Mahmood Mamdani, an internationally renowned scholar on African history, politics, and society, and the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government at Columbia University, will give the annual Coca-Cola World Fund Lecture at Yale on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
The talk, “Beyond Criminal Justice: Learning from South Sudan,” will start at 4:30 p.m. in Henry R. Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, Rm. 203, in New Haven. The lecture, sponsored by the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, is free and open to the public.
Once voted the world’s ninth most important public intellectual by the U.S.’s Foreign Policy and the U.K.’s Prospect magazines, Mahmood Mamdani is also a professor and the executive director of Makerere Institute of Social Research at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. He specializes in the comparative study of colonialism since 1452, and the question of civil war and mass violence. Mamdani was a professor at the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania (1973-79), Makerere University in Uganda (1980-1993), and the University of Cape Town (1996-1999). He served as President of CODESRIA (Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa) from 1998 to 2002.
Mamdani has written extensively on colonialism and post-colonialism (“Define and Rule: Native as Political Identity,” 2013; and “Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism,” 1996), on civil wars, political identity and extreme violence in Darfur (“Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror,” 2009), the post-9/11 era (“Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War and the Roots of Terror,” 2004) and Rwanda (“When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism and Genocide in Rwanda,” 2001). “Citizen and Subject” was awarded the Herskovitz Prize of the African Studies Association of the U.S. for the best book in English in African Studies published in 1996. It was also acclaimed as one of the 100 best books on Africa written in the 20th century at the Cape Town Book Fair.
The Coca-Cola World Fund at Yale was established in 1992 to support intersecting endeavors among specialists in international relations, international law, and the management of international enterprises and organizations. Previous lecturers in the series have included Michael Doyle, Gary Hart, Tom Friedman, Nicholas Kristof, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Sam Nunn, Sadako Ogata, Samantha Power, Mary Robinson, Raghuram Rajan, Eboo Patel, Mo Ibrahim, Marwan Muasher, Raila Odinga, John Githongo, and Deborah Brautigam.
Mahmood Mamdani gave the annual Coca-Cola World Fund Lecture at Yale on “Beyond Criminal Justice: Learning from South Sudan.”