Reading Group: Frantz Fanon on Blackness

11 Feb

franz-fanonREADING GROUP:

PCPN is back this spring with, Afro-Pessimism // Black Nihilism. Don’t miss our meetings most Tuesday evenings (8:00pm) at the Bloomfield Crazy Mocha.

This week:

  • 02/12 – Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks, “The Fact of Blackness” (1952)

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Please bring either a digital or hard copy of the text with you to the discussion.

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Bloomfield Crazy Mocha (4525 Liberty Ave).

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole section, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.




Upcoming in Afro-Pessimism // Black Nihilism

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

  • 02/12 – Franz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks, “The Fact of Blackness” (1952)
  • 02/19 – Amiri Baraka, “The Toilet” (1967)
    • José Esteban Muñoz, “Cruising the Toilet: Leroi Jones/Amiri Baraka, Radical Black Traditions and Queer Futurity”
  • 02/26 – Audrey Lorde, “The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism” (1981)
    • James Baldwin and Audrey Lorde, “Revolutionary Hope”
  • 03/05 – Hortense Spillers, “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book” (1987)
    • Hortense Spillers, Hartman et al., “Whacha Gunna Do?”
  • 03/12 – Saidiya Hartman, Scenes of Subjection, “The Burdened Individuality of Freedom” (1997)
  • 03/19 – Floyd Hayes, “Cornel West and Afro-Nihilism: A Reconsideration” (2001)
  • 03/26 – Charles Mills, “Political Economy of Personhood” (2011)
  • 04/02 – Lauren Berlant, Cruel Optimism, “Cruel Optimism” (2011)
  • 04/09 – Fred Moten, “Blackness and Nothingness (Mysticism in the Flesh)” (2013)
  • 04/16 – Patrice Douglass and Frank B. Wilderson III, “The Violence of Presence: Metaphysics in a Blackened World.” (2013)
  • 04/23 – Sylvia Wynter, “No Humans Involved: An Open Letter to My Colleagues.” (2015)
  • 04/30 – Jared Sexton, “Afro-Pessimism: The Unclear Word”  (2016)
  • 05/07 – Calvin Warren, Ontological Terror, “The Question of Black Being” (2018)
  • 05/14 – Jackie Wang, Carceral Capitalism, “The Prison Abolitionist Imagination: A Conversation” (2018)


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