2018-2019 Archive

For the 2018-2019 academic year, the colloquia committee will focus 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

  • Japonica Brown-Saracino

    Thursday, November 01, 2018 (PDF-Flyer)

    Time: 11:40 - 1:15pm
    Location: Rachel Carson College 301

    book coverOn new book: How Places Make Us: Novel LBQ Identities in Four Small Cities (University of Chicago Press).

    We like to think of ourselves as possessing an essential self, a core identity that is who we really are, regardless of where we live, work, or play. But places actually make us much more than we might think.

    An ethnographic study of lesbian, bisexual and queer individuals (LBQ) in Ithaca, New York, San Luis Obispo, California, Greenfield, Massachusetts, and Portland, Maine reveals how LBQ migrants craft a unique sense of self that corresponds to their new homes.

    Despite the fact that the LBQ residents share many traits, their approaches to sexual identity politics and to ties with other LBQ individuals and heterosexual residents vary markedly by where they live. Subtly distinct local ecologies shape what it feels like to be a sexual minority; city ecology shapes how one “does” LBQ in a specific place. Even in a globalized world, the most personal of questions—who am I? — is in fact answered collectively by the place in which we live.


    JAPONICA BROWN-SARACINO is associate professor of sociology at Boston University. She is the author of A Neighborhood That Never Changes, also published by the University of Chicago Press, and editor of the Gentrification Debates.

  • Richard Walker

    Thursday, November 08, 2018 (PDF-Flyer)

    Time: 11:40 - 1:15pm
    Location: Humanities 2, 259

    On new book: Pictures from a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the SF Bay Area (PM Press).

    book coverThe San Francisco Bay Area is currently the jewel in the crown of capitalism – the tech capital of the world and a gusher of wealth for the Silicon Gold Rush. It generates jobs, spawns innovation, and spreads ideas that changes lives. So, what could be wrong?

    Spanning economics, urban design, politics, and the environment, Walker provides a profoundly historical approach to illuminate the basic crisis and contradictions of the Bay Area. While capitalism is at its most dynamic and innovative times in the San Francisco Bay Area, Walker will present how it is a site of severe inequality with failing public policies and infrastructure. Thus, Walker calls for the Bay Area to reclaim its radical roots!

    RICHARD WALKER is Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught from 1975 to 2012 and served at various times as Chair of Geography, Global Metropolitan Studies, and California Studies. He has written on a diverse range of topics in economic, urban, and environmental geography, published in journals from Society and Space to New Left Review. He is co-author of two classics in economic geography, The Capitalist Imperative (1989) and The New Social Economy (1992).  He has written extensively on California, including The Conquest of Bread (2004),The Country in the City (2007) and The Atlas of California (2013). His latest book is Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area (2018). Walker's awards include Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships, the Distinguished Scholarship Award of the Association of American Geographers, the Carey McWilliams Award from California Studies Association, and the Hal Rothman prize from the Western History Association. He lives half the year in Berkeley and the other half in Burgundy.

    Co-Sponsored by the Politics Department, Community Studies, The Humanities Institute California Studies Cluster, and the Science & Justice Research Center. 
  • Graduate Student Professionalization Workshop: Navigating the Qualifying Exam

    Thursday, November 29, 2018

    Time: 11:40 - 1:15pm
    Location: Rachel Carson College 301 

    The workshop will cover broad guidelines about field statements and research proposals, and preparation advice to allay some of the anxiety that is attendant with navigating the QE process.

    Faculty Presenters:

    Hillary Angelo, Assistant Professor of Sociology

    Steve McKay, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Labor Studies

    Jenny Reardon, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Science and Justice Research Center

    Student Presenters:
    Aida Mukharesh, Sociology Graduate Student
    Kyle Galindez, Sociology Graduate Student
    Saugher Nojan, Sociology Graduate Student

  • Winter Quarter

  • Faculty Dialogues: Nuclear Landscapes

    Thursday, January 31, 2019

    Time: 11:40 - 1:15pm
    Location: Rachel Carson College 301

    With Sociology@UCSantaCruz Professors Lindsey Dillon and Hiroshi Fukurai. The conversation and Q&A session will be moderated by Sociology Graduate Student Yvonne Sherwood.

    Lindsey Dillon is a geographer and Assistant Professor of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz and affiliated with the Community Studies Program, the Environmental Studies Department, and the Science and Justice Research Center. Lindsey's research interests include urban environments and social justice. Her research and writing is deeply engaged with political ecology, feminist geography, critical race theory, and science and technology studies. She also co-founded and serves on the steering committee of the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative.

    Hiroshi Fukurai is a sociology and Professor of Sociology and Legal Studies at the UC Santa Cruz. His expertise includes citizen participation in the justice system, international law, race and inequality, East Asian law and politics, and military and justice. His research intersects with other substantive areas such as social movements, environmental justice, indigenous knowledge, labor history, and the role of international organizations. He was voted to be President of Asian Law and Society Association (ALSA) for 2018-2020.


    Lindsey Dillon's "Pandemonium on the Bay: Naval Station Treasure Island and the Toxic Legacies of Atomic Defense," in Horiuchi and Sankalia's (2017), Treasure Island: Urban Reinventions and Hiroshi Fukurai's "Disaster Memories and other thoughts on the Fukushima nuclear reactors, the Military Intdustrial Complex, and National Sovereignty" in McKenzie (2012) My Postwar Life.

    Graduate Student Professionalization Workshop: Managing the Dissertation Process

    Thursday, February 7, 2019

    Time: 11:40 - 1:15pm
    Location: Rachel Carson College 301 

    The workshop will cover broad guidelines about arriving at a research topic, selecting a committee, the role of the dissertation committee, effective writing practices and strategies.

    Faculty Presenters:

    James Doucet-Battle, Assistant Professor of Sociology

    Debbie Gould, Associate Professor of Sociology

    John Hall, Research Professor Emeriti of Sociology (Santa Cruz and Davis)

    Student Presenters:
    Kati Barahona-Lopez, Sociology Doctoral Candidate
    Andy Murray, SociologyDoctoral Candidate
    Nadia Roche, SociologyDoctoral Candidate

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