Sociology Colloquia Series

The overarching goal of the Sociology Colloquia Series is to build intellectual engagement and community in our department for faculty and graduate students alike. 

For the 2016-2017 academic year, the colloquia committee will be focusing on the following three types of events: those in which we share our own research; those in which we invite outside speakers whose work is related to the research interests of the department; and brown-bag professionalization workshops for graduate students.

    Fall Quarter

  • 'The Devil’s Wheels: Men and Motorcycling in the Weimar Republic' book coverNovember 29 (Tuesday)

    11:40 - 1:15pm Rachel Carson College, room 301

    The Devil's Wheels: Men and Motorcycling in the Weimar Republic a book talk with Sasha Disko. (flyer-pdf)

    During the high days of modernization fever, among the many disorienting changes Germans experienced in the Weimar Republic was an unprecedented mingling of consumption and identity: increasingly, what one bought signaled who one was. Exemplary of this volatile dynamic was the era’s burgeoning motorcycle culture. With automobiles largely a luxury of the upper classes, motorcycles complexly symbolized masculinity and freedom, embodying a widespread desire to embrace progress as well as profound anxieties over the course of social transformation. Through its richly textured account of the motorcycle as both icon and commodity, The Devil’s Wheels teases out the intricacies of gender and class in the Weimar years.

    Sasha Disko is a historian and independent scholar. She is an alumnus of UCSC (BA in History and German Studies, 1997) and received her PhD in History from New York University. She has been living and working in Germany since 2008. Her research interests include the history of motorization, industrialization, business administration, and leisure. She currently lives in Hamburg, Germany.

    Co-Sponsored by the Center for Cultural Studies, Departments of History and Sociology, German Studies Program and the Institute for Humanities Research.

  • Winter Quarter

  • February 17 (Friday) 4:00-6:00pm

    February 18 (Saturday) 9:00-5:00pm

    Both dates held in the Rachel Carson College Red Room

    Democratizing the Green City

    More information coming soon...

    Co-Sponsored by the Sociology department, Critical Sustainabilities, and the Center for Labor Studies.