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Souleymane Bachir Diagne: “The pandemic has made ‘Afro-pessimism’ reappear

The philosopher Souleymane Bachir Diagne in New York, on July 2.Eduardo Munoz / Eduardo Muñoz

Souleymane Bachir Diagne was born in 1955 in Saint-Louis, Senegal, just a few months after the Bandung conference officially sealed the advent of a plural and decolonized world. Europe was no longer the center of the world and the rest, its periphery. Seeing more than a coincidence in this fact is tempting as it is one of the greatest world references in postcolonial studies. An eclectic philosopher (studying from mathematics to Islam or Africa) based in New York, where he directs the Institute for African Studies at Columbia University, he was the first Senegalese to admit …