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Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Africa and the Future: An Interview with Achille Mbembe

Within a short period of time, the global, corporate discourse on Africa has swapped a refrain of hopelessness with a near eschatological discovery of a new el dorado — a place of gold from which global capital hopes to regain its lost mojo. Africa is a Country has debunked the discourse of an ‘Africa Rising’

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

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...

Monday, November 29th, 2010

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 Colgate.–Tom Devriendt.

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Achille Mbembe’s Africa

Tom Devriendt 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 the great night’...

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

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 worth a read. “That Bafana Bafana (the...

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

What’s the matter with … R.W. Johnson

The South African RW Johnson has undergone a transformation of youthful radical to smug “anti-apartheid” liberal anti-communist and scholar of the French Left (think Tony Judt-lite), resulting in the final incarnation of a  pompous red-faced “liberal” colonial...

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

New Film Explores Homophobia and Hatred Towards LGBTI Community in Cameroon

The silhouettes of two women are concealed amongst the gradients of quivering candlelight. The interviewer asks, “Can you kiss each other in public?”, one women responds “We hug each other in public. Even the hugs are discreet....

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Why I’m Not An Afropolitan

Last summer, I was invited to take part in a discussion, ‘Fantasy or Reality? Afropolitan Narratives of the 21st Century’, as part of Africa Writes 2013 Festival. I was joined on the panel by Minna “Ms Afropolitan”...

Friday, January 17th, 2014

The Prisoner and his Pin-up Girl

The National Geographic issue of July 1975 is as delightful a time capsule as you would expect from the magazine that dictated our understanding of the world. On the very first page is an advertisement for Iran...

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

‘What is wrong with this headline?’

It may seem odd to quote Paul Dacre, the editor of the jingoist UK Daily Mail. He defended his slanderous headline about the late Marxist academic Ralph Miliband (‘The man who hated Britain’) and father of the leader...

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Not quite spring, but not nothing

Today, Monday, August 19, 2013, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who was the first woman to serve as Deputy President of South Africa (2005-2009), took the oath of office as Executive Director of UN Women. Then Over the weekend, Joyce...

Friday, July 19th, 2013

5 New Films to Watch Out For, N°28

Here’s another pick of five interesting-looking new films that have come out recently. Born This Way is a film by Shaun Kadlec and Deb Tullmann about gay activists and members of “Alternatives Cameroun,” the first LGBT organization in Cameroon...

Monday, July 15th, 2013

South African Autobiographies: Between Memoir and Self-Help

AIAC’s Neelika Jayawardane’s review of South African memoirs is included in the inaugural issue of Symposium, an innovative new online magazine and blog intended to bring academic research, views, and debates onto the public floor – in...

Monday, June 17th, 2013

On New African Writing

The latest issue of the Journal of Postcolonial and Commonwealth Studies, which I guest edited with Simon Lewis, is devoted to African writing in the twenty-first century. Simon and I were excited to take on this task...

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Afrique 3.0, Version 2.0

Flying back from Dakar and Bamako to my home near “Little Senegal,” I snatched up Courrier International’s special issue “Afrique 3.0″ while passing through Paris. Tom made a quick survey of it just as it hit the...

Friday, March 8th, 2013

How the Africa-China romance is killing Europe

In the past decade the international media first focused on China’s economic boom, which was then followed by the ‘Africa is rising’ narrative. The latter partly as a result of China’s investments. Many have wondered whether China’s...

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

African Lookbook: Fashion and Oral Interviews Go Together

I first met Aaron Kohn, one of the co-founders of African Lookbook, a site that combines a one-stop online fashion store with oral interviews, earlier this summer at a New York University sponsored conference on Distance and Desires:...

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

The View from the Cape

When legal apartheid finally ended in 1994, South Africa’s new democracy faced one overwhelming challenge: to improve the lives of the country’s poor, or at least to maintain the hope that the future would be better. Yet...

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

The other African election: France’s first round

What is there to say about that other African election, the one in France? Sunday was the first of two rounds in this presidential contest, which is a lot more about Europe—specifically Brussels, but also Berlin—than it...

Monday, April 16th, 2012

The war in Mali’s North–to what effect?

There is war in Mali’s North, and there doesn’t need to be. Some of this conflict is hard to stop–the shadow boxing of distant powers, the scattering of weapons, the spiraling circuits of revenge. But some of...

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Amsterdam is a Continent

ZAM is an international multimedia platform celebrating African creativity and new thinking, priding itself on a network of over 500 African journalists, photographers, writers, artists, academics, visionaries, doers and hundreds of peers in Europe and elsewhere. (Which...

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Cape Town Leather

Recently, one of the Rupert clan (brands: Cartier, Dunhill, Montblanc and Piaget, etcetera), Hanneli Rupert, opened a leather-goods outlet in South Africa, naming it “Okapi”. And the PR is charming, though not aimed at anyone who has...

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Review. John Akomfrah’s ‘The Nine Muses’

John Akomfrah’s new film, The Nine Muses, continues the powerful cine-cultural tradition inaugurated by the Black Audio Film Collective in Britain in the early 1980s. Similarly to his earlier films, Akomfrah handles archival footage with a profound...

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

The Year of Frantz Fanon

Four moments which rocked France this year were the cases against rapper Youssoupha and IMF Head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the unveiling of the Paris exhibiton Human Zoos: The Invention of the Savage, curated by former French footballer Lilian...

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Black France

A few months before the presidential elections in France appears this ‘beautiful book’, La France noire, Trois siècles de présences (‘Black France, Three centuries of presence’ (eds.) Pascal Blanchard, Sylvie Chalaye, Eric Deroo, Dominique Thomas & Mahamet...

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Cameroon and the President

Cameroonians went to the polls today. In an interview with SlateAfrique, Achille Mbembe (b. 1957, Cameroon ) explains why no one else but the 78-year-old incumbent Paul Biya stands a chance to win. “Having stripped society of all...

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Notes on the South African Experiment

Achille Mbembe (the links are to previous references of Mbembe on this blog) gave a lecture at the Birkbeck School of Law in March of this year. You can download an audio recording of the talk entitled...

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

The Whites-Only French

On Friday the French blog Mediapart published a stunning report, based on several weeks of investigation, that argues that racist ideas have become normalized, indeed banalized, at the highest levels of the French Football Federation. You can read...

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Africa, Assume the Position?

I love that African artists are getting exhibition space in European galleries. But being told to “Assume Art Position” by a Milanese gallery?

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Europe’s Apartheid

In a recent interview on French television to promote his new book “Sortir de la Grande Nuit: Essai sur l’Afrique Décolonisée,” Johannesburg-based political philosopher Achille Mbembe suggested that Europe “seems to be gripped by an enormous desire...

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