Within Frantz Fanon's landmark text, Peau Noire, Masques Blancs [Black Skin, White Masks] (1952), one finds one of the most quoted and discussed chapters of his oeuvre: 'L’Experience
vecue de l’homme noir’ [The Fact of Blackness]. A pinnacle of
postcolonial critique, Fanon took up the mantle of W.E.B. Du Bois and
his notion of double-consciousness and reinterpreted in the
post-Freudian age. Therein Fanon discussed how black subjectivity
is determined from without by a white
majority that defines their blackness for them, and the psychological
such a condition, thus coining the term 'corporeal malediction'. While a
groundbreaking text, Fanon's argument that the black man cannot exist,
ontologically, separate from whiteness, was subsequently critiqued for
ignoring the possibility of self-determination from within the black
community as well as for ignoring the struggle of black women entirely.
panel seeks to re-examine Fanon's concept through readings that are
informed by the current sociocultural climate. Some questions that the
panel hopes to address, among others: - What is relevance of corporeal malediction to modern life (from Trump to Black Lives Matter and everything in between)? -
What is the relevance of corporeal malediction to current debates in
academia (from postcolonialism, critical race theory and others)? - To what extent do authors and academics continue to engage with Fanon's concept? -
How is corporeal malediction manifested in literature, the arts, media
and day-to-day life, and what conclusions can one draw from these?
Prospective panelists are invited to submit a 250-300 word abstract and short bio through the NeMLA portal.
panel seeks to re-examine Frantz Fanon's concept of corporeal malediction through readings that are
informed by the current sociocultural climate.