Sociology Colloquia Series

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 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.

Suggestions for hosted events can be submitted using this online form.


    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

    Thursday, November 29, 2018

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

    Details coming soon.


  • 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. Details coming soon.

  • Margaret Ramirez

    Thursday, February 21, 2019

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

    With Margaret Ramirez, Creative Cities Fellow at Stanford University. Details coming soon.


  • Spring Quarter

  • Stephanie Malia Hom

    Thursday, May 16, 2019

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

    With Stephanie Malia Hom, Executive Director of the Acus Foundation in Berkeley, CA. Details coming soon.