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SPRING 2019 SCHEDULE

SOCIOLOGICAL WORKSHOP ON AESTHETICS, MEANING AND POWER (SWAMP)

Notes
1)  SWAMP functions as a workshop in which participants read the paper beforehand and come together to discuss the research and make the paper better.  Papers are usually available 1-2 weeks before a given session.  Email Vasfiye Toprak at vbt3qv@virginia.edu to receive a copy of the paper for a given session.  Do not circulate any papers further than the group of readers who convene to discuss them.

2)  SWAMP is open to any member of the University community.

January 18, 2019
Sociological Workshop on Aesthetics, Meaning and Power (SWAMP)
Claudio Benzecry (Northwestern)
“Cinderella on the Pearl River Delta: Who has the power to translate?”
Nau 342
10:00 am - 11:30 am

February 1, 2019
Sociological Workshop on Aesthetics, Meaning and Power (SWAMP)
Laura Goldblatt (UVA Engagements) & Richard Handler (UVA Anthropology)
“Pray for Peace but Fight Your Insect Enemies: U.S. Postage Stamps, Slogan Cancels, and the Legibility of Cold War Propaganda”
Nau 342
10:00 am - 11:30 am

February 15, 2019
Sociological Workshop on Aesthetics, Meaning and Power (SWAMP)
Peter Hart-Brinson (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)
Joint workshop with TEMPO

Title:  Mannheim’s ‘The Problem of Generations’: An Update​

Abstract:

It has been ninety years since the publication of Mannheim’s “The Problem of Generations,” and
a persistent divide between empiricist and theoretical approaches to the study of generational
change is suggestive of the need to revise and update Mannheim’s formulation in ways that
render it suitable for contemporary social scientific analysis. This paper describes three
conceptual ambiguities inherent in Mannheim’s theory and proposes theoretical and conceptual
modifications that can facilitate multi-disciplinary research on generational change. Specifically,
it argues that Mannheim’s generational theory must be understood as a set of predictions about
how demographic, historical, and cultural forces interact to shape the habitus of global cohortnetworks,
and how those global cohort-networks in turn reshape society. It then argues that
generational change should be analyzed in terms of the four-interlinked mechanisms that are
required to produce it. It concludes by developing a catalog of historical triggers that can be used
heuristically to advance generational theory and research.

Nau 342
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

March 1, 2019
Sociological Workshop on Aesthetics, Meaning and Power (SWAMP)
James Hunter (UVA Sociology & IASC)
“Depth” from The Deep Structures of Culture
Nau 342
10:00 am - 11:30 am

March 29, 2019
Sociological Workshop on Aesthetics, Meaning and Power (SWAMP)
Jordanna Matlon (American University)
Nau 342
10:00 am - 11:30 am

April 5, 2019
Sociological Workshop on Aesthetics, Meaning and Power (SWAMP)
Elisabeth Becker (IASC & Yale)
Nau 342
10:00 am - 11:30 am

April 19, 2019
Sociological Workshop on Aesthetics, Meaning and Power (SWAMP)
Julia Sonnevend (New School)
“Charm: How Magnetic Personalities Capture Our Hearts, Minds, and Politics”
Nau 342
10:00 am - 11:30 am


SPRING 2019 SCHEDULE

TALKS ON ECONOMIC SOCIOLOGY, MARKETS, POLITICS, AND ORGANIZATIONS (TEMPO)

February 15, 2019
Talks on Economic Sociology, Markets, Politics, and Organizations (TEMPO)
Peter Hart-Brinson (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)
Joint workshop with SWAMP

Title:  Mannheim’s ‘The Problem of Generations’: An Update​

Abstract:

It has been ninety years since the publication of Mannheim’s “The Problem of Generations,” and
a persistent divide between empiricist and theoretical approaches to the study of generational
change is suggestive of the need to revise and update Mannheim’s formulation in ways that
render it suitable for contemporary social scientific analysis. This paper describes three
conceptual ambiguities inherent in Mannheim’s theory and proposes theoretical and conceptual
modifications that can facilitate multi-disciplinary research on generational change. Specifically,
it argues that Mannheim’s generational theory must be understood as a set of predictions about
how demographic, historical, and cultural forces interact to shape the habitus of global cohortnetworks,
and how those global cohort-networks in turn reshape society. It then argues that
generational change should be analyzed in terms of the four-interlinked mechanisms that are
required to produce it. It concludes by developing a catalog of historical triggers that can be used
heuristically to advance generational theory and research.

Nau 342
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

February 22, 2019
Talks on Economic Sociology, Markets, Politics, and Organizations (TEMPO)
Mark Herman Schwartz (University of Virginia, Politics Department)
"American Hegemony" Intellectual property rights, dollar centrality and banking networks"

Abstract: How do dollar centrality and the extension of US intellectual property right (IPR) law via TRIPS interact to create US geo-economic power? Local banks in the main current account surplus countries recycle dollars into the global economy, creating huge dollar liabilities and assets on their balance sheets. This locks them into continued use of the dollar and reliance on the Federal Reserve during crises. US firms participating in the global unbundling of production have constructed commodity chains in which they capture disproportionate shares of global profits through their control over IPRs.  These dynamics are symbiotic, as IPR firms also recycle their profits into financial markets as passive investment. Routinization in use of the dollar and compliance with TRIPS and US controlled commodity chains creates infrastructural power in Michael Mann’s sense. This routinization sustains US geo-economic power in the face of persistent current account deficits and growing net international debt relative to US GDP.

Randall Hall 212
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

March 22, 2019
Talks on Economic Sociology, Markets, Politics, and Organizations (TEMPO)
Sara Bowen (Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, NC State University)
“Intensive Mothering in a (Social Democratic) Welfare State: Factors Influencing Family Food Decisions in Sweden.” 

April 19, 2019
Talks on Economic Sociology, Markets, Politics, and Organizations (TEMPO)
Jennifer Fish (Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Women’s Studies, Old Dominion University)
“The Grassroots-Global Dialectic: International Policy as an Anchor for Domestic Worker Organizing”

New Cabell Hall Room 349
12:30 pm

 

 

SPRING 2019 SCHEDULE

FIELD METHODS WORKSHOP

February 22, 2019
Field Methods Workshop
Allison Pugh (Professor of Sociology, University of Virginia)
"Beyond the ‘Trust Me’ Fallacy: Value, Rigor and Resonance in Qualitative Methods” 
Randall Hall 212
1:00 - 3:00 pm

The paper observes that the replicability crisis and the Alice Goffman fracas has led to new concerns and a lively debate about what counts for rigor in qualitative methods, leading to proposed reforms to standard practice, e.g., publishing real names, hiring fact checkers, and the like.  Otherwise, so the argument goes, qualitative researchers are asking readers simply to "trust me."  I contend that many of these changes reflect core misunderstandings about how qualitative research establishes credibility.  I outline some alternative strategies, argue instead for the standard of "resonance," and attempt some systematic observations about that standard.

April 12, 2019
Field Methods Workshop
Kimberly Hoang (Chicago)
"Playing in the Gray: Offshoring and Foreign Investment in Frontier Markets" 
Harrison Library Auditorium
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Playing in the Gray is a comparative study of global capital flows. Innovating ethnographic methods, I traveled over 350,000 miles to map a network of global investors. The book traces the flow of capital from offshore funds in places like the Cayman Islands, Samoa, and Panama to special-purpose vehicles or holding companies in Singapore and Hong Kong, before they were invested in risky markets onshore in Vietnam and Myanmar. I illustrate how investors capitalize on frontier markets—where rule of law is absent, regulations can quickly change, government intervention is high, and corruption is rife. Drawing on interviews with over 300 financial professionals including— private wealth managers, fund managers, chairpeople, local entrepreneurs, C-suite executives, lawyers, bankers, auditors, and company secretaries—this is the first known global ethnography to include extensive interviews with a diverse set of professionals who operate in the space fraught with friction between legal and illicit activity as they move capital around the world. By triangulating concepts in the humanities, economics, and law, Playing in the Gray book moves from a macro-level perspective of global capital flows, to a meso-level analysis of how firms syndicate risk through complex offshoring structures as they set up tax structures across multiple jurisdictions, and finally to a micro-level analysis of individual actors moral regimes of justification and their personal experiences of feast and famine in navigating gray economies.

 

SPRING 2019 SCHEDULE

SPRING GRAD PROGRAM WORKSHOP

Thursday, April 11, 2019
Workshop: Pursuing Diverse Career Pathways Post-PhD

Location: New Cabell Hall 323
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm



FALL 2018 SCHEDULE

Graduate Workshop
Thursday, September 20, 2018
"Navigating the Postdoc Market"
Maury Hall Room 104
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


FALL 2018 SCHEDULE

SOCIOLOGICAL WORKSHOP ON AESTHETICS, MEANING AND POWER (SWAMP)

Notes
1)  SWAMP functions as a workshop in which participants read the paper beforehand and come together to discuss the research and make the paper better.  Papers are usually available 1-2 weeks before a given session.  Email Vasfiye Toprak at vbt3qv@virginia.edu to receive a copy of the paper for a given session.  Do not circulate any papers further than the group of readers who convene to discuss them.

2)  SWAMP is open to any member of the University community.

September 14, 2018
Sociological Workshop on Aesthetics, Meaning and Power (SWAMP)
Alida Goffinski, University of Virginia
"Reception Study of Anne-Louis Girodet-Trioson’s 'Portrait du C[itoyen] Belley, Ex-représentant des Colonies': From 1798 to 2016”'
New Cabell Hall 342
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

September 21, 2018
Sociological Workshop on Aesthetics, Meaning and Power (SWAMP)
Jeffrey Olick, University of Virginia
“Tragic Sociology”'
New Cabell Hall 342
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

October 5, 2018
Sociological Workshop on Aesthetics, Meaning and Power (SWAMP)
Heidi Nicholls, University of Virginia
“Settler Colonial Resignification and Indigenous Resurgence: Cultural Sovereignty in Hawa`i'"
New Cabell Hall 342
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

October 12, 2018
Sociological Workshop on Aesthetics, Meaning and Power (SWAMP)
Margo Mahan, University of Michigan
“The Racial Origins of U.S. Domestic Violence Law”'
New Cabell Hall 342
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

October 26, 2018
Sociological Workshop on Aesthetics, Meaning and Power (SWAMP)
Abigail Moore, University of Virginia
“Communion and Community: How liberal churches maintain communal identity without exclusionary boundaries”
New Cabell Hall 342
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

November 16, 2018
Sociological Workshop on Aesthetics, Meaning and Power (SWAMP)
Maija Jokela, Visiting Student from the University of Tampere
"Right to Live: Protest and the Role of Affects in Political Activism"
Nau Hall 342
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

 


FALL 2018 SCHEDULE

TALKS ON ECONOMIC SOCIOLOGY, MARKETS, POLITICS, AND ORGANIZATIONS (TEMPO)

September 7, 2018
Talks on Economic Sociology, Markets, Politics, and Organizations (TEMPO)
Simone Polillo, University of Virginia
"International Trade, State Capacity and the World Polity: A Relational Approach"
Randall Hall 212
12:30 pm

September 21, 2018
Talks on Economic Sociology, Markets, Politics, and Organizations (TEMPO)
Alvin Camba, Johns Hopkins University
"Sinews of Politics: The State Grid Corporation of China, Investment Coalitions, and Chinese Economic Capital in the Philippines"
Randall Hall 212
12:30 pm

October 19, 2018
University of VirginiaTalks on Economic Sociology, Markets, Politics, and Organizations (TEMPO)
Eddie Nik-Khah, Roanoke College
"On Going the Market One Better"
Randall Hall 212
12:30 pm

October 26, 2018
Talks on Economic Sociology, Markets, Politics, and Organizations (TEMPO)
Yingyao Wang and Adam Slez, University of Virginia
"Subnational Politics and Global Market Integration: Investment Propensity and Location Choice in Chinese Provincial Outbound FDI, 2002–2012"
Randall Hall 212
12:30 pm

November 16, 2018
Talks on Economic Sociology, Markets, Politics, and Organizations (TEMPO)
Nitsan Chorev, Brown University
"Productive Capabilities Through South-South Technology Transfer: The Case of Local Pharmaceutical Production in East Africa"
Randall Hall 212
12:30 pm

 


SPRING 2018 SCHEDULE

Graduate Workshop
Thursday, February 15, 2018
"Building your Best Web Presence: Website Strategies for Sociologists"
New Cabell Hall 323
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

SOCIOLOGICAL WORKSHOP ON AESTHETICS, MEANING AND POWER (SWAMP)

Notes:  
1)  SWAMP functions as a workshop in which participants read the paper beforehand and come together to discuss the research and make the paper better.  Papers are usually available 1-2 weeks before a given session.  Email ajg5ur@virginia.edu to receive a copy of the paper for a given session.  Do not circulate any papers further than the group of readers who convene to discuss them.

2)  SWAMP is open to any member of the University community.

January 26, 2018
Sociological Workshop on Aesthetics, Meaning and Power (SWAMP)
Sanyu Mojola, University of Michigan
"'A Nowadays Disease'? Aging, Gendered Sexuality and HIV/AIDS in a rural South African community"
New Cabell Hall 349
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

February 9, 2018
Sociological Workshop on Aesthetics, Meaning and Power (SWAMP)

Sasha White, Boston University
"Disease Through Imperial Eyes: Pandemic Control and the International Sanitary Conventions"
New Cabell Hall 349
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

February 23, 2018
Sociological Workshop on Aesthetics, Meaning and Power (SWAMP)
Pilar Plater, University of Virginia
"The Injury of Imaginaries"
Randall Hall 212
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

March 15, 2018 and March 16, 2018
Diversity Symposium
Event title: Diverse Disciplines, Inclusive Institutions: Rethinking our Academic Agendas
Dates: Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16

Keynote address

Thursday, March 15, 3:30-5pm
Holloway Hall

Aldon Morris (Northwestern University), "W. E. B. Du Bois at the Center: From Science, Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter"

Reception to follow

Panel discussions

Friday, March 16
Lower West Oval Room, the Rotunda

10:00 – 11:45 am: Diversity and Disciplines

Sebastián Gil-Riaño (University of Pennsylvania)
Aldon Morris (Northwestern University)
Robert Vitalis (University of Pennsylvania)
Moderators: Rose Buckelew (University of Virginia) and Sabrina Pendergrass (University of Virginia)

12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 – 2:45pm: Inclusivity and Institutions
Marybeth Gasman (University of Pennsylvania)
John Fitzgerald Gates (University of Virginia)
Patricia Matthew (Montclair State University)
Moderator: Josipa Roksa (University of Virginia)

3:15-5pm: Diversity and Inclusion at UVA: Perspectives from Grounds

Undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty discuss diversity initiatives and challenges

Free and open to the public.
Program online: sociology.as.virginia.edu

Sponsors

The symposium is made possible by the generous support of the Directors of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Virginia,  the  Power, Violence, and Inequality Initiative (PVI), the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies and the Department of Sociology.

March 23, 2018
Sociological Workshop on Aesthetics, Meaning and Power (SWAMP)
Jennifer Bair, University of Virginia
"Developmentalism's Twilight: Human Rights Politics at the United Nations and the 'Long 1970s'"
New Cabell Hall 349
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Thursday, April 5, 2018
Graduate Workshop
Graduate Workshop on External Funding
New Cabell Hall 323
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

April 6, 2018
Sociological Workshop on Aesthetics, Meaning and Power (SWAMP)
Fauzia Husain, University of Virginia
"Beyond Hysteresis, Theorizing Mismatch as an Apparatus of Power"
New Cabell Hall 349
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

April 13, 2018
Sociological Workshop on Aesthetics, Meaning and Power (SWAMP)
Yingyao Wang, University of Virginia
"Between Politics and Expertise: Economic Discourse of Chinese Bureaucracy"
Randall Hall 212
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Spring 2015 Schedule

Digital Scholarship & StatLab Workshop
Laura Miller & Meagan Christensen from Alderman Library Scholars' Lab

October 27, 2016, 3:30pm
Scholar's Lab, Alderman Library

Spring 2016 Schedule

Oral Presentation in Professional Settings with Prof. Marcia Pentz
(Marcia Pentz is  Assistant Professor of Management Communication, McIntire School of Commerce)

April 21, 2016, 3:30pm
New Cabell 338

Fall 2015 Schedule

Navigating the IRB with Prof. Sarah Corse
Oct 29th, 2015, 3:30pm
Randall 212

Spring 2015 Schedule

Getting Research Funding
This workshop will bring together resources from across the university and within the department to help graduate students find and successfully apply for funding.  

April 16, 2015, 3:30pm
Chem 303

Getting Started on the Dissertation with Simone Polillo

A "mid-career" orientation for Sociology PhD students who are finishing coursework and comps, and who are beginning the next phase of forming a dissertation committee and project. 

March 19, 2015, 3:30pm
Randall 212