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  • In Critique of Black Reason eminent critic Achille Mbembe offers a capacious genealogy of the category of Blackness—from the Atlantic slave trade to the present—to critically reevaluate history, racism, and the future of humanity. ...

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  • This story of an ANC elder is a rigorously researched historical record overlaid with intensely personal reflections which intersect with the political narrative. Above all, it is one man’s story, set in the maelstrom of the liberation struggle. ...

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  • Across Africa the narrative of “Africa rising” has taken root in a burgeoning middle class. Ambitious and increasingly affluent, this group symbolizes the values and hopes of the new Africa, and they are regarded as important agents of both economic development and democratic change. This narrative, however, obscures the complex and often ambiguous role that this group actually plays in Afric ...

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  • Remains of the Social is an interdisciplinary volume of essays that engages with what ‘the social’ might mean after apartheid; a condition referred to as ‘the post-apartheid social’. The volume grapples with apartheid as a global phenomenon that extends beyond the borders of South Africa between 1948 and 1994 and foregrounds the tension between the weight of lived experience that was and i ...

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  • The re-emergence of debates on the decolonisation of knowledge has revived interest in the National Question, which began over a century ago and remains unresolved. Tensions that were suppressed and hidden in the past are now being openly debated. Despite this, the goal of one united nation living prosperously under a constitutional democracy remains elusive. This edited volume examines the way in ...

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  • Confronting national, linguistic and disciplinary boundaries, contributors to African Archaeology Without Frontiers argue against artificial limits and divisions created through the study of ‘ages’ that in reality overlap and cannot and should not be understood in isolation. Papers are drawn from the proceedings of the landmark 14th PanAfrican Archaeological Association Congress. ...

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  • Previous ways of conceiving the universal emancipation of humanity have in practice ended in failure. Marxism, anti-colonial nationalism and neo-liberalism all understand the achievement of universal emancipation through a form of state politics. Thinking Freedom in Africa conceives emancipatory politics beginning from the axiom that ‘people think’. In other words, the idea that anyone is cap ...

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  • What does friendship have to do with racial difference, settler colonialism and post-apartheid South Africa? While histories of apartheid and colonialism in South Africa have often focused on the ideologies of segregation and white supremacy, Ties that Bind explores how the intimacies of friendship create vital spaces for practices of power and resistance. ...

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  • In Tin Bucket Drum, Neil Coppen achieves a small miracle. Through his lyrical script and the creative use of lighting and sound, one woman, the Narrator, succeeds in evoking a host of characters as this allegorical tale of oppression and liberation plays itself out. It is a story that offers a host of lessons for many places and many times. ...

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  • This stirring collection of essays and talks by activist and former judge Albie Sachs is the culmination of more than 25 years of thought about constitution-making and non-racialism. Following the Constitutional Court’s landmark Nkandla ruling in March 2016, it serves as a powerful reminder of the tenets of the Constitution, the rule of law and the continuous struggle to uphold democratic rights ...

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Wits Press launches Neocosmos’ Thinking Freedom in Africa

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Wits University Press and WiSER invite you to the launch of the winner of the 2017 Frantz Fanon Outstanding Book Award, Michael Neocosmos’ Thinking Freedom in Africa Toward a theory of emancipatory politics “The concept and phenomenology of freedom are subjects of heated ongoing debates. Michael Neocosmos’s brilliant tome brings this discourse, bringing it to […]

Announcement: Thinking Freedom in Africa is one of the 2017 Frantz Fanon Outstanding Book Award winners

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Michael Neocosmos’ Thinking Freedom in Africa: Toward a theory of emancipatory politics, published by Wits University Press in 2016, has been awarded the 2017 Frantz Fanon Outstanding Book Award. The Frantz Fanon Prize is awarded annually by the Caribbean Philosophical Association in recognition of works in or of special interest to Caribbean thought. Publisher of Wits […]

INVITATION: Wits Press author, Albie Sachs in conversation with Dikgang Moseneke at the Apartheid Museum on Saturday 28th January 2017

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation in collaboration with Wits University Press and Pan Macmillan have great pleasure in inviting you to an afternoon with retired Constitutional Court judges, Albie Sachs and Dikgang Moseneke The judges will be in conversation with Niren Tolsi, freelance journalist and co-founding editor of The Con ( about their new books; We, the People (Albie Sachs), and My […]

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