On Thursday, October 27th at 5 PM, Jay Garcia and the Department of Comparative Literature will host the second installment of the Fall 2022 Black Studies & the Contemporary Student series with Nasrin Olla - Alienation: Fanon and Beauvoir!
This in-person event is open to the public - advanced registration and proof of compliance with NYU's vaccination policy is required for non-NYU visitors. Instructions for accessing campus will be sent to you upon registration: RSVP HERE
Is alienation a quotidian or exceptional experience? Is alienation an effect of racial and gendered forms of dehumanization? What philosophical language do we have to describe such alienation? This lecture turns to the thought of the psychiatrist Frantz Fanon and the philosopher Simone de Beauvoir to explore the way each understands the process of alienation in the history of feminist critique and postcolonial resistance. This lecture comes out of a larger book project entitled, The Right to Opacity, which shows how competing claims to opacity have shaped both postcolonial and European philosophical and literary conceptions of ethics, universality, and critique.
Nasrin Olla is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed in the English and the African American & African Studies Departments at the University of Virginia. Nasrin completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Cape Town and her PhD in the Literatures in English Department at Cornell University. Nasrin’s work has appeared in b2o, the History of the Present, the LA Review of Books, and Radical Philosophy.