David Schleifer in the sociology colloquium

April 4th, 2011 | Posted by Sociology Students Association in Events - (Comments Off on David Schleifer in the sociology colloquium)

David Schleifer presentation flyer

For further details on Dr. Schleifer’s work, visit his website.

The Sociology Colloquium is presented by the Doctoral Program in Sociology. The SSA is co-sponsoring with the financial support of the Doctoral Students Council.

This event is free and open to the public.

CUNY contingent workers in the Adjunct Project drafted this solidarity letter:

To Our Fellow Graduate Students, Students, Professors, Teachers, Workers and Protestors in Wisconsin,

Education workers and students of Wisconsin, you are not alone. The Adjunct Project, the organization that works on behalf of contingent workers of the City University of New York, stands with you in your protests.

Wisconsin has historically been a home of leaders of the labor movement. This week, your protests proves that you are still more than worthy of that legacy. When faced with a bill that would destroy the ability of working people to protect themselves — for that is what Governor Scott Walker’s so-called ‘budget-repair bill’ would do — you have stood up and said ‘no’. We in New York say ‘no’ with you!

This attack on the power of educators and students in Wisconsin is, unfortunately, one of many attacks on working peoples around the country. Here in New York we face governor Andrew Cuomo’s openly-stated antagonism to unions in addition to bearing the injuries of past attacks, such as the New York state Taylor Law, which prohibits the use of strikes by public sector unions.

But the Wisconsin education strike, founded on the unity between educators and students and between educators and other workers, shows that education cannot go forward when educators and public workers are threatened.

Our struggles for a decent workplace and schools, in which students can get the best education and which encourages teachers and professors to teach to the best of their abilities, are deeply interconnected despite the miles between us. While this vision may now seem far off, it is not beyond our grasp; to get there we will need to support and learn from each other.

Educators, workers and students of Wisconsin: keep on fighting and you will win!

In Solidarity,

The Adjunct Project of the City University of New York

2011 Graduate Center-Humboldt University Summer Seminar

February 7th, 2011 | Posted by Sociology Students Association in Miscellany - (Comments Off on 2011 Graduate Center-Humboldt University Summer Seminar)

From John Mollenkopf in the Center for Urban Research:

Applications are solicited for ten Graduate Center students to participate in a two-week intensive seminar in Berlin, Germany, exploring urban change in Europe, with a focus on the role of neighborhoods in the processes of gentrification, inclusion/exclusion, diversity, and immigrant integration as well as the impact of various urban policies directed at these issues.

Program is from Sunday June 12 (depart NYC the previous evening) through Saturday, June 25, 2011.

Hosted by Professor Talja Blokland, Chair of Urban and Regional Sociology at Humboldt’s Social Science Faculty, the seminar is conducted in English. It will feature lectures from outstanding social scientists from Humboldt and other Berlin universities, collaborative development of research designs with local doctoral students, and site visits to key Berlin locations where these processes may be observed. HU students, including former exchange students at the GC, will help orient you to Berlin and assist your research. A key goal of the seminar will be to work in a bi-national group to formulate a comparative research question and take the initial steps to explore its feasibility.

The program will include background on Berlin city politics, patterns of social exclusion in Berlin and New York, the transformation of Berlin in the wake of unification, urban policy in Germany, and the situation of Turkish and other immigrant groups. While the emphasis will be on group collaboration and discussion, we will also visit gentrifying and immigrant neighborhoods, former socialist model housing developments, and suburban Potsdam.

This is a remarkable opportunity to learn more about one of Europe’s most interesting cities. In at least one instance, participating in this exchange has led to a highly successful dissertation project.

The group will hold several preparatory meetings to discuss background readings on Berlin and comparative urban research, formulate preliminary research projects, and get to know one another.

Cost: Participants will pay for their own transatlantic transportation costs and local meals. The exchange program covers the costs of instruction, housing, health insurance, and local excursions. Housing will be arranged in a local hostel with shared rooms and other facilities.

To apply: Send an email by Friday, March 4, to Professor John Mollenkopf. In your application, please include:

  • Your name, home address, telephone, email address
  • Your doctoral program and level
  • Your dissertation topic or research interests
  • A short statement about why you would like to participate in the Berlin program

Successful applicants will be notified promptly to confirm attendance and arrange for a preparatory meeting.

CSCTW Colloquium Series

February 2nd, 2011 | Posted by Sociology Students Association in Events - (Comments Off on CSCTW Colloquium Series)

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)

Introducing Formations

December 5th, 2010 | Posted by Sociology Students Association in Formations - (Comments Off on Introducing Formations)

The first issue of the SSA-sponsored journal Formations is now available. We are happy to have a wide range of contributors in our inaugural issue.

Read Abe Walker (sociology, CUNY Graduate Center) on the Anderson–Thompson debate in relation to historical–comparative sociology, Haj Yazdiha (sociology, Brooklyn College) on hybridity and cultural identity, Melissa Maldonado-Salcedo (anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center) on Porteña fashion in Argentina, Nolen Gertz (philosophy, The New School) on psychoanalysis and the trauma of killing in times of war, and Alan Bourke (sociology, York University) on urban renewal in Ireland. You’ll also find a commentary piece by three Graduate Center sociologists on the supposed comeback of the culture-of-poverty discourse in the United States, and a guest editorial by Graduate Center and Queens College professor of sociology Patricia Clough, excerpted from her keynote address at our first annual graduate student conference last year.

We hope you’ll agree that it’s an admirable start. Please consider submitting your work for our second issue, slated for spring 2011.

Formations launch

November 18th, 2010 | Posted by Sociology Students Association in Formations - (Comments Off on Formations launch)

We are launching the inaugural issue of Formations on December 3! Join us and score a limited edition paper copy and free food.

View program and register for Technology as Method/Method as Technology

October 26th, 2010 | Posted by Sociology Students Association in Events - (Comments Off on View program and register for Technology as Method/Method as Technology)

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Keynote speaker

September 11th, 2010 | Posted by Sociology Students Association in Events - (Comments Off on Keynote speaker)

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.

Just one more week!

September 8th, 2010 | Posted by Sociology Students Association in Events - (Comments Off on Just one more week!)

The deadline for the call for papers for our second annual graduate student conference is just one week away! Submit now to be part of Technology as Method/Method as Technology.

Call for Papers

July 26th, 2010 | Posted by Sociology Students Association in Events - (Comments Off on Call for Papers)

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On Friday, 5 November 2010, the Sociology Students Association at the CUNY Graduate Center is hosting its second annual graduate student conference. We are currently soliciting abstracts for presentations from graduate students in all disciplines and schools.

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