Conference and Newsletter Update

Two big announcements. First, a new edition of our student newsletter, In the Field, has been published and can be downloaded here. The new edition features an interview with our own John Dale as well as lots of student news, contributions, and announcements.

Second, the preliminary program for the first Public Sociology Graduate Conference has been posted. The conference will feature a keynote address by Gregory D. Squires from George Washington University as well as 22 student presentations divided into 6 panels:

  • Challenging Hegemony
  • Information Politics in an Age of Digital Media
  • Engaging Contemporary Latin America
  • Nation, Violence, and Race in the United States
  • Public Sociology in a Globalizing World
  • Race and Poverty in Urban Contexts

The full program is printed below. For more information about the conference, check out the conference website and be sure to RSVP at our Facebook page!

Public Sociology Graduate Conference Program [Preliminary]

9:30-10:00      Registration/Reception (Research Hall Lobby)

10:00-10:15    Opening Remarks (Research Hall, Room 163)

10:15-11:45    Panels 1 & 2

Panel 1: Public Sociology in a Globalizing World (Research Hall, Room 163)  Discussant: TBA

  • A Phoenix Reborn: Revolution, Democracy, and Governance in Latin America and the Middle East (Johnnie Lotesta, George Mason University)
  • The Anomic Effect of Globalization: Modern Day Guilds as the Solution (Anne E. Rankin, Stephen F. Austin State University)
  • Collaboration Not Co-Optation: Challenges in Efforts to Transform State Systems to Integrate Gender and Public Health (Basha Silverman, Bryn Mawr College, and Joanna Champney, Stand Up for What’s Right and Just)
  • Toward a Global Ecological and Social Transition through Feminist Political Economy (Julia Wartenberg, University of Virginia)

Panel 2: Race and Poverty in Urban Contexts (Nguyen Engineering Building, Room 1103)  Discussant: TBA

  • Racial Diversity and Racial Residential Segregation: A Case Study of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area (Joanna Pinto-Coelho, University of Pennsylvania)
  • Preserving Affordable Housing and Building Wealth in an Economic Recovery: Limited-Equity Cooperatives as an Alternative to Tenant Displacement (Katie Kerstetter, George Mason University, and John Robinson, Northwestern University)
  • In Too Deep: Consequences of Water Bills in a Poor Southern City (Siri Warkentien, Barbara Condliffe, and Stefanie DeLuca, Johns Hopkins University)

12:00-1:30      Panels 3 & 4

Panel 3: Engaging Contemporary Latin America (Research Hall, Room 163)  Discussant: Nicole McCoy, George Mason University

  • Exhibiting the Nation: the Indigenous in Chile’s National Museums (Magdalena Gil-Ureta, Columbia University)
  • Transnational Solidarity: International Human Rights Accompaniers in Post-Coup Honduras (Gregory S. Harris, University of Pennsylvania)
  • Social Justice in Extreme Situations: The Case of Child Soldiers in Colombia (Randy Salm, George Mason University)
  • Intergenerational Family Transfers in Latin America: Effects of Economic and Socio-Demographic Change (Elizangela Storelli, Boston College)

Panel 4: Nation, Violence, and Race in the United States (Nguyen Engineering Building, Room 1103)  Discussant: TBA

  • Law-Abiding Citizens: Guns, Masculinity and Race under the War on Crime (J. Dawn Carlson, University at California-Berkeley)
  • Violence in Family of Origin and Criminality in Adolescence and Young Adulthood: A Longitudinal Study (Marcie Hambrick, Georgia State University)
  • All the Gays are White and All the Racists are Straight: The Intersections of White Privilege and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Queer Identities (Megan Rolfe, University at Albany-SUNY)
  • The Moral Discourse of the United States (Amy Stuart, The New School for Social Research)

1:30-2:15        Lunch

2:15-3:45        Panels 5 & 6

Panel 5: Challenging Hegemony (Research Hall, Room 163)  Discussant: TBA

  • How Men and Women Challenge the Ideal Worker Norm in High Status Work Occupations (Julie L. Armstrong, Emory University)
  • Garden Sharing: How Civil Society Creates Alterity Against the Dominant Food Production System (Dionne Banks, University of Florida)
  • Eco-Terrorists Unite!: Reclaiming the Commons through Public Performance (Michael Loadenthal, George Mason University, and Jenny Grubbs, American University)
  • Reclaiming the Social of the Sociological Imagination: Public Sociology, Pedagogy, and Engaging Undergraduates in the Classroom (Margaret Austin Smith and David Paul Strohecker, University of Maryland-College Park)

Panel 6: Information Politics in the Age of Digital Media (Nguyen Engineering Building, Room 1103)  Discussant: Zeynep Tufekci, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

  • Internet Infrastructure: ‘Access’ Rhetoric, Neoliberalism, and Informational Politics (Dan Greene, University of Maryland-College Park)
  • Academic Marginalization in the Age of Social Media (P.J. Rey, University of Maryland-College Park)
  • Social Media and Revolutionary Movements: Toward Research and Activist Agendas (Mina Semeni, Randy Lynn, and Jason Smith, George Mason University)

4:00-5:00        Keynote Address (Research Hall, Room 163) 

  • “Fox TV, Cybersegregation, and Public Sociology:  Is Neil a More Desirable Tenant than Tyrone or Jorge?” (Dr. Gregory D. Squires, Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, George Washington University)
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