Frantz Fanon's Corporeal Malediction Revisited (NeMLA 2019)

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association
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NeMLA Annual Convention - Washington D.C. - 21-24 March, 2019

Within Frantz Fanon's landmark text, Peau Noire, Masques Blancs [Black Skin, White Masks] (1952), one finds one of the most quoted and discussed chapters of his oeuvre: 'L’Experience vecue de l’homme noir’ [The Fact of Blackness]. A pinnacle of postcolonial critique, Fanon took up the mantle of W.E.B. Du Bois and his notion of double-consciousness and reinterpreted in the post-Freudian age. Therein Fanon discussed how black subjectivity is determined from without by a white majority that defines their blackness for them, and the psychological impact of such a condition, thus coining the term 'corporeal malediction'. While a groundbreaking text, Fanon's argument that the black man cannot exist, ontologically, separate from whiteness, was subsequently critiqued for ignoring the possibility of self-determination from within the black community as well as for ignoring the struggle of black women entirely.

This panel seeks to re-examine Fanon's concept through readings that are informed by the current sociocultural climate. Some questions that the panel hopes to address, among others:
- What is relevance of corporeal malediction to modern life (from Trump to Black Lives Matter and everything in between)?
- What is the relevance of corporeal malediction to current debates in academia (from postcolonialism, critical race theory and others)?
- To what extent do authors and academics continue to engage with Fanon's concept?
- How is corporeal malediction manifested in literature, the arts, media and day-to-day life, and what conclusions can one draw from these?

Please submit 300 word abstracts alongside a short bio before September 30th (confirmation will be sent by October 15th) through the NeMLA submission page:

Applicants are not required to be NeMLA members at the time of submission but accepted speakers will have to become members by December 1st, 2018.

For further information contact Eyal Handelsman Katz ( or consult