Thursday, 20 October 2011

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

Radio Cadena Agramonte

Havana, Cuba, Oct 20.- The life and work of Martinican intellectual Frantz 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 (France).

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.