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Frantz Fanon Symposium

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami presents a daylong investigation into the life and works of renowned post-colonial theorist and psychoanalyst Frantz Fanon. This symposium, hosted at ICA Miami on Saturday September 29th from 1:30pm to 7:30pm convenes a panel of theorists, historians, and cultural studies scholars to explore how the writings of Fanon have profoundly influenced generations of political thinkers and activists.

Invited speakers include an international group of prominent scholars who have deeply engaged Fanon’s thinking, including Simone Browne, R.A. Judy, Jean Khalfa, and David Marriott and, with the support of the French Embassy Cultural Services, Aimé Charles-Nicolas,  A series of short films comprising Larry Achiampong and David Blandy’s project Finding Fanon will be viewed as part of the program. 

Frantz Fanon (b. 1925, Fort-de-France, Martinique; d. Bethesda, Maryland) was a West Indian psychoanalyst and social philosopher known for his theory that some neuroses are socially generated and for his writings on behalf of the national liberation of colonial peoples. Since the publication of his critical texts, Frantz Fanon has been considered a crucial reference for political thinkers. His books have circulated among the militants of the Global South and Black Power struggle, factions of the Andean Indigenous guerrillas of the 1980s, and today’s young activists.

Aimé Charles-Nicolas (b. 1943, Martinique) is a professor of medicine, medical psychology and psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine of Antilles-Guyana.

The symposium is presented in conjunction to an musical hommage to Frantz Fanon by French Jazz project Insula, led by Martinican pianist Maher Beauroy and Franco-Algerian oud player Redha Benabdallah with accompaniment by Brazilian percussionist Adriano Tenorio. Inspired by the writings of post-colonial theorist and psychoanalyst Frantz Fanon, their sound is a polymathic fusion of traditional Arab-Andalusian music and modern Caribbean jazz.

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