31 May - 3 June 2018 Amsterdam

Achille Mbembe

Achille Mbembe (Cameroon, 1957) is a philosopher and political theorist. He is currently a research professor in History and Politics at Harvard University. In his seminal work, On the Postcolony, Mbembe subverts some key assumptions of postcolonial theory and claims that Africa is no longer the “colony” that Frantz Fanon described in his work Wretched of the Earth. The central gesture of Mbembe’s work is to change the perception of Africa and to move away from postcolonial theory to a more dynamic way of thinking that will take into account the complexities of post-colonial Africa.