2020-2021 Archive

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 2020-2021 academic year, the department focused on the following types of virtual gatherings: those in which we share our own research and brown-bag professionalization workshops for graduate students. We also introduced a new series: Sociology Mixtapes, featuring members of the UCSC sociology and campus community. We shared our interests with a focus on our major influences, classic works, collaborations, off-the-beaten path contributions, and works in progress. For each of these themes, we also heard about a matching track of music (which is part of an evolving playlist on YouTube and Spotify) to match our discussions. During each Mixtape, we reflect together and continue to build a soundtrack of inspiring artists, unforgettable tunes, deep cuts, songs made all the better by featured artists, and new work.

Out of respect for the UC Boycott and digital picket line, outside speakers were not invited to present Winter 2020-Fall 2021.

**Due to COVID-19: UC Santa Cruz has announced the suspension of in-person instruction and gatherings, until further notice.** Unless otherwise noted, department events ran Thursdays from 12-1:15pm via Zoom. 

    Spring Quarter

  • Sociology Mixtapes Volume 01: Uriel Serrano and Andrea del Carmen Vázquez

    Thursday, April 22, 2021

    Time: 12:00 - 1:15pm
    Location: Zoom (registration)

    With Uriel Serrano (sociology) and Andrea del Carmen Vázquez (education).

    Uriel Serrano is a PhD candidate in Sociology and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. More on Uriel's work can be found at: https://urielserrano.com/.

    Andrea del Carmen Vázquez is a doctoral student in Education and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. More on Andrea's work can be found at: https://www.lavazquez.com/

    Intersectional Healing in Research and Practice: A Conversation

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

    Time: 12:00 - 1:15pm
    Location: Zoom (registration)

    Join Naya Jones (Sociology) and Nancy Chen (Anthropology) for a conversation about intersectional healing in research and practice. From the perspectives of geography and medical anthropology, our panelists will consider how questions of intersectionality, solidarity, memory, mentorship, and healing have been central to their paths as critical health scholars and as women of color. Moderated by Roxanna Villalobos (PhD Candidate, Sociology).

    Naya Jones is Assistant Professor of Sociology and core faculty in the Global and Community Health Program.

    Nancy Chen is Professor of Anthropology and Associate Dean for Health, Wellbeing and Society

    Sociology Mixtapes Volume 02: Camilla Hawthorne

    Thursday, May 06, 2021

    Time: 12:00 - 1:15pm
    Location: Zoom (registration)

    With Assistant Professors of Sociology Camilla Hawthorne.

    Camilla Hawthorne is a critical human geographer and interdisciplinary social scientist broadly interested in the racial politics of migration and citizenship, inequality, social movements, and Black geographies. 

    Black Geographies: a roundtable discussion

    Thursday, May 13, 2021

    Time: 12:00 - 1:15pm
    Location: Zoom (registration)

    Assistant Professors of Sociology Camilla Hawthorne and Naya Jones, along with students of their Black Geographies lab will present on the work of the group. Co-faciliated by lab member Savannah Shange (Assistant Professor of Anthropology).

    Camilla Hawthorne is a critical human geographer and interdisciplinary social scientist broadly interested in the racial politics of migration and citizenship, inequality, social movements, and Black geographies. 

    Naya Jones PhD is a critical geographer and cultural worker. Along with research on embodied approaches to teaching and method, she studies Black geographies of community health, ecologies, and healing in North and Latin America.

    Savannah Shange is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UCSC and also serves as principal faculty in Critical Race & Ethnic Studies. Her research interests include gentrification, multiracial coalition, ethnographic ethics, Black femme gender, and abolition. 

    Faculty Dialogues: Hillary Angelo and Miriam Greenberg

    Thursday, May 20, 2021

    Time: 12:00 - 1:15pm
    Location: Zoom (registration)

    With Hillary Angelo and Miriam Greenberg. The conversation and Q&A session will be moderated by Sociology PhD Candidate Kyle Galindez.

    Hillary Angelo is Assistant Professor of Sociology.

    Miriam Greenberg is Professor and Chair of Sociology.


    Angelo, Hillary. How Green Became Good : Urbanized Nature and the Making of Cities and Citizens. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2021.

    Graduate Student Professionalization Workshop: Exit Talks

    Thursday, June 03, 2021

    Time: 12:00 - 1:30pm
    Location: Zoom

    In celebrating those graduating with their Ph.D.'s, time will be held for students to give a brief talk based on their dissertations. Join us in celebrating their remarkable acieviements and learning more about their work. Contact the graduate coordinator for Zoom link or more information.

    Maya Iverson On Quietly Being Out of Time

    Stephen Sepaniak From water transfers toward water justice? Global geopolitics, local technologies and the prospect of inter-basin transfers in the struggle for equal water access in Kathmandu, Nepal

    Yi-Chen Liu Demystifying the Craft Production: A Case Study of the Craft-Made Guitar Industry in the Global Economy. 

    Saugher Nojan How is Religion Racialized?: Examining Anti-Muslim Racism through Campus Climate, Civic Engagement, & Racial Belonging

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