"Frantz Fanon and the Politics of a Global Anti-imperialism," A Workshop on the Manuscript of Anuja Bose

Wed, May 29, 2019, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Marx Hall, Room 301
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Art by Moroccan-Belgian artist, H.M.I.

Art by Moroccan-Belgian artist, H.M.I.

ABSTRACT: In this book manuscript, I trace the ways in which Fanon engages with questions of empire, solidarity, and political resistance throughout his four published works Black Skin, White Masks (1952); Year V of the Algerian Revolution (1959); The Wretched of the Earth (1961); and Towards the African Revolution (1969). Doing so, I argue that he critiqued the racialized social solidarity of the French imperial state in order to reconstitute relations of political solidarity between formerly colonized nations that could work towards undermining the imperial foundations of the international order. As a result, Fanon rejected the possibility of working within the structures of the imperial state to repair and reform the racialized social solidarity of the imperial state by instituting more egalitarian and democratic federalist structures that could supplant the economic and political structures of European empires.
Against the federalists, and also against an elite led anti-imperialist movement, Fanon articulated an intercontinental vision of political solidarity between Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Fanon’s intercontinental anti-imperialism diverged from prominent strands of Third Worldism, which was largely led by intellectuals and statesmen from the colonies. Instead, Fanon persistently articulated the basis for intercontinentalism to be grounded in the political actions that the masses of colonized and decolonized nations took part in, and in this sense, his intercontinental vision for a global anti-imperialism was populist and anti-authoritarian

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