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Date: July 10th, 2014

Venue: Bauhaus Universität Weimar | Oberlichtsaal | Geschwister-Scholl-Strasse 8, Weimar

Programme description:

17:30 Talk: Challenges of (Open-) Urbanism in (Post-) Conflict Development – The Juba Case

An open discussion with:
Prof. Dr. Leben Nelson Moro
Chair of the Center for Peace and Development Studies, University of Juba, South Sudan
Stephen Kovats
open systems urbanist and co-founder of r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation, Berlin

Juba, the capital of the recently independent state of South Sudan is one of the world’s fastest growing urban
centers. After a Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005 ended over 3 decades of war in Sudan, peace in the
new state, despite the euphoria of victory and independence has been elusive. The capital city has become a
microcosmic entity reflecting the chaotic free-for-all of international development, land-grabbing and a collapse
in the traditional relationships of communal space in the country as a whole.
Being such a framework and symbol, it needs however to act as a vision of South Sudan’s future. Juba’s return
to political violence, insecurity and the breakdown of the fragile structures of the nascent state illustrate the
challenging roles that urbanism as a partner in the development of a stable open society must play. Has the
city become an enemy of the people, its residents and life blood? Given such extreme challenges to peace and
independence, can alternative forms of urban development based on the open source and peer to peer models
of collaboration, citizen interaction and critical sustainability empower citizens and thus create more effective

19:00 Sneak Preview: Made in Africa – a true story about digital innovation

A film by:
Geraldine de Bastion and René von der Waar – the director will be present

What do you think of when you hear the phrase ‘Made in Africa’? Safaris? Massai walking into the Sunset?
Wooden masks and big colourful prints? Refugee camps and famine? Diamond mines and child soldiers? In
the past, Africa has been portrayed as the lost continent, the dark continent, a continent ridden by crisis and
dependant on aid. Positive stories from Africa have been mostly limited to adventure stories, tribal fantasies and
sunset-Safaris. In the past, “Africa” either brought to mind images of Bob Geldof holding starving children or the
romantic depiction of Elton John’s circle of life with tourists, watching the big five drink from waterholes from
their chalet, drums beating in the distant background.
The idea behind the documentary “Made in Africa” is to tell a new story. Made in Africa will tell the story of a
young generation of Africans on the rise, striving for success and independence, a story of innovation and technological
revolution. “Made in Africa” will portray leading figures in different countries, tell their personal story
and connect them to the bigger picture of the dynamic changes the continent is undergoing.
‘Made in Africa’ will break with clichés and let the viewer experience a side of Africa they have never seen


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