Chicago Book Salon: W.E.B. Du Bois - International Thought


with: Adom Getachew (University of Chicago), Jennifer Pitts (University of Chicago), Magali Bessone (Université Panthéon-Sorbonne), Sarah Fila-Bakabadio (CY Cergy Paris Université) and Nicolas Martin-Breteau (Université de Lille).

Friday 20 January 2023 - 5:00 PM Central European Time

At the University of Chicago, Center in Paris, 6 rue Thomas Mann, Paris 13

or on zoom, register on this link.


W. E. B. Du Bois was one of the most significant American political thinkers of the twentieth century. This volume collects 24 of his essays and speeches on international themes, spanning the years 1900-1956. These key texts reveal Du Bois's distinctive approach to the problem of empire and demonstrate his continued importance in our current global context. The volume charts the development of Du Bois's anti-imperial thought, drawing attention to his persistent concern with the relationship between democracy and empire and illustrating the divergent inflections of this theme in the context of a shifting geopolitical terrain; unprecedented political crises, especially during the two world wars; and new opportunities for transnational solidarity. With a critical introduction and extensive editorial notes, W.E.B. Du Bois: International Thought conveys both the coherence and continuity of Du Bois's international thought across his long life and the tremendous range and variety of his preoccupations, intellectual sources, and interlocutors.