Convened by Samia Henni, Albert Hirschman Chair 2021/22, the Institute for Advanced Study of Aix Marseille University (IMERA)


8 June 2022               

6-8 p.m. CET

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Fouad Makki, Associate Professor, Director of the Polson Institute for Global Development, Department of Global Development, Cornell University

Sarah Nuttall, Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies and Director of WiSER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research), University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg



Fouad Makki is Associate Professor in the Department of Global Development, Director of the Polson Institute for Global Development, Cornell University, and a member of the Cornell’s Institute for Comparative Modernities. He teaches and writes about international development, social theory, political economy, and the historical sociology of modernity. His research seeks to advance knowledge of the sociology and ecology of development. Trained in the comparative study of society and history, he works across the disciplinary boundaries of the social sciences. Set within a broad comparative framework, his writings explore materials from the history and contemporary politics of social change in Ethiopia and Eritrea where he has conducted research for many years. Publications include “Post-Colonial Africa and the World Economy: The Long Waves of Uneven Development,” Journal of World-Systems Research (2015) and “Reframing Development Theory: The Significance of the Idea of Uneven and Combined Development,” Theory and Society (2015). As an undergraduate at Cornell, he was particularly interested in social and political thought and subsequently received a Ph.D. in historical sociology from Binghamton University.





Sarah Nuttall is Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies and Director of WiSER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research) in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is the author of Entanglement: Literary and Cultural Reflections on Postapartheid, editor of Beautiful/Ugly: African and Diaspora Aesthetics, and co-editor of many books including Negotiating the Past: The Making of Memory in South Africa; Senses of Culture; Johannesburg: The Elusive Metropolis and Loadshedding: Writing On and Over the Edge of South Africa. Recent essays include ‘Mandela’s Mortality’; ‘Secrecy’s Softwares’; ‘Surface, Depth and the Autobiographical Act’; ‘The Redistributed University’; and ‘The Earth as a Prison?’ She has given more than thirty keynote addresses around the world, and published more than sixty journal articles and book chapters. Her work is widely cited across many disciplines. She has taught at Yale and Duke Universities and in 2016 she was an Oppenheimer Fellow at the DuBois Institute at Harvard University. For seven years she has directed WiSER, the largest and most established Humanities Institute across the Global South.