We are pleased to announce the details of this year’s annual Thinking Africa colloquium. The colloquium, entitled Violence In/And The Great Lakes: The Thought of V.Y. Mudimbe and Beyond will be held from the 7th to the 9th of August at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. This year’s colloquium is being organised by Grant Farred from Cornell University and reflects on the work of VY Mudimbe using these reflections to consider the current situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Participants in the colloquium include VY Mudimbe (Duke, USA), Grant Farred (Cornell, USA), Gervais Désiré Yamb (Ottawa, Canada), Fabien Eboussi Boulaga (Yaoundé, Cameroon) Olga Hel-Bongo (Laval, Quebec), Justin K. Bisanswa (Laval, Quebec) and Kasereka Kavwahirehi (Ottawa, Canada).
VY Mudimbe's forthcoming book On African Fault Lines will be launched during the colloquium.
The annual Thinking Africa colloquia provide opportunities for lengthy debates on topical issues related to Africa. Postgraduate students in the Department of Political and International Studies participate in the colloquia, each of which is tied to a course offered in the Department.