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Fabien Cante

Teaching fellow in urban and development geography

Room 106
26 Bedford Way
London WC1H 0AP


Twitter: @FabienCante

Academic support and feedback hours*:

MONDAY 11:30-12:30pm
TUESDAY 2:00-3:00pm

THURSDAY 9:00-10:00am*

*On term weeks 4 and 5, this hour will be moved to WEDNESDAY 9:00-10:00am.

There will be no ASF hours during Reading Week.

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My academic journey has spanned a few places as well as several disciplines. My undergraduate degree covered a wide spectrum within political and social sciences (Sciences Po, Paris). Initially aiming to become a journalist, I went into historical research, focusing on the postwar emergence and transformation of Black radio in U.S. cities (EHESS, Paris). After an MSc in Urban Studies at UCL in 2012/13, I extended my interest in broadcasting through a PhD on local radio in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (LSE, Media & Communications), completed in 2017.

Since 2015 I have taught at LSE (LSE100 interdisciplinary module), UCL (Urban studies MSc) and the University of Birmingham (geography and anthropology). In 2018 I held a postdoctoral position at the University of Amsterdam (DATACTIVE project) and was later awarded an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (University of Birmingham, 2018-19) to continue my research in Abidjan.

My research combines urban and media geography with a focus on African cities and a commitment to ethnography. To date, it involves three main strands:

  • Conceptualising media (old and new) as part of social infrastructure in urban Africa: This work involves close attention to everyday media uses and relating those to city-making processes of ‘hustle’ and encounter.
  • Interrogating the politics of urban peace: In Abidjan, post-conflict city, I look at how local radio is implicated in both everyday and institutional peace-making, teasing out the tensions that arise between them.
  • Thinking the digitalisation of city life in Africa: New technologies are increasingly deployed with much fanfare and promise around the continent, but critiques point out their complicity with local and global regimes of domination. I am trying to combine radical perspectives on digitalisation with ethnographic insight.

This year, I will be helping to convene Cities, Space & Power (GEOG0136), Urban Practices (GEOG0140) and Global Urbanism (GEOG0064). I’ll also be giving lectures in Development Geography (GEOG0024), Geographies of Infrastructure (GEOG0065), Space and Society (GEOG0150) and Thinking Space (GEOG0072).