University of the Witwatersrand
Achille Mbembe is a Research Professor in History and Politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He is also a Visiting Professor in the Romance Studies Department and at The Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University as well as a Convenor of the Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism (JWTC). For a long-time a contributing editor for Public Culture, he is now the editor of the online cultural magazine The Johannesburg Salon. He is the author of numerous books in French including La Naissance du maquis dans le Sud-Cameroun (Paris, Karthala, 1996), Sortir de la grande nuit, and Essai sur l’Afrique decolonisee (Paris, La Decouverte, 2010). His forthcoming books, Critique de la raison negre and Africa South of Theory, will appear with La Decouverte in Paris (2013) and Wits University Press in Johannesburg (2014). His classic On the Postcolony (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001) has been translated into many languages.