The Global Du Bois brings together a series of data visualizations that challenge the long-held belief that W.E.B. Du Bois’s investment in decolonization is a later move in his intellectual trajectory. Data visualizations will offer researchers the opportunity to explore several data sets: Du Bois’s correspondence, indicating the global span of his interlocutors over the course of his life; Du Bois’s travels, demonstrating his remarkable carbon footprint; citations of his novels, offering strategic insight into how narratives of the global nature of Du Bois’s work have developed; and attendees of key pan-African events during the first half of the 20th century, illustrating Du Bois’s considerable network.
An older prototype of the project is Visualizing the Global Du Bois, a map of Du Bois’s correspondence built in Neatline.
Link: The Global Du Bois