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Define And Rule: Native As Political Identity by Mahmood Mamdani, Released on 17th September 2012 by Harvard University Press.

05 Sep, 2012

Define and Rule focuses on the turn in late nineteenth-century colonial statecraft when Britain abandoned the attempt to eradicate difference between conqueror and conquered and introduced a new idea of governance, as the definition and management of difference. Mahmood Mamdani explores how lines were drawn between settler and native as distinct political identities, and between natives according to tribe. Out of that colonial experience issued a modern language of pluralism and difference.

Antonio Tomas' interview by Radio France International over the impending Angola elections

07 Aug, 2012

Campaigning is underway in Angola ahead of parliamentary elections at the end of the month. It will be only the third vote since independence from Portugal in 1975, which was followed by decades of civil war. Although the war ended in 2002, deep social divisions remain. Antonio Tomas, an Angolan academic, discusses the causes. Click here for the interview.

Let Us Consolidate Makerere's Core Mission: the Pursuit of Scholarship by Mahmood Mamdani

06 Aug, 2012

Let Us Consolidate Makerere’s Core Mission: the Pursuit of Scholarship

Mahmood Mamdani

Professor and Executive Director, MISR

(text of talk to the Makerere University Stakeholders Consultative Meeting 3rd August 2012)

The Makerere of today is a product of two historical periods: its early establishment during the colonial period and its reform under neo-liberal influence.  I shall begin by asking whether colonialism and neoliberalism are living legacies or pasts that we have moved beyond.

Decolonization

Mamdani's Response to The 20th Annual Joseph Mubiru Lecture, Bank Of Uganda, by Prof. Joseph Stiglitz

21 Jul, 2012

Your Excellency, Mr. President; the Chair, the Honorable Minister of Finance; the Honorable Governor of the Bank of Uganda and the Honorable Deputy Governor, Bank of Uganda,

I assume that the Bank of Uganda has asked me to be a discussant hoping I would raise questions they do not feel comfortable raising.  I will take a cue from them and ask Professor Stiglitz questions hoping he will give responses that I do not quite feel comfortable giving.

Nyanzi to Present two posters at the 19th International AIDS Conference on 22nd-27th July 2012 in Washington DC

10 Jul, 2012
Stella Nyanzi will present two posters at the 19th International AIDS Conference
scheduled for 22nd - 27th July 2012 in Washington DC, USA (for details see
http://www.aids2012.org/Default.aspx?pageId=305).
The first poster is entitled Double Death by HIV/AIDS and Homophobia among MSM
Communities in Kampala, Uganda and will be discussed on Tuesday 24th July 2012 (see
attached abstract). Based on ethnographic data from four MSM who died in Kampala

MISR Hosts Lecture Series on India and China

11 Jun, 2012

Makerere Institute of Social Research hosted two lecture series by leading international scholars Partha Chatterjee and Wang Hui on India and on China. The lecture series are part of MISR’s program to bring intellectuals from around the world to help broaden our understanding of global intellectual traditions. These are part of the intellectual and physical renovation of MISR begun by Director Mahmood Mamdani in 2010.