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).
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).
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.
Lecture by Professor Catherine Boone, Government Department, UT Austin. “Post-Colonial Democracy: Challenges and Prospects.” Discussant: Graduate student Christine Wheatley.
Panel on the Politics of Migration. Professors Nestor Rodriguez and Sharmila Rudrappa. Graduate student Nicolette D. Manglos.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.