Welcome to the Pierre du Bois Foundation created in 2008, in accordance with the wishes of Pierre du Bois, who outlined its objectives long ago: to promote and support research on current history and to provide students and researchers with access to relevant books, scholarly journals and other documents necessary for their research.


Pierre du Bois Chair Public Lectures

Disclosing The Problem of Empire in the International Thought of W.E.B. Du Bois

Lecture |Conférence – 12 April 2021

The lecture was given by Adom Getachew, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago. The lecture argued that, W. E. B Du Bois, whose international writings span the decades when an image of the international world came to be dominant, productively illuminates its blind spots and offers conceptual resources to move beyond its limits. The lecture was part of a series of public lectures addressing Europe’s role in the nineteenth-and twentieth-century world organized by Pierre du Bois Chair Michael Goebel.

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Papiers d’actualité / Current Affairs in Perspective

Maldives’ Migrants, The Other Side of Paradise: Economic Exploitation, Human Trafficking and Human Rights Abuses

New | Nouveau – No 3, March 2021

Dr Anne-Sophie Bentz, Associate Professor in South Asian History, Université de Paris / Centre for Social Science Studies on the African, American and Asian Worlds (CESSMA, Paris)

Dr Anouck Carsignol, Researcher in International Relations, Center of Study and Research on India, South Asia and its Diaspora (CERIAS, Montreal)

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The Pierre du Bois Prize 2020

Dr. Paroma Ghose

Award | Prix – September 2020

The Annual Pierre du Bois Prize was awarded to Dr. Paroma Ghose on the 11 of September 2020 for her thesis entitled, “Silence…On est en France”: A Rap History of the ‘Other’ in France, 1981-2012. The thesis was defended at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, in 2020.

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Postponed: The Annual Pierre du Bois Conference 2020

Political Proteus: Nationalism’s Entangled Histories

Event | Événement – 26-27 August 2021

The Annual Pierre du Bois Conference, organized by the Graduate Institute in partnership with the Pierre du Bois Foundation and with support from the Swiss National Science Foundation, will take place at the Maison de la Paix from 26-27 August (The conference which was scheduled to take place in October 2020, was postponed due to Covid 19). A Keynote Lecture titled, Being in Time: The Experience of Nationhood. will be given by Bernard Yack, the ‘Lerman Neubauer Professor of Democracy and Public Policy’ at Brandeis University.

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