The Du Boisian Challenge and the Future of the Social Sciences

W.E.B. Du Bois

Register to attend a mini-conference focused on the legacy and impact of W.E.B. Du Bois in the field of sociology.

Organized by UC Berkeley Sociology Professors Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz and Ricarda Hammer, with support from Berkeley Sociology, the Division of Social Sciences, the Latinx Research Center, and Social Science Matrix.



Reflections on the Recent Uptake of Du Bois (2-2:50pm)

While the social sciences have begun to seriously engage W.E.B. Du Bois, he has long been a fixture in Black Studies. As mainstream disciplines take up Du Bois, what is gained and what is lost? How does this moment challenge us to rethink the structures of the academy and knowledge production?

Panelists: Tina Park (Head of Inclusive Research & Design at Partnership on AI) Jacob Grumbach (Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley) Tianna Paschel (Sociology and African American Studies, UC Berkeley)

Dialoguing among Critical Traditions: Solidarity and Liberation (3-3:50pm)

Opening a dialogue between Du Boisian thought and other critical traditions, this panel asks: What are their distinct imaginaries of liberation and how do different traditions rethink the social sciences? What is the transformative potential of greater pollination?

Panelists: Cedric de Leon (Sociology, University of Massachusetts-Amherst) Keith Feldman (Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley); Zophia Edwards (Sociology, Johns Hopkins University)

KEYNOTE: Towards a Du Boisian Sociological Methodology (4-5:15pm)

Opening Remarks: prabhdeep singh kehal (Sociology, University of Wisconsin)

Presenter: José Itzigsohn, Professor of Sociology, Brown University


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