Mahmood Mamdani: Thinking of Justice through Africa’s Experience

Rajni Kothari Lectures are instituted in honour of the CSDS Founder Director Professor Rajni Kothari. Earlier speakers in the series include Professors Charles Douglas Lummis, Ramin Jahanbegloo, Sudipta Kaviraj, Gananath Obeyesekere, Rounaq Jahan, Abdellah Hammoudi, Charles Taylor, Arif Dirlik, Shahid Amin, Alfred Stepan, Arindam Chakrabarti and Jayadeva Uyangoda.

In this lecture, the speaker would think the question of justice through the writings of Aime Cesaire and Nelson Mandela. He also reflected on the end of apartheid as a way to critically rethink the legacy of Nuremberg as understood by the contemporary human rights movement.

Mahmood Mamdani is Herbert Lehman Professor of Government at Columbia University, and executive director of Makerere Institute of Social Research at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.

He is the author, among others, of Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism (1996); When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism and Genocide in Rwanda (2001); Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War and the Roots of Terror (2004); Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror (2009); and Define and Rule: Native as Political Identity (2013).

Aditya Nigam is Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018
6 pm, CSDS Seminar Room