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Colloquium Seminar on Sociological Issues - Spring 2013

Spring 2013 Colloquia


All colloquia are held in DYN 400 3:30-5:30 pm with reception to follow *unless otherwise noted.

Schedule subject to change.  
View more info on our Events page.


February 7

Scott Lash, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London
Learning from China: Sociology vs Neo-Classical Economics

In China Constructing Capitalism: Economic Life and Urban Change (2013), we - drawing on a decade’s research and experience - argue that China‘s is not neo-liberal.  Instead there are neo-Daoist and Neo-Confucian routines, which - though they may not have worked for the economy in Max Weber’s time -, are eminently suited to the 21st Century. The relational, embedded forms of economic life and urban property relations China may be closer to Adam Smith’s empiricism (and ethics) than to Weberian rationalism. Neo-liberalism has it basis in neo-classical economics. Carl Menger, one of the founders of neoclassicism was a major influence on Weber in the Methodenstreit at the founding of German Sociology: an influence that still may be dominant in today. Sociology should instead learn from China: it should draw on its own phenomenological routines and neo-institutional political economy (e.g. Ostrom) in a critique of both the neo-classical subject and neo-liberalism.

February 14

Jack Goldstone, Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University,
Director of the Center for Global Policy, and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution
Democratic Transitions:  New Insights from Graphic Analysis

February 21

Work in Progress

February 28

Sarah Igo, Associate Professor of History, Political Science & Sociology,
Vanderbilt University
The Beginnings of the 'End of Privacy' in the Modern U.S.
*co-sponsored with IASC - to be held at Watson Manor, reception to follow


March 21

Robin Wagner-Pacifici, Professor of Sociology, New School for Social Research
The Event and the City
*to be held at Watson Manor, reception to follow

March 28

Julian Go, Associate Professor of Sociology, Boston University
For a Postcolonial Sociology


April 11

Work in Progress

April 25

Master's Colloquium
Kara Fitzgibbon, Sarah Hollaender, Katrina VanBlaircum, Hexuan Zhang