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Fanon and Psychoanalysis: The 'Black Lacan'? by Colin Wright

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Frantz Fanon (1969) Black Skin, White Masks; Grove Press. Cover by Roy Kuhlman

Frantz Fanon (1969) Black Skin, White Masks; Grove Press. Cover by Roy Kuhlman

Dr Colin Wright will focus this session on the extent to which Fanon was, but also wasn't, influenced by psychoanalysis in his theorisation of racialized subjectivity.

Black Skin, White Masks is a 1952 book by Frantz Fanon in which Fanon studies the psychology of the racism and dehumanization inherent in situations of colonial domination. Based on this book some have described Fanon as the 'black Lacan' due to his references to the French psychoanalyst's famous 'mirror stage' argument.

In the first of this Study Session series, we will read a couple of texts by Fanon and by Lacan to see if this description fits. Looking at Fanon's relationship to psychoanalysis will also pave the way for the later session on Fanon and psychiatry.

 

Free, The Studio

To book a place on this session please email Merce at merce@nottinghamcontemporary.org.

Colin Wright is Associate Professor of Critical Theory at the University of Nottingham, where he convenes the MA in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies. He has research interests in psychoanalysis, postcolonial theory and continental philosophy. He is also a Lacanian psychoanalyst with a private practice in Nottingham.