UNIVERSITIES AND CITY-BUILDING: A PLACE-MAKING PERSPECTIVE
Professor Leslie Bank, Strategic Lead in Education and Livelihoods at the Human Sciences Research Council
Since the end of the Second World War, universities have become increasingly urbanised, resulting in widespread concerns about the autonomy of universities as places of critical thinking and learning. Simultaneously, there has been increased debate about the role that universities can play in building urban economies, creating jobs, and reshaping the politics and identities of cities. This two-lecture course brings the global debate about the urban university to bear on the realities of South Africa through the exploration of the potential role of universities as anchor institutions for urban development and place-making in cities and college towns.
1. Universities, race and nationalism
2. Universities as anchor institutions
Bank, L.J. 2019. City of Broken Dreams: Myth-making, Nationalism and the University in a South African Motor City. HSRC Press/Michigan State University Press: Cape Town/Lansing, USA.
Bank, L.J., Cloete, N. and van Schalkwyk, F. (Eds.) 2018. Anchored in Place: Rethinking Universities and Development in South Africa. African Minds: Cape Town.