was born in Cameroon in 1957. He is Professor of History and Political Science at Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, South Africa, and the University of California, Irvine. He is also a member of the staff at WISER institute in Johannesburg, South Africa.Mbembe has written extensively on African history and politics, including La naissance du maquis dans le Sud-Cameroun (Karthala, 1996) and De la postcolonie: essai sur l'imagination politique dans l'Afrique contemporaine (Karthala, 2000; English edition: On the Postcolony, University of California Press, 2001).
Postcolonial thinking developed in a transnational, eclectic vein from the very start, says theorist Achille Mbembe. This enabled it to combine the anti-imperialist tradition with the fledgling subaltern studies and a specific take on globalization. [more]
Africa's history is one of movement. It is connected with an "Afropolitanism" that has transcended rigid African nationalism through curiosity for the foreign and openness to hybridity. [more]