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Dr Claudia Gastrow

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Name: Claudia Gastrow
Location: D Ring 502 A Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
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Tel: 011 559 3931


About Dr Claudia Gastrow


i History and Politics (University of Cape Town)
BA (Hons) History (University of Cape Town)
MA African Studies (Universität Basel)
PhD Anthropology (University of Chicago)

Research Interests

I am a socio-cultural anthropologist with research interests in urban studies, political anthropology, material culture, Lusophone Africa, Central Africa and Southern Africa. My work focuses specifically on questions of political belonging and urbanism in Luanda, Angola. I am currently working on a book investigating the role of the built environment and urban aesthetics in mediating political concepts and practices in post-conflict Luanda, Angola. I have two new planned research projects. The first investigates life during Angola’s oil bust, and the second explores urban informal governance in Luanda.


Journal Articles

2017Cement Citizens: Housing, Demolition and Political Belonging in Luanda, Angola. Citizenship Studies. 21(2): 224 – 239
2017Aesthetic Dissent: Urban Redevelopment and Political Belonging in Luanda, Angola. Antipode. 49 (2): 377 – 396
2015Thinking Futures through the Slum. The Avery Review. September. Issue 9.
2014“Vamos Construir!“: Revendications Foncières Et Géographie Du Pouvoir À Luanda, Angola” e Africaine. No 132: 49 – 72.


Public Anthropology

2016Design and Temporality: Integration. Cultural Anthropology. Conversations on-line: 27 June.


Media and Public Commentary

2017No Change on the Horizon for Angola. Cape Times. 22 February.
2016Dos Santos maintains the status quo while suggesting change in Angola. The Conversation. 29 March.
2015Why the residents of Luanda are asking: Where did all the riches go? The Conversation. 29 October.
2013The Increasingly Shaky Edifice of Luanda. 8 November. Africa Is a Country.
Concrete Politics. 2 January. Urban Africa
o: Plans Unravel. 11 January. Urban Africa.
2012China and the expansion of Luanda. 27 September.
Angolan Elections 2012: Beer and Circuses no Longer Enough. 30 August. African Arguments.