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Lessons of Rwanda and Darfur: Some Questions for Human Rights Activists

Special Ralph Miliband Public Lecture

Date: Monday 10 May 2010
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics

Speaker: Professor Mahmood Mamdani
Chair: Professor Mary Kaldor

Mahmood Mamdani is the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government and Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1974 and specializes in the study of African history and politics. His works explore the intersection between politics and culture, a comparative study of colonialism since 1452, the history of civil war and genocide in Africa, the Cold War and the War on Terror, and the history and theory of human rights. Prior to joining the Columbia faculty, Mamdani was a professor at the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania (1973-79), Makerere University in Uganda (1980-1993), and the University of Cape Town (1996-1999). He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being listed as one of the “Top 20 Public Intellectuals” by Foreign Policy (US) and Prospect (UK) magazine in 2008. From 1998 to 2002 he served as President of CODESRIA (Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa). His essays have appeared in the New Left Review and the London Review of Books, among other journals.

He is the author of Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror (Pantheon, 2009), Scholars in the Marketplace: The Dilemmas of Neo-Liberal Reform at Makerere University, 1989-2005, (CODESRIA, Dakar, 2007), Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War and the Origins of Terror (Pantheon, 2004), When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism and Genocide in Rwanda (Princeton, 2001) and Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism (Princeton, 1996) and ten other books.

He teaches courses on: major debates in the study of Africa; the modern state and the colonial subject; the Cold War and the Third World; the theory, history, and practice of human rights; and civil wars and the state in Africa.

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Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics and the War on Terror


Centre of African Studies, SOAS, University of London, presents:

Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics and the War on Terror
By Mahmood Mamdani


Mahmmod Mandani will present his recently published book Saviors and Survivors at SOAS, as part of this UK tour. The book is the first account of the Darfur crisis to consider events within the broad context of Sudan’s history, and to examine the efficacy of the world’s response to the crisis.

Wednesday 03 June 2009
5.30pm, Room G3
All welcome

Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG


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