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The Becoming Black of the World

Achille Mbembe is Research Professor in History and Politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economy Research, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is the author of numerous books, including On the Postcolony, Critique of Black Reason, and Necropolitics. His recent book Out of the Dark Night offers analysis of the paradoxes of the postcolonial moment that points toward new liberatory models of community, humanity, and planetarity. He has an annual visiting appointment at the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The 2021-2022 Altman Program invites the Miami University community to explore the persistence of racism in its cultural, political, and institutional forms. What is the history of race as an idea and a social category? How did it transform systems of law, administration, and representation into vehicles for subjugating entire groups of people? How does racism work today? What is its relation to systems of caste and meritocracy? To citizenship and mobility? How can emerging humanities scholarship help us interrogate its evolution and frustrating persistence? And what measures can we take to create a more inclusive and equitable society?

Thursday, September 23 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Shideler Hall, 152

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