The Frantz Fanon Prize

"Chaque génération doit, 
dans une relative opacité, 
découvrir sa mission, 
l´accomplir ou la trahir"
F. Fanon, Les Damnés de la Terre (1961)

               

The Frantz Fanon Prize is awarded annually in recognition of up to three works in or of special interest to Caribbean thought.  The nominations are made during the fall of each year, and the winners are chosen and announced by February of the succeeding year.  The plaque of acknowledgment is given at a ceremony and book session at the annual conference of the Caribbean Philosophical Association.   Only books published within 6 years of the nomination date can be considered for the award.  Each winning author automatically becomes a member of the committee for the prize.

The Caribbean Philosophical Association is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the Frantz Fanon Prize for life-time achievement and outstanding book in Caribbean thought. The awards will be conferred at the Caribbean Philosophical Association 15th Annual International Meeting, which this year will be in collaboration with the Senegalese Philosophical Society.  The conference will take place June 19 to 22, 2018 at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal, under the theme Shifting the Geography of Reason: Ways of Knowing, Past and Future. For more information on the conference, click here.

The Frantz Fanon
Lifetime Achievement Award

 

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

    

The Caribbean Philosophical Association is honoring Professor Emerita Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz for her legendary research and writings on Native American history, feminism, and the history of struggles for liberation, and for her work as an activist against settler colonialism and for dignity and freedom across the globe.

She is Professor Emerita of Native American Studies at California State University.  Her many books include Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico; The Great Sioux Nation; An Indigenous People’s History of the United States; and, most recently, Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment.  She has been, and continues to be, involved in anti-imperialist and Women’s Liberation movements over the past fifty years.   

According to the Committee’s report:

From the 1940s through the present, there has not been a generation of struggle of which Dr. Dunbar-Ortiz has not been a thoughtful and crucial part.  In each moment, she has joined the political and intellectual to contribute indispensably and creatively to local and international pursuits for expanded and deepened self-determination.  We are certain that if Fanon were alive, Dunbar-Ortiz would be among those whose research he would seek intellectual sustenance and with whom he would join in struggle.

Firoze Manji, publisher of Daraja Press and founder and former editor of Pambazuka News adds:

There is no-one else who has so thoroughly and consistently documented the bloody and violent history of, and the heroic resistance of its indigenous populations to, white settler occupation of the Americas as Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. Her work over decades has demonstrated how current racist domestic and foreign policies of the USA have their roots in that brutal and cruel history. The Frantz Fanon Lifetime Award is due recognition of her contributions as an engaged and militant intellectual.

And from Neil Roberts, President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association:

Professor Dunbar-Ortiz’s lifelong commitment to indigenous politics, decolonial thought, and scholar-activism would make Fanon proud.

For more on Professor Dunbar-Ortiz, please consult: http://www.shesbeautifulwhenshesangry.com/roxanne-dunbar-ortiz/

And for a recent interview with Professor Dunbar-Ortiz, see: https://progressive.org/dispatches/the-land-is-the-body-of-the-native-people-roxanne-dunbar-ortiz-180703/

 

Catherine Walsh

     

Professor Walsh is an intellectual-militant involved for many years in the processes and struggles of justice and social transformation, first in the United States (where she worked closely with Paulo Freire) and, over the past twenty-plus years, in Abya Yala (Latin America) and Ecuador, where she has a joined many Indigenous and Afro-descendant movements. 

Her many books include Pedagogy and he Struggle for Voice: Language, Culture and Schooling for Puerto Ricans; Enabling Academic Success for Secondary Students with Limited Formal Schooling; Indisciplinar las ciencias sociales: Geopolíticas del conocimiento y colonialidad del poder. Perspectivas desde lo andino;  two volumes of Pedagogías decoloniales. Prácticas insurgentes de resistir, (re)existir y (re)vivir; and more recently, with Walter Mignolo, On Decoloniality, the inaugurating text for the series they co-edit with Duke University Press

The Caribbean Philosophical Association is honoring Professor Catherine Walsh for her globally influential research and scholarship on decoloniality, Indigenous and Afro-Latinx struggles, critical pedagogy and philosophies of existence and education, and her activism throughout the globe.

According to the Awards Committee’s report:

Walsh is one of the leading senior scholars and activists in decolonial studies, critical pedagogy, and global feminist thought…. Her writings are brilliant and her dedication committed.  She embodies the meeting of thought and praxis for which the namesake of this award is known.

Past Frantz Fanon Outstanding Book Award winner Linda Martín Alcoff, who also serves on the Awards Committee, adds:

Catherine Walsh has been a critically important decolonial thinker and leader for decades—a real organic intellectual in Gramsci’s sense. We have so much to learn from her. I am thrilled she has been given this award.

Says President Neil Roberts:

Walsh’s lifelong commitment to decolonial studies, theorizations on the geopolitics of knowledge, and interpretations of indigenous and Afro-Latin American ways of being and knowing in the spirit of Fanon is an inspiration to us all.

For more information on Professor Walsh, click here.

        

The Frantz Fanon Outstanding Achievements Award
    
Vijay Prashad
                                               
The Caribbean Philosophical Association is honoring Professor Vijay Prashad for his global work as an activist, historian, journalist, and builder of institutions.  Now the Executive Director of The Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research (https://www.thetricontinental.org/staff/), he is the author of twenty-five books, which include The Karma of Brown Folks, Untouchable Freedom, Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting, The Darker Nations, No Free Left, and Red Star Over the Third World, hundreds of articles in political forums, newspapers, and academic journals.  

The Award Committee’s report states:

Prashad’s reputation for fierce activism extends back to his youth, when he was, on many occasions, beaten and tortured without failing to continue fighting for social transformation.  His many achievements as a world-renown scholar were always guided by commitments to truth, justice, and liberation on a global scale.  If Fanon were alive, we are certain that he would at some point be in conversation with Prashad.
Upon receiving the news, the famed University of Pittsburgh historian Marcus Rediker offered these words:

Vijay Prashad’s combination of sharp strategic intelligence, deep historical knowledge, and fierce political commitment make him exactly what the Fanon Award is meant to honor: he is a gifted scholar-activist who, in troubled times, can help us move toward a better future.

President Neil Roberts agrees:

Fanon memorably wrote, “Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it, in relative opacity.” Indeed, Prashad has discovered his mission. His ongoing commitment to teaching, writing, publishing, social transformation, and truth in the spirit of Fanon bears witness to this.
In addition to The Tricontinental staff biographical statement, also see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vijay_Prashad

 
The Frantz Fanon Award for
Outstanding Book in Caribbean Thought

Left Universalism, Africacentric Essays
By Ato Sekyi-Otu

Ato Sekyi-Otu, Left Universalism, Africacentric Essays. Routledge, 2018 

Ato Sekyi-Otu is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Politics at York University in Canada, where he taught political theory and African politics for many years.   A giant in contemporary African social and political thought, he also is author of the much- acclaimed Fanon’s Dialectic of Experience.   

According to the referee reports submitted to the Awards Committee:

This book deserves the Fanon award for many reasons . . . [among which is that it] also addresses the unfortunate hegemonic Eurocentric tendency to treat key theoretical concepts such as universality and individuality as “imports” into the African context instead of part of the already critical discourses of African societies. . . . Many voices are brought to this forum in which Sartre and Fanon, among many other meetings of Europe and the Caribbean, join living debates across African giants such as Paulin Hontoundji (Benin), Kwame Gyekye (Ghana Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o (Kenya), and Ayi Kwei Armah (Ghana), to name several.  Here, political science meets philosophy, literature, sociology, history, and more, because, as should be evident, none alone could address the gravity and scope of this problem without ignoring disciplinary shortcomings.   Disciplinary nationalism falls sway to reality, as it should.   This work is clearly a classic of contemporary political theory.

* * *

This is a brilliant book by a genuine scholar and intellectual.  Erudite, thoughtful and productively critical, it . . . deserves the Fanon award.  It is of genuine international standing and simultaneously puts African philosophy back to where it belongs, namely in conversation with current high quality worldwide philosophical thought to whose concerns it offers genuinely original and innovative contributions. . . .

Nigel Gibson, a Frantz Fanon Award laureate, adds:

Left Universalism, Africacentric Essays is an incredible piece of work, an amazing synthesis of liberal and left political/philosophic thought, a critique of the flaccid relativist critiques of universalism and a call for a new ethics. At the same time it is a thoroughly postcolonial work in terms of its project of setting afoot a new human being. … [It] will be viewed as essential to scholars across many disciplines as well as public intellectuals and I believe will mark Sekyi-Otu out as one of the most important contemporary political philosophers.  This is said in all seriousness. Reading it, I have been blown away by the perspicacious and brilliance of the work. Each chapter is powerful and rich and will be read over and over. 

Professor Gamal Abdel-Shehid, a former student then colleague of Sekyi-Otu, offer these thoughts upon hearing the news of Left Universalism, Africacentric Essays being selected for the 2019 Fanon Outstanding Book Award:

This is great news for one of my most dearly beloved intellectual mentors.  Ato
Sekyi-Otu's book, Left Universalist and Africacentric Essays, is the
culmination of a life's work pondering the question of liberation from both
Africa and the Left.  I was extremely fortunate as a graduate student in the 1990s to be party to some early versions of this work.  Much like his previous book, Fanon's Dialectic of Experience, this book will have a very lasting impact in the Social Sciences for those who both maintain the value of universalism but whose interdisciplinary, political and intertextual realities transport them beyond the normally narrow confines of the term. 

Finally, the Caribbean Philosophical Association’s President Neil Roberts agrees:

Left Universalism, Africacentric Essays reaffirms Professor Ato Sekyi-Otu’s status as one of our most important scholars of African philosophy, contemporary thought, and political theory.

For more on Professor Sekyi-Otu, click here



Frantz Fanon Prize previous recipients

2018

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Samir Amin

Souleymane Bachir Diagne

BOOK

Elsa Dorlin, Se défendre: Une Philosophie de la Violence. Paris: La Découverte, 2017.

2017

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Carole Boyce Davies

Maureen MacGrogan

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

Eduardo Mendieta

BOOK

Michael Neocosmos, Thinking Freedom in Africa. Johannesburg, SA: Wits University Press, 2016.  

Santiago Slabodsky, Decolonial Judaism: Triumphal Failures of Barbaric Thinking. New York: PalgraveMacmillan, 2014.

2016

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun

BOOK

Glen Coulthard, Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition. University of Minnesota Press, 2014.

Peter J. Park, Africa, Asia, and the History of Philosophy: Racism in the Formation of the Philosophical Canon, 1780–1830. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2013.

 

2015

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Grace Lee Bogs

P. Mabogo More

BOOK

José Guadalupe Salgado Gandarilla, Asedios a la totalidad. Poder y política en la modernidad desde un encare de-colonial. UNAM: 2012.

Olúfémi Táíwò, How Colonialism Preempted Modernity in Africa.  Indiana UP, 2010.


2014

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Leonard Harris

Abdul JanMohamed

BOOK

John Drabinski, Levinas and the Postcolonial: Race, Nation, Other. Edinburgh University Press, 2013 .

2013

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Fernando Picó

Carlos Rojas Osorio

2012

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Keith Sandiford 

BOOK

Nathalie Etoke, Melancholia Africana: L’indispensable dépassement de la condition noire.  Paris: Éditions du Cygne, 2010.

2011

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Molefi Kete Asante

Michel Rolph-Trouillot

BOOK

Susan Buck-Morss, Hegel, Haiti, and Universal History. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009.

Marilyn Nissim-Sabat, Neither Victim nor Survivor: Thinking toward a New Humanity. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009.

2010

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Bernard Boxill

Letter of appreciation by Bernard Boxill

BOOK

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, What If Latin America Ruled the World?: How the Second World Will Take the First into the 22nd Century. London: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; Export Edition edition, 2007. The paperback will be released in September.

Ángel Quintero, Cuerpo y cultura: Las musicas "mulatas" y la subversion del baile. Iberoamericana / Vervuert 2009.

2009

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Erique Dussel

Nigel Gibson

BOOK

Linda Martín Alcoff, VISIBLE IDENTITIES: RACE, GENDER, AND THE SELF (Oxford University Press, 2006)

Nigel Gibson,  FANON: THE POSTCOLONIAL IMAGINATION (Polity Press, 2003)

 

2008

Drucilla Cornell, MORAL IMAGES OF FREEDOM: A FUTURE FOR CRITICAL THEORY (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007).

Patricia Donatien-Yssa, L’EXORCISME DE LA BLES: VAINCRE LA SOUFFRANCE DANS AUTOBIOGRAPHIE DE MA MERE DE JAMAICA KINCAID (Paris: Manuscrit, 2007)


2007

Elias Bongmba, DIALECTICS OF TRANSFORMATION IN AFRICA (New York: Palgrave, 2006)

Brinda Mehta, DIASPORIC (DIS)LOCATIONS (Kingston, JA: University of the West Indies Press )

Catherine Reindhardt, CLAIMS TO MEMORY: BEYOND SLAVRY AND EMANCIPATION IN THE FRENCH CARIBBEAN (New York: Berghahn Books, 2006).


2006

Walter Mignolo, THE IDEA OF LATIN AMERICA (Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2006)

 

2005

Alejandro J. De Oto, POLÍTICA DEL SUJETO POSCOLONIAL (Mexico City, Mexico: El Centro de Estudios de Asia y Africa, El Colegio de México, 2003).

Sibylle Fischer, MODERNITY DISAVOWED: HAITI AND THE CULTURES OF SLAVERY IN THE AGE OF REVOLUTION (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2004).


2004

Paget Henry, CALIBAN’S REASON (New York: Routledge, 2000).


THE FRANTZ FANON PRIZE COMMITTEE

Marina Banchetti-Robino, Florida Atlantic University
Elias K. Bonbmba, Rice University
Drucilla Cornell, Rutgers University
Patricia Donatien-Yssa, Université Antilles-Guyane
Sibylle Fischer, New York University
Clevis Hedley, Florida Atlantic University
Paget Henry, Brown University
Walter Mignolo, Duke University
Nelson Maldonado-Torres, University of California at Berkeley
Brinda Mehta, Mills College
Alejandro de Oto, Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia-Argentina
Catherine Reinhardt-Zacair, Chapman University
Neil Roberts, Williams College
Jean-Paul Rocci, University of Paris VII