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Dr Mbembe goes to Potchefstroom

On Monday I spent the afternoon at the Potchefstroom campus of the University of the North-West. I was invited by a group of colleagues in the Humanities to give a public…..

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Achille Mbembe at the Tate Modern

The moderator received a text which said that the political philosopher was trying to find an internet café, then another saying Mbembe was trying to find an internet café with Skype, then another saying that he was trying to find an internet café with Skype in a part of the city where there wasn’t a power-cut.

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Mbembe & Fanon

This year’s W.E.B. DuBois Lecture (organized by Colgate University) was given by Achille Mbembe. As mentioned elsewhere, Mbembe is revisiting Frantz Fanon in his latest work. So, too, here at…..

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Achille Mbembe’s Africa

Last week saw the publication of Achille Mbembe’s new book “Sortir de la Grande Nuit: Essai sur l’Afrique Décolonisée” (with a nod to Frantz Fanon’s ‘We must get out of…..

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Quoted: Achille Mbembe on the World Cup

Here’s an excerpt from Achille Mbembe’s “2010 Soccer World Cup: Where is the Moral Argument?” Mbembe wrote this in 2006 but with 30 days to go until kick-off, it’s still…..

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South Africa, Post-Trauma

In the house of the hangman one should not speak of the noose…One wants to break free of the past: rightly, because nothing can live in its shadow, and because…..