The Frantz Fanon Prize

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

Samir Amin

Dr. Samir Amin is without question one of our great living thinkers not only of political economy and theory from the global south but also of emancipatory social change.  The Caribbean Philosophical Association (CPA) is awarding him the Frantz Fanon Lifetime Achievement Award for this work, which the committee members agree is canonical in what has become known as theories from the global south. 

World-renowned sociologist, philosopher, political economist, and Executive Editor of The C.L.R. James Journal Paget Henry, the first winner of the Frantz Fanon Award, and member of the Awards Committee comments:

In terms of the development of a distinct, Third World perspective on economics, it is hard to think of a more original and important voice than Samir Amin.  I cannot imagine my own work without his book Unequal Development and also his earlier work Accumulation on a World Scale.  He richly deserves this award.

Jeremy Matthew Glick, a past Fanon outstanding book award winner and also a member of the awards committee, states:

Samir Amin is for me a figure like Gramsci or Fanon or The Beatles—someone I’ve been learning from all my life. I actually can't imagine my intellectual and political life without Amin’s interventions.

Neil Roberts, President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association, adds:  

Samir Amin’s bridging of philosophy, political theory, and political economy in his critique of Eurocentrism, analyses of global capitalism, and rethinking notions of “development”’ and “underdevelopment,” particularly as they pertain to modern Africa, is breathtaking, inspiring, and reflects the ethos of the Fanon Lifetime Achievement award.

For more on Dr. Samir Amin, please click here.  

Souleymane Bachir Diagne


Professor Souleymane Bachir Diagne is not only Senegal’s most influential living philosopher but also among the community of outstanding philosophers in the history of logic, Islamic philosophy, philosophy of art, and more.  The Caribbean Philosophical Association is honoring him with the Frantz Fanon Lifetime Achievement Award not only for his contributions as a scholar but also for his extraordinary work as a global ambassador of philosophy, his mentorship of scholars across the globe, and his ongoing efforts to articulate the role of Africa in the history of ideas.  Here is an excerpt from the nomination submitted to the awards committee:

“Bachir” as he is called with great affection in his country and among his friends is one of the contemporary statesmen of African philosophy in Francophone Africa and across the globe.  His intellectual range is prodigious.  From mathematics to intellectual history to art to contemporary politics, he has made important contributions.  His reputation as a mentor is known worldwide.  He is also one of the great gentlemen of philosophy.  His accolades will continue to grow.  His extant record is such that he offers that rare status of philosopher of a country.  This achievement transcends the academic to the genuinely intellectual and civic responsibility of the common good.

Professor Bado Ndoye, President of the Senegalese Society of Philosophy (SOSEPHI), and Dr. Oumar Dia, the society’s General Secretary, with whom the Caribbean Philosophical Association is collaborating for this year’s international conference, state:

What is affirmed through this award is the importance of the work of Professor Souleymane Bachir Diagne for the renewal of African studies first but also for the ideological decentering of philosophy and taking into account paradigms from countries of the Global South….  With the Frantz Fanon Lifetime Achievement Award, Professor Souleymane Bachir Diagne once again shines the star of Senegal around the world. SOSEPHI congratulates him!

President Neil Roberts of the Caribbean Philosophical Association (CPA) adds:

It was an honor to participate in the celebration in Senegal of Professor Souleymane Bachir Diagne’s career, which was held in Dakar in December 2017.  The international group of scholars assembled in his honor was a testament to his influence worldwide.  I am delighted to see that the Awards Committee of the CPA sees fit to offer him our highest honor in this category.

For more on professor Souleymane Bachir Diagne, please click here.

The Frantz Fanon Award for Outstanding Book
in Caribbean Thought

Se défendre: Une Philosophie de la Violence
By Elsa Dorlin

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

Dr. Elsa Dorlin is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII.  A well-known activist whose work extends beyond France to collaborations in West Africa and the Caribbean, her scholarship brings together philosophical insight and experience into a powerful synthesis in this book, which, in the assessment of the referees and the Awards Committee, exemplifies the spirit of the award’s namesake.   Her book, Se défendre: Une Philosophie de la Violence is generating discussion across many fields.  From one of the referee reports to the awards committee:

The scholarship is extraordinary.  It connects work not only across the African Diaspora, with clear use of Caribbean thought, but also across lines of gender, race, and sexuality.  Fanon’s ideas are evident, and so, too, are those of the Black Panthers and other groups.  The utilization of phenomenology for an interrogation of the epistemology of violence, how it is known, is also provocative and creative.  This book clearly belongs in the catalog of outstanding books that have received the Frantz Fanon Outstanding Book award.

Neil Roberts, President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association, adds:

In Se défendre: Une Philosophie de la Violence, Professor Elsa Dorlin offers, in magnificent detail, a path-breaking discussion of violence with phenomenological precision marked by intellectual courage.  She advances a compelling case for why we must all avoid Afro-pessimist impulses and examines closely the actional choices the condemned of the earth make when faced with violent encounters that might require them to employ violence as a response to structurally unjust conditions. Se défendre represents a work of the highest scholarly standards reflective of the Frantz Fanon book award and I expect it to have lasting ramifications around the world.

For more on Dr. Elsa Dorlin, please click here.  

For a more extensive list of Frantz Fanon Prize Recipients, please click here.

"Chaque génération doit,
dans une relative opacité,
découvrir sa mission,
l´accomplir ou la trahir"

F. Fanon, Les Damnés de la Terre (1961)