3CT New Book Salon: "Imagining the Edgy City" // Loren Kruger

November 7 2014


3CT's first salon of the Quarter will engage Prof. Loren Kruger's new book, Imagining the Edgy City: Writing, Performing and Building Johannesburg. The 'edgy city' in Kruger's formulation refers not only to persistent boundaries between the haves and have-nots but also to the cosmopolitan diversity and innovation that has emerged from South Africa's largest city. Drawing upon a wide range of sources including fiction, film, architecture, performance and urban practices (like trading and parades), the author examines how  Johannesburg negotiates tensions between incivility (political repression, urban neglect, rising crime) and innovation (flourishing art, drama, fiction, photography and architecture) and thereby invites comparison with other modern conurbations such as Dakar, Bogatá, Chicago and Paris. You can find an online version of the book here.