Franz Fanon and his Blueprint for African Culture[s]

Tue, 23 March 2021 18:30 – 19:30 GMT

The debate about the place of both “tradition” and “modernity” in African cultures has raged on since the 19th century. In emerging from colonialism, should African cultures retreat to the “precolonial”, embrace the “western”, or carve out for themselves something new?

Franz Fanon proposes the last – but why?

In this lecture and conversation, we will dissect the life and work of eminent Martinican psychiatrist and political thinker, Franz Fanon. Fanon was a key ideological leader of the Algerian resistance during the war of independence from France. A realist, he challenged Africans to attain the necessary consciousness to construct the new sense of self he felt was essential to their success in the post-colonial world.

In what promises to be an engaging and thought-provoking conversation, we will dive into Fanon’s life, unpack his work during the Algerian war, and deconstruct his blueprint for postcolonial African culture[s].

We hope you can join us for a lively discussion!

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