Epilogue: In the Name of Similitude

V. Y. Mudimbe

in Media and Identity in Africa

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780748635221
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653010 | DOI:
Epilogue: In the Name of Similitude

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This chapter presents a wide view of the seminar by its Chairman, Professor Valentin Y. Mudimbe. It confronts the allegory of the African ‘exodus’ as represented by the years since Nehru spoke in Bandung in 1955 and up to the present, by rephrasing Foucault's astonishment about the modernity of the Epimenides effect. The chapter argues that with the competing orders of difference in the interdependent political economies we are inhabiting today, basic commonsense might still be the most decent and reasonable option, despite its precariousness. Media have an immense responsibility for accenting our trained capacity or incapacity. Indeed, alterity and difference, as well as the theories they suscitate, have become a business in the ordinary sense of the word.

Keywords: allegory; African exodus; Nehru; Foucault; Epimenides effect; media

Chapter.  7374 words. 

Subjects: African Studies

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