August 2, 2018

W.E.B. Du Bois and the Transpacific

A chapter of my dissertation focuses on W.E.B. Du Bois and the twists and turns of racial capitalism during the interwar, particularly the issue of US/Japanese imperial competition. While Du Bois erred in supporting the Japanese Empire, his mistake is not well-understood and his insights concerning racial capitalism in the transpacific and inter-Asian relations remain underanalyzed, but are significant contributions to his global "color line" thesis.

In June, I presented a paper at the Japanese Association for American Studies conference (held at the University of Kitakyushu) entitled "Queering the Color Line within the Color Line: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Transpacific." I also gave my farewell presentation at IUC in Yokohama, entitled 「カラーラインの中のカラーライン」:W.E.B.デュボイスの視点からみた太平洋における人種 [The Color Line within the Color Line: Race in the Pacific from the Perspective of Du Bois]. Here's a video of the latter:

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