26 October 2011

Legacy of Frantz Fanon honoured at Casa de las Americas

Havana’s Casa de las Americas to Honor Legacy of Martinican Frantz Fanon

Thursday, 20 October 2011 06:34
Havana, Cuba, Oct 20.- The life and work of Martinican intellectual Franz Fanon
(Black Skin, White Masks) will be the focus of a colloquium to be held
at Havana’s Casa de las Americas cultural institution, on the occasion of
the 50th anniversary of his death.

The meeting, entitled "Topicality of Frantz Fanon: towards renewed humanism," 
is part of the cycle Caribbean Social Thinking, and will take place from October
 24th through the 28th, highlighting the humanism of the author and his proposal
 to decolonize knowledge, the Prensa Latina news agency reported.

Participating in the event will be renowned researchers and academicians 
from Latin America and Europe, among them Professor Jacky Dahomay 
(Guadeloupe-France); Emeritus Professor Denis Diderot, from the University 
of Paris; Algerian Tassadit Yacine Titouh, director for studies of the School
 of Social Sciences and a researcher with the Social Anthropology Laboratory; 
and the president of the Frantz Fanon Foundation, Mireille Fanon-Mendes 

Cuba will be represented, among others, by Yolanda Wood, director of Casa’s 
Center for Caribbean Studies; Roberto Fernandez Retamar, writer, University 
of Havana professor and president of Casa de las Americas; sociologist Aurelio 
Alonso, philosopher, professor and essayist Rafael Rodriguez; Felix Valdes
a researcher with the Institute of Philosophy of Cuba’s Academy of Sciences; 
and historian Digna Castañeda.

Organized by Casa de las Americas in cooperation with the Frantz Fanon 
Foundation, the colloquium has the support of the UNESCO, the Alliance
 Française, the French Institute, and the embassy of that European nation. (ACN).

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