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Temporality of permanence –material and socio-spatial practices in African urbanism

Total Cost €


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Project "TEMPEA" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Sweden [SE]
 Project website
 Total cost 233˙111 €
 EC max contribution 233˙111 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-14   to  2018-05-13


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UPPSALA UNIVERSITET SE (UPPSALA) coordinator 233˙111.00
2    UNIVERSITAT BASEL CH (BASEL) partner 0.00


 Project objective

The constructed materiality of African urbanism can be seen in buildings and the urban layout, especially when they aspire to permanence by building in stone. These built environments have mostly been analysed through the rather static lens of individual periods and social forces, resulting in uniformly interpreted organic growth (for pre-colonial periods), or as in stages of progress towards the fulfilment of a grand master plan (predominantly in the colonial and post-colonial era). This project seeks to explore the social temporality of African urbanism against the context of its material complements from the perspectives of a range of social and human sciences, in order to obtain a dynamic picture from before to after the colonial era. I aim to provide analyses relevant to the ever more pressing issues of urban ethnic/social coexistence and the implications of urban development. I would like to extend my research on material expression and change in urban Swahili archaeology, and incorporate aspects of sociology (living in neighbourhoods in densely populated environments), history (representations and accounts of past experience) and social anthropology (the meanings of space). I will study the spatial materiality of African cities, as it is demonstrated in their layout and in the organisation of buildings, looking at how these urban patterns are produced, used and continually altered, and how a 'building heritage' emerges from these. My aim is to derive how this influences the social life of inhabitants and visitors, and how it in turn induces ongoing processes of change in material representations. First phase of the project is to be undertaken at the Centre of African Studies, University of Basel, Switzerland, which can provide me with excellent support in African social studies. In the 2nd phase at Uppsala University, Sweden, under the supervision of Professor Paul Lane, I will focus on the implications for the Swahili coast and African archaeology.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2015 Baumanova, M. and Záhořík, J.
Report on Africa Days 2015: 2nd Ethio-Czech conference on Africa.
published pages: 28-30, ISSN: 1019-9276, DOI:
Newsletter of the Swiss Society for African Studies 2015/2 2019-06-13
2018 Monika Baumanova
Pillar Tombs and the City: Creating a Sense of Shared Identity in Swahili Urban Space
published pages: 1-35, ISSN: 1555-8622, DOI: 10.1007/s11759-018-9338-x
Archaeologies 2019-06-13
2018 Monika Baumanova
Tisíciletá města na afrických březích (A thousand years of towns on the East African coast)
published pages: 24-29, ISSN: 1210-4353, DOI:
Koktejl (travel, ethnography and archaeology magazine) 1 2019-06-13
2016 Monika Baumanova
Space matters: towards archaeological theory and method for interpreting the materiality of space
published pages: 209-216, ISSN: 1804-848X, DOI:
Interdisciplinaria archaeologica 7/2 2019-06-13
2016 Monika Baumanova, Ladislav Smejda
Structural dynamics of spatial complexity at the ‘Palace of Gede’, Kenya
published pages: 71-99, ISSN: 0067-270X, DOI: 10.1080/0067270X.2017.1283095
Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa 52/1 2019-06-13

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