Transcolonial Fanon

Transcolonial Fanon: Trajectories of a Revolutionary Politics
a full-day conference
Friday, December 2, 2011
Buell Hall, East Gallery, Columbia University

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Frantz Fanon’s death, an international group of scholars addresses the diverse sources, trajectories and reinscriptions of his thought. Participants will consider Fanon’s biographical and intellectual migration between the French Caribbean and North Africa, and between the theory of race and the project of anticolonial nationalism, and discuss his legacy across continents and across disciplines.





9:45-10:30 a.m. Opening Remarks by Frances Negron-Muntaner, CSER & English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Panel 1: Origins and Departures

· Chair: Kaiama L. Glover, French & Africana Studies, Barnard College
· Madeleine Dobie, French, Columbia University
· Myriam Cottias, History, CNRS and EHESS
· Seloua Luste Boulbina, Philosophy, Collège International de Philosophie
· Ronald Judy, English, University of Pittsburgh

12:15-1:15 p.m.: Maryse Condé, Writer and Professor Emerita, French, Columbia

2:15 -3:45 p.m. Panel 2: Practice, Performance, Politics

· Chair: Stathis Gourgouris, Classics & Comparative Literature, Columbia University
· David Scott, Anthropology, Columbia University
· Mireille Fanon-Mendès France, Director, Frantz Fanon Foundation
· Bashir Abu-Manneh, English, Barnard College

4:00-5:30 p.m. Panel 3: Reinscriptions

· Chair: Mamadou Diouf, Middle East, South Asian and African Studies & History, Columbia University
· Muhsin al-Musawi, Middle East, South Asian and African Studies & History, Columbia University
· Reinhold Martin, Architecture, Columbia University
· Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Comparative Literature, Rutgers University

5:30-6:15 p.m. Writings of Frantz Fanon read by Richard Philcox, translator

Conference co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity (CSER), Middle East Institute, Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and Institute of African Studies, partial support by Air France KLM