Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


SPRC In conversation with Achille Mbembe

by Paul Gilroy and Achille Mbembe

Achille Mbembe

25 June 2020

Achille Mbembe, author, commentator and philosopher, addresses his recent work The Universal Right to Breathe and Brutalisme in the context of the racial disparity of deaths and racially inflicted violence; speaking on the power of witnessing in preventing others from being expropriated of their breath, and the significance of respiration at the beginning and end of life.

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This conversation was recorded on 17th June 2020

Speakers: Paul Gilroy, Director of the UCL Sarah Parker Remond Centre // Achille Mbembe, Research Professor at the Wits Institute For Social and Economic Research, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Producer and EditorKaissa Karhu