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Darfur: The Problem and the Way Out of It

19 June 2009
12:30 - 14:00


Hosted by :

HSRC Press

Date :

19 June 2009

Time :

12:30 – 14:00


Professor Mahmood Mamdani

The HSRC Press invites you to a talk by Professor Mahmood Mamdani, author of the new book Saviours & Survivors: Darfur, Politics & the War on Terror.


Professor Mamdani’s Saviours & Survivors: Darfur, Politics & the War on Terror provides the first analysis of the crisis in Darfur and considers the events of the last few years within the context of Sudan’s history, and critically examines the efficacy of the world’s response to the crisis.

Incisive and authoritative, Mamdani radically alters our understanding of the crisis in Darfur and inspires us to examine the media hype that often accompanies reporting on Africa. Furthermore, he cautions against drawing simple caricatures of conflict in Africa and encourages us to look more deeply into the causes of conflict in order to be able to address it effectively.

Mahmood Mamdani is Herbert Lehman, Professor of Government, and a member of the Anthropology and Political Science departments and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in the USA. Previously Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Makerere University in Uganda and the founding director of the Centre for Basic Research in Kampala, he has also taught at the universities of Dar es Salaam and Cape Town. Mamdani is a past president of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA).

His previous books include Citizen and Subject (recognised as ‘one of Africa’s 100 best books of the 20th century’ in Cape Town 2001 and awarded the Herskovitz Prize of the African Studies Association of USA for ‘the best book on Africa published in the English language in 1996′), When Victims Become Killers, Scholars in the Marketplace and Good Muslim, Bad Muslim. He lives in New York City and Kampala.



HSRC Press has released a podcast package recorded when Mamdani visited South Africa earlier this year. Click here to listen to the podcast series.


Please RSVP by 12 June 2009


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