in Africa (Policy, 2016), and Rethinking Urbanism (Bristol, 2020). He has co-edited Cities in Contemporary Africa (with Martin Murray, Palgrave, 2006) and Environment at the Margins (with Byron Caminero-Santangelo, Ohio, 2011). Most of his research has focused on urban development in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia, with primary emphasis on Zanzibar. From 2004 to 2011, he served as Director of the Kansas African Studies Center at the University of Kansas.

TO REGISTER FOR THIS WEBINAR CLICK ON THIS LINK. https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkcuGgrzwrGtNtH7RTw2UINpMdKeR...

Highway to the ‘Danger Zone’? Geopolitics and the Distribution of Risk in China’s Belt and Road Initiative
Thursday, 26th November 2020 @ 10:00 GMT

 

Join us for our first webinar, we are excited to have you. The webinar will be presented by Prof. Padraig Carmody.

Description of the webinar:  The global system is in a period of profound geopolitical disruption and transition. Conjunctural events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with more structural ones, such as the rise of China and looming climate disruption are changing economies and distributions of power around the world. According to some analysts (e.g. Andersson, 2019), we have entered a period of spatial retraction from overseas engagement and commitments by the Western powers – a ‘No Go’ world, accompanied by securitization. On the other hand, China’s rise in the international system continues and is marked by deepening engagement with all world regions, including those designated as ‘fragile’ or ‘failed states’ by Western-dominated institutions, and governments. This paper explores the geopolitical imperatives and dynamics of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), announced in 2013, to explore the nature of the contradictions generated by this form of international interconnection and the types and distribution of risks presented by it. It finds that, while there are risks for China, the balance of these are skewed against borrowers.
About the speakers:
Prof. Padraig Carmody is a Professor of Geography at Trinity College, University of Dublin and a Senior Research Associate at University of Johannesburg. At Trinity College, he directs the Master’s in Development Practice program. His research centers on the political economy of globalization in Africa and has published extensively in referred journals such as European Journal of Development Research, Review of African Political Economy, Economic Geography and World Development. He has also published nine books, including The New Scramble for Africa (2016), and the Rise of the BRICS in Africa (2013). Prof. Carmody is a board member of reputable journals including Political Geography, Economies, and Geoforum where he was formerly editor-in-chief. He is currently an associate editor of Transnational Corporations, a Fellow of Trinity College and was elected to the Royal Irish Academy and the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences in 2018. He is also the chair of Development Studies Association of Ireland and co-Chair of the Global Association of Masters in Development Practice and sits on the Academic Advisory Committee of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

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Abstract:

In the age of the climate change, human life’s pliability and open-endedness is also re-shaping anthropological debates. For debates centering on the urban domain, questions revolve around flexibility, adaptability and resilience, while in work drawing on the Anthropocene similar ideas of human being as subsumable to Gaia are emerging. This article reflects on how these perspectives imply a paradoxical human figure: On the one hand they convey a being that simultaneously infuses, consumes and transmogrifies the world. Conversely, the human figure is forged by theoretical and analytical orientations that prescribe that one should abandon such a human-centric reading of the world. The latter aspect is particularly evident if taking notions of the Anthropocene seriously, of becoming less through reinventing humanity and human life as more adaptable to imminent dys-/u-/eco-topias. Critically tracing this paradox, this article probes the urban Anthropocene and its lesser humans as desirable under the aegis of ‘resilience governance’ in Mozambique also exploring the involvement of utopic registers in defiance to such Developments.

 

 

VENUE: Department of Geography and Regional Planning, University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Date: 4 - 8th August, 2020

Theme: Geography Education: An Indespensable Tool for National Developement

 

 

 

The world is now confronted with diverse developement challanges,including poverty and inequalities, unsustainable urban developement, mobility and morbidity, conflicts, climate change and problems of safety and human insecuirity. These are affecting various facets of nationaldevelopement which are political,social, economic, environmental and cultural character. In the developing world,including Africa, recent statistics have shown some progress in reducing poverty and provision of basic necessities of life such as food, clothing, shelter, education,water and sanitation. However, issues of gender imbalances,civil wars,corruption and natural disasters continue to thwart national developent policies and programmes,In Ghana the situationis not different with matters of unemployment,unbalanced developement, inequality andcases of insecurity among others contributing greatly to hampeer the country's national development prospects.The quest to address these national development problems have resulted in planning and implementation of development policies or agendas such as the Global Sustainable Development Goals (2015 -2030) at the international level. Africa Union (AU) Agenda 2063 and the 40-yearDevelopment Plan of Ghana (2018 -2057). However, in all these efforts how Geography Education can be utilised to solve some of thhese probllems has recieved less attention. Geography Education, when utilized is a Powerful tool that can be relied upon to explore the spatialrelationships of social and physical phenomena at diverse scales and suggest solutions to persistent developement problems. This makes the theme for this 2020 Ghana Geographers Association Annual Conference 'Geography Education: An Indespensable Tool for NationalDevelopement' timely and vital to the socio-economic developement of Ghana, Africa and other developing countries.

PHD Students of the depatment will Preseent their Research on

Thursday 31 October and Friday 1st November 2019.

Time : 1pm each day

Venue: Graduate Seminar Room