112th: Lewis Gordon's "What Fanon Said"

Event date: 
04/20/2015 - 7:00pm

Please join us on Monday, April 20th, at 7pm for the launch of Lewis Gordon's latest book, What Fanon Said: A Philosophical Introduction to his Life and Thought. Joining Gordon as respondents are Drucilla Cornell, Paget Henry, Kyoo Lee, Doug Ficek, and Nelson Maldonado-Torres.

Antiblack racism avows reason is white while emotion, and thus supposedly unreason, is black. Challenging academic adherence to this notion, What Fanon Said offers a portrait of Martinican-turned-Algerian revolutionary psychiatrist and philosopher Frantz Fanon as an exemplar of “living thought” against forms of reason marked by colonialism and racism. Working from his own translations of the original French texts, Gordon critically engages everything in Fanon from dialectics, ethics, existentialism, and humanism to philosophical anthropology, phenomenology, and political theory as well as psychiatry and psychoanalysis.

Lewis R. Gordon is Professor of Philosophy and Africana Studies at the University of Connecticut, Storrs; European Union Visiting Chair in Philosophy at Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, France; and Nelson Mandela Distinguished Visiting Professor at Rhodes University, South Africa. His books include Existentia Africana; Disciplinary Decadence; An Introduction to Africana Philosophy; and, with Jane Anna Gordon, Of Divine Warning: Reading Disaster in the Modern Age.

Prior to beginning her life as an academic, Drucilla Cornell was a union organizer for a number of years. She worked for the UAW, the UE, and the IUE in California, New Jersey, and New York. She played a key role in organizing the conference on deconstruction and justice at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1989, 1990, and 1993 - a conference at which Jacques Derrida is thought by many to have made his definitive philosophical turn toward the ethical. In addition, she has worked to coordinate Law and Humanities Speakers Series with the Jacob Burns Institute for Advanced Legal Studies and the Committee on Liberal Studies at the New School for Social Research. Professor Cornell was professor at the Cardozo School of Law from 1989 to 1994. From 1994-2001, she was professor of law at Rutgers-Newark Law School.

Paget Henry is Professor of Africana Studies and Sociology at Brown University. He is author of Peripheral Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Antigua (1985) and co- editor of Newer Caribbean: Decolonization, Democracy and Development (1983) and C.L.R. James' Caribbean (1992).

Kyoo Lee, Associate Professor of Philosophy at John Jay College, CUNY, also affiliated faculty for the Gender Studies, Honors, Interdisciplinary Studies, Justice Studies Programs, teaches Comparative Literature and Feminist Theory at The Graduate Center, CUNY. She publishes widely in the theoretical Humanities and her book, Reading Descartes Otherwise (2012), explores Cartesian alterities such as blindness, madness, dreaminess and badness, in that order. As a Resident Mellon Fellow at The Center for the Humanities, she has started working on a book provisionally titled Familial Alterities. For 2012-3, she is a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the Graduate Center, working on a project that theorizesOWS movements as a speech act.

Doug Ficek taught at John Jay College of Criminal Justice for roughly ten years, and is now Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of New Haven. For full bio visit: http://www.douglasficek.com/bio.html

Nelson Maldonado-Torres is an Associate Professor at the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies and the Comparative Literature Program at Rutgers University. He is also Chair of Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies.  His first book, Against War: Views from the Underside of Modernity, examined the bases of modernity/coloniality in terms of a paradigm of war through the work of Enrique Dussel, Frantz Fanon, and Enmanuel Levinas. He is also author of the anthology La descolonización y el giro de(s)colonial put together and published by the Universidad de la Tierra, in Chiapas, México.  He is also co-editor of Latins in the World-System: Decolonization Struggles in the 21st Century U.S. Empire, and guest editor of two special issues entitled “Thinking through the Decolonial Turn: Post-continental Interventions in Theory, Philosophy, and Critique” on the journal Transmodernity. 

Event address: 
536 W 112th St
New York, NY 10025