The Ethnic Geography Specialty Group Honors Dr. Caroline Faria with the Early Career Scholar Award: Fiery disaster colonialisms: The urban intimacies of global retail capital

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Ethnic Geography Specialty Group, Africa Specialty Group
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Day: 4/9/2020
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM
Room: Columbine, Sheraton, IM Pei Tower, Terrace Level
Organizers: Emily Skop
Chairs: Emily Skop


This panel examines the work of Caroline Faria, including her most recent scholarship on the urban transformations wrought by global retail capital in Kampala, Uganda. In that work, Faria, in collaboration with Catherine Kyottowade, Jovah Katushabe and Dominica Whitesell, focuses on a series of recurring market fires that devastated one of the largest retail spaces in East Africa between 2009 and 2013. Officially accidental, the fires at Park Yard market in Kampala, Uganda allowed for the traders’ displacement, the market’s demolition, and the lucrative (re)development of the city-center land. Centering the insights of a postcolonial and feminist approach to disaster capitalism, what Bonilla calls a "disaster colonialism" Faria traces how colonial narratives of urban planning in the city echo in the contemporary devaluation of Park Yard and its female traders, and how the labor and investment of female traders in fact formed and maintained it. Engaging the urban intimacies of global retail capital enter, she centers women in her analysis of this disaster, examining the differentiated and affective impacts of the fires, the wide-reaching consequences for those who depended on them, and the varied ways they resisted, adapted, and struggled, taking up new economic space in the city.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Shaolu Yu Rhodes College 5
Panelist Caroline Faria University of Texas - Austin 15
Discussant Mohammed Arefin University of Wisconsin - Madison - Madison, WI 10
Panelist Jennifer Fluri University of Colorado, Boulder 10

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