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Anuja Bose: The Collective Politics of Anti-Imperialist Solidarity

Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

University Center, L105 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

Nationalism  consciousness, which is  not  nationalism, is  alone  capable  of  giving us  an international  dimension,”  declared Frantz  Fanon to the  1959 Congress  of  Black Writers and Artists  in Rome. The  1959 Congress  was  a  gathering  of  Pan-Africanists  and  newly elected leaders  of  postcolonial  states  in Africa.  Fanon sought  to challenge  their understanding of  nationalism, regionalism, and internationalism  with his  speech. In this paper, I argue  that  this  line  from  Fanon’s  speech holds  the  key to understanding how  he articulated a  novel  conception of  nationalism  and internationalism, and  doing so gives  us an account  of  collective  politics  that  is  global  in scope. To substantiate  this  account  of collective  politics  in Fanon, I develop three  interrelated concepts:  solidarity, intercontinentalism,  and vigilance.  With a  better grasp  of  how  these  concepts  are articulated  in Fanon’s  writings, it  is  possible  to  gain a  clearer understanding  of  how  he envisioned  a  collective  politics  of  anti-imperialist  solidarity during  the  postwar conjuncture  of  the  twentieth century,  and moreover how  such an account  can help to illuminate  the  possibilities  for collective  politics  today.

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