Call for Panelists: Conserving Urban Heritage through Trans-national Collaborative Networks, Lagos Studies Association Conference, Lagos, 27-29 June 2019

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Call for Panelists

                           “Conserving Urban Heritage through Trans-national Collaborative Networks”


The 4th Annual Lagos Studies Association Conference
Lagos, Nigeria
June 27-29, 2019



Panel Co-Chairs: Dr. Taibat Lawanson (University of Lagos) & Professor Ola Uduku (Manchester School of Architecture)


This panel seeks to interrogate the challenges faced in conserving built urban heritage in West Africa, focusing specifically in coastal cities in Nigeria and Ghana. It recognises that issues of rapid urbanisation, high land values and climate change have meant that much of the regions coastal heritage has already disappeared, and the remaining built heritage is at severe risk.  

We therefore propose an interactive session with academics, activists and practitioners who are interested in exploring and debating this growing issue affecting coastal West Africa.

The panel session seeks to address the following questions:

- What are the most urgent challenges of conserving urban heritage in West Africa?

- What lessons can we learn from ongoing collaborative efforts towards addressing these challenges?

- How can we leverage and strengthen transnational engagements for urban heritage conservation?


The panel will adopt the following format:  

  1. Introduction of West African Rapid Urbanisation and Conservation Research Network (WARUH - 
  2. Presentations on urban heritage preservation in Ghana and Nigeria by Archifrika team and Legacy95 
  3. Two relevant academic papers on urban heritage preservation


We welcome abstracts from interested scholars on this theme. We are particularly interested in investigating collaborative projects and potentials for ‘south-south’ collaboration.

Send your abstract to Dr. Taibat Lawanson:

Deadline: January 15, 2019. Visit the LSA website for additional information about the Conference: