Borders in the Age of Networks. Achille Mbembe in Augsburg
In the Summer Semester of 2018, one of the most important thinkers of postcolonialism, the South African-based historian and philosopher Achille Mbembe, was welcomed at the University of Augsburg. Achille Mbembe focussed his guest lectureship on the topic of "Borders in the Age of Networks". He spoke about the importance of borders in a world of networks and examined who has access to mobility in this world of networks and who is excluded from it for which reasons. He addressed the implications of the idea of a borderless world and highlighted the difficulties and potentials of decolonising knowledge. In a panel discussion with the cultural journalist Claudia Kramatschek, Achille Mbembe was asked questions about his works Sortir de la grande nuit (2010), Politiques de l'inimitiè (2016) and Critique of Black Reason (English 2017).
Achille Mbembe holds a research professorship in history and politics at the Witwatersrand Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is the author of numerous books in which he deals with historical and political issues as well as critical theory and aesthetics. His works have been translated into many languages. His publeished works in German are Kritik der schwarzen Vernunft (2014), Ausgang aus der langen Nacht (2016) and Politik der Feindschaft (2017). Mbembe is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has also received numerous awards, including the Geschwister-Scholl-Award in 2015 and the Ernst Bloch and Gerda Henkel Award in 2018.
In addition to the lectures and the panel discussion, a workshop in English for master and doctoral students on the topic "Decolonizing Knowledge" took place on May 16th, 2018.