Michael Onyebuchi Eze

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List of Books & Articles

The Politics of History in Contemporary Africa (New York Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)
This book forges a criticism of such pan-African historicism which rests upon the assumption of a pristine, homogenous memory and historical unanimity. Upon this critique is a secondary thesis which projects that Africa’s social imaginary can only be validated through a paradigm of difference to the Western ‘other.” Eze argues that African historiography has become a platform for political epiphany for the politician and a tool for the Africanist intellectual as a measure for subjectivity via a negation of the colonial “other” through discourse reversal and historical analogy. This method of historiography is dangerous as it not only stifles the overall socio-political imagination of contemporary Africa but offers a dogmatic blueprint for politics of domination. This book proposes that the chance for an African Renaissance is dependent on review mechanisms of African historiography.

Intellectual History in Contemporary South Africa (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)

In examining the intellectual history in contemporary South Africa, Eze engages with the emergence of ubuntu as one discourse that has become a mirror and aftermath of South Africa’s overall historical narrative.: This book interrogates a triple socio-political representation of ubuntu as  a displacement narrative for South Africa’s colonial consciousness; as offering a  a new national imaginary through its  inclusive consciousness in which different, competing, and often antagonistic memories and histories are accommodated; and as offering a historicity  in which the past is transformed as a symbol of hope for the present and the future. This book offers a model for African intellectual history indignant to polemics but constitutive of creative historicism and healthy humanism.

Books (contd.)

2016: “Islamic Globalization and Survival Politics in Contemporary Nigeria” (under contractual review).

Book Chapters:

2013: Ubuntu/Botho: Ideology or Promise” in Exploring Humanity: Intercultural Perspectives on Humanism (National Taiwan University press, 2012)


2015: (with Thaddeus Metz) "Emergent Issues in African Philosophy: A Dialogue with Kwasi Wiredu” Philosophia Africana (Vol. 17:2 (November/December)

2013: “Pan Africanism: A Brief Intellectual history” in History Compass, Vol.11, No.9, September 2013, pp 663-674 (commissioned article, Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell)

2013: “Pan Africanism and the Politics of History” in History Compass Vol.11, No.9, September 2013, pp 675-686 (commissioned article, Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell)

2011: “Humanism as History in Contemporary Africa” in Taiwan Journal of East Asian Studies, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Issue 16), December 2011, pp 59-77

2011:  (With Jorn Rusen) “Humanism in History” in Taiwan Journal of East Asian Studies, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Issue 16), December 2011, ppi-xi

2011:  “The Politics of Being a Human Being in Soweto: Identity as a Social Capital” in Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Vol. 29, No. 3, July 2011, pp299-313 

2011 “I Am Because You Are – A theory of an African Humanism” in The UNESCO COURIER  Issue: October - December 2011 – Commissioned Article)

2011: Guest Editor for the Taiwan Journal of East Asian Studies.

2008 “What is African Communitarianism? Against Consensus as a Regulative Ideal” in South African Journal of Philosophy, 2008, Vol. 27:4, pp 386-399

2003 “Soccer: A New World Religion?” in Chiedza. Arrupe College, Jesuit School of Philosophy, Philosophical Journal, Vol. 2:15, 2003

2002 “The African Heritage and Independent Identity” Chiedza. Arrupe College, Jesuit School of Philosophy, Philosophical Journal, Vol. 2:12, 2002