Frantz Fanon: An Introduction

The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research will host the four-week online course “Frantz Fanon: An Introduction,” taught by Anthony Alessandrini. This course begins on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 6:30pm ET. See description below and more information at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research.

Frantz Fanon: An Introduction

Frantz Fanon—psychiatrist, political theorist, poet, and revolutionary—was one of the twentieth century’s foremost theorists of race, colonialism, and decolonization. His writings became a touchstone of the global anti-colonial struggle of the 1960s, and they continue to inspire scholars and activists to this day. To what extent do Fanon’s writings, produced largely during the 1950’s, continue to speak to our situation today? And if they remain relevant, what does this indicate about our general failure to effectively oppose both old and new versions of racism and imperialism in the years since?

Through a close reading of selections from Fanon’s two most influential books—Black Skin, White Masks and The Wretched of the Earth—we will consider the lasting importance of concepts like recognition, violence, intersubjectivity, and emancipation. We will place Fanon into conversation with a variety of theorists, including Hannah Arendt, Angela Davis, Jamaica Kincaid, and Kimberlé Crenshaw. Finally, connecting his writings to contemporary anti-racist and revolutionary struggles—in the United States and around the world—we will explore questions of political violence, nonviolence, and the problems and possibilities posed by international solidarity.

Course Schedule

Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm ET
January 27 — February 17, 2021

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