Current and Upcoming Events
Sep 26, 5 pm. CLA 3.214F. Social Movements and Collective Action (SMCA) Working Group Inaugural Meeting. At the inaugural meeting of the Social Movements and Collective Action (SMCA) Working Group, Sociology graduate student Eric Borja will be discussing his experiences with the protests in Brazil this summer. Below is a link to a recent article he wrote on the subject, focused on the role of social media: rioonwatch.org/?p=10318.
Sep 30, 6 pm. CLA 1.302D. Ori Swed. "The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Case Study in Historical Contingency." Ori Swed, PhD Candidate in the Sociology Department at UT Austin, investigates the interception between culture and conflict in global and historical perspectives. A Graduate Fellow of the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies and an Israel Institute Doctoral Fellow, his dissertation examines the infliuence of NGOs and aid organizations on the conflict dynamics in war zones. The presentation will be followed by a reply from Sociology graduate student Amina Zarrugh, and light refreshments will be served.
Oct 22, 5 pm. CLA 1.302D. Middle East Working Group. "Discussions on Overseas Fieldwork Research: Bureaucracy, Preparations, and Research." The purpose of this workshop is to serve as an open a forum to discuss bureaucratic issues regarding our fieldwork research preparations. We plan to share information on how to make our fieldwork research productive and fruitful while also ensuring our own emotional health. Graduate students whose research areas are not within the Middle East are also welcome as our discussions will not be exclusive only to the region. Our discussions will cover required administrative preparations before trip and research experiences at the fields. If you are preparing for your fieldwork trip, have already finished your overseas research, or are interested in fieldwork research in general, please feel free to come to our workshop. For a lively discussion, we invited three graduate student panels who have either completed their fieldwork or are planning to leave for research: Eric Borja (Sociology, Brazil), Rachel Sternfeld (Government, Egypt), and Amina Zarrugh (Sociology, Libya).
October 24, 5pm. CLA 3.214F. Social Movements and Collective Action Second Meeting. At this meeting Daniel Jaster will be discussing the importance of rural social movements, where he will introduce the Farmers Holiday Association - a farmer protest movement that arose in Great Depression Iowa, quickly spreading across the Upper Midwest. He will then briefly offer his ideas of how to analyze the movement, ranging from a broad comparative analysis of the decentralized dynamics to the community basis of their most popular protest strategy - the penny auction. Daniel's talk will be an open forum where he invites all to share and discuss their ideas.
Oct 25, 5:30 pm. CLA 0.122. Middle East Working Group. "A Graduate Student Workshop with Professor Joseph Massad." This student workshop will be an informal and interdisciplinary conversation with Dr. Massad immediately following his public lecture. His public talk is entitled “The Cultural Work of Recovering Palestine” and will take place on Friday, October 25th from 3:30 to 5 pm in Parlin Hall (PAR), Room 1. Dr. Massad is Associate Professor of Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History at Columbia University. His writings and teaching concerns modern Arab politics and intellectual history. His book, Desiring Arabs (2007), winner of the Lionel Trilling Book Award, explores the politics of sexuality and the construction by nineteenth-century Arab intellectuals of Arab cultural heritage (“turath”) in interaction with discourses of colonialism as well as in the vocabulary emergent from the fields of Social Darwinism and psychoanalytic theory. Flyer.
Nov 20, 4 pm. CLA 1.302D. Talk with Dr. Diego von Vacano. "The Color of Citizenship: Race, Modernity and Latin American/Hispanic Political Thought." Department of Political Science, Texas A&M University. Power, History and Society and the Race and Ethnicity Group will be hosting Dr Diego von Vacano from Texas A&M University. The role of race in politics, citizenship, and the state is one of the most perplexing puzzles of modernity. While political thought has been slow to take up this puzzle, Diego von Vacano suggests that the tradition of Latin American and Hispanic political thought, which has long considered the place of mixed-race peoples throughout the Americas, is uniquely well-positioned to provide useful ways of thinking about the connections between race and citizenship. As he argues, debates in the United States about multiracial identity, the possibility of a post-racial world in the aftermath of Barack Obama, and demographic changes owed to the age of mass migration will inevitably have to confront the intellectual tradition related to racial admixture that comes to us from Latin America. Diego von Vacano is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at A&M and works mainly in comparative political theory (modern Latin American and European political thought) and also in immigration ethics, especially in relation to race and ethnicity. The authors he focuses on are Machiavelli, Las Casas, Nietzsche, Bolivar, and Vasconcelos.
Dec 2, 5 pm. CLA 3.214F. Jorge Derpic - "The Anemic State: Lynchings and Modalities of State Presence in Bolivia." Jorge Derpic will present on his dissertation research. He will discuss the rising use of lynchings in Bolivia, focusing on the role of judicial processes and the views of state officials and victims. Sponsored by the Social Movements and Collective Action (SMCA) working group, a sub-section of the Power, History, and Society student-faculty network.