Tuesday, Sep 22, 2020 12:00p -
ONLINE - Center for the Humanities at Tufts
48 Professors Row
Medford, MA 02155
History, University, Virtual & Streaming
In this virtual talk and Q&A hosted by the Center for the Humanities at Tufts, James Thomas (Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Mississippi) discusses how an examination of Du Bois’s writings and reflections reveal that the specter of 19th century Western Europe’s ‘Jewish question’ haunts his concept of double consciousness. Du Bois’s time as a student at the University of Berlin, and his exposure to German antisemitism, provide important ‘roots’ and ‘routes’ for his theorizing of Black double consciousness in the United States. Attending to this important but to date missing context within Du Bois’s intellectual development provides fruitful ways to consider a comparative framework through which to better theorize the relationship between what are often treated as distinct racial projects: Wester European antisemitism and American anti-black racism.
Register for a Zoom link: https://tufts.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEude6opjMjHtcYdzGVEtaa_saOg5cWIn2N