Frantz Fanon

New School for Social Research: Philosophy

Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Frantz Fanon
Fall 2024
Taught By: Romy Opperman
Section: A

CRN: 17192

Credits: 3

Psychologist, revolutionary, and philosopher, Frantz Fanon, is foundational for contemporary debates in fields such as critical philosophy of race, Africana and anti- and post- colonial philosophy and theory, cultural studies, Black studies, and remains a touchstone for liberatory movements worldwide. There are many Fanons. As a way in, we will focus on what Fanon called sociogeny as an interpretive lens for his oeuvre, and as an approach that might be activated in different ways for our own moment. We will carefully read Black Skin, White Masks, and The Wretched of the Earth, alongside important essays and material in A Dying Colonialism and Alienation and Experience. Through sociogeny, we will consider questions of racial identity, social ontology, and what this means for Pan-Afrikanism, anti-colonial, and -imperial solidarity and community; the role of land and nature in Fanon’s vision of a transformed and liberated social environment; and the relation of anti-colonial violence and healing in Fanon’s psychopolitics. One of our aims is to come away with an understanding of Fanon’s thought that is both contextualized and philosophical (including, but not limited to his engagement with important figures in 19-20th Century Continental Philosophy). As we will see, however, this is neither an easy nor neutral goal. Consequently, I encourage you to explore the critical responses to Fanon and to cultivate an informed research question and position that you will develop.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Philosophy (PHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 5:48am EDT 6/20/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/28/2024 - 12/4/2024