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1/23/2022 Frantz Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks at 70 (CFS)

  • January 11, 2022 9:31 AM
    Message # 12254919

    The Contemporary Freudian Society Diversity Committee


    Frantz Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks at 70

    Sunday, January 23rd, 2022

    Online via Zoom

    10am-2:15pm EST (with lunch break)

    Frantz Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks (1952) is a seminal theoretical text read across disciplines. Fanon utilizes psychoanalytic thinking to understand the oppression of Black people, performances of whiteness, and to put forward a vision for a humanist and anti-colonial culture. Our event is a celebration of Fanon’s work and this important text as it approaches its 70th anniversary. As the psychoanalytic community grapples with racism in our world, clinical work, and in the field's history, a concentrated, communal, and conversational revisiting of Black Skin, White Masks is timely and imperative.

    Philosopher and Fanon scholar Lewis Gordon, PhD will give a keynote presentation outlining some of the tenets of Fanon’s thinking and work and how it pertains specifically to psychoanalytic practice. The afternoon will feature a clinical case presentation from Mamta Dadlani, PhD.  The presentation will be followed by a discussion of the case, which will include psychoanalysts Daniel Gaztambide, PsyD and Debra Gill, LCSW.   

    Program Schedule:

    Keynote with Lewis Gordon, PhD + Q&A

    Lunch Break

    Case Presentation by Mamta Dadlani, Ph.D. + Discussion

    Planning Committee:

    Leyla Ertegun, Emily Schlesinger, Isaac Slone, Evan Gill Smith, and Betsy Spanbock

    Suggested reading: Black Skin, White Masks - Franz Fanon (1952)

    Program Fee:

    $75 General / $65 CFS Members / $35 Candidates, Prospective Candidates, and Students.

    No one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you need financial assistance, please email

    Register Online:

    Cancellation Policy: No refunds, unless in the case of a medical emergency.

    Learning Objectives:

    After attending the session, participates will be able to: 

    1. Summarize the key concepts in Frantz Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks

    2. Discuss how Blackness is constructed in relation to the colonizer in Fanon’s text and in the clinical case material.

    3. Interpret case material using Fanon’s theoretical framework and examples.

    4. Explore questions and theories at the intersection between psychoanalysis, decolonialization, and language from a Fanonian perspective.

    Who Should Attend: The instructional level for this activity is advanced.  Mental Health Professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, e.g. LPs, LCATs, and pastoral counselors) and those with an interest in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic thinking and clinical applications. 

    Continuing Education Credits:

    NY Social Workers: The PTI-CFS is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0087

    NY Psychoanalysts: The PTI-CFS is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts #P-0021. 

    NY Licensed Psychologists: The PTI-CFS is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provide of continuing education for Licensed Psychologists #PSY-0017.

    Psychologists: The CFS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The CFS maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  (DC, MD and VA Psychologist licensing boards accept CE credits provided by an APA approved Sponsor.  All other psychologists should check with their licensing boards.)

    DC, MD and VA Social Workers: The Social Work Boards of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia will grant continuing education credits to social workers attending a program offered by an APA authorized sponsor. 

    CE credits will only be granted to participants with documented attendance of the entire program and completed online evaluation form.  No partial credit will be offered.  It is the responsibility of the participants seeking CE credits to comply with these requirements.  Upon completion of this program and online evaluation form, participants will be granted 4 CE credits.

    Important Disclosure Information:

    None of the planners and presenters of this program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.


    Mamta Dadlani, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist who engages in clinical practice, training and research through a lens of critical social inquiry and social justice. As a cis gender, queer, first generation daughter of Indian immigrants, she has deep commitments to community, process, play, and subversion. Mamta has a relational analytic psychotherapy practice based in Berkeley, California that actively addresses intrapsychic, interpersonal, and structural dynamics as informed by race, gender, sexuality, immigration, and adoption and her scholarship explore themes of coloniality, queerness, and clinical theory. Mamta is co-chair of the Dialogues Across Difference Task Force in the Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, an Associate Adjunct Professor at Smith School for Social Work and is on Faculty at the Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley California.

     Daniel José Gaztambide, PsyD is the assistant director of clinical training in the Department of Clinical Psychology at the New School for Social Research, where he is also the director of the Frantz Fanon Center for Intersectional Psychology. Originally from Puerto Rico, he is a practitioner in private practice and a psychoanalytic candidate at the NYU-Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He is the author of the book A People’s History of Psychoanalysis: From Freud to Liberation Psychology, and was featured in the documentary Psychoanalysis in el Barrio. Dr. Gaztambide’s scholarship centers on psychoanalysis and Liberation Psychology, race, class and culture in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Puerto Rican racial identity and colonialism, comparative approaches to psychoanalysis, psychotherapy integration, and the psychology of religion. He is also a spoken word artist and performer in the Nuyorican poetry movement, and an active member of the Puerto Rican poetry troupe, The Títere Poets. Dr. Gaztambide teaches courses on psychoanalytic theory and technique, ethnicity in clinical practice, and critical theory in clinical work.

     Debra Gill, LCSW is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Training Institute of the Contemporary Freudian Society (PTI of CFS) where she is also on the faculty. She holds a certificate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (MITPP) where also she teaches and supervises. She is a member of American Psychoanalytic Association (ApsaA) and has presented several papers at annual meetings exploring intercultural dyads in psychoanalysis. She is a fellow of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) and has presented on panels at congresses, most recently on how infantile anxieties find refuge in the addictions. She participates on the Addictions Sub Committee of the IPA and is a member of the IPA Humanitarian Field Committee. She is contributing a chapter on intergenerational transmission of trauma to a collection of papers entitled “Trauma, Flight and Migration”.

     Lewis R. Gordon, PhD is Professor and Head of the Department of Philosophy at UCONN-Storrs; Honorary President of the Global Center for Advanced Studies; Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa; Honorary Professor in the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University, South Africa; Honorary President of the Global Center for Advanced Studies; and Distinguished Scholar at The Most Honourable PJ Patterson Centre for Africa-Caribbean Advocacy . He previously taught at Brown University, where he founded the Department of Africana Studies, and Temple University, where was the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Philosophy and founder of the Center for Afro-Jewish Studies and the Institute for the Study of Race and Social Thought. He co-edits with Jane Anna Gordon the journal Philosophy and Global Affairs, the Rowman & Littlefield book series Global Critical Caribbean Thought, and, with Rozena Maart, Epifania Amoo-Adare, and Sayan Dey, the Routledge-India book series Academics, Politics and Society in the Post-Covid World. He is the author of many books, including Freedom, Justice, and Decolonization (Routledge, 2021) and Fear of Black Consciousness (Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the USA and Penguin Books in the UK, January 2022).

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