Boko's dissertation project is a close reading of W.E.B. Du Bois' work that grapples with two primary research questions: 1) Does Du Bois' understanding of racial slavery align with frameworks that posit slavery as a form of war? 2) What would a sociology of war look like from the position of the black slave? By proceeding through a deep meditation on the social scientific tools and discourses that have defined the sphere of war by leaving racial slavery unthought, Boko aims to stage a confrontation between sociology, which claims a universal "social realm" as its object of analysis, and the structural position of the black slave, which exists as an "antisocial" condition. In this analysis, war transforms from an aberrant and spatio-temporally bounded event into a constitutive relational dynamic that produces the defining element of modernity - "the color line" qua antiblackness.


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