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Vanessa Thompson
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Goethe-University Frankfurt

I am a research associate, junior lecturer and doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. 
Holding a Master’s degree (Magistra Artium) in Philosophy with minors in Cultural Anthroplogy and German Literature from the Goethe University Frankfurt, with a focus on Social Philosophy, I am interested in various forms of everyday life practices related to power relations and subversions. 
From 2009 until 2012 I have worked as a research assistant for the ERC (European Research Council) project entitled “Post-Migrant Socialities. Ethnic Club Cultures in Urban Europe“ which investigates new forms of public socialities emerging among young post-migrants in the context of urban club cultures in Berlin, London and Paris.
In my M.A. thesis entitled, Frantz Fanon on Alienation through Colonisation, I have worked on Fanon’s critique of colonial alienation and on contemporary questions of decolonising self-relations against the background of his critical phenomenology of racism.
I have undertaken fieldwork with a decolonial research ethic approach in different contexts of Black life spheres in France with a particular focus on various articulations of coloniality and decolonial struggles.
Currently I am working on my PhD thesis entitled The Fanonian Echo in Paris: Anti-Black Racism, Colonial Alienation and Black Activism in France in which I explore forms of Black activism, Black consciousness raising and the struggle against racism/coloniality in France as well as analyse the re-production of coloniality through forms of abstract universalism by focusing on the
praxeological dimensions of Black social identities.

My research journeys can be located in the field of: Post- and Decolonial Studies, Black Diaspora Studies, Race an Racism, Decolonial Methodologies with a focus on Participant Observation.

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