“The Future of Double Consciousness”
Emmalon Davis (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

July 12, 2022, 9:45am - 11:45am
Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, MIT

32 Vasser Street
Cambridge 02139
United States


  • MIT
  • American Philosophical Association
  • Mellon Foundation
  • Harvard University

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This project considers two recent conceptual expansions of double consciousness—white double consciousness (Alcoff 2015) and kaleidoscopic consciousness (Medina 2013)—both of which aim to articulate the moral and epistemic potential of double consciousness for white or other privileged subjects. We analyze these concepts and challenge them on the grounds that they lack continuity with their historical predecessor and face problems of practical feasibility. As we show, these extensions obscure structural barriers that make white double consciousness and kaleidoscopic consciousness unlikely antidotes to the kind of racial domination that double consciousness was first introduced to illuminate.

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