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MAHMOOD MAMDANI WILL DELIVER THE "JOHN BARD LECTURE" AT BARD COLLEGE ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27 The topic of the lecture is "Beyond Settler and Native as Political Identities: Overcoming the Legacy of the Colonial State"

Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NY—Mahmood Mamdani will deliver the John Bard Lecture in Social Studies on Tuesday, February 27, at 6:30 p.m. The lecture, \"Beyond Settler and Native as Political Identities: Overcoming the Legacy of the Colonial State,\" is free and open to the public and will be held in Room 102 of the F. W. Olin Humanities Building at Bard College.

\"I have two major interests,\" says Mahmood Mamdani. \"The first is in the reproduction of political identities. Starting with a historical exploration of political identities enforced by the colonial state, my research looks at them through the definition of citizenship in the post-independence period. I approach these topics through empirical work in different African countries: e.g., South Africa, Rwanda, Uganda, Nigeria.\" He continues, \"My second interest is in the institutional reproduction of knowledge, particularly in what is called \'African Studies.\' This is a more recent preoccupation.\"

Mahmood Mamdani is Herbert Lehman Professor of Government and director of the Institute of African Studies at Columbia University. He is also president of the Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa in Dakar, Senegal. Mamdani\'s publications include the forthcoming When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and Genocide in Rwanda; Beyond Rights Talk and Culture Talk: Comparative Essays on Rights and Culture; Crisis and Reconstruction—African Perspectives: Two Lectures, with Colin Leys; Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism; And Fire Does Not Always Beget Ash: Critical Reflections on the NRM; and Imperialism and Fascism in Uganda. Mamdani received a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, M.A. and A.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

For further information, call 845-758-6822.

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