SAT NOTES: Welcome & Building the Intellectual Agenda Plenary
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Du Boisian Scholar Network, 2019 Convening
Session Notes
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Note: this session was informational and only the participatory part of the session has notes. The notes address the nature of topics and questions that emerged in the conversations.
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Note Taker(s):prabhdeep singh kehal
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Email of Note taker(s):prabhdeep_kehal@brown.edu
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Date:Sat, May 4
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I. TopicsII. Summary CommentsIII. Action Item
IV. Date of First Contact/Follow Up
V. Contact Lead Name(s)VI. Contact Lead Email
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Incorporating the concept of violence within our work to better do global scholarshipviolence is the last stage before genocide, not the canary in the mine
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use of critical self reflexivity as a constitutive element of our praxis
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thinking of our coursework and how to tie our structural analyses to modern discourses
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double consciousness of masculinity (Grundy, forthcoming)consider the case study of campus sexual assault
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using du boisian approaches to understand this would require an understanding of a racialized subjectivity and phenomenological methods
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a denial of DB's and his insights is a denial of Black subjectivity
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DB makes it clear that it's an imperative to understand racialized subjectivity, it is not an invitation
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DB calls us to study process of creation types of consciousness, types of phenomenology; thus DB is in all these spaces, not "just race studies"
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the world was built on Africa; the modern was built out of slavery, colonialism, and imperialismamerica is built on africa -- slavery, and how did enslaved Africans *get to* america? through sexual exploitation; thus sexual exploitation is foundational to modernity
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slavery as modern and modernizing; this challenges the idea that slavery would disappear because of modernity, but "progress" itself is misleading
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DB tells us that a modern economy is built on an economy of feathers
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sociology did not emerge as a cultural response to imperialism, it emerged to support and rationalize it
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DB calls us to consider why we fix sociology on an abstract of 'society' and not actual human action
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the global as always been colonial, colonialism is how we got our conceptual categories; to get a globa sociology requires us to understand a colonial global
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DB had the humility to change his mind as society changed, to continually seek analytical construct, interpretative framework that explained each period of time as best as possible
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humanityunderstanding humanity through the columbian [columbian as in c. columbus] devastation
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needed a school to underrstand the fullness of humanity, not just 'departments'
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DB viewed the academy as something that worked to uplift society, that it had potential
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the real problem is the construction of whiteness globally, and we have to recreate the place for humanity outside the negative connotations of our labels
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we need to see racial stratifications across the globe as interrelated processes
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if we reclaim that the columbian devastation destroyed many nations, we enter a new space of considering humanity
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denial of the (sexual) violence compounds the denial of racialization
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DB changed thoughts over time, so how did his thoughts change about education being critical to Black uplift?DB, even in his early Pan Africanism, was not connected to Africa or labor movements; but over time, he was lead and not a leader because he sees the value of viewing the world in global terms
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how do we use the DB tradition to reclaim the humanity of subjugatted peoples? specifically, how might we understand the nuances of white supremacy while also talking into account the nuances of patriarchy? consider how DB's presence in art spaces played out to silence queer Black artists; who and what did DB veil?
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people come to DB through Anna Julia Cooper
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DB himself was not uplifting of Black women's thought, denying the intellectual capacity of Black women
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is there anything useful to thinking about Blackness and other concepts through abstraction? nothing wrong with abstraction, but abstraction is built on a set of experiences. the issue is the flight TO abstractoion without consideration of the lives lived
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Anibal Quijano consider the cololniality of power, and what are you thoughts about the intersections? who, in addition to DB, inspires you?link to article: https://www.decolonialtranslation.com/english/quijano-coloniality-of-power.pdf
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it is very important to move beyond just sociology and consider art, music, etc as ways to understand societies and relations
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develop as many academic crushes as you can
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reconsidering the columbian devastation and moving away from it as our sole framepart of our job is to help piece together the world again
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