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About Achille Mbembe

Achille Mbembe is a research professor in history and politics at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

Articles by Achille Mbembe

This week’s World Forum for Democracy 2017 editors

Georgios Kolliarakis

Georgios Kolliarakis political scientist, is a senior researcher at the University of Frankfurt.

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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Introducing this week’s theme: Media, parties and populism.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Whiteness without apartheid: the limits of racial freedom

South Africa's vital project of "transformation" needs to become a sustained effort to move beyond racial categories if it is to be a vehicle for the achievement of a democratic and equal society, says Achille Mbembe.

South Africa's second coming: the Nongqawuse syndrome

A dozen years after apartheid ended, a dangerous mix of populism, nativism and millenarian thinking is inviting South Africans to commit political suicide, writes Achille Mbembe.
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