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AbdouMaliq Simone PhD

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PositionProfessor
Department Sociology
Email a.simone (@gold.ac.uk)
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Urbanism, critical geography, sociologies of religion, social organizations, development processes, African politics, popular urban cultures

I joined the department in 2006. Prior to this I had taught at several universities across Africa and in New York, as well as spending many years working for NGOs and applied research institutions.

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Teaching

I teach a graduate course entitled "Inventive Methods" and teach on a range of undergraduate lecturing. I also convene MA World Cities & Urban Life.

Areas of supervision

Urban life, socio-economic development, postcolonial theory, space and society, materialities and social life, new regionalisms, politics in the Global South, youth culture and religions

Television and video output

http://techtv.mit.edu/genres/25-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences/videos/3011-abdoumaliq-simone (Please be patient, this video may take a while to load).

Publications

Book

City Life from Jakarta to Dakar: Movements at the Crossroads
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2010. City Life from Jakarta to Dakar: Movements at the Crossroads. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-99321-0

Urban Africa: Changing Contours of Survival in the City
Simone, AbdouMaliq and Abouhani, Abdelghani. 2005. Urban Africa: Changing Contours of Survival in the City. Zed Books Ltd. ISBN 978-1842775936

For the City Yet to Come: Changing African Life in Four Cities
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2004. For the City Yet to Come: Changing African Life in Four Cities. Duke University Press. ISBN 9780822334453

Principles and Realities of Urban Governance in Africa
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2002. Principles and Realities of Urban Governance in Africa. Nairobi: UN-Habitat. ISBN 978-9211316612

Invisible Governance: The Art of African Micropolitics
Simone, AbdouMaliq and Hecht, David. 1995. Invisible Governance: The Art of African Micropolitics. Autonomedia. ISBN 978-0936756530

Whose Image: Political Islam and Urban Practices in Sudan
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 1994. Whose Image: Political Islam and Urban Practices in Sudan. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0226758701

Book Section

Urban Screens
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2012. Urban Screens. In: Celia Lury and Nina Wakeford, eds. Inventive Methods: The Happening of the Social. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 202-218. ISBN 978-0415721103

Nation, Modernity, World: an Introduction to SectionThree
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2012. Nation, Modernity, World: an Introduction to SectionThree. In: Greig Crysler; Stephen Cairns and Hilde Heyden, eds. The Sage Handbook of Architectural Theory. London and New York: SAGE, pp. 201-212. ISBN 978-1446282632

Demonstrations at Work: Some notes from Urban Africa
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2011. Demonstrations at Work: Some notes from Urban Africa. In: Ray Hutchison and Bruce Haynes, eds. The Ghetto: Contemporary Global Issues and Controversies. New York: Westview Press, pp. 245-264. ISBN 978-0813345031

Materiality and Affect in an African City
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2011. Materiality and Affect in an African City. In: Gary Bridge and Sophie Watson, eds. The New Blackwell Companion to the City. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 357-366. ISBN 978-1118655306

No Longer the Subaltern: refiguring cities of the Global South
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2011. No Longer the Subaltern: refiguring cities of the Global South. In: Tim Edensor and Mark Jayne, eds. Urban Theory Beyond the West: A World of Cities. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 31-47. ISBN 978-0415589765

Reaching a Larger World: Muslim Youth and Expanding Circuitries of Operation
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2010. Reaching a Larger World: Muslim Youth and Expanding Circuitries of Operation. In: Linda Herrera and Asef Bahat, eds. Being Young and Muslim: New Cultural Politics in the Global South and North. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 188-211. ISBN 978-0195369205

The Last Shall Be First: African Urbanities and the Larger Urban World
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2009. The Last Shall Be First: African Urbanities and the Larger Urban World. In: Andreas Huyssen, ed. Other Cities, Other Worlds: Urban imaginaries in a globalizing age. London: Duke University Press, pp. 99-119. ISBN 978-0822342717

Practices of Convertibility in Inner City Johannesburg and Douala
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2008. Practices of Convertibility in Inner City Johannesburg and Douala. In: Martina Rieker and Kamran Asdar Ali, eds. Gendering Urban Space in the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1403975232

Broken Links, Changing Speeds, Spatial Multiples: Rewiring Douala
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2008. Broken Links, Changing Speeds, Spatial Multiples: Rewiring Douala. In: Anne M Cronin and Kevin Hetherington, eds. Consuming the Entrepreneurial City: Image, Memory, Spectacle. Routledge, pp. 161-180. ISBN 978-0-415-95518-8

The Politics of Cityness and a World of Deals
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2008. The Politics of Cityness and a World of Deals. In: Peter Moertenboeck and Helge Mooshammer, eds. Networked cultures: parallel architectures and the politics of space. NAi Publishers. ISBN 978-90-5662-059-2

Practices of Convertibility in Inner City Douala and Johannesburg
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2008. Practices of Convertibility in Inner City Douala and Johannesburg. In: Kamran Ali and Martina Rieker, eds. Gendering Urban Space in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 135-168. ISBN 978-1403975232

The Politics of ‘Cityness’ and a World of Deals
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2008. The Politics of ‘Cityness’ and a World of Deals. In: Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer, eds. Networked Cultures: Parallel Architectures and the Politics of Space. Rotterdam: Netherlands Architecture Institute, NAi Publishers. ISBN 978-9056620592

Sacral Spaces in Two West African Cities
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2007. Sacral Spaces in Two West African Cities. In: Pal Ahluwalia; Louise Bethlehem and Ruth Ginio, eds. Violence and Non-Violence in Africa. Routledge, pp. 63-83. ISBN 978-0-415-40514-0

South African Urbanism: Between the Modern and the Refugee Camp
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2007. South African Urbanism: Between the Modern and the Refugee Camp. In: Martin J Murray and Garth A Myers, eds. Cities in Contemporary Africa. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 241-246. ISBN 978-1403970350

Waiting in African Cities
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2007. Waiting in African Cities. In: Michael Sorkin, ed. Indefensible Space: The Architecture of the National Insecurity State. Routledge.

Intersecting Geographies? ICTs and other virtualities in urban Africa
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2006. Intersecting Geographies? ICTs and other virtualities in urban Africa. In: G. Downey and M. Fisher, eds. Frontiers of Capital: Ethnographic Reflections on the New Economy. Duke University Press, pp. 133-159. ISBN 9780822337270

Assembling Douala
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2006. Assembling Douala. In: Alev Cinar and Thomas Bender, eds. Locating the City: Urban Imaginaries and the Practices of Modernity. Minneapolis; London: University of Minnesota Press. ISBN 978-0-8166-4801-6

On the Dynamics of Ambivalent Urbanization and Urban Productivity in Port Louis, Mauritius
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2006. On the Dynamics of Ambivalent Urbanization and Urban Productivity in Port Louis, Mauritius. In: David Bell and Mark Jayne, eds. Small Cities: Urban Experience Beyond the Metropolis. Routledge, pp. 21-32. ISBN 978-0-415-36658-8

Intersecting Geographies? ICTs and other virtualities in urban Africa
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2006. Intersecting Geographies? ICTs and other virtualities in urban Africa. In: Greg Downey and Melissa Fisher, eds. Frontiers of Capital: Ethnographic Reflections on the New Economy. London: Duke University Press, pp. 133-161. ISBN 978-0822337270

Local Navigation in Douala
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2005. Local Navigation in Douala. In: Stephen Read; Jürgen Rosemann and Job Van Eldijk, eds. Future City. London and New York: Spon Press, pp. 212-227. ISBN 978-0415284516

The Visible and Invisible: Remaking Cities in Africa
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2003. The Visible and Invisible: Remaking Cities in Africa. In: Okwui Ewenzor; Carlos Basualdo; Ute Meta Bauer; Susanne Ghez; Sarat Maharaj; Mark Nash and Octavio Zaya, eds. Under Siege: Four African Cities: Freetown, Johannesburg, Kinshasa, Lagos. Germany: Hatje Cantz Publishers. ISBN 978-3775790901

On Becoming and Belonging in African Cities
Simone, AbdouMaliq and Gotz, Graeme. 2003. On Becoming and Belonging in African Cities. In: Richard Tomlinson; Robert Beauregard; Bremner Lindsay and Xolele Mangcu, eds. Emerging Johannesburg. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 123-147. ISBN 978-0415935593

My Soul I Can See: The Limits of Growing African Cities in a Context of Globalization and Complexity
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2003. My Soul I Can See: The Limits of Growing African Cities in a Context of Globalization and Complexity. In: Richard Stren and Patricia McCarney, eds. Governance on the Ground: Innovations and Discontinuities in Cities of the Developing World: Innovations and Discontinuities in the Developing World. London: Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 220-250. ISBN 978-0801878510

Between Ghetto and Globe: Remaking Urban Life in Africa.
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2001. Between Ghetto and Globe: Remaking Urban Life in Africa. In: Mariken Vaa; Inge Tvedten and Arne Tostensen, eds. Associational Life in African Cities: Popular Responses to the Urban Crisis. Uppsala: Nordic Africa Institute, pp. 46-63. ISBN 978-9171064653

Article

Securing the Majority: Living through Uncertainty in Jakarta
Simone, AbdouMaliq and Rao, Vyjayanthi. 2012. Securing the Majority: Living through Uncertainty in Jakarta. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 36(2), pp. 315-335. ISSN 0309-1317

The Ambivalence of the Arbitrary: A supplement to Ash Amin’s ‘Remainders of Race
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2011. The Ambivalence of the Arbitrary: A supplement to Ash Amin’s ‘Remainders of Race. Theory, Culture and Society, 28(1), pp. 129-137. ISSN 0263-2764

The ineligible majority: Urbanizing the postcolony in Africa and Southeast Asia
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2011. The ineligible majority: Urbanizing the postcolony in Africa and Southeast Asia. Geoforum, 42(3), pp. 266-270. ISSN 0016-7185

The Surfacing of Urban Life A response to Colin McFarlane and Neil Brenner, David Madden and David Wachsmuth
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2011. The Surfacing of Urban Life A response to Colin McFarlane and Neil Brenner, David Madden and David Wachsmuth. City, 15(3-4), pp. 355-364. ISSN 1360-4813

The Urbanity of Movement: Dynamic Frontiers in Contemporary Africa
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2011. The Urbanity of Movement: Dynamic Frontiers in Contemporary Africa. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 31(4), pp. 379-391. ISSN 0739-456X

A Town on its Knees? Economic Experimentations with Postcolonial Urban Politics in Africa and Southeast Asia
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2010. A Town on its Knees? Economic Experimentations with Postcolonial Urban Politics in Africa and Southeast Asia. Theory, Culture & Society, 27(7-8), pp. 130-154. ISSN 0263-2764

2009 Urban Geography Plenary Lecture—on Intersections, Anticipations, and Provisional Publics: Remaking District Life in Jakarta
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2010. 2009 Urban Geography Plenary Lecture—on Intersections, Anticipations, and Provisional Publics: Remaking District Life in Jakarta. Urban Geography, 31(3), pp. 285-308. ISSN 0272-3638

Emergency Democracy and the "Governing Composite"
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2008. Emergency Democracy and the "Governing Composite". Social Text, 26(2 95), pp. 13-33.

The politics of the possible: Making urban life in Phnom Penh
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2008. The politics of the possible: Making urban life in Phnom Penh. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 29(2), pp. 186-204.

The Muslim Street is Everywhere (and soon coming to a theater near you)
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2007. The Muslim Street is Everywhere (and soon coming to a theater near you). Geoforum, 38(4), pp. 593-596.

Non-Aligned Spaces. Conversation between AbdouMaliq Simone, Filip De Boeck and Vyjayanthi Rao
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2007. Non-Aligned Spaces. Conversation between AbdouMaliq Simone, Filip De Boeck and Vyjayanthi Rao. Perspecta. The Yale Architectural Journal, 39,

Deep into the Night the City Calls as the Blacks Come Home to Roost
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2007. Deep into the Night the City Calls as the Blacks Come Home to Roost. Theory, Culture & Society, 24(7-8), pp. 224-237.

Pirate Towns: Reworking Social and Symbolic Infrastructures in Johannesburg and Douala
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2006. Pirate Towns: Reworking Social and Symbolic Infrastructures in Johannesburg and Douala. Urban Studies, 43(2), pp. 357-370.

Urban Circulation and the Everyday Politics of African Urban Youth: The Case of Douala, Cameroon
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2005. Urban Circulation and the Everyday Politics of African Urban Youth: The Case of Douala, Cameroon. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 29, pp. 516-532. ISSN 03091317

People as Infrastructure: Intersecting Fragments in Johannesburg
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2004. People as Infrastructure: Intersecting Fragments in Johannesburg. Public Culture, 16(3), pp. 407-429. ISSN 08992363

Reaching the Larger World: New Forms of Social Collaboration in Pikine, Senegal
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2003. Reaching the Larger World: New Forms of Social Collaboration in Pikine, Senegal. Africa, 73(2), pp. 226-250. ISSN 0001-9720

Africities: Popular Engagements of the Urban in Contemporary Africa
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2001. Africities: Popular Engagements of the Urban in Contemporary Africa. Space and Culture, 4(7-6), pp. 252-264. ISSN 1206-3312

Straddling the Divides: Remaking Associational Life in the Informal African City
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2001. Straddling the Divides: Remaking Associational Life in the Informal African City. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 25(1), pp. 102-117. ISSN 0309-1317

On the Worlding of African Cities
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2001. On the Worlding of African Cities. African Studies Review, 44(2), pp. 15-41. ISSN 0002-0206

Urban Social Fields in Africa
Simone, AbdouMaliq. 1998. Urban Social Fields in Africa. Social Text, 56, pp. 71-89. ISSN 0164-2472