Fanon and Glissant: On De-Opacification and the Right to Opacity
Manthia Diawara (Professor, NYU, and filmmaker)
This talk will focus on two theoretical concepts: de-opacification and the right to opacity, as deployed by Frantz Fanon and Edouard Glissant respectively. What did Fanon mean by the term ‘de-opacification’? How did he intend it as a tool of the liberation struggle and decolonisation? Is Glissant's demand for the right to opacity a response to Fanon’s and other thinkers’ over-reliance on a philosophy of transparency and existential dialectics? Is our consent to the opacity of the Other the best way of maintaining human and nonhuman diversity?
Breakout session for the audience and March Meeting participants to discuss topics related to MM 2021: Unravelling the Present.