The Sociology Department and the Citizenship in Movement Working Group proudly present a talk by Mahmood Mamdani: “Political Violence and Political justice: Rethinking Nuremberg in light of South Africa.”
Mahmood Mamdani is professor and executive director of Makerere Institute of Social Research at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, and the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government and professor of Anthropology, African Studies and Political Science at Columbia University, New York. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1974 and specializes in a comparative study of colonialism since 1452, and the following themes in particular: custom and customary law, civil war and mass violence, and the politics of knowledge production. Mamdani has taught 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).
Mamdani has written extensively on colonialism and post-colonialism. Among these are several books: Define and Rule: Native as Political Identity, 2013; Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism, 1996); Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror, 2009; 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).