Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Fanon

Radio Bandung follows fast on the heels of last week's tour through the underground radical history of Montreal's revolutionary 60's, where, according to our guest Sean Mills, activists remember the very day "Wretched of the Earth" hit Francophone streets. This week we continue our series of revisiting classic texts and debates of the Bandung age of anti-colonial and anti-racism struggles. What is Frantz Fanon's legacy as poetic spirit and theoretician of national liberation in colonial empire? How and why has his analysis of colonialism been seen and reframed, particularly today in the new age of "terror", only as a legitimation of violence as revolutionary transformation? How did he imagine both the possibilities and pitfalls of "national consciousness"? We take up the question of Fanon's career and its importance and relevance for political struggle in the postcolonial world with David Austin, who just completed a radio documentary on Fanon for CBC's "Ideas" program: http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/features/frantz-fanon/index.html

Is it not still a question of the world starting a new history of humankind, a history which will have regard to the sometimes prodigious theses which Europe has put forward, but which will also not forget Europe's crimes...?!

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