South Sudan: The Road to Civil War

South Sudan: The Road to Civil War – University of Oslo

Professor Mahmood Mamdani, Columbia University & Makerere University.
South Sudan: The Road to Civil War – University of Oslo
South Sudan: The Road to Civil War – University of Oslo

Professor Mahmood Mamdani


Prof. Mamdani will discuss lessons of the civil war in South Sudan to make a broader argument on the need to distinguish between political and criminal violence and the centrality of the political in addressing questions of civil conflict and civil war.

After the lecure, all participants are invited to the reception.

About the speaker

Mahmood Mamdani has written extensively on African history and politics. His works explore the intersection between politics and culture, comparative studies of colonialism, the history of civil war and genocide in Africa, the Cold War and the War on Terror, and the history and theory of human rights. Prof. Mamdani has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being listed as one of the world’s ‘Top 20 Public Intellectuals’ by Foreign Policy (US) and Prospect (UK) magazine in 2008. His widely acclaimed books include Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror (2009) and Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War and the Roots of Terror (2004)

Mahmood Mamdani is the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government at the Department of Anthropology and Political Science and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where he was also director of the Institute of African Studies from 1999 to 2004. Since 2010, he has also served as director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) at Makerere University. Prof. Mamdani is from Kampala, Uganda and received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1974. Before joining the Columbia university faculty, he 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). His other books include: When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism and Genocide in Rwanda (2001); Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism (1996); Politics and Class Formation in Uganda (1976); From Citizen to Refugee (1973); and The Myth of Population Control: Family, Class and Caste in an Indian Village (1972). His essays have appeared in numerous journals, magazines and news outlets.




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