Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Jean Comaroff ─ The Return of Khulekane Khumalo, Zombie Captive: Identity, Law, and the Paradoxes of Personhood in the Postcolony

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

5 p.m.

McKinney Conference Room

This paper tells the story of the death of a famous Zulu maskanda singer in 2010 – and his dramatic reappearance, to huge public interest, two years later. Resurrection? Return? Imposture? In unraveling the narrative of this event, we pose the question of how personhood is fashioned in contemporary South Africa, why imposture of all sorts has become epidemic in this postcolony, how to understand entrepreneurial self-making in the history of the late modern present.

Jean Comaroff is Alfred North Whitehead Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology, Oppenheimer Research Fellow, at Harvard University.

Development and Governance Seminar