180080 SE Jean-Paul Sartre and Frantz Fanon (2019S)
Anti-Racism, Anti-Colonialism, Politics of Emancipation
- Registration is open from Th 07.02.2019 09:00 to We 13.02.2019 10:00
- Registration is open from We 20.02.2019 09:00 to Tu 26.02.2019 10:00
- Deregistration possible until Su 31.03.2019 23:59
Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N
The focus of this seminar (to be held in English) is formed by texts written by Jean-Paul Sartre and Frantz Fanon dealing with the topics of racism, colonialism and emancipatory politics. The relevant texts are presented and analyzed in a chronological manner in order to both illuminate the theoretical itineraries of Sartre and Fanon and to sketch the critical dialogue between these two thinkers. Moreover, the question will be addressed as to whether recent post-colonial readings of Fanon (for instance, by Homi Bhaba) that often either reject Sartre’s influence or consider it to be a deplorable anachronism do justice to Fanon’s thinking. This seminar examines not only Sartre’s and Fanon’s respective conceptions of anti-Semitism, (anti-black) racism, and of emancipatory politics, but (potentially) also their relationship to psychoanalysis, feminism, anti-colonialism, cultural politics, violence, and humanism.
Aims, contents and method of the course
Assessment and permitted materials
Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
As to the didactics of the seminar, it consists of presentations and class discussions. All texts to be discussed are made available in form of a reader. The seminar provides a survey of Sartre’s and Fanon’s seminal writings on racism, colonialism, and emancipatory politics.
RECOMMENDED SECONDARY LITERATURE:
Hannah Arendt, On Violence. Harcourt Publishers 1970.
Alain Badiou, The Meaning of Sarkozy. London and New York: Verso 2008.
Robert Bernasconi, Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth as Fulfillment of Sartre’s Critique of Dialectical Reason. In: Sartre International Studies, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 36 – 47.
Homi Bhaba, Remembering Fanon. In Rethinking Fanon, ed. Nigel Gibson. Amherst: Humanity Books 1999, pp. 176 – 196.
Judith Butler, Violence, Nonviolence: Sartre and Fanon. In: Race After Sartre: Antiracism, Africana Existentialism, Postcolonialism, ed. J. Judaken. Albany: SUNY Press 2008, pp. 211 – 231.
Nigel Gibson, Fanon: The Postcolonial Imagination. Cambridge: Polity Press 2003.
Nigel Gibson (ed.): Living Fanon: Global Perspectives. New York: Palgrave MacMillan 2011.
Peter Hallward, Absolutely Postcolonial. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2001.
Peter Hallward, Fanon and Political Will. In: Living Fanon: Global Perspectives, pp. 213 – 224.
Erik M. Vogt, Slavoj Zizek und die Gegenwartsphilosophie. Vienna – Berlin: Turia + Kant 2011.
Erik M. Vogt, Jean-Paul Sartre und Frantz Fanon. Vienna – Berlin: Turia + Kant 2012.