Achille Mbembe

Achille Mbembe is a historian, philosopher and intellectual, and one of the great names of contemporary political thought.

D. in History from the Sorbonne, he specialized in political science at the Institute d’Études Politiques de Paris and currently teaches history and politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Throughout his career he has been a visiting professor at some of the world’s most prestigious universities such as Yale, Berkeley, Columbia and Harvard, becoming a name of reference on an international scale. Translated into more than a dozen languages, he is the author of foundational works of postcolonial thought and contemporary political theory such as Necropolitics (2016/2019), a renewed and complex look at Foucauldian biopolitics, or Critique of Black Reason (2013/2017) —a philosophical study of the meaning of Blackness as it historically emerged-. More recently, he has published Brutalism (2020/2024), a markedly philosophical analysis and political proposal that invites us to rethink how we inhabit the world, and The Earthly Community: Reflections on the Last Utopia (2022), as well as the groundbreaking Critique of Black Reason (2013/2017)—a philosophical study of the meaning of Blackness as it historically emerged. In Necropolitics, Mbembe examines how power structures wield control over life and mortality, shaping the very fabric of existence for oppressed communities.

In addition to his contributions in the theoretical field, he also promotes spaces for intellectual and citizen debate on the African continent, such as the Ateliers de la Pensée in Dakar.

He has recently been awarded the prestigious Holberg Prize 2024 for his innovative work in the fields of history and political theory. See here the news published at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.




April 22nd to 26th, 2024

(Click here to obtain the program in pdf)

Guest Lecturer: ACHILLE MBEMBE
(University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg)


1. Futures of Life & Futures of Reason
2. Thoughts on the Planetary
3. Necropolitics
4. Democracy as a Community of Life


The sessions will be held in English in the Capella del Roser of the church of Sant Domènec (entrance through the cloister of the Faculty of Letters of the UdG), from Monday to Friday at 16.00h (Tuesday, St. George’s Day, there will be no session).


Free registration, but you must reserve a place by sending an email to

Ferrater Mora Chair, Faculty of Letters (UdG)
Plaça Ferrater Mora, 1, 17004 - Girona
Phone: 972 418019 - E-mail:

Other activities

  • Wednesday, April 24, at 11.30h, in the A2 classroom of the Faculty of Letters of the UdG, lecture “On Pluviality: Reading for Rain in an Age of Multi-Crisis”, by Sarah Nuttall (Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research / University of the Witwatersrand).
  • Thursday, April 25, at 18.30h, at La Mercè Cultural Center, public lecture “Notes on Race & Decolonization”, by Achille Mbembe. Presentation of the Chair of Analysis and Antiracist Action. Simultaneous translation from English to Catalan will be available. Inscripctions here.