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First Annual Public Sociology Graduate Conference

Saturday, October 22, 2011

George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

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About the Conference

There is no fee to attend, but we ask that you RSVP at our Facebook page at least two weeks in advance for planning purposes. To RSVP, please click here. If you don’t have a Facebook account, please RSVP by emailing us.

Public sociology is an approach to the discipline that transcends the academy and engages wider audiences. It is not aligned with any particular theory, method, or subject. Rather, it leverages the tools and topics of professional sociology while reaching beyond the audience of professional sociologists, taking into consideration the perspectives, frameworks, and struggles of diverse publics without diluting rigor or content.

This conference will present varied submissions on sociological topics, including but not limited to age, race, gender, class, sexualities, work, communication and media, education, families, organizations, institutions, collective behavior, social justice, human rights, and political, economic, and civil societies. Presenters will also discuss how their research engages with public sociology, including but not limited to any of the following types of engagement:

  • How research findings inform public debates, including proposed or implemented policies, media narratives, and social problems.
  • How concepts or findings might be used to empower affected groups and promote more equitable social relations.
  • How concepts or findings might be made accessible to more diverse publics in a manner that takes into account their languages, cultural practices, and perspectives.
  • How papers relate to authors’ personal commitments to one or more subject matters therein, including political or activist causes.

Gregory D. Squires, Professor of Sociology and Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University, will deliver the keynote address. The preliminary title of his address is, “Fox TV, Cybersegregation, and Public Sociology:  Is Neil a More Desirable Tenant than Tyrone or Jorge?” For more about Dr. Squires, click here.

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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: Johanna Bockman, George Mason University

  • 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: Earl Smith, Wake Forest University

  • 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)
  • 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: Sara Moore, George Mason University

  • 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)

1:30-2:15        Lunch

2:15-3:45        Panels 5 & 6

Panel 5: Challenging Hegemony (Research Hall, Room 163)  Discussant: Nancy Hanrahan, George Mason University

  • The Moral Discourse of the United States (Amy Stuart, The New School for Social Research)
  • 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: Deen Freelon, American University

  • 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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The conference will be located on the Fairfax, VA campus of George Mason University. The campus is located within the Washington, DC metro area and is easily accessible by air, rail, and car.

Conference registration will be located in the ground floor lobby of Research Hall. Opening remarks, the keynote address, and some panels will be hosted in Research Hall, Room 163. Other panels will be hosted in the Nguyen Engineering Building, Room 1103.

Participants with cars will likely be able to park at no or reduced cost in the Shenandoah Parking Deck. However, this arrangement has yet to be confirmed, so please check back at a later date.

A map of the Fairfax campus can be downloaded here. (See also the map below.)

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Detailed directions to GMU’s Fairfax campus, including airport and mass transit information, can be found here.

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We have arranged for a small block of rooms to be offered at a reduced rate ($89/night) at the Mason Inn for out-of-town participants. The Mason Inn is located on GMU’s campus, is the only hotel located within walking distance to the conference (see map above), and the rate is likely to be as low or lower than other nearby accommodation options. This rate will be available until September 21 or until the block is full. To reserve your room, click here. The attendee code to access the block is: Public Sociology

A comprehensive list of off-campus accommodations can be found here. If you decide to stay off campus, we recommend that you choose one of the locations accessible by CUE bus. CUE buses will run between 8 am and 9 pm on the day of the conference and allow you to inexpensively travel to campus ($1.45 each way). CUE maps and schedules can be found here.

If you are traveling from out of town and hope to stay with a local participant or share a hotel room with another out-of-town participant (or if you’re a local participant willing to offer extra space to out-of-town participants looking to reduce costs), we recommend that you visit the Facebook page to get in touch with other participants.

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There are numerous restaurants, bars, and other entertainment sources located near campus.

On campus, the Johnson Center is a short walk from Research Hall and its food court offers several dining options (see map above). The Mason Inn also hosts multiple dining options as well as a bar in its lobby.

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16 Responses

    • Are the papers from the Public Sociology Conference published somewhere?

      • Not at this point, although we’re discussing the possibility of putting together a proceedings…if you’re interested in learning more about a particular presentation, your best bet is to try to contact the author(s) personally.

  1. What is the cost of attending this conference? Is there a paper competition affiliated with it? Thanks! Maggie

    • Maggie–the conference is free to attend. There’s no paper competition, but we’ve extended the submission deadline, so please feel free to submit by June 15.

  2. What is the schedule of the conference? What are reasonably priced accommodations for those of us who might be coming from far away?

    • The schedule is still under construction, but at this point the conference will run from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, with three timeslots for panels, a keynote address, and an hour for lunch. Entering “hotels near 22030” into Google Maps will display the nearby accommodations and their price ranges. We’ll be updating this page with more detailed information regarding the schedule, nearby accommodations, and other relevant information in the next couple of weeks.

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