Media Statement
For immediate release
Tuesday, 8 March 2016

MISTRA 5th Annual Lecture Presented by Prof Vivek Chibber

The Mapungubwe Institute, in collaboration with the University of Johannesburg’s Pan African Institute, will be hosting New York University Sociology Professor, Vivek Chibber, for the fifth MISTRA Annual Lecture on Wednesday, 16 March 2016, at the University of Johannesburg, Bunting Campus. Professor Chibber will be presenting on: State and business in post-colonial societies: what lessons can South Africa draw from the contrasting experiences of India and South Korea?.

Born in Delhi in India, Professor Chibber obtained his PhD through the University of Wisconsin in the United States, and currently holds tenure as a Professor at New York University. He has published widely, with his most recent book Postcolonial Theory and the Spectre of Capital sparking widespread debate on post-colonial theories and approaches.

His previous work, Locked in Place: State Building and Late Industrialisation in India will be of particular interest to South Africa, with specific reference to the role of the state and the capacities required of it to provide leadership to national development, the imperatives of state transformation in post-colonial societies and the constraints that face small open economies such as South Africa. MISTRA’s Annual Lecture is the Institute’s flagship event and is intended to address key national and global challenges as well as straddling issues of nation-formation, economic growth, social equity, science and technology and South Africa’s positioning in a globalised world. Previous MISTRA annual lectures have been delivered by Thandika Mkandawire in 2012, Mahmood Mamdani in 2013, Graca Machelin 2014 and Rami Khouri in 2015.
The details for the lecture are as follows:
 Tuesday, 16 March 2016
Venue: FADA Auditorium, Bunting Road Campus, University of Johannesburg
Time: 18h30 for 19h00

For more information or to arrange interviews with Professor Chibber, please contact:

Ms Asanda Luwaca
Tel: +27 11 518 0260
Cell: +27 61 117 5238

Ms Unathi Twala
Tel: +27 11 559 6619
Cell: +27 78 093 9420