Read the CFP for the third annual graduate student conference sponsored by the SSA, Narrating the Social.
From the CCNY sociology department:
We are pleased to present two symposiums on race in America. The first one on April 8th is entitled “Race and Science: New Findings and Challenges.” The panelists are Gabriel Haslip Viera (CCNY), Alondra Nelson (Columbia), and Ann Morning (NYU).
The second panel on April 15th is entitled, “Race and Categorization: Changing Terrains.” Its panelists include Jungmiwha Bullock (US Census/Department of Commerce), Angelo Falcon (National Institute for Latino Policy), Imani Perry (Princeton), and Stephen Steinberg (The Graduate Center).
Both events will be from 2–4 pm in the Dominican Studies Institute Library and Archives (North Academic Center 2/202). A reception will follow in the Faculty Dining Room (Amsterdam Room).
These events are supported with generous funding from the Office of the CCNY President Lisa Staiano-Coico.
Please e-mail lpaik[at]ccny.cuny.edu if you have questions, need directions, etc.
The Center for the Study of Culture, Technology and Work just announced its spring 2011 colloquium series, “Technology and Subjectivity”:
Technology is now the most ubiquitous signifier of global progress. In peace and war, economic development, education, health, the hard and social sciences and the arts, the technological fix has become the universal prescription. That technology pervades every aspect of social life is indisputable. If we have become partly or wholly identical with our instruments, has the traditional category of subjectivity any significance? Or are there new forms of subjectivity in which the physical, the biological and the instrumental are reconfigured without subjectivity being consigned to historical, metaphysical ideology? At issue is the force and shape of politics in this age of ubiquitous computing. What should be the aims of rethinking technology and politics? What might be an intervention into politics in these technologically inflected times?
Social Media and Politics Friday, February 25 at 4:00pm
Jack Bratich (Rutgers – Media Studies) and Jodi Dean (Hobart and William Smith Colleges – Political Science)
Student respondent: Andrew Mckinny (Sociology)
Labor, Technology and Value, Friday, April 1 at 4:00pm
Jonathan Beller (Pratt – Humanities & Media Studies) and Patricia Clough (CUNY Graduate Center and Queens College – Sociology)
Student respondent: Christina Nadler (Sociology)
History of Science and Design Technology, Friday, April 29 at 4:00pm
Orit Halpern (New School for Social Research – History) and Astrid Schrader (Sarah Lawrence College – Science, Technology, and Society)
Student respondent: TBA
Reflections on the Series, Thursday, May 7 at 6:30pm
Stanley Aronowitz (CUNY Graduate Center – Sociology)
We have just confirmed the keynote speaker for our Second Annual Graduate Student Conference, Technology as Method/Method as Technology: Anne-Laure Fayard, Assistant Professor in the Department of Technology at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU!
Dr. Fayard’s research in the fields of technology, culture and space, and multidisciplinary orientation fits precisely with the theme of our conference, and we are very excited to have her collaborate with us for this event.
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.
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.