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Mahmood Mamdani, author of Saviours and Survivors: Darfur, Politics and the War on Terror, will give a public lecture at the LSE on Monday 10th May,  speaking on human rights in Rwanda and Darfur, as part of the Ralph Miliband programme.

Lessons of Rwanda and Darfur: Some Questions for Human Rights Activists

Monday 10 May, 6.30-8pm

at Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Special Ralph Miliband public lecture

Mahmood Mamdani is the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government and Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1974 and specializes in the study of African history and politics. His works explore the intersection between politics and culture, a comparative study of colonialism since 1452, the history of civil war and genocide in Africa, the Cold War and the War on Terror, and the history and theory of human rights. Prior to joining the Columbia faculty, Mamdani was a professor at the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania (1973-79), Makerere University in Uganda (1980-1993), and the University of Cape Town (1996-1999).  He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being listed as one of the “Top 20 Public Intellectuals” by Foreign Policy (US) and Prospect (UK) magazine in 2008. From 1998 to 2002 he served as President of CODESRIA (Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa). His essays have appeared in the New Left Review and the London Review of Books, among other journals.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, email events@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 6043.


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Verso authors, including John Berger, John Pilger, Fredric Jameson, Mahmood Mamdani and Slavoj Zizek have signed an open letter to the Toronto Film Festival in protest against their decision to host a celebratory spotlight on Tel Aviv, arguing that such a move makes it complicit in the Israeli propaganda machine:

We do not protest the individual Israeli filmmakers included in City to City, nor do we in any way suggest that Israeli films should be unwelcome at TIFF. However, especially in the wake of this year’s brutal assault on Gaza, we object to the use of such an important international festival in staging a propaganda campaign on behalf of what South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and UN General Assembly President Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann have all characterized as an apartheid regime.

Read the letter in full here.

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Verso 9781844673414 Saviours and Survivors smallMahmood Mamdani, author of the critically acclaimed Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics and the War on Terror, interviewed in the latest issue of Socialist Review.

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From the interview:

“Save Darfur shares a common frame with the “war on terror”. First is the claim that this is not a political conflict driven by issues but a moral crusade against evil. Second, the conflict is decontextualised, as it is presented in abstract moral terms, thereby stripping it of both history and politics.”

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Glowing review of Mahmood Mamdani’s Saviors and Survivors in the Sunday Herald (Glasgow):

Saviors and Survivors is essential reading for anyone concerned with the fate of Darfur, and the future of humanity on America’s – or is it Hollywood’s? – watch”

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Verso 9781844673414 Saviours and Survivors small“In Errol Morris’s 2004 film The Fog of War, former US Defense Secretary Robert McNamara recalls General Curtis LeMay, the architect of the fire-bombings of Japan during World War II, saying that “if we’d lost the war, we’d all have been prosecuted as war criminals.” LeMay was merely articulating an unacknowledged truism of international relations: power bestows, among other things, the right to label. So it is that mass slaughter perpetrated by the big powers, from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan, is normalized through labels such as “counterinsurgency,” “pacification” and “war on terror,” while similar acts carried out by states out of favor result in the severest of charges. It is this politics of naming that is the subject of Mahmood Mamdani’s explosive new book, Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics and the War on Terror…”

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Verso 9781844673414 Saviours and Survivors smallAcclaimed scholar and author of the recently published Saviors and Survivors:  Darfur, Politics and the War on Terror, Mahmood Mamdani, discusses how reporting of the conflict in Darfur reproduces the spurious ethnic categories of British colonialism and argues that the story of the “Arab” presence in Sudan is much more complicated.

“I first went to Sudan in 2003, the year that the insurgency began in the Darfur region of the country. Very quickly, I began to notice something distinctive in the way the western press reported the conflict in the province. I had written a book on the genocide in Rwanda, and academic papers on the conflicts in eastern Congo and Angola. The global media had treated those events as if they had unfolded in the dark of the night. But not Darfur. Darfur was globalised from the outset and was made the subject of a media blitz.

There was an obvious reason for this. Darfur – unlike Congo, Angola and Rwanda – was the focus of a political campaign in the United States, the Save Darfur movement. But one of the effects of its becoming a domestic issue in the US was a series of distortions of the historical record…”

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Verso 9781844673414 Saviours and Survivors smallThe Centre for African Studies at SOAS presents – Saviors and Survivors Darfur, Politics and the War on Terror by Mahmood Mamdani

Mahmmod Mandani will present his recently published book Saviors and Survivors at SOAS, as part of his UK tour. The book is the first account of the Darfur crisis to consider events within the broad context of Sudan’s history, and to examine the efficacy of the world’s  response to the crisis.

Wednesday 03 June 2009

5.30pm, Room G3

SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG,

All Welcome

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