Frantz Fanon and the Violence of Colonialism

Sunday, January 28, 2018

What is it

Frantz Fanon is a thinker who has inspired radical liberation movements in places ranging from Palestine to South Africa to the United States. Most famous for his work The Wretched of the Earth, Fanon is often understood as a proponent of revolutionary violence. But is this a fair characterization of Fanon, or is it an oversimplification of a deeper and richer body of work? What exactly is Fanon’s philosophy of violence, and how does it relate to his philosophy and psychology of the colonial subject? How has Fanon shaped how we think of identity politics? The Philosophers welcome Nigel Gibson from Emerson College, author of Fanon: The Postcolonial Imagination.

 
 

Nigel Gibson, Professor in the Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, Emerson College

 
 

Bonus Content

 

Research By

Truman Chen
 

Upcoming Shows

25 August 2019

Freedom of Speech on Campus

In the last few years, conservatives and liberals alike have accused activists on college campuses of silencing contrary opinions. Many have argued—...

01 September 2019

Summer Reading (and Misreading)

What should you be reading this summer—and how should you be reading it? We’re often told that fiction offers us entertainment, moral examples, and...

08 September 2019

Changing Minds on Climate Change

There is consensus among scientists that global warming is real and that it’s caused by human activity. Despite the overwhelming evidence and the...