About the Africa-U.S. Cities Conference

This conference is the first of its kind and will be held on 15-17 February 2023 at the ANEW Hotel Parktonian, at 120 De Kort St, Braamfontein, Johannesburg in South Africa. The conference is being organized by the African Centre for the Study of the United States and Sister Cities International with the participation of academics, political leaders, business professionals, funding agencies, practitioners, civil society, and students. The conference is part of the Sister Cities International Summit that will be held in Cape Town, South Africa. The Summit will include a panel on Africa-U.S. city-based university partnerships on February 23, 2023, in Cape Town. We are interested in paper abstracts related to multiple and diverse Africa-U.S. city relations, engagements, and encounters. The conference is multi-, inter-, intra-, and multidisciplinary and interested individuals and organizations are invited to submit abstracts that speak to any topics that inform relations between African and U.S. cities.

The conference will provide an opportunity to develop further academic knowledge of cities in both Africa and the U.S. Their interactions have implications for both theoretical and applied research.

Key Conference Details

* Africa-U.S. city governance and collaboration networks relating to environment and climate change, security, health, the arts and culture, and other areas.
* Dynamics promoting future cities, smart cities, safe cities, green cities, charter cities, 15-minute cities, world/global cities, and inner cities in the context of Africa-U.S. cities.
* Sister city relationships around United Nations’ Agenda 2030 and the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the U.S. Government’s policies.
* Pathways for strengthening collaborative research, teaching and academic exchanges between African and U.S. cities and universities.
* Opportunities for bilingual initiatives such as degree programs, multi- intra- and intercultural research in Africa and North America.
* International consortium approaches to expanding urban university programs, courses, and research collaboration.
* Theoretical, methodological, and conceptual approaches to the study of Africa U.S. city relations.                                                    *More conference themes accessible in the call for abstracts.

* Promote collaborations that will lead to concrete partnerships whereby universities can interact with each other and with funding agencies,
governmental and non-governmental organizations, and the business community in Africa and the United States.
* Produce knowledge on the means and ways in which African and U.S. cities can strategically engage as international actors.
* Engage in knowledge production involving both scholars and practitioners.
* Diffuse knowledge produced during the conference among academics, organizations and practitioners at the municipal, regional, country, and continental levels, in the form of journal articles, books, policy briefs, and digital platforms.
* Connect African and U.S. scholars, policymakers, practitioners, funding agencies, and professionals with an interest in city relations, city diplomacy, and related sustainable development goals.
* Provide knowledge and information on past, current, and potential areas for partnerships.
* Explore means of strengthening Africa-U.S. city partnerships and research