CODESRIA as a pan-African intellectual community: an interview with Professor Sam Moyo
Kuan-Hsing CHEN and IKEGAMI Yoshihiko
Editorial note: We first met Prof. Sam Moyo in the context of “Bandung/Third World 60 Years” Hangzhou Forum, 18-20 April 2015. At the end of the gathering, he initiated the idea for us to join CODESRIA’s Assembly meeting to be held in Dakar, Senegal, in 8-12 June 2015. In the late afternoon on June 7, before the Assembly officially started, we did this interview with him so that we can take home ideas to inform our constituencies in Asia. No one could have predicted that the conversations had become a memorial interview after Prof. Moyo’s sudden departure from earth due to a car accident in Delhi on November 22, 2015. Though we can longer have him to approve the texts, with the permission of his family, we publish this interview in memory of a great human being and comrade.
Notes on interviewee
Sam Moyo (1954-2015) was Executive Director of the African Institute for Agrarian Studies (AIAS) in Harare, Zimbabwe. He was the Editor-in-Chief of Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy (Sage India), and former President of the Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA). A Ph.D. in Rural Development and Environmental Management from University of Northumbria, United Kingdom, his major publications include: African land questions, agrarian transitions and the state: contradictions of neoliberal land reforms (2008); Land reform under structural adjustment in Zimbabwe: land use change in the Mashonaland Provinces (2000); The land question in Zimbabwe (1995); Reclaiming the land: the resurgence of rural movements in Africa, Asia and Latin America (2005, co-edited with Paris Yeros); Land and sustainable development in Africa (2008, co-edited with Kojo Sebastian Amanor); Reclaiming the nation: the return of the national question in Africa, Asia and Africa (2011, co-edited with Paris Yeros); Land and Agrarian Reform Zimbabwe: Beyond White-Settler Capitalism (2013, co-edited with Walter Chambati).
Notes on interviewers
Kuan-Hsing Chen teaches at the Institute for Social Research and Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. His most recent publication is Asia as Method: Toward Deimperialization (2010, Duke University Press).
Ikegami Yoshihiko 池上善彥, joined the editorial office of the journal現代思想 [Gendai-Shiso] in 1991. From 1994 onwards, he served as the chief editor until 2010. Recent publication (in Japanese) is現代思想の20年 [Twenty Years in Gendai-Shiso] (2012).