Professor Vitalis's visit is co-hosted with the Political Science Equity and Diversity Colloquium, with a generous co-sponsorship from the Department of African-American and African Studies.
Hope you can join us for this exciting talk!
-The MIRC Organizers (Majo, Tracey, and Florencia)
Abstract: Vitalis explores the racist underpinnings and practices of International Relations as it first emerged in the United States. The discipline was established first and foremost to analyze interracial relations and the sustenance of white supremacy. At the same time, he brings to light the contributions of a group of extraordinary African American scholars, the “Howard School of international relations theory”: Alain Locke, Ralph Bunche, E. Franklin Frazier, Rayford Logan, Merze Tate, and Eric Williams, who challenged the discipline’s racist premises and imperial imperatives between the late nineteenth and mid-twentieth century.
Bio: Robert Vitalis (PhD, MIT) teaches political science at the University of Pennsylvania. The London Guardian named his America's Kingdom: Mythmaking on the Saudi Oil Frontier, a book of the year in 2006. His new book, White World Order, Black Power Politics (Cornell University Press, 2015) moves away from the Middle East to explore the unwritten history of racism and imperialism in American disciplinary international relations and the recovery of its critical “Howard School” tradition. It was awarded the 2016 Sussex International Theory Prize.