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Pambazuka News 561: Special issue: 50 years on: Frantz Fanon lives

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Pambazuka News (English edition): ISSN 1753-6839

CONTENTS: 1. Features


Fanon’s enduring relevance

Ama Biney


cc BRQ Network
What would Fanon make of ‘the myriad socio-economic and political problems facing Africans and people of African descent today,’ asks Ama Biney, on the 50th anniversary of his death.

Frantz Fanon and the current multiple crises

Mireille Fanon-Mendès-France


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Fanon appears more current than ever, writes Mireille Fanon Mendès-France. Thanks to his thought, many people have learnt that the fight for liberty, democracy and human rights is led against local despots and against the tenets of the neo-colonial order which they protect.

Remembering Fanon: Setting afoot a new humanity

Lewis Gordon


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Frantz Fanon ‘respected us enough to understand that, as with his observation about every generation having to find its mission, to fulfill it or betray it, the responsibility for that future is no other than ours,’ writes Lewis Gordon.

Universalism in action

Richard Pithouse


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‘Fifty years on, Fanon remains an extraordinary example of an intellectual willing to commit to a living politics waged with and not for the damned of this earth,’ writes Richard Pithouse.

The ghost of Frantz Fanon

David Austin


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Frantz Fanon's legacy remains with us as a challenge that another world is possible, writes David Austin.

Living Fanon: The rationality of revolt

Nigel C Gibson


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In the context of revolutions in North Africa, Nigel C. Gibson reflects on Frantz Fanon's interpretations of postcolonial politics.

Frantz Fanon and the global African worker

Bill Fletcher, Jr


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Workers should be ‘centrally involved in leading the national democratic/revolutionary process’ rather than joining labour unions ‘subordinated’ to a national liberation party or post-independence ruling authority, argues Bill Fletcher, in a revisiting of Fanon’s thinking on class struggle and the national project.

Fanon and 'The Wretched of the Earth'

A political-pedagogical force


‘In the fifty years since Fanon’s passing to the other side and since the first publication of The Wretched of the Earth, both continue to live on, challenging us to not give up, to not become complacent, and to take arms, albeit symbolic, social, political, epistemic, and most of all pedagogical ones.’

Frantz Fanon, globalisation and the African revolution

Helmi Sharawy


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The need to revisit Fanon’s work has ‘never been greater’, argues Helmi Sharawi, in an analysis of its relevance to ‘the process of globalisation’ in contemporary Africa.

‘Toward the African Revolution’

In the wake of Frantz Fanon

Aziz Salmone Fall


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Inspired by the revolutionary insights of Fanon, Aziz Salmone Fall proposes ‘pan-Africentrage’: A process of acquiring political and historic awareness of the collective autonomy of the continent by breaking away from dominant capitalism and revaluing our traditions and ways of being in solidarity.

Frantz Fanon in Africa and Asia

Samir Amin


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Frantz Fanon is a loved and respected figure all over Africa and Asia. Samir Amin argues that his writing and the choice to join the liberation struggle in Algeria show Fanon was a genuine revolutionary.

Fanon and ‘The Fact of Blackness’

Chambi Chachage


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'The Fact of Blackness', the seminal 1952 essay by Frantz Fanon, is still relevant today, argues Chambi Chachage. 'It is relevant simply because Du Bois’ problem of colour line has not yet disappeared.'

Frantz Fanon: My hope and hero

Orlando Patterson


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Not just a brilliant analysis of colonialism and the process of decolonisation, Fanon’s ‘The Wretched of the Earth’ is ‘the heart and soul of a movement’ written by ‘one who fully participated in it,’ writes Orlando Patterson.

Caribbean Fanonism revisited

A note

Norman Girvan


cc Peta-de-Artlan
The greatest value of the Fanonist thesis, writes Norman Girvan, might lie in its analysis of the ‘psychology of liberation’ at personal level. But the thesis cannot be used as the basis for a theory of the preconditions of successful postcolonial reconstruction.

The day I met Frantz Fanon

Fatma Alloo


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Writers like Frantz Fanon put pen to paper so that the next generation could understand history and its atrocities, says Fatma Alloo.

Fanon, coloniality and emancipation

Eunice N. Sahle


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Fifty years after his death, Fanon remains ‘the entry point in any project geared to the realisation of substantive emancipation, as opposed to elite-led projects,’ writes Eunice N. Sahle.

Thinking Africa: The Frantz Fanon Blog

Department of Political and International Studies

Rhodes University


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The Department of Political and International Studies at Rhodes University launched its flagship project, Thinking Africa, in 2010 with the objective of creating an internationally renowned postgraduate programme on African studies.

The project was officially launched in July this year with a range of different events including a Colloquium, a Winter School and a Postgraduate Proposal Writing Workshop. The theme of this year's Colloquium and Winter School was Fanon: 50 Years Later in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the death of Frantz Fanon.

Visit their blog for a collection of essays on Frantz Fanon's work and legacy.

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