- f503-c011 Dottorato in Social and Political Change
- Dottorato: 29° ciclo
- Matricola: 790978
Curriculum vitaeCurriculum Vitae
Tesi di dottorato
Titolo: Redenzione forzata. Sviluppo, post-apartheid e pratiche di appropriazione a Red Location
Title: Forced Redemption. Development, Ownership Practices and Post-Apartheid in Red Location, South Africa
Tutor: Irene Bono
This thesis is based on an extensive fieldwork conducted in Red Location, a small township
located in Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. The fieldwork has been carried
out on the premises of the Red Location Museum and Cultural Precinct (RLMCP), an ambitious
project of urban renewal, heritage-making and development, publicly funded.
The project, started in 1998 and not yet completed, consisted in the creation of a museum of the Struggle (completed in 2006),
an art gallery and a library (completed in 2011), and other buildings
devoted to culture and education, such as theatre rooms, concert halls and an art school.
Through the years, many waves of protests, held by township residents, hampered the
construction works. The protests concerned different issues: the huge amount of money spent
on the project instead of being devoted to social housing uplift, the museum contents and
the representation of the location, the missed opportunities of job creation. In 2013,
during the most recent demonstration, a group of residents seized the buildings that had been
already completed and forced the museum to close.
In this thesis the RLMCP is considered as a space of intersection where is possible to observe
the connections between development policies, post-apartheid policies, neoliberal policies
and post-Washington consensus policies, but also between heritage-making practices, history
commodification processes and the creation of a national community.
Based on the observation and analysis of different processes ongoing on the RLMCP site and
its premises, the purpose of this thesis is to discuss and reshape the notion of ownership and
appropriation both in development projects and as heuristic tools.
Attività di ricerca
Postcolonial studies, development theories, urban studies, everyday politics in Northern Africa and Sub-saharan Africa.