31 May - 3 June 2018 Amsterdam

Achille Mbembe

Achille Mbembe (Cameroon, 1957) is widely regarded as one of the most important public intellectuals writing about contemporary African and global phenomena in the world today. 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. In his latest book Critique of Black Reason (2017), he teases out the intellectual consequences of the reality that Europe is no longer the world’s center of gravity while mapping the relations among colonialism, slavery, and contemporary financial and extractive capital.

Achille Mbembe contributes to Postcolonial Europe? – June 2nd 17:00 in Bellevue