African Studies Council Presents Lecture by Management Expert

The Council on African Studies, a unit of the Yale Center for International and Area Studies, will host a lecture by Mark Swilling on Monday, Nov. 17, at 4 p.m. in Room 203 of Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue. His talk is titled “ ‘My Soul I Can See’: The Limits to Governing African Cities in a Context of Globalization and Complexity.” It is part of the series “What Happened to African Socialism?” The event is free and open to the public.

Professor Swilling is director of Public and Development Administration at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, where he also heads the Graduate School of Public and Development Management – P&DM – in the Faculty of Management. A founding member of P&DM, he has been its director since April 1994.

Professor Swilling is an expert on governance, urban development, development planning and policy management in African cities. He has published numerous books and articles on these issues as well as on South African politics, local government transition, social movements, urban policy and institutional transformation. He is currently the southern African coordinator for the global Urban Research Initiative – the largest network of urban researchers in the developing world. He consults to a number of government departments on the national, provincial and local levels and non-governmental organizations – NGOs. Prior to joining P&DM in 1993, he worked for PLANACT, an urban development NGO, from 1990 to 1993, where his main duties included providing the democratic movement with technical support and policy advice on urban development and local government issues. While there, he worked in the Central Witwatersrand Metropolitan Chamber, helped found the Community Bank, and assisted in the initiation of numerous organizations and development projects in the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, North West and Gauteng Provinces. He is on the editorial board of the journals Urban Forum and Administratio Publico.

Professor Swilling earned his bachelor’s degree in political studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. His research for his Ph.D. degree at the University of Warwick, U.K. focused on urban politics in the Eastern Cape, with special reference to Uitenhage in the 1980s. He joined the Centre for Policy Studies from 1988-1990 as research officer with a brief to study and monitor the Apartheid State Security system.

The final lecture of the African Studies Council fall series will be presented by Professor Immanuel Wallerstein, director of the Fernand Braudel Center, State University of New York, Binghamton, on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. in Luce Hall. He will address the questions “What Happened to African Socialism? What Happened to Socialism?”

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