AST Professor Ainsworth Clarke to present lecture on W.E.B. Du Bois Monday, April 11
April 11, 2010
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Assistant Professor in African American Studies and English and2010-2011 Institute for the Humanities Fellow Ainsworth Clarke willpresent "W.E.B. Du Bois's Fugitive Writing and the (Un)making of theNegro" at the Institute for the Humanities at the University ofIllinois at Chicago on Monday, April 11 at 3:00 pm.
This paper examines Du Bois’s early writings on the methodologicalfoundations of the social sciences by juxtaposing two of his centraltexts, “The Study of the Negro Problems” and “Sociology Hesitant.”Each of these essays brings into focus, albeit in quite differentways, the paradox confronting Du Bois in his attempt to configure theAmerican “Negro” as the ideal social scientific object. By placing DuBois’s methodological concerns within the broader conversationregarding the relation between the natural and the social sciencesthis paper proposes a different account of the transition in Du Bois’scritical vocabulary from his early sociological positivism to thegreat bio-critical texts such as The Souls of Black Folk.
Ainsworth Clarke is Assistant Professor of African American Studiesand English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior toreceiving his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2007 he was a VisitingLecturer in English and American literature at SuffolkUniversity-Dakar campus in Dakar, Senegal. He is the author of achapter in Representing Minorities: Studies in Literature andCriticism (eds. Larbi Touaf and Soumia Boutkhil, Cambridge ScholarsPress, 2006) and joined the UIC faculty in 2007.
Institute for the Humanities is located in the lower level ofStevenson Hall, 701 South Morgan, University of Illinois at Chicago.A reception will follow to honor all 2010-2011 Institute Fellows. Torequest disability accommodations or for more information, pleasecontact Linda Vavra, 312-996-6354.
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