Neither Settler nor Native: the violence of the nation-state

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Professor Mahmood Mamdani

Professor Mahmood Mamdani

Dr Elizabeth Frazer

Dr Elizabeth Frazer


Dr Jens Meierhenrich

Dr Jens Meierhenrich

The Centre for International Studies is delighted to host one of the most influential thinkers of our time: Mahmood Mamdani, in conversation with Elizabeth Frazer. He will be speaking about his latest book, Neither Settler nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities. Making the radical argument that the nation-state was born of colonialism, Mamdani calls us to rethink political violence and reimagine political community beyond majorities and minorities. An instant classic of decolonial thought, Neither Settler nor Native is destined to join the ranks of Hannah Arendt’s Imperialism, Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth, and Edward Said’s Orientalism.

Meet our speaker, discussant and chair

Mahmood Mamdani (@mm1124) is the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University, where he is also Professor of Anthropology and of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies. He further serves as the Director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research in Kampala and is the author of numerous books, including Citizen and SubjectWhen Victims Become Killers, and Good Muslim, Bad Muslim.

Elizabeth Frazer is Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Oxford, where she is also an Official Fellow at New College. Her books include Hannah ArendtCan Political Violence Ever be Justified?Violence and Political Theory, and most recently, Shakespeare and the Political Way.

Jens Meierhenrich is Director of the Centre for International Studies at LSE, where he is also an Associate Professor of International Relations. He previously taught for a decade at Harvard University. He is the author of The Legacies of Law and The Remnants of the Rechtsstaat, as well as the editor, among other books, of The Oxford Handbook of Carl Schmitt and The Cambridge Companion to the Rule of Law.

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