Digital computation is engendering a new common world and new configurations of reality and power. But this ubiquitous, instantaneous world is confronted by the old world of bodies and distances. Technology is mobilized in order to create an omnipresent border that sequesters those with rights from those without them.
Cameroonian philosopher and political scientist. Research Professor at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research in Johannesburg, South Africa. His books include Politiques de l’inimitié (2016); Critique de la raison nègre (2013); Sortir de la grande nuit : Essai sur l’Afrique décolonisée (2003); De la postcolonie. Essai sur l’imagination politique dans l’Afrique contemporaine (2000).
An interview with Achille Mbembe
The faults in Europe’s universalism, especially when confronting its colonial history, have nurtured a variety of critical perspectives in the West. Talking to French magazine Esprit, theorist Achille Mbembe says that postcolonial thinking looks so original because it developed in a transnational, eclectic vein from the very start. This enabled it to combine the anti-imperialist tradition with the fledgling subaltern studies and a specific take on globalization, he says.