W. E. B. Du Bois Lecture: Matthew W. Hughey

Di01Nov18:30Di20:00W. E. B. Du Bois Lecture: Matthew W. HugheyW. E. B. Du Bois and his Strange Synthesis of Spirituality and SociologyVeranstaltungsartVortrag


DOR 24, 1501

Scholarship on W. E. B. Du Bois now flourishes. Despite the newfound attention, few critically engage the complicated and contradictory uses of divinity, prayers, transcendental virtues, and otherworldly dimensions that circulate within Du Boisian social theory. This absence looms large within sociology, wherein only a fraction of Du Bois’s vast oeuvre endures. As a remedy, I plumb lesser-engaged works like “A Vacation Unique” (1889), “The Princess Steel” (1909), Prayers for Dark People (1910) and “The Comet” in Darkwater (1920) to illumine a “Du Boisian Sociological Spirituality”: (1) a ritualized blend of materialist instrumentalism and pedagogical idealism; (2) a pragmatist-underpinned social interactionism that sanctifies the Black self, and; (3) a sociology of knowledge predicated on otherworldly dimensions and metaphysical standpoints. I argue that Du Bois’s poiesis animates his analysis of the color-line and his understandings of both Whiteness and White Supremacy.

BIO: Matthew W. Hughey, PhD is Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut (USA) and is affiliate faculty at the University of Barcelona (Spain), Nelson Mandela University (South Africa), University of Cambridge (UK), as well as a 2022 Fulbright Scholar at the University of Surrey (UK). A scholar of race and racism, he has authored over eighty scholarly articles and nine scholarly books, such as his award-winning ethnography, White Bound: Nationalists, Antiracists, and the Shared Meanings of Race (Stanford University Press). He also opines as an expert witness for legal cases involving racial discrimination and serves as editor of Sociology Compass—Race and Ethnicity.

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