The Frantz Fanon Foundation is thrilled to announce its 3rd Rencontres and its theme: “Fanon, Decoloniality, and the Spirit of Bandung.” The 3rd Rencontres are hosted by the Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies on Nov. 17-18, 2018 at Rutgers University, New Brunswick (USA). For the last ten years, the Frantz Fanon Foundation has explored the connection between Fanon’s work and the unfinished project of decolonization in dialogue with a large number of scholars and activists across the global north and south. The Bandung Conference of 1955 has been an important reference in the Foundation’s path, and the Spirit of Bandung has remained a profound and compelling inspiration. The Rutgers Advanced Institute of Critical Caribbean Studies, and, particularly, its Decoloniality Cluster, is proud to lead the organizational efforts at Rutgers University, New Brunswick to host this international encounter. The Institute has served as a link between the Frantz Fanon Foundation, which is an international organization, the Rutgers, New Brunswick campus, and regional and local spaces such as the Lazos Community Center in Downtown New Brunswick.
In this context, the Frantz Fanon Foundation wishes to pay attention to two interconnected set of ideas, practices, and projects through the theme “Fanon, Decoloniality, and the Spirit of Bandung”:
(a) the continued relevance of the project of non-alignment with and non-assimilation to modern/colonial forms of power, knowledge, representations, discourse, notions of citizenship and belonging, including racialization, capitalism, neoliberalism, multicultural liberalism, heteronormativity, and neo-racist conservatisms, among other hegemonic formations that produce and reproduce enduring and systematic patterns of, not just domination and exploitation, but also dehumanization, and
(b) the multiple strategies and efforts to maintain and create new communities of struggle and coalitions that seek to decolonize existing relations of power, knowledge, discourses, identity formations, and geopolitical imaginaries, and/or to promote non-colonizing practices of survival and flourishing through enactments of multiple forms of relationality, border crossing activities, and oppositional and coalitional consciousness, among other forms of decolonial activity.
We are particularly interested in projects of decoloniality that pay attention to these various imperatives.