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Multiple ‘moralities’ in the African context

Charlotte Lemanski’s public lecture in Uppsala

Multiple ‘moralities’ in the African context

On February 26th, Dr Charlotte Lemanski was invited to give a public lecture at the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) in Uppsala, Sweden.

Her talk, (Im)moral geographies of contemporary Cape Town: multiple ‘moralities’ in the African context, formed the opening lecture in the NAI's spring lecture series on Moral communities in transforming African cities.

Charlotte’s lecture considered the limitations of the moral/immoral binary in determining moral authority in the African context of extreme urban inequality and cultural differentiation. Using two Cape Town case studies, she argued that western modernist assumptions about morality need to be replaced by an acknowledgement of the multiple moralities that co-exist and conflict in the contemporary African urban context.

A film of the lecture, as well as an interview with Charlotte, can be seen at:

For more information, see:


Charlotte at the NAI

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