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Do Post-Racials Dream of White Sheep? Redux

Black History Month Seminar Series, 2014

Date: 8th October 2014, 12:30 - 1:30
Location: Room 12.21 Social Sciences Building

Bobby Sayyid


In the forward to his Philosophical Remarks, Wittgenstein declares that his book is “…different from the one that informs the vast stream of European and American civilization in which all of us stand.” I want to read these remarks of Wittgenstein as way of implying a critique of both Eurocentrism and positivism; and explore what such a critique may tell us about the treatment of racism within sociology.

This talk is based on a provocation which begins with the claim that “racism is more objected to than understood in sociology” (Hesse, 2016).  The talk goes on to question what is the object that is being objected to within the sociology of racism and what does it tell us about the nature of sociological enterprise and its relationship to the post-racial.