THE POLITICS OF TIME, imagining African becomings, translated by Philip Gerard

: Mbembe (A.) & Sarr (F.) eds.

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332pp., paperback, Cambridge, 2023


Originally published in 2019 in French as Politique des temps.

In November 2017, the second session of the Ateliers de la pensée/ Workshops of Thought was held in Dakar, Senegal. Fifty African and diasporic intellectuals and artists participated. This volume is the result of these discussions.

Contributions include:

"From Thinking Identity to Thinking African Becomings" by Souleymane Bachir Diagne.

"The Impossible Meeting. A free interpretation of J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace" by Hemley Boum

"Circulations" by Achille Mbembe

"On the Return. The political practices of the African diaspora" by Nadia Yala Kisukidi

"Reopening Futures" by Felwine Sarr

 "Migrations, Narrations, the Refugee Condition" by Dominic Thomas

"Humanity and Animality: (Re)thinking anthropocentrism" by Bado Ndoye

“This powerful, multivalent collection captures the effervescent thought and energy of the Ateliers de la pensée, offering new conceptualizations of time and history and new visions of Africa’s futures.” Laurent Dubois, Duke University

Achille Mbembe is a Research Professor at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Felwine Sarr is Professor of Romance Studies at Duke University