2021-2022 Archive

For the 2021-2022 academic year, the department will focus 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 continue our Faculty Dialogues Series and Sociology Mixtapes sessions, featuring members of the UCSC sociology and campus community. We share 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 Mixtapes themes, we will also hear 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.

    Fall Quarter

  • Sociology Mixtapes Volume 03: Juan Pedroza

    Thursday, October 21, 2021

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

    This Sociology Mixtapes session features Assistant Professor of Sociology Juan Pedroza.

    Juan Pedroza is an Assistant Professor of sociology at UCSC studying the changing landscape of immigration in the United States. Over the past decade, Pedroza has examined the vast inequalities of immigrants' access to justice, the social safety net, poverty, and segregation. Pedroza's research examines how and where deportation and enforcement initiatives exacerbate these inequalities and leave imprints in our local communities.


    Graduate Student Professionalization Workshop: Practicing Academic Job Talks

    Friday, October 29, 2021

    Time: 11:00 - 1:35pm
    Location: Zoom (registration)

    Time will be held for students to practice delivering an academic job talk. Each session will consist of a 40-minute presentation, 10-minutes for questions and answers, 15 minutes for feedback and discussion. Contact the graduate coordinator for more information.

    Uriel Serrano11:00 am - 12:05 pm

    Youth in The City Of Inmates: Racialized Emotions and Carceral Seepage

    Drawing on four years of multi-sited fieldwork conducted in Los Angeles, I examine the contemporary policing experiences of Black and Latinx boys and young men. Mainly, I examine how the young men make sense of criminalization and policing, and how these experiences produce racial subjects with racialized emotions. In so doing, I will move us towards an understanding of the mechanism and practices that make criminalization a constant and omnipresent experience for Black and Latinx youth.

    Julian Rodriguez12:30 - 1:35 pm

    LGBTQ YouTube: Community and Branding through New Media

    Algorithms and online platforms like Google, Amazon, Facebook, and YouTube are increasingly shaping our politics, economics, and public life more generally. Given histories of discrimination in offline media industries, underrepresented people turn to these platforms to represent themselves and share their stories. In this talk, I present findings from a three-year digital ethnography of YouTube, focusing on LGBTQ video creators, their video content, and their viewers. I illustrate that YouTube brands itself as a progressive company by publicizing “advertiser-friendly” LGBTQ video creators with diverse identities. Yet the company algorithmically censors and defunds YouTube users who produce content controversial to the platform’s advertising partners. Even so, creators manage to navigate the platform’s technological structures to share stories of identity development, pride, and belonging, inspiring viewers to accept their own identities and become video producers themselves. I conclude by discussing the political limitations and possibilities for minoritized media activists and users on social media platforms.


    Book Launch! Precarity and Belonging: Labor, Migration, and Noncitizenship

    Tuesday, November 09, 2021

    Time: 12:00-1:30 PST
    Location: Zoom (registration)

    Join Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the UCSC Center for Labor Studies Steve McKay in celebration of the launch of Precarity and Belonging: Labor, Migration, and Noncitizenship (Rutgers University Press 2021) by UCSC's Catherine S. Ramírez (LALS), Sylvanna M. Falcón (LALS), Juan Poblete (LALS), Steven C. McKay (Sociology), Felicity Amaya Schaeffer (Feminist Studies). Cover art by UCSC's Lewis Watts (Art). Moderated by Camilla Hawthorne (Sociology).

    Precarity and Belonging examines how the movement of people and their incorporation, marginalization, and exclusion, under epochal conditions of labor and social precarity affecting both citizens and noncitizens, have challenged older notions of citizenship and alienage.

    Learn more at: https://catherinesramirez.com/research/precarity-and-belonging-labor-migration-and-noncitizenship/

    30% discount United States code: RFLR19 (flyer)

    Hosted by University Relations. 

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