2019-2020 Archive

For the 2019-2020 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

  • Graduate Student Professionalization Workshop: Strategies for the Job Market

    Thursday, October 10, 2019 - CANCELLED DUE TO PG&E's electricity shutdown, learn more.

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

    Topics will include: Applying to Post-docs, Faculty and Non-Academic Positions, Preparing a Successful Job Talk, Application Process at CSUs. (PDF Flyer)


    Juhee Kang (Ph.D. Media Information Studies, Michigan State University) Assistant Teaching Professor Sociology Department, UCSC

    Jaimie Morse (Ph.D. Sociology, Northwestern University) Assistant Professor Sociology, Department, UCSC

    Yvonne Kwan (Ph.D. Sociology UCSC) Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, California State University, San Jose


    Faculty Dialogues: James Doucet-Battle and Jaimie Morse

    Thursday, October 17, 2019

    Time: 11:40 - 1:00pm
    Location: Rachel Carson College 301

    With Sociology@UCSantaCruz faculty James Doucet-Battle and Jaimie MorseThe conversation and Q&A session will be moderated by Sociology Graduate Student Dennis Browe.

    James Doucet-Battle is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley/University San Francisco Joint Medical Anthropology Program. His  research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of science, technology and society studies, development studies and anthropological approaches to health and the medicine. He applies these interests to study the political economy of genomic discourses about race, risk, and health disparities.

    Jaimie Morse MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Senior Visiting Fellow with the Global Health Justice Partnership at Yale University. She studies knowledge, technology, and policy in biomedicine and public health, with a focus on the interplay of law, health, and human rights in processes of policy change. Her current project examines these dynamics through a focus on the emergence of the sexual assault medical forensic exam (commonly known as the “rape kit”) as a tool of anti-rape activism in emergency medicine in the United States since the 1970s and its adaptation for use with refugees and internally displaced persons.


    Stephanie Malia Hom on "The Island in the Middle Sea: Lampedusa, Migration, and the Ripple Effects of Empire"

    Thursday, October 24, 2019

    Time: 11:40 - 1:00pm
    Location: Rachel Carson College 301

    From 10:30-11:30, in RCC 301, Stephanie will meet with graduate students to discuss paths in and outside of the academy.

    Hom's talk will explore the lasting connections between Italy’s current crisis of migration and detention and the carceral archipelago of its recent past. It interrogates the layered histories of the island of Lampedusa, and in particular, how the movements occasioned by Italy’s nation-making and colonial projects in the early twentieth century have textured migration and detention in the twenty-first. It traces the ways in which the control of mobility, vis-à-vis a discourse of temporary permanence, has informed the creation of these exclusionary spaces, and how Italy’s neglected colonial history in Libya (1911–43) has become cited and expanded in the politics of the present, transforming Lampedusa into the southern border of “Fortress Europe.” What is at stake is a sustained critique of empire and mobility, with Italy as the keystone for imperialism, past and present, in the Mediterranean.

    Stephanie Malia Hom is Executive Director of the Acus Foundation in Berkeley, CA. Hom writes and lectures on modern Italy and the Mediterranean, Italian literature and culture, colonialism and imperialism, migration and detention, and tourism studies. She is the author of Empire's Mobius Strip: Italy's Crisis of Migration and Detention (Cornell, 2019) and The Beautiful Country: Tourism and the Impossible State of Destination Italy (Toronto, 2015). She also co-edited with Ruth Ben-Ghiat Italian Mobilities (Routledge, 2015). Her essays and articles have been published in wide range of venues, including the leading journals in the fields of Italian studies, tourism history, urban studies, and folklore.

    Use code "09FLYER" to receive a 30% discount when ordering Empire's Mobius Strip directly from Cornell University Press. (PDF-flyer)

    Co-Sponsored by Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, the Research Center for the Americas, and Italian Language Program, Dept. of Languages and Applied Linguistics


    Yvonne Sherwood on "Streaming Indigenous Knowledge: The Case of Colorado River v. State of Colorado and the Recognition of Nature's Inherhent Rights

    Friday, November 01, 2019

    Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Location: Rachel Carson College 301

    How do we invest and articulate a “land based pedagogy” without furthering the erasure of Indigenous peoples and ongoing settler occupation at the same time that we pay attention to our responsibilities to our more-than-human relations? Rights of Nature movement actors reference Indigenous worldviews as foundational to the recognition of nature’s inherent rights and propose that the rights of nature environmental laws that foreground Indigenous ontologies are a way to protect nature by shifting the consciousness of would be polluters. Sherwood’s talk will explore the tension between the romanticization of indigeneity along side the criminalization of Indigenous assertions to tribal sovereignty, paying specific attention to the ways that the Rights of Nature movement draws from Indigenous Knowledge through what movement actors call “Indigenous Streaming” at the same time criminalizing Native interests to their ancestral homelands. Grounded in anti-colonial critique of the politics of recognition, Sherwood’s talk will examine the logics of the rights of nature movement by looking across a series of foundational texts, websites, and legal actions, to better understand the strengths and limits of focusing on “Indigenous streaming” and the recognition of a river’s inherent rights in the context of settler-state courts. Despite social movement actors’ goal for new environmental law to expand the consciousness of would be polluters, the recognition of Nature’s rights that is centered on recognition through state courts furthers liberal multicultural narratives at the same time entrenching the colonial legal apparatus.

    Yvonne P. Sherwood (Spokane and Coeur d’Alene) is a PhD Candidate in Sociology with a designated emphasis in Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Sherwood studies race and gender, indigeneity, activism, and politics with a focus on the interplay between violence against Indigenous lands and the violence against Indigenous bodies, particularly Native women. Sherwood’s current project examines these dynamics through a focus on Indigenous Knowledge and the constitutionalizing of Nature’s rights (internationally known as the Rights of Nature Movement) as a social, cultural, and legal tool used by environmentalists to advance and protect nature’s rights even as it frames Indigenous interests as potentially criminal.

    She is a current American Sociological Association, MFP (Minority Fellowship Program) Fellow and her research has been funded by several institutions and organizations, including the University of California, Santa Cruz’s President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship and the UCSC Jessica Roy Memorial Award. Sherwood has published in: The Fourth World Journal, Intercontinental Cry, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, and Open Rivers: Rethinking Water, Place & Community.


    Karen Tice on "Feminist Radical Left Internationalism and Border Crossings to Cuba: The Vexing of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Political Solidarities, 1960-1985"

    Thursday, November 07, 2019

    Time: 11:40 - 1:00pm
    Location: Rachel Carson College 301

    A wide spectrum of left feminist activists from the global North have participated in international solidarity delegations such as the Venceremos Brigades, to support global liberation struggles, a longstanding form of radical social activism used to challenge imperialism, capitalism, and militarism. Based on oral histories conducted with women revolutionary travelers who identified with women’s, gay, and/or black ethnic liberation struggles; personal and organizational archives; travel accounts; and radical left publications, Tice focuses on the differing narratives and experiences recounted by U.S. radical women of color and white feminists who defied U.S. travel bans to travel to Cuba.

    Tice analyzes the accounts of women of color and white feminists that were generated by their border crossings to support the Cuban revolution. Tice highlights the differences and overlaps in how white women and women of color reacted to their political travels to Cuba and how intersectional politics and schisms shaped their stories and interpretations of Cuba and each other, as well as the impact on their post-Cuba coalitional activism. Tice focuses on the internal debates within the delegations about the prioritizing of intersectional relations of power, highlight the political differences around Cuban revolutionary practices, revolutionary subjectivities, and the daily negotiations of race, sexuality, gender, and cultural imperialism that occurred while in Cuba. Tice examines the fault lines and limits but also the post-Cuba networks and circuits that supported subsequent U.S. coalition building among feminist-identified travelers to Cuba. Tice concludes by suggesting the import of these debates and experiences for contemporary transnational feminist solidarity delegations and coalitional exchanges.

    Karen Tice is a Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Kentucky. She traveled to Cuba in 1978 and again in 2015. She is currently writing a book on U.S. Cuban solidarity exchanges, past and present,  and the intersectional and transnational solidarity politics of radical women of color and white feminists.

    Co-Sponsored by the Feminist Studies department.


    Ipek Demirsu on "Verona the City of Love and Hate: Struggle to Define City-space and Belonging in the Age of Right-wing Populism"

    Thursday, November 14, 2019

    Time: 11:40 - 1:00pm
    Location: Rachel Carson College 301

    The picturesque setting of Shakespeare’s famous play Romeo and Juliet, the city of Verona is a tourist hub in northern Italy with its rich history, its world famous Valpolicella wine, and its still functioning Roman Arena that annually hosts operas and concerts. Yet, one lesser known reality is how the city is considered as a fortress of far-right movements and neofascist groups since World War II, today institutionalized in the city administration, seeking to define the city and belonging thereof. The dominance of far-right groups who have found greater expression through the right-wing populist party Lega is challenged by a thickly interwoven network of local associations remarkably situated in the neighborhood of Veronetta, who pursue everyday practices of appropriating urban spaces whilst redefining belonging and city-zenship. It is at this conjuncture that the case of Verona is taken to apply microscopic lenses to understand the global rise of right-wing populist politics in the everyday urban context through an exclusive construction of belonging and local identity, as well as how such representations are challenged by actors who seek to create an inclusive city for various minorities.

    Ipek Demirsu is a PhD student in Social Sciences at the University of Padova, with a focus on migration and the city in the Italian context. Previously, Ipek completed a PhD in Political Science and International Relations at Sabanci University (Istanbul), during which had the chance to spend time as a visiting researcher in the stimulating environment of University of Otago National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. Ipek has worked as post-doctoral researcher in a joint project conducted by Sabanci University and KU Leuven, entitled "Assessing interdependence between the European Union and Turkey: Policies and cooperation in regional and global governance". Ipek is author of the book Counter-terrorism and the Prospects of Human Rights: Securitizing Difference and Dissent published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017. Ipek's research interests include human rights,democracy and pluralismsecurity studiesmigration studies, everyday resistance, urban ethnography, and qualitative research methods.

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