Sociology Colloquium Series

Sociology Department Colloquium Series for 2016-17

All Talks are Wednesday 12:00-1:30 p.m. in SSMS 3017

unless otherwise noted

Spring 2017


April 19 Thomas Scheff, UCSB “The Cooley-Goffman Theorem and Violence” 


May 3, Lisa Hajjar, UCSB “The Afterlives of Torture: Executive Power versus International Law in the Age of Trump"

May 17,  Kevan Harris, UCLA “Difference in Difference: Ethnicity and Language in the Islamic Republic of Iran”




Winter 2017

January 11

Maria Martinez, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Feminist Studies, UCSB

Relational Reiterations and Emotional Activations: an Analytical Proposal for the Study of Feminist Identity Processes in Spain 


January 18

Timothy Rutzou, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Sociology, Yale University

The possibility of post-positivist sociology: the case for critical realism 


February 1

Vilna Bashni Treitler, Professor, Black Studies and Sociology, UCSB

White Supremacy, Ethnic Projects, and the National Imaginary 


February 22

Pierette Hondagneau-Sotelo, Professor, Sociology, USC

Reconceptualizing Immigration as a Home-making Process: The Latinos in South Los Angeles Research Projects


March 1

Heeju Sohn,  Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Health Policy and Management at UCLA

Honey, I Lost Our Health Insurance: Spillovers in Health Insurance Coverage 


March 8

Vanessa Eileen Thompson, Postdoctoral Fellow, Black Studies, UCSB; Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany.

Black Jacobins in Contemporary France: Republican Racism, Black Urban Activism and Intersectional Solidarities



Fall past events

October 12 Corrie Ellis Grosse, UCSB Sociology

Working Across Lines: Resisting Extreme Energy Extraction in Idaho and California

Working Across Lines examines the social complexities of grassroots resistance to hydraulic fracturing and tar sands. Through 106 in-depth interviews and ethnographic fieldwork conducted in 2015 in communities in Idaho and California, it demonstrates how activist strategies and practices allow them to work across lines of identity and political ideology. Activists appeal to injustice and lack of integrity and accountability by government and industry (the roots of environmental and social problems) to enable relationship- and
coalition-building. This process, what I term talking across lines, helps activists build intersectional movements that broaden civic engagement with environmental problems and enhances potential for movement growth, impact, and success. In this presentation, I focus on how youth activists in Santa Barbara County and anti-fracking activists in Idaho work across lines.

October 19 Shannon Gibson, USC

October 26, Hahrie Hahn, UCSB Political Science

November 2: Sylvia Dominguez, Northeastern University-CANCELLED

November 9: Cid Martinez, University of San Diego- CANCELED, to be rescheduled

November 16: 12-1, SSMS 3122, Sociology Colloquium and Immigration Working Group, Diaspora and Entrepreneurship