Mahmood Mamdani with Gil Anidjar
From Kampala, Uganda to Seattle, with New York City (we believe) along the way, we are honored to present this Saturday program with acclaimed author and scholar Mahmood Mamdani. Presently the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government and Professor of Anthropology and of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University, as well as Director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research in Kampala, he is the author of several major works, among them Citizen and Subject, When Victims Become Killers, and Good Muslim, Bad Muslim - the last of which he appeared for at Elliott Bay in 2004. He will be joined in conversation by Columbia University colleague Gil Anidjar, author most recently of Semites: Race, Religion, Literature. This ten-hour time-zone-spanning program is occasioned by publication of Professor Mamdani’s Neither Settler nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities (Harvard University Press), which has stirred all manner of reviews and response since publication.
“This book compels the reader to rethink the origin and development of the nation-state and its replication as inseparable from European colonialism, beginning with the establishment of the Spanish state through racialized ethnic cleansing and the 1492 deportations of Jews and Moors. In elegant prose with no wasted words or jargon, this original and brilliant work argues that the United States created the template for settler-colonialism, providing the model upon which the South African apartheid regime and the Israeli state were patterned, a model also used by the Nazi regime that adopted U.S. race theory and catastrophic ethnic cleansing. The book provides not only profound historical analysis but also deeply researched descriptions of the current U.S. and Israeli regimes of settler-colonialism and more.”—Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.
“Through his own elegant contrarianism, Mamdani rejects the current focus on human rights as the means to bring justice to the victims of this colonial and postcolonial bloodshed. Instead, he calls for a new kind of political imagination, one that will pave the way for a truly decolonized future. Joining the ranks of Hannah Arendt’s Imperialism, Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth, and Edward Said’s Orientalism, this book is destined to become a classic text of postcolonial studies and political theory.”—Moustafa Bayoumi.