Lacan Noir: Blackness and Psychoanalysis

In 1952, Frantz Fanon describes Lacan’s 1938 discussion of the mirror stage as having made the question of a racial imaginary “worthwhile investigating.” This lecture draws on established readings of Fanon and Lacan to discern the theoretical implications of this encounter, as well as the contradictions and impasses it entails between psychoanalysis and black studies.

The seminar will include a presentation by David Marriott and a discussion. To prepare, interested participants are asked to review the readings in advance of the event. Please email for the readings.

David S. Marriott is a critic and a poet. He is Liberal Arts Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph.D. from Sussex University in Critical Theory and Poetics. Marriott researches and teaches in black cultural studies, poetics, psychoanalysis, philosophy, and visual culture. He is the author of Whither Fanon? Studies in the Blackness of Being (Stanford, 2018), Duppies (Commune Editions, 2018), which the Guardian named as one of the best books of poetry of 2018, Haunted Life: Visual Culture and Black Modernity (Rutgers, 2007), and On Black Men (Columbia, 2000). His articles appear in Qui ParleNew Centennial Review, New FormationsCultural CritiquePostmodern CultureJournal of Visual Culture, and edited anthologies. He is the author of several books of poetry. His research has been supported by fellowships and grants from the Stanford Humanities Center, the Leverhulme Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the UC Institute of Humanities Research Institute.  He is formerly a professor of the History of Consciousness Department Humanities Division, University of California, Santa Cruz.

This event is sponsored by The Program in Critical Theory and cosponsored by the Department of Anthropology