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Foto: Wikipedia, Creative Commons License

Aimé Césaire (1913-2008) and Frantz Fanon (1925-1961) devoted their work to the radical criticism of colonialism. Whereas Césaire was mainly linked to the emergence of the aesthetics of négritude, Fanon analyzed everyday racism as an alienating spatial relation and considered colonization as a spatial organization – both material and mental. From his experience and job as a psychiatrist, Fanon noticed that the classification of mental diseases played a role in the radical alienation that dominated patients internalized.

For Césaire, the négritude was not only a way of reempowering dominated cultures, it was a resistance against the cultural assimilation that was in vogue in France. Both thinkers reject this colonial conception due to their perception of the evolutions of Martinique even though Fanon described his homeland as a perfect case-study of cultural alienation. Torun Reite and Christophe Premat will be questioning the decisive contributions of Fanon and Césaire by showing how their concepts are still used to describe material and mental borders remaining in different postcolonial contexts. Moreover they will discuss the ways in which these concepts are rooted in the Caribbean context, but also what made them travel so well and connect with social and political movements far beyond this region.

Torun Reite, Department of Romance Studies and Classics, Stockholm University
Christophe Premat, Department of Romance Studies and Classics, Stockholm University

Mats Lundahl, Stockholm School of Economics and Institute of Latin American Studies, Stockholm University

Language: English