The Complete Fanon: African Revoultion, Black Power Movement, and Neo-Colonial Imperialism (Greg Thomas)

On the 29th at 5pm a guest-lecture about Franz Fanon with Greg Thomas (Tufts University) will be held at the African Studies Department.

A revolutionary-psychiatrist and writer of African Revolution in
pan-Africanist terms, Frantz Fanon may have been critically “recognized”
in the U.S. academy of the West in the late 1980s and early 1990s. But
this belated move was made after certain social movements of 1960s and
1970s had revived his work which had been condemned by Western colonial
capitalism as well as many Western and Westernized Marxists.

Thanks especially to the Black Power Movement of North America and
beyond, all of Fanon’s four books circulated and once received due
attention in popular rather than elite bourgeois social spheres: namely,
The Wretched of the Earth, A Dying Colonialism, Toward the African
Revolution, and Black, Skin, White Masks – in chronological order of
French-to-English translation. Decades later, however, when neo-colonial
imperialism becomes hegemonic, there would be a superficial
academicization of “Fanon” that presents him as a “post-colonialist”
instead of anti-colonialist who both prophesies and opposes
neo-colonialism. The academic distortion of Fanon (and colonialism)
continues to reduce to him to a few pages of one, his first book-text,
the one which was written before the bulk of his anti-imperialist corpus
and his radical turn toward Africa, the “Third World,” and revolution.

This lecture contextualizes the study of Fanon by returning us to the
complete Fanon without the post-colonialist mythologies of
neo-colonizing Western academia. What else can we see in Fanonism as a

Department of African Studies,
University of Vienna
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 5,
1090 Vienna
Seminar room 1 (1st floor)

Vortrag Greg Thomas_29_Mai_2018


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