RACE MATTERS: The Strange Career of a "Race Scholar"
Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Professor of Sociology
Race matters for everyone, both as a verb and as a noun. In this talk, Duke sociologist Eduardo Bonilla-Silva will discuss his theoretical, methodological, and empirical work on race over the last 25 years (race matters as a noun) and how race has mattered for him throughout his career (race matters as a verb). He will cover his early racial theorization on the notion of 'racialized social systems' and his insistence on grounding racial affairs materially rather than ideologically. He will then offer an overview of his work on the 'new racism' and 'color-blind racism;' the Latin Americanization of racial stratification; his book White Logic, White Methods; the idea of a 'racial grammar,' and his current work on 'racialized emotions.' At the end of the talk, it will become clear that there is truly nothing 'strange' about the career of any race scholar in America.