This presentation is a meditation on dominant social scientific conceptualizations of "war" and their inadequacy in accounting for black struggle. Through an engagement with Frantz Fanon's concept of sociogeny, Boko seeks to confront social scientific emphases on calculation and empiricism via the dynamic potential of black thinking on war. By emphasizing a relational understanding of war, Boko brings Fanon into conversation with Du Bois by positing that war is the link between the fact of W.E.B. Du Bois' "color line" and Fanon's "sociogenic" outcomes. An ensemble of questions are broached by this trajectory of analysis: can war be delimited by spatiotemporal coordinates? what is the difference between experiencing war and being constituted by war? how does war end?

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