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The Global Present

Achille Mbembe’s writings on African history and political and critical theory draw on a broad variety of disciplines, languages and intellectual traditions. His work challenges colonialism and its consequences, modernity and western thought, and proposes a renewed understanding of power and subjectivity in post-colonial Africa. His book Critique of Black Reason (2017) sets out to build an image of blackness in all its complexity through the reading of contradictory imperatives of racial capitalism. In his closing keynote for the symposium The Multiplication of Perspectives, Achille Mbembe reflects on the global present and observes a recurring demand for durability in a planet in need of political and aesthetic repair.

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Léllé Demertzi

Stavros Niarchos 12-Month Intern, International Program MoMA Léllé Demertzi joined the International Program in September 2019. Léllé graduated from the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens in 2017.... Read more »
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Associate Director, International Program The Museum of Modern Art Sarah Lookofsky joined the The Museum of Modern Art in March 2014. Prior to working at MoMA, she was a faculty member and the instructor for curatorial studies at the... Read more »
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The Global Present

Achille Mbembe’s writings on African history and political and critical theory draw on a broad variety of disciplines, languages and intellectual traditions. His work challenges colonialism and its consequences, modernity and western thought, and proposes a renewed understanding of power and subjectivity in post-colonial Africa. His book Critique of Black Reason (2017) sets out to build an image of blackness in all its complexity through the reading of contradictory imperatives of racial capitalism. In his closing keynote for the symposium The Multiplication of Perspectives, Achille Mbembe reflects on the global present and observes a recurring demand for durability in a planet in need of political and aesthetic repair.

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Achille Mbembe’s writings on African history and political and critical theory draw on a broad variety of disciplines, languages and intellectual traditions. His work challenges colonialism and its consequences, modernity and western thought, and proposes a renewed understanding of power and subjectivity in post-colonial Africa. His book Critique of Black Reason (2017) sets out to build an image of blackness in all its complexity through the reading of contradictory imperatives of racial capitalism. In his closing keynote for the symposium The Multiplication of Perspectives, Achille Mbembe reflects on the global present and observes a recurring demand for durability in a planet in need of political and aesthetic repair.

The Multiplication of Perspectives: Closing Keynote. Achille Mbembe

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This Seminar is part of: Multiplying Perspectives, in Practice