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New Article out now!

My new essay, “Making the Urban Coast: A Geosocial Reading of Land, Sand, and Water in Lagos, Nigeria” appears in a special section of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East (38.3) entitled “The Imaginative Capital of Lagos.” The special section is edited by Abosede George, and emerged from the Lagos Studies Association’s first annual conference in May 2016.

“The three essays in the section—covering early colonial cartographic representations of the city, the rise of an indigenous press, and the politics of water and land—detail some of the ways in which the real city interacted with its idealized versions. As a whole, the section points to a new way of writing both African and urban history, one that rejects a categorical division between first world and third world cities while also avoiding a singular notion of urban modernity.”

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