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Wretched of the Earth (1961) Cover of the Portuguese edition by Editora Ulizzeia

Wretched of the Earth (1961) Cover of the Portuguese edition by Editora Ulizzeia

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The Study Sessions: Frantz Fanon

The Wretched of the Earth: The Spectre of the Third World Project by John Narayan

07 Mar 2017

This series of Study Sessions will focus on the work of Frantz Fanon, a psychiatrist and political thinker, with a special focus on his revolutionary psychiatric writings supporting the decolonisation struggles occurring after World War II. More >>

Frantz Fanon's seminal work on the trauma of colonization, The Wretched of the Earth made him the leading anti-colonialist thinker of the twentieth century. Written at the height of the Algerian war for independence from French colonial rule and first published in 1961, it has since become a text to which generations of scholars and activists have returned to in order discover their own mission of liberation.

This session ran by John Narayan will examine how The Wretched of the Earth remains a text for our time because of its premonitions on the pitfalls of the Third World Project, national independence and neo-imperialism have all come to pass. We will also examine why Fanon's calling for an alternative ‘project’ of human liberation remains as powerful today as it was in 1961.

This session is now fully booked, if you would like to be added to the waiting list please email Merce at

Free, The Studio

6.30 – 8.30pm

John Narayan is currently a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and was previously a research assistant in the Department of Sociology at The University of Warwick, Coventry. John's current research project aims to highlight how the British Black Power movement and its forms of Black British activism provide a rich history of thought and political practice that could help to reimagine and reshape cosmopolitanism for the 21st Century. 

In collaboration with Centre for Critical Theory, University of Nottingham.


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