African Perspectives on Globalisation, Terrorism and Development. Samir Amin, Mahmood Mamdani & Fatou Sow. Kampala, CODESRIA, December 2004, 56 p., ISBN 2-86978-149-0Number of visits: 1125
This volume brings together three excellent lectures by three distinguished scholars, a highlight of the 2002 CODESRIA 10th General Assembly Conference in Kampala, Uganda. A regular feature of the CODESRIA triennal General Assembly, the lectures are delivered in plenary by distinguished scholars whose work has helped shape the African intellectual landscape. The Claude Ake Lecture, delivered by Mahmood Mamdani, is traditionally the privilege of the outgoing Executive Committee president. It dwells, inter alia, on an African perspective on 9/11, pointing to the America and Cold War geneses of and the role of ‘culture talk’ in Terorism. This theme is taken up in the Cheikh Anta Diop Lecture, by Samir Amin who gives a critical overview and exploration of alternatives to neoliberal globalisation and militarism. The Léopold Sedar Senghor Lecture is graced by Fatou Sow, who stresses the need to rethink African development from a gender sensitive outlook, and regrets the slow pace of creating space for women in various spheres, despite the fact that women have got a right to be (‘les femmes ont le droit d’avoir des droits’).
Samir Amin is a leading political economist in the field of development studies. He is currently the director of the Third World Forum. Amin teaches economics at the Universities of Poitiers, Paris and Dakar. He has published numerous treatises on law, civil society, socialism, colonialism and development particularly in Africa and the Arab and Islamic Worlds. His numerous books include Accumulation on a World Scale, Unequal Development, The Future of Maoism, Eurocentrism, Empire of Chaos, Re-Reading the Postwar Period and Spectres of Capitalism.
Mahmood Mamdani is from Kampala, Uganda. He has taught at the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Makerere University and University of Cape Town, and is currently Herbert Lehman Professor of Government and director of the Institute of African Studies at Columbia University in New York. His previous book Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism was recognized as ‘one of Africa’s 100 best books of the 20th century’ and was also awarded the Herskovitz Prize of the African Studies Association of USA for ‘the best book on Africa published in the English language in 1996’. Mahmood Mamdani was President of CODESRIA from 1999 to 2002. In 2001, he presented one of the nine papers at the Nobel Peace Prize Centennial Symposium.
Fatou Sow is a Senegalese sociologist, researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in France. She is a professor at the Department of Social Sciences of the Institut fondamental d’Afrique noire/Cheikh Anta Diop (IFAN), Cheikh Anta Diop University (Senegal) where she also lectures on gender and development issues in the Faculty of Arts. Her publications are on development issues. She is mostly interested in African women and gender relations within African economies and cultures.
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