Rediscovering Frantz Fanon

A series on the relation between today’s struggles against racism and the overcoming of capitalism

(Chicago, Oct. 23-Dec. 4, 2016)

Today’s struggles against police abuse, racial injustice, and social inequality have produced a rebirth of interest in Frantz Fanon (1926-1961)—the Caribbean-born philosopher, psychiatrist, and activist who became a leading theoretician of the African revolutions against colonialism and capitalism. In this series we aim to explore how his ideas illuminate the relation between race and class, and economic injustice and national oppression—in light of how ongoing struggles against an alienated, dehumanized society can develop a viable alternative to capitalism.

All meetings held at

111 North Wabash Ave, Suite 909 (Chicago Loop)

Every other Sunday at 6:00 pm, starting October 23

Sponsored by the International Marxist-Humanist Organization

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THE SESSION SCHEDULED FOR TODAY, OCT. 23, HAS BEEN POSTPONED.
Session 1, “The Social Construction and De-Construction of Race, Racism and Class Society,” will instead take place on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 6:00 p.m. at 111 North Wabash Ave, Suite 909 (Chicago Loop).
We will provide information about the new dates for Sessions 2, 3, 4.
WE ARE SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE AND HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US FOR “REDISCOVERY FRANTZ FANON” WHEN THE SERIES RESUMES.

Session 1: Sunday, Oct. 23, 6:00 pm

The Social Construction and De-Construction of Race, Racism and Class Society

“The analysis we are undertaking is psychological. It remains, nevertheless, evident that for us the true disalienation of the black person implies a brutal awareness of the social and economic realities…[we] must wage the struggle on two levels: whereas historically these levels are mutually dependent, any unilateral liberation is flawed, and the worst mistake would be to believe their mutual dependence automatic…An answer must be found on the objective as well as the subjective level”—Fanon

Suggested readings:

Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks, “Introduction” and chapter 2, “The Lived Experience of the Black Person”

Peter Hudis, Frantz Fanon: Philosopher of the Barricades, chapter 2, “Self and Other”

 

Session 2: Sunday, Nov 6, 6:00 pm

Beyond Social and Psychic Alienation: Fanon’s ‘New Humanism’ as a Challenge to Capitalism

“The militant very often realizes that not only must he hunt down the enemy forces but also the core of despair crystallized in the body of the colonized…[in this way] man both demands and claims his infinite humanity”—Fanon

Suggested readings:

Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks, chapter 7, “The Black Person and Recognition”

Marilyn Nissim-Sabat, “Fanonian Musings: Decolonizing Philosophy/Psychiatry”

 

Session 3: Sunday, Nov. 20, 6:00 pm

Violence, Resistance, and De-Colonizing the Mind

“Fighting for the freedom of one’s people is not the only necessity. As long as the fight goes on you must enlighten not only the people but also, and above all, yourself on the full measure of man. You must retrace the paths of history, the history of man damned by other men, and initiate, and bring about, the encounter between your people and others….Total liberation is that which concerns all sectors of the human personality”—Fanon

Suggested readings:

Fanon, Wretched of the Earth, chapter 2, “Grandeur and Weakness of Spontaneity”

James Yaki Sayles, Meditations on Fanon’s Wretched of the Earth, chapter 2, “Concerning ‘Violence’ and the Development of New People”

“Platform Statement” of Movement for Black Lives [https://policy.m4bl.org/platform]

 

Session 4: Sunday, Dec. 4, 6:00 pm

National Consciousness, Nationalism, and Social Revolution: Towards a New Society

“Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it.”—Fanon

“Changing the way we live demands a vision of a new way, and we presently lack that vision.”—James Yaki Sayles

Suggested Readings:

Fanon, Wretched of the Earth, chapter 3, “The Trials and Tribulations of National Consciousness” and “Conclusion”

Peter Hudis, Frantz Fanon: Philosopher of the Barricades, Chapter 6, “Toward a New Humanity”

Raya Dunayevskaya, “Negroes in the Revolution: The Significance of Their Independent Struggles” [1944]

 

All readings are available from the International Marxist-Humanist Organization

Contact us at: (email) www.arise@internationalmarxisthumanist.org

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