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Mahmood Mamdani is the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government at the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University.  He is also the Director of the Institute of African Studies at SIPA.

Mahmood Mamdani's reputation as an expert in African history, politics and international relations has made him an important voice in contemporary debates about the changing role of Africa in a global context.  His book Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism (Princeton University Press, 1996) has been hailed as one of the best scholarly works on Africa published in English, and won the prestigious Herskovits Award of the African Studies Association of the USA (1998).  Other books include When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda (Princeton University Press, 2002), Beyond Rights Talk and Culture Talk: Comparative Essays on the Politics of Rights and Culture (editor, Palgrave Macmillan, November 2000), Crises and Reconstruction - African Perspectives: Two Lectures (with Colin Leys, Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, December 1998), Imperialism and Fascism in Uganda (Africa World Press Inc., 1983), and many others.

Recent works include "Iraq: Collective Punishment in War and Peace," in Irwin Abrams and Wang Gungwu, eds., The Iraq War and Its Consequences: Thoughts of Nobel Peace Laureates and Eminent Scholars (World Scienti.c, 2004); and When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda (Princeton University Press, 2002). He is also author of the Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War, and the Roots of Terror (2004).

Professor Mamdani holds a BA from the University of Pittsburgh (1967).  He received an MA and MALD from Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1969, and in 1974 he received his PhD from Harvard University.  His other academic appointments include A.C. Jordan Professor of African Studies and Director for the Center for African Studies at the University of Cape Town (South Africa).  He has taught at the University of Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania) and Makerere University (Uganda). 

He is the founding Director of the Centre for Basic Research in Kampala, Uganda, and is the current President (1999-2002) of the Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Africa's social science body based in Senegal.  Mr. Mamdani's current work focuses on internal conflict and civil war in Africa, with particular attention given to the political and social restructuring which such conflict elicits.

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But, his only suggestion (greeted by loud applause) was to implement former UCT Prof. Mahmood Mamdani's Problematising Africa syllabus (developed in the late 1990s) as a "Foundation" Afro-centric Course to enlighten first-year's to the pre-colonial ...
Prior to this buttocks insult case, in 2016 Nyanzi had drawn international headlines in her dispute with acclaimed scholar Mahmood Mamdani, who was her director at the Makerere Institute for Social and Economic Research (MISR). The dispute related to ...
They do not remind us of Dani Wadada Nabudere (RIP), Omwony Ojwok (RIP) and Joshua Mugenyi (RIP). They certainly do not remind us of Mahmood Mamdani, Yash Tandon, Edward Rugumayo, etc. However much one faults or disagrees with these giants, ...
Then there was the Council for Development of Social science Research in Africa which Prof Mahmood Mamdani once chaired and in 1990 they came up with the Kampala Declaration on academic freedom.
In one reading, Prof Mahmood Mamdani has suggested that this violence should be understood as "derivative." The violence of the oppressed is not original, but an outcome of an earlier logic.
They reproduce this terminology. They reinforce conceptual subversion, labelling the previously corrupt as manifestly incorruptible.
However, the colonial policy of divide and rule - define and rule, as political commentator and historian Mahmood Mamdani would put it, the arbitrary demarcation of borders, the reification of tribes as a marker of identity and the struggle for control ...
Decolonise education, theorize African realities: Mamdani. Saturday 27 May 2017 09:18. Mamaponya Motsai. Mahmood Mamdani is a director at Makerere Institute for Social Research in Makerere University, Uganda and a professor at Columbia University in ...
As the African continent wraps up Africa Month, calls have been made to Africans across the continent to position Africa as the alternative voice at the time where the Western powers are divided.
As the African continent wraps up Africa Month, calls have been made to Africans across the continent to position Africa as the alternative voice at the time where the Western powers are divided.
Professor Mahmood Mamdani delivers the 8th annual Thabo Mbeki Africa Day Lecture. The lecture is delivered at Unisa in Pretoria this Friday.
Decolonise education, theorize African realities: Mamdani. Saturday 27 May 2017 09:18. Mamaponya Motsai. Mahmood Mamdani is a director at Makerere Institute for Social Research in Makerere University, Uganda and a professor at Columbia University in ...
Professor Mahmood Mamdani delivers the 8th annual Thabo Mbeki Africa Day Lecture. The lecture is delivered at Unisa in Pretoria this Friday.
The Head of the Institute Professor Mahmood Mamdani claimed Nyanzi had not fulfilled her contractual obligation of teaching students.
It is this concept of decolonization to which I adhere, one refined and reformulated through the years by scholars such as Edward Said, Vine Deloria Jr.
The Head of the Institute Professor Mahmood Mamdani claimed Nyanzi had not fulfilled her contractual obligation of teaching students.
It is in this context that we look forward to Professor Mahmood Mamdani's lecture in this year's Thabo Mbeki Africa Day Lecture, which was inaugurated by former President Mbeki in 2010.
She is mad to think that she would be the most hurt academician in Makerere University because of the suppression by Professor Mahmood Mamdani and thus end up showing Ugandans her nakedness in protest. That was very unbecoming! No woman in ...
She is mad to think that she would be the most hurt academician in Makerere University because of the suppression by Professor Mahmood Mamdani and thus end up showing Ugandans her nakedness in protest. That was very unbecoming! No woman in ...
Kampala - A human rights defender who is also a PHD student at Makerere University has been sent to Luzira prison after he was allegedly involved in a fight at Prof Mahmood Mamdani's Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR). Nuwagaba Vincent ...
Her choice of victims included MISR's professor Mahmood Mamdani, the President, first lady, minister for ethics, among other public officials.
This is what Professor Mahmood Mamdani has called in his book, Scholars in the Marketplace. Inevitably it leads to a host of other problems, including declining standards.
The current conflict is the ultimate result of this property system. Such approaches were commonplace among imperialists at the time, in what Mahmood Mamdani has called the strategy of 're-define and rule.' Indeed, the opposition between the Hutus and ...
In the weeks leading up to the April 18 protest, Nyanzi had listed several grievances against Executive Director Mahmood Mamdani's administration. They included the blocking of her promotion, the allocation of institute office space to Mamdani's spouse ...
But such demands are not new. Some of Africa's brightest minds - among them Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Ali Mazrui and Mahmood Mamdani - have fought hard down the decades for decolonisation: of knowledge, of the curriculum ...
The first of these was the half-nude protest she embarked upon in April last year against the alleged maladministration of Mahmood Mamdani, director of Makerere Institute of Social Research - a demonstration she broadcast on social media, generating ...
"Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness." This is the opening line of the preface to Michel Foucault's classic study, Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason.
In that case, she went up against internationally renowned Mahmood Mamdani, executive director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research.
On live television, in one memorable occasion, she stripped half-naked to protest her eviction from her office at Makerere University, for allegedly breaching departmental policy.
Last year, she was involved in a very public employment dispute with her boss professor Mahmood Mamdani, a luminary African scholar.
Although he is still a tenured member of the faculty at Columbia University, Mahmood Mamdani has taken what he describes as "10 years' time off" to develop an institution devoted to "decolonising the mind".
Born in Uganda and having lived there with his parents, filmmaker Mira Nair and academic Mahmood Mamdani, Young Cardamom created music in Kampala which shared perspectives on Ugandan politics and brown-black relations relevant to his identity ...
Following the intellectual example of Archie Mafeje, that of Julian Cobin and Mahmood Mamdani, young African intellectuals have a duty in the decoloniality movement to unmask alibis and ideologies in the naming of African historical developments.
The bifurcated citizenship of locals and settlers gave birth to decentralised despotism - a phrase used by Professor Mahmood Mamdani. The best example of decentralised despotism in Pakistan is the emergence of nationalist movements led by local despots ...
I have never met Stella Nyanzi in the flesh, not even when she, uh, laid bare her frustrations - and a lot more than just the proverbial pound of flesh - in her infamous fight with Prof Mahmood Mamdani. But I have met Dr Nyanzi through social media ...
Stella Nyanzi, who first shot to the limelight when she stripped naked in protest at Makerere University over what she said was unfair treatment by her boss, Prof Mahmood Mamdani, has continuously been embroiled in social media attacks about the regime.
... is the director of the Habib University Liberal Core Curriculum, and the former founding Dean of its school of arts, Humanities and Social sciences, in Karachi.
Mahmood Mamdani is correct. He argues that the postcolonial African state has a "bifurcated" political system in which the grammar of civil society, human rights and democracy is spoken by urban-based persons while those in rural areas are in the grip ...
However, this concept actually leads to an asymmetrical system with imperialist overtones, according to Ugandan political commentator, Mahmood Mamdani, who argues that through the language of R2P, non-Western countries are more often defined as ...
Mahmood Mamdani is correct. He argues that the postcolonial African state has a "bifurcated" political system in which the grammar of civil society, human rights and democracy is spoken by urban-based persons while those in rural areas are in the grip ...
However, this concept actually leads to an asymmetrical system with imperialist overtones, according to Ugandan political commentator, Mahmood Mamdani, who argues that through the language of R2P, non-Western countries are more often defined as ...
The literature Department is part of the College of Humanities and Social sciences, which, according to Mahmood Mamdani's Scholars in the Marketplace, was worst hit by Museveni's neoliberal reforms of higher education. Mamdani argues that as ...
Renowned Ugandan academic Mahmood Mamdani describes the events as "decentralized despotism" - a paternalistic urban elite making decisions for the "backward" rural poor.
Renowned Ugandan academic Mahmood Mamdani describes the events as "decentralised despotism" - a paternalistic urban elite making decisions for the "backward" rural poor.
Renowned Ugandan academic Mahmood Mamdani describes the events as "decentralized despotism" - a paternalistic urban elite making decisions for the "backward" rural poor.
Mahmood Mamdani, Ugandan scholar and political commentator, in his book Define and Rule pinpoints that in the late 19th century the British colonial statecraft introduced a "new idea of governance, as the definition and management of difference ...
As political and cultural theorist Mahmood Mamdani pointed out some time ago, the link between terrorism and Islam has "turned religious experience into a political category, differentiating 'good Muslims' from 'bad Muslims', rather than terrorists ...
Mahmood Mamdani after she refused to teach PhD students and participate in research projects. According to the University Appointments Board chairperson Bruce Kabasa, Nyanzi had been allowed back but they had not yet found her a placement.
F amines are declared only in such extreme circumstances that the world has been spared one since 250,000 people died in Somalia in 2011.
As we bemoan this culture, we need to ask whether universities are copying the trend in some primary schools or it's the dilemmas of neo-liberal economic thinking in our education system as Prof Mahmood Mamdani, director of Makerere Institute of Social ...


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