Department of Sociology

Race, History and the Present: A Panel with Dr. Simone Browne and Dr. Ben Carrington

Wed, April 10, 2013 | CLA 1.302E

3:00 PM

Join us for presentations and an open discussion. Light refreshments will be served.

Dr. Simone Browne, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, UT Austin

"Walking While Black: Notes on Surveillance Studies"

This talk examines The Book of Negroes, fugitive slave notices, narratives of ex- slaves and 18th century lantern laws in New York City as primary source data in asking: What can a realization of the conditions of blackness – the historical, the present and the historical present – help social theorists understand our contemporary conditions of surveillance?

Dr. Ben Carrington, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, UT Austin

"Summer Flames, Summer Games"

Exactly one year before the 2012 London Olympics, several English cities and towns were ablaze as some of the worst civil disturbances ever seen in Britain took place. Professor Carrington posits that the disturbances produced an “Olympic crisis”, necessitating an authoritarian response by the British state. Using the Olympics and the widely praised Opening Ceremony as a case study, he argues that sport both reinforces and challenges dominant ideologies around class, race, gender and nation.


To read the papers in advance, contact event coordinators: Amina Zarrugh ( or Christine Wheatley (

Sponsored by the Power, History, and Society (PHS) Graduate Student-Faculty Network, Race and Ethnicity Reading Group, and Department of Sociology.

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