Du Boisian Propaganda, Foucauldian Genealogy, and Antiracism in STS Research

  • Anthony Ryan Hatch Science in Society Program Wesleyan University
Keywords: Du Bois, Foucault, propaganda, genealogy, science, anti-black racism


This essay explores the relationships between the “new” anti-science formation under Trump and the kinds of anti-Black racisms we are experiencing at present. What appears at first glance to be a new anti-science formation, isn’t new at all, but old wine in new cloth, all dressed up to confound and distract our gaze from power. The vast majority of Black and Brown people are not surprised nor fooled by Donald Trump and the danger he represents to truth, to our lives, to our precious Earth. For that matter, how are STS scholars working to produce anti-racist knowledge that directly benefits Black people? In this commentary, I briefly respond to these questions by exploring how wildly contrasting accounts of propaganda, truth, and science by W.E.B. Du Bois and Michel Foucault might help STS scholars make sense of the relationship between anti-Black racism and the current anti-science moment in American society.

Author Biography

Anthony Ryan Hatch, Science in Society Program Wesleyan University

Anthony Ryan Hatch, PhD, is Associate Professor and Chair of Science in Society Program at Wesleyan University. 


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