Past Lecture | Frantz Fanon and his Blueprint for African Culture[s]

African History Project - Frantz Fanon

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?

Frantz Fanon proposes the last – but why?

In this lecture and conversation, we dissect the life and work of eminent Martinican psychiatrist and political thinker, Frantz 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 this engaging and thought-provoking conversation, we dive into Fanon’s life, unpack his work during the Algerian war, and deconstruct his blueprint for postcolonial African culture[s].

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