“The Politics of God: Recent Debates”
Achille Mbembe is one of the most insightful and provocative scholars in and of Africa, and not just Africa, working today. A number of his texts are available on Bard’s ReserveWeb, including his influential essays on “Necropolitics” and “On the Post-colony.” His training is in History and Politics, but his work has proven central in much contemporary cultural theory, Anthropology, social and political thought, and Religion. He has taught at Columbia, Penn, and now Irvine in the US, and is based at WISER in Johannesburg. He also spent a year at the Brookings Institution in Washington and four years as Executive Director of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (Codesria) in Dakar. His talk related to seminar on Political Theologies he was teaching at Irvine.