Fanon Studies, Postcolonial Theory, and Mental Health
Frantz Fanon's clinical and political work has been a critically important body of theory for helping make links amongst material, historical, and psychic oppressions. He is read widely in Black Studies, Ethnic Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, and Postcolonial Studies. His texts have also helped fuel social movements and revolutions. Reading will focus on Fanon's legacy and contribution to the intersections of politics, psychiatry, race, and decolonial movements.
We will ask: What happens to our understanding of (western) models of mental health when we read these models through clinical theory that was embedded in postcolonial, anti-racist struggle? He also proposes controversial ideas of violence that feminists have been concerned with engaging. Fanon died at 36 years old, and his own growth as a writer, thinker, and clinician amidst on-the-ground freedom struggles deserves a careful reading of the nuances in his clinical and political contributions.