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Past Events

Spring 2014

Apr 23, 2 pm. CLA 1.302B. The Power, History and Society network (PHS) will sponsor a lecture by Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, Harvard University, on Wednesday, April 23, from 2-3:30 pm in CLA 1.302B. The title of the lecture is "The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism." For further information, please contact M. Maya Charrad, PHS faculty advisor, or one of the PHS coordinators for this event, Eric Borja, Yu Chen, Dan Jaster, and Luis Romero.

Fall 2013

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.

Spring 2013

Talk with Dr. Joseph Schwartz. Dr. Schwartz, faculty in political science at Temple University, gave a public lecture on February 18, 2013. His most recent book, The Future of Democratic Equality: Reconstructing Social Solidarity in a Fragmented United States (2009), is the recipient of the American Political Science 2011 David Easton award for the bets book in political theory. Dr. Schwartz spoke on the obstacles to collective solidarity introduced by economic inequality, an important quality of experience that is somewhat neglected in recent theoretical developments such as difference theory. His former student, and first year PhD student in the program, Beth Cozzolino provided a graduate student response to his talk.

Student Paper Workshop with Matt Buehler (Middle East Working Group). The first Middle East Working Group meeting was held on February 27, 2013. The meeting was organized around the discussion of government student Matt Buehler’s dissertation chapters, specifically Chapter 2. We discussed the theoretical implications of his model, which analyzed the extent to which rural bases of political support for parties in Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia made parties vulnerable to co-optation by the state.

Graduate Student Workshop with Dr. Jocelyne Dakhlia (Middle East Working Group). Dr. Dakhlia is visiting as part of an exchange program between the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris and UT. This student workshop facilitated an informal and interdisciplinary conversation with Dr. Dakhlia following her public lecture entitled “Invisible Strangers: Muslims in Early Modern France and Britain, 1500-1800." She is a social historian whose recent work concerns Muslim immigration to Europe during the 19th century and its contemporary implications. This event was co-sponsored with the Center for European Studies.

Panel with Dr. Simone Browne and Dr. Ben Carrington (co-sponsored with the Race & Ethnicity Reading Group). This panel featured talks by Dr. Simone Browne, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Dr. Ben Carrington, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology. The talks by Professor Browne and Professor Carrington are entitled, respectively, “Walking While Black: Notes on Surveillance Studies” and “Summer Flames, Summer Games.” Amina Zarrugh served as the graduate student discussant and provided a response to both talks based on the respective papers, which were pre-circulated to those interested. This event was co-sponsored with the Race and Ethnicity Reading Group (of the Department of Sociology).

Fall 2012

Talk with Dr. Kenneth Brown (co-sponsored talk with the Department of middle Eastern Studies). In this co-sponsored talk with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Dr. Kenneth Brown discussed the consequences of the several wars that have occurred over the past fifty years in Israel and to consider their implications for a changing urban population. His talk focused on the city of Haifa. Dr. Brown is the author of several books including People of Salé : The Social History of a Moroccan City (1830-1930) (1976) and Journey Through a Labyrinth : Israel/Palestine: A photographic essay, with Jean Mohr (1981).

Spring 2012

Lecture by Professor Sheldon Ekland-Olson, Department of Sociology, UT Austin. “Who lives, Who Dies, Who Decides?"   Discussant: Julie Biecken.

Interdisciplinary Workshop with Professor Jean Philippe Bras, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris.  Discussion with graduate students from the Department of Sociology, Government Department and Department of History.

Fall 2011

Lecture by Professor Catherine Boone, Government Department, UT Austin. “Post-Colonial Democracy: Challenges and Prospects.”  Discussant:  Graduate student Christine Wheatley.

Spring 2011

Panel on the Politics of Migration. Professors Nestor Rodriguez and Sharmila Rudrappa.  Graduate student Nicolette D. Manglos.

Fall 2010

Panel on Historical Sociology. Panelists: Professors Ari Adut, Mounira Maya Charrad, Alex Weinreb, Bob Woodberry, and Michael Young.  Graduate students Julie Beicken and Nicolette Manglos.

Spring 2010

Lecture by Professor Jack Goldstone, John T. Hazel Jr. Professor at the George Mason School of Public Policy and a Senior Research Scholar at the Mercatus Institute.  “Democracy and Development: A Networks Approach.”

Panel on “State Politics in Global Context:  New Avenues for Research.” Graduate students Daniel Ritter and Matthew Flynn presented their research respectively on “Between Structure and Agency: The Case for Strategy in Revolution Theory" and “The Limits of Globalization and State Empowerment: A Crucial Test Case Analyzing Brazil’s Pharmaceutical Policies in the Brave New World of AIDS and Patents.” 

Spring 2009

Panel on Gender and Power in Global Context.  Panelists: Professors Mounira Maya Charrad, Sharmila Rudrappa, and Christine Williams.  Graduate students Angela Frederick and Rita Stephan.

Fall 2008

Panel on “Remembering Charles Tilly.”  Panelists:  Professors Ari Adut, Javier Auyero, Mounira Maya Charrad, and Michael Young.  Graduate Students Aun Ali, Chris Pieper, and Daniel Ritter.

Spring 2008

Symposium on Power, History and Society: What are the Big Questions?  The one day symposium was organized in the form of panels bringing faculty and graduate students in a dialogue. 

  • Panel 1: Case Studies in Citizenship and State Power
    Professor Bryan Roberts and Sharmila Rudrappa.  Graduate students Aun Ali and Rita Stephan.
  • Panel 2: Masses and Elites in Social Change.
    Professors Sheldon Ekland-Olson and John Higley.  Graduate students Angela Frederick and Daniel Ritter
  • Panel 3: Defining the “Big Questions” in Political and Historical Sociology.
    Professors Ari Adut, Mounira Maya Charrad, and Michael Young.

Spring 2006

Lecture by Professor Anthony Orum, Departments of Sociology and Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago, “Beyond Assimilation: Ethnic Communities and the Transformation of America”. Professor Orum discussed the growing ethnic diversity and its implications today in the US and elsewhere.  Opening up new avenues for research on politics and immigration, he considered how immigrants influence the host society rather than how they adapt to it.

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