2022-2023 Archive

For the 2022-2022 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.

    Fall 2022 Quarter

  • A hybrid talk with Sanley Abila on "Minding seafarers: Filipino seafarers, mental health and mental health education"

    Thursday, November 10, 2022

    Time: 12:00 - 1:15pm
    Location: RCC 301 + Zoom (registration)

    A hybrid talk with Visiting Scholar Sanley S. Abila hosted by Associate Professor of Sociology Steve McKay.

    "Minding seafarers: Filipino seafarers, mental health and mental health education" - is a broad review of the intersections of international labor migration and mental health research. It focuses on the labor niche of Filipino seafarers within the international seafaring labor market, the negative mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on seafarers, and the potentials of mental health education in supporting the development of psychological resilience programs for seafarers.

    Sanley S. Abila is an Assistant Professor at the Division of Professional Education, University of the Philippines Visayas. He completed a PhD in sociology from Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales with support from the Seafarers International Research Center and Nippon Foundation Fellowship. Recently, he collaborated with researchers from Sweden and England on a pilot study funded by the Lloyd's Register Foundation. The study examined the psychosocial interventions provided to international seafarers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sanley has been doing research on the intersections of labor migration, education, regulations, gender and mental health by focusing mostly on merchant seafarers. 


    Book Launch! Contesting Race and Citizenship: Youth Politics in the Black Mediterranean - CANCELLED DUE TO STRIKElearn more.

    Monday, November 28, 2022

    Time: 2:00-4:00pm
    Location: Humanities 1, room 210 + Zoom (registration TBD)

    hawthorne-contesting-race.pngCelebrate the launch of Associate Professor of Sociology Camilla Hawthorne's new book, Contesting Race and Citizenship: Youth Politics in the Black Mediterranean (Cornell University Press, 2022)! 

    Although there is extensive research on first-generation immigrants and refugees who traveled from Africa to Italy, there is little scholarship about the experiences of Black people who were born and raised in Italy. In Contesting Race and Citizenship, I focus on the ways Italians of African descent have become entangled with processes of redefining the legal, racial, cultural, and economic boundaries of Italy and by extension, of Europe itself. This book opens discussions of the so-called migrant "crisis" by focusing on a generation of Black people who, although born or raised in Italy, have been thrust into the same racist, xenophobic political climate as the immigrants and refugees who are arriving in Europe from the African continent. I trace not only mobilizations for national citizenship but also the more capacious, transnational Black diasporic possibilities that emerge when activists confront the ethical and political limits of citizenship as a means for securing meaningful, lasting racial justice—possibilities that are based on shared critiques of the racial state and shared histories of racial capitalism and colonialism. 

    The open-access ebook version can be downloaded at: https://d119vjm4apzmdm.cloudfront.net/open-access/pdfs/9781501762307.pdf

    Learn more in the campus news article: New book explores citizenship rights and Black anti-racist politics in Italy

    Camilla Hawthorne is Associate Professor of Sociology and Critical Race & Ethnic Studies at UC Santa Cruz. She is a faculty affiliate of the UCSC Science & Justice Research Center and Legal Studies Program. Camilla also serves as program director and faculty member for the Black Europe Summer School in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She is co-editor of the 2021 volume The Black Mediterranean: Bodies, Borders, and Citizenship (Palgrave Macmillan 2021) and author of Contesting Race and Citizenship: Youth Politics in the Black Mediterranean (Cornell University Press, 2022). In 2020, she was named as one of the national Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera‘s 110 "Women of the Year" for her work on the Black diaspora in Italy, and she was awarded the Leonardo da Vinci Society Humanities Award in 2021. 

    Co-Sponsored by the Departments of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, History of Art and Visual Culture, Sociology, and the Science & Justice Research Center.

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