Professor Suren Pillay (Senior Researcher at the CHR) will deliver the keynote lecture at Yale-NUS College Diversity Week in Singapore on 30 January 2019. The lecture — which is part of a series of discussions, events, and public talks — will reflect on decolonisation as it unfolds in a particular genealogy focused on the impact of a settler colonial project on the figure of the urban, educated African in the city.
Suren Pillay is Associate Professor at the DST-NRF Flagship in African Humanities, at the Center for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. His current research focuses on the political and intellectual legacies of colonialism in the present. He leads three Mellon-funded research projects: one titled Migrating Violence the second, Citizenship and Justice on rethinking political theory from the South, and the third, Other Universals, which involves setting up a consortuim of scholars and graduate students in Africa, the Middle East, and the Carribean, thinking about intellectual traditions, notions of difference, and emancipatory discourses. With Chandra Sriram, he is co-editor of the volume, Truth versus Justice? Dilemmas of Transitional Justice in Africa (James Currey, UK), winner of a CHOICE award for Outstanding Publication. He has held visiting fellowships at Columbia University, The Graduate Centre of the City University of New York, Makerere University, Uganda, and Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University in New York. A previous editor of the journal Social Dynamics, he is a founding co-editor of the MISR Review,a journal based at the Makerere Institute for Social Research in Kampala, Uganda.