Second Annual Academics and Activism Workshop

May 12th, 2010 | Posted by Sociology Students Association in Events - (Comments Off on Second Annual Academics and Activism Workshop)

Join us for our Second Annual Academics and Activism Workshop on Saturday, 22 May 2010, from noon until 4 p.m. The workshop will take place in the sociology lounge (room 6112). It will be followed by a reception. Participation is free and open to the public.

For this year’s workshop, we will build on the theme from last year when we discussed how to bridge the gap between activists and academics. This year, we will step back and rethink what that would mean. While implicitly rethinking what academia means, this year’s theme will be “What is Activism”?

How do we address the changing nature of activism and its relation to changing ideas of what a politics is or could be? What is the activism involved in a politics of refusal? Where can we find spaces for creativity and how can creativity be activism in itself? How can we be activists while rejecting mainstream political goals and thinking beyond the state? How do we resist the commodification of revolutionary paradigms that end up being reformist at best? As academics, what are the methodologies we can employ to answer these questions? What is an activist methodology, that perhaps goes beyond “representing” or “giving back” to the community?

Our distinguished participants include Patricia Clough, Valerie Francisco, Sarah Hanks, Demond Mullins, Jasbir Puar, Amit Rai, and Jerry Watts.

Stanley Aronowitz for president!

April 23rd, 2010 | Posted by Sociology Students Association in Miscellany - (Comments Off on Stanley Aronowitz for president!)

If you are a member of the sociological theory section of ASA, you have the opportunity to vote for Stanley as president-elect in the ongoing election. Show some love for your fellow Grad Center sociologist, vote for him.

Vote!

April 13th, 2010 | Posted by Sociology Students Association in Governance - (Comments Off on Vote!)

You should have received a message about how to vote in the SSA elections that are currently underway. If so, please vote! If not, let us know and we’ll get instructions to you.

Nominations and elections

April 6th, 2010 | Posted by Sociology Students Association in Governance - (Comments Off on Nominations and elections)

Elections are coming up soon! If you received an email about having been nominated for a committee position, please respond as quickly as possible so we can begin voting in a timely manner.

Student-run colloquium on March 26

March 10th, 2010 | Posted by Sociology Students Association in Events - (Comments Off on Student-run colloquium on March 26)

Maliha Safri, Assistant Professor of Economics at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, will give a talk titled “An Alternative Political Economy.” Join us in the Sociology Lounge (room 6112) on Friday, 26 March 2010 at 3pm. As always, the talk will be followed by a wine-and-cheese reception.

Professor Safri will tell us about her recent work with Jersey Shore Haitian and Latino community members who are in the midst of mapping the “solidarity economy” projects that are either already in existence or in the process of materializing. She argues that simultaneously theorizing and constituting a new object of policy and politics allows us to reconfigure the imaginary of economic transformation.

Professor Safri has been working in the areas of political economy, immigration, and subjectivity. She is a member of the Solidarity Economy Network and the Center for Popular Economics. Professor Safri is also associate editor of the Routledge journal Rethinking Marxism.

Update: Our flyer is now online.

Twenty more totes!

November 17th, 2009 | Posted by Sociology Students Association in Events - (Comments Off on Twenty more totes!)

We only have twenty more tote bags to give away, so don’t miss your chance to pre-register before Friday! Not convinced yet that you want to come? Take a look at our program and our illustrious line-up of participants. Did we mention Frances Fox Piven, author of Regulating the Poor, will be there? And that we’ll be serving Manhattan’s best Korean comfort food for lunch?

Conference program posted

November 8th, 2009 | Posted by Sociology Students Association in Events - (Comments Off on Conference program posted)

gsc_poster_smallThe program for our conference on November 20, 2009, is now online. Also, you still have the chance to pre-register.

Update: Please distribute our conference poster.

totesWe have more than two dozen presentations lined up from graduate students based in universities in three different countries. Also, an all-star team of faculty discussants and speakers, including Randy Martin, author of Empire of Indifference. And a keynote speech by Patricia Ticineto Clough. And all that for an unbeatable price: free! So, get ready to reimagine with us on November 20! Pre-register for our conference and get a gorgeous free tote bag! Does academia get any better than this!?

Deadline extended for call for abstracts

October 2nd, 2009 | Posted by Sociology Students Association in Events - (Comments Off on Deadline extended for call for abstracts)

onemoreweekWe know how it is. The semester starts, you have way too many things on your plate, and whooosh! you miss a deadline. For example, the submission deadline for the SSA’s first graduate student conference, Sociological Reimagination: Crisis and Critique Today, which ended yesterday. But fear not. The organizers have decided to give you one more week to get in that abstract. So hurry! Head on over to our conference page and share your ideas by 8 October 2009.

Kick-off Colloquium and Mixer

August 27th, 2009 | Posted by Sociology Students Association in Events - (Comments Off on Kick-off Colloquium and Mixer)

On Friday, 11 September 2009, the SSA is running the first colloquium of the new academic year. Our speaker will be Ananya Mukherjea, assistant professor of sociology and women’s/gender studies at The College of Staten Island. The title of her talk is “The Social Politics of Influenza: The Question of International, Inter-species, and Interpersonal Boundaries.” After her presentation, Ananya will take questions not only about the politics of the swine flu, but also about the transition from doctoral studies to a full-time faculty position.

After the colloquium, join your fellow students for a Mixer at Piano’s on the Lower East Side.

Further details about the Mixer and Ananya’s talk are in our flyer.

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