Reflections on Fanon: The Violences of Colonialism and Racism, Inner and Global—Conversations with Frantz Fanon on the Meaning of Human Emancipation

Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Social Theory Forum, March 27-28, 2007, UMass Boston

Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

Volume V • Special Issue • Summer 2007

  • Conference Call for Papers: CFP
  • Conference Program: Program
  • Conference Poster 1: Poster1
  • Conference Poster 2: Poster2

Journal Editor:
Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston


This Special Summer 2007 (vol. V) Issue of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge includes the proceedings of the fourth annual Social Theory Forum (STF), held on March 27-28, 2007, at UMass Boston. The theme of the conference was “The Violences of Colonialism and Racism, Inner and Global: Conversations with Frantz Fanon on the Meaning of Human Emancipation.” The Social Theory Forum sought to revisit Fanon’s insightful joining of the micro and the macro—the everyday life and the increasingly global and world-historical—insights into critical social psychological and imaginative social analysis and theorizing in favor of innovative discourses on the meaning of human emancipation and toward disalienated and reimagined inner and global landscapes. Keynote contributions by: Winston Langley, Lewis R. Gordon, Marnia Lazreg, Irene L. Gendzier, Nigel C. Gibson. Contributors include: José da Mota-Lopes, Luis Galanes Valldejuli, Philip Chassler, Mazi Allen, Andreas Krebs, George Ciccariello-Maher, Kavazeua Festus Ngaruka, Phillip Honenberger, Judith Rollins, H. Alexander Welcome, Dilan Mahendran, Festus Ikeotuonye, Greg Thomas, David Gonzalez Nieto, A. C. Warner, Karen M. Gagne, Rajini Srikanth, Jarrod Shanahan, Adam Spanos, Eric Mielants, Paola Zaccaria, Tryon Woods, Patrick Sylvain, Hira Singh, Nazneen Kane, Lynnell Thomas, Steve Martinot, Jemadari Kamara, Tony Menelik Van Der Meer, Marc Black, Gary Hicks, Sean Conroy, and Mohammad H. Tamdgidi (also as journal editor-in-chief). Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge is a publication of OKCIR: The Omar Khayyam Center for Integrative Research in Utopia, Mysticism, and Science (Utopystics). For more information about OKCIR and other issues in its journal’s Edited Collection as well as Monograph and Translation series visit OKCIR’s homepage.

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ix—Editor’s Note: Reflections on Fanon

Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, University of Massachusetts Boston


1— Fanon: Violence and the Search for Human Dignity
Winston Langley, University of Massachusetts Boston

5— Through the Hellish Zone of Nonbeing: Thinking through Fanon, Disaster, and the Damned of the Earth
Lewis R. Gordon, Temple University

13— Battling for the New Man: Fanon and French Counter-Revolutionaries
Marnia Lazreg, Hunter College, City University of New York

25— Midnight Reflections on Some of the Work of Frantz Fanon
Irene L. Gendzier, Boston University

33— Is Fanon Relevant?: Toward an Alternative Foreword to “The Damned of the Earth”
Nigel C. Gibson, Emerson College


45— Re-Reading Frantz Fanon: Language, Violence, and Eurocentrism in the Characterization of Our Time
José da Mota-Lopes, Binghamton University and Syracuse University

59— Are We There Yet?: The Tension Between Nativism and Humanism in Fanon’s Writings
Luis Galanes Valldejuli, University of Puerto Rico at Cayey

71— Reading Mannoni’s Prospero and Caliban Before Reading Black Skin, White Masks
Philip Chassler, University of Massachusetts Boston

83— A Statement of Conscience: Frantz Fanon’s Le Syndrôme Nord-Africain
Mazi Allen, Binghamton University


89— The Transcendent and the Postcolonial: Violence in Derrida and Fanon
Andreas Krebs, University of Ottawa, Canada

101— To Lose Oneself in the Absolute: Revolutionary Subjectivity in Sorel and Fanon
George Ciccariello-Maher, University of California at Berkeley

113— Intersecting Autobiography, History, and Theory: The Subtler Global Violences of Colonialism and Racism in Fanon, Said, and Anzaldua
Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, University of Massachusetts Boston


137— Historical Distortion and Human Degradation: The “Tribe” as a Eurocentric Mentality than African Reality
Kavazeua Festus Ngaruka, Binghamton University

153— “Le Nègre et Hegel”: Fanon on Hegel, Colonialism, and the Dialectics of Recognition
Phillip Honenberger, Temple University

163— ‘And the Last Shall Be First’: The Master-Slave Dialectic in Hegel, Nietzsche and Fanon
Judith Rollins, Wellesley College

179— Blackness-In-Itself and Blackness-For-Itself: Frantz Fanon’s Program for Racial Change
H. Alexander Welcome, City University of New York, The Graduate Center

191— The Facticity of Blackness: A Non-conceptual approach to the Study of Race and Racism in Fanon’s and Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology
Dilan Mahendran, University of California at Berkeley

205— Connexus Theory and the Agonistic Binary of Coloniality: Revisiting Fanon’s Legacy
Festus Ikeotuonye, University College Dublin, Republic of Ireland


219— On Psycho-Sexual Racism & Pan-African Revolt: Fanon & Chester Himes
Greg Thomas, Syracuse University

231— The Emperor’s New Words: Language and Colonization
David Gonzalez Nieto, University of Massachusetts Boston

239— The Living Dead In Colonial and Neo-Colonial Worlds: Fanon’s Mass Attack on the Ego in Cliff, Kincaid and Aidoo
A. C. Warner, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

251— On the Obsolescence of the Disciplines: Frantz Fanon and Sylvia Wynter Propose a New Mode of Being Human
Karen M. Gagne, Binghamton University


265— Fanon, Guantánamo, and We the People
Rajini Srikanth, University of Massachusetts Boston

273— Fanon and the Iraqi Other: Unmasking the Illusions of Colonialism
Jarrod Shanahan, University of Massachusetts Boston

285— A Dying Hegemony: Resisting Anti-Arab Racism in the U.S.
Adam Spanos: Dartmouth College


297— Black Skin, White Masks Revisited: Contemporary Post-Colonial Dilemmas in the Netherlands, France, and Belgium
Eric Mielants, Fairfield University

305— New Faces, Old Masks: Borders and Confinements between the Desert and the Mediterranean Sea
Paola Zaccaria, University of Bari, Italy

319— The Fact of Anti-Blackness: Decolonization in Chiapas and the Niger River Delta
Tryon Woods, Sonoma State University

331— Heterodoxical Haiti and Structural Violence: Fanonian Reflections
Patrick Sylvain: University of Massachusetts Boston

341— Confronting Colonialism and Racism: Fanon and Gandhi
Hira Singh, York University, Canada

353— Frantz Fanon’s Theory of Racialization: Implications for Globalization
Nazneen Kane, University of Maryland, College Park


363— New Orleans Unveiled: Fanon and A Reconceptualization of the Performative
Lynnell Thomas, University of Massachusetts Boston

371— The Dual-State Character of U.S. Coloniality: Notes Toward Decolonization
Steve Martinot, San Francisco State University

383— On the Dialectics of Domestic Colonialism and the Role of Violence in Liberation:
From Fratricide to Suicide

Jemadari Kamara and Tony Menelik Van Der Meer, University of Massachusetts Boston

393— Fanon and DuBoisian Double Consciousness
Marc Black, University of Massachusetts Boston


405— Discovery, Fulfillment, and/or Betrayal: Frantz Fanon and the Role of the Intellectual in the Struggle for Freedom
Gary Hicks, Community Activist

411— What Color Was the Blood?: Frantz Fanon and Colonization from Within
Sean Conroy: Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis

417 About the Social Theory Forum (STF)