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Achal Prabhala speaks at Wits

- By Wits University

The Humanities Graduate Centre and the Department of Sociology at Wits are co-hosting a leading global public intellectual, Achal Prabhala, in collaboration with the Wits Transformation Office, with funding from Carnegie.

Prabhala will be conducting a series of public lectures and writing workshops that engage the question of transformation as alternative ways of knowing and thinking. Click here for details.

Prabhala has worked at the forefront of path-breaking experiments in knowledge production, and has led innovative movements to alter the pharmaceutical landscape. As an activist, he has worked on broadening access to knowledge in India and South Africa, and worked on increasing access to medicines in India, South Africa and Brazil.

An engaging and charismatic polymath, Prabhala was born in Bangalore, India and this remains the base from which he works. He was educated at Middlebury College and Yale University. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Wikimedia Foundation and on the Expert Advisory Group of the Medicines Patent Pool. 

Prabhala is a Contributing Editor at Chimurenga, widely regarded as the most innovative publications bridging the divide between popular and academic writing in the humanities on the African continent. In this capacity he has edited numerous emerging and established African writers. He is the co-editor of two anthologies, The Best of Quest (with Laeeq Futehally and Arshia Sattar) published by Tranquebar Press/Westland Books, 2011, and Civil Lines 6 (with Mukul Kesavan and Kai Friese) published by HarperCollins in 2011. 

In addition to Chimurenga, he has written for Transition, Bidoun, and Africa is a Country. His writing is most often concerned with the paradoxes of postcolonialism, the peculiar past and present of racial ideologies in the Global South, and the uniquely imaginative work of writers, artists and musicians on the periphery of mainstream culture.

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