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 2017-2018 academic year, the colloquia committee will be focusing 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

  • Participating in ASA and Professional Associations

    Thursday, October 12, 2017 (flyer-PDF)

    Time: 11:45 - 1:15pm
    Location: Rachel Carson College 301


    Join us as we hear from some of the most active and engaged conference participants from the Sociology Department.


    Kati Barahona Lopez, Sociology Graduate Student 

    Ben Crow, Professor of Sociology

    James Doucet-Battle, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Faculty Affiliate of the Science & Justice Research Center

    Meenoo Kohli, Sociology Graduate Student

    Steve McKay, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Labor Studies

    Aida MukhareshSociology Graduate Student

    Uriel Serrano, Sociology Graduate Student

  • Aerial view of landscape with water.

    Is the World Urban?

    Monday, October 23, 2017 (flyer-PDF)

    Time: 2:30 - 4:00pm
    Location: Humanities 210

    In what sense is the 21st century world "urban"? In this lecture, Neil Brenner critiques contemporary ideologies of the "urban age," which confront this question with reference to the purported fact that more than 50% of the world's population resides within cities. Against such demographic, city-centric understandings, Brenner excavates Henri Lefebvre's notion of generalized urbanization for conceptual and methodological insights into the 21st century planetary urban condition. He argues that the geographies of urbanization can no longer be conceptualized exclusively with reference to cities and metropolitan regions, but today encompass diverse patterns and pathways across the planetary sociospatial landscape, from Manhattan to the Matterhorn, from the Pearl River Delta to Mount Everest, from the Nile River valley to the Pacific Ocean. This variegated urban fabric must become the focal point for new approaches to urban theory, strategies of collective intervention and imaginaries of built and unbuilt environments.


    Graduate Student Seminar

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017

    Time: 11:40 - 1:15pm
    Location: Rachel Carson College 301
    Following the campus discussion Is the World Urban?, Neil Brenner (Professor of Urban Theory at the Harvard Graduate School of Design) will discuss with graduate students the following readings: Debating Planetary Urbanization: for an Engaged Pluralism; The Hinterland, Urbanised? and Elements for a New Epistemology of the Urban co-authored with Christian Schmid. Please note: registration is limited to 20. Once registered, participants will be emailed the readings.
    Neil Brenner is Professor of Urban Theory at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His most recent books include New Urban Spaces: Urban Theory and the Scale Question (Oxford University Press, 2018); Critique of Urbanization (Bauwelt Fundamente Series/Birkhäuser Verlag, 2016) and Implosions/Explosions: Towards a Study of Planetary Urbanization (Jovis, 2014). Brenner formerly served as Professor of Sociology and Director of the Metropolitan Studies Program at New York University. Further information on Brenner’s current research and collaborative work can be found at:


    Co-Sponsored by the Departments of Environmental Studies, Politics, the Center for Creative Ecologies, the History of Consciousness Program and the Critical Sustainabilities Project