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Muriam Haleh Davis – The Absent Preface: Algerian Readings of Frantz Fanon after Independence

January 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm  |  Humanities 1, Room 210


In 1959, Ferhat Abbas, the President of the GPRA (Provisional Government of the Algerian Republic), refused Frantz Fanon’s request to write a preface for L’An V de la révolution algérienne. This never-written preface is emblematic of a larger silence regarding the lively Algerian debates on Fanon’s writings after independence. By foregrounding North African interpretations of Fanon’s work, this talk asks a series of questions about the capture of revolutionary thought, the role of national frameworks in global intellectual history, and the possibilities of epistemological “delinking.”

Muriam Haleh Davis is an Associate Professor of History at UCSC. Her first book, Markets of Civilization: Islam and Racial Capitalism in Algeria, was published by Duke University Press in 2022. She has also co-edited North Africa and the Making of Europe: Governance, Institutions, and Culture, which was published by Bloomsbury Press in 2018. Her academic writing has been published by the Journal of Modern Intellectual HistoryMiddle East Critique, the Journal of Contemporary HistoryLateral, and 20 et 21: Revue d’histoire. She has also authored pieces for the Los Angeles Review of BooksAl Jazeera EnglishPublic Books, and Truth Out. She is co-chair of the editorial committee for MERIP (Middle East Research and Information Project) and is co-editor of the Maghreb Page for Jadaliyya.





The Center for Cultural Studies hosts a weekly Wednesday colloquium featuring work by faculty and visitors. We gather at 12:00 PM, with presentations beginning at 12:15 PM.

Staff assistance is provided by The Humanities Institute.


January 17
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Humanities 1, Room 210
1156 high st
Santa cruz, CA 95060 United States
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