May 02, 2016

GHI Research Fellow Elisabeth Engel publishes new article considering the role of Race and Sex in W.E.B Du Bois's "The Souls of Black Folk"

The volume Race & Sex: Eine Geschichte der Neuzeit, edited by Jürgen Martschukat and Olaf Stieglitz (Berlin, 2016), offers succinct re-readings of 49 key sources in modern history based on the assumption that race and sex are inextricably linked. Elisabeth Engel's contribution (p. 248-255) focuses on W.E.B. Du Bois's groundbreaking book The Souls of Black Folk published in Chicago in 1903. Souls became foundational to the study of race for generations of international activists and scholars by proposing concepts like "double consciousness," the "color line," and the "veil." Against the backdrop of the book's centrality to understandings of race, Engel raises the question of what notions of sex it holds and how these notions are conveyed — albeit tacitly — as part of Du Bois's world-famous race concept.