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.


    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.

    Lindsey Dillon is a geographer and Assistant Professor of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz and affiliated with the Community Studies Program, the Environmental Studies Department, and the Science and Justice Research Center. Lindsey's research interests include urban environments and social justice. Her research and writing is deeply engaged with political ecology, feminist geography, critical race theory, and science and technology studies. She also co-founded and serves on the steering committee of the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative.

    Hiroshi Fukurai is a sociology and Professor of Sociology and Legal Studies at the UC Santa Cruz. His expertise includes citizen participation in the justice system, international law, race and inequality, East Asian law and politics, and military and justice. His research intersects with other substantive areas such as social movements, environmental justice, indigenous knowledge, labor history, and the role of international organizations. He was voted to be President of Asian Law and Society Association (ALSA) for 2018-2020.

  • Graduate Student Professionalization Workshop: TBD

    Thursday, TBD, 2019

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

    Workshop presenters and details coming soon.

  • Margaret Ramirez on Creative Dislocations: Black Latinx Geographies in the Borderland City of Oakland

    Thursday, February 21, 2019

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

    Tracing moments of performance, collective organizing, and creative expressions of joy, Ramirez reveals how Black, Latinx and other racialized artists in Oakland dislocate the gentrifying landscape, contesting the forces of redevelopment that seek to erase their geographies, disturbing the racial capitalist order of the city itself. Exploring the complex role that art and artists play in cities that are gentrifying or undergoing redevelopment, Ramirez pays particular attention to the ways that artists of color in Oakland are framed in discourses of the creative city and how they are contesting the gentrification of their neighborhoods. Ramirez suggests that their creative engagements with urban space offer a more nuanced understanding of the day-to-day terrors of gentrification, and insist upon an intersectional understanding of gentrification in relation to other forms of racial capitalist extraction. Ramirez contends that the creative and artistic practices of people of color also provide a lens from which to understand the Black and Latinx geographies of a city, offering multi-sensory engagements with urban space.

    Margaret Ramirez, Creative Cities Fellow at Stanford University. Work explores the interstices between racial capitalism and settler colonialism in cities across the Americas, and how the creative geographies of marginalized peoples are policed, co-opted and resist in gentrifying cities.

  • Faculty Dialogues: TBD

    Thursday, February 28, 2019

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

    With Sociology@UCSantaCruz Professors Rebecca London and Jenny Reardon.

    Rebecca London is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the UC Santa Cruz. Her research focuses on understanding the challenges faced by disadvantaged children and youth and the ways that communities and community organizations support young people to be healthy and successful. Using both qualitative and quantitative methods, Rebecca has conducted research in multiple fields, including: K-12 and post-secondary education, health and wellness, afterschool programs, welfare reform, the digital divide and children's living arrangements. Her research has been published in numerous journals, edited volumes, and policy briefs as well as presented at professional conferences, in community forums and in legislative testimony.

    Jenny Reardon is a Professor of Sociology and the Founding Director of the Science and Justice Research Center at the UC Santa Cruz. Her research draws into focus questions about identity, justice and democracy that are often silently embedded in scientific ideas and practices, particularly in modern genomic research. Her training spans molecular biology, the history of biology, science studies, feminist and critical race studies, and the sociology of science, technology and medicine. She is the author of Race to the Finish: Identity and Governance in an Age of Genomics (Princeton University Press, 2005) and The Postgenomic Condition: Ethics, Justice, Knowledge After the Genome (Chicago University Press, Fall 2017).


  • Spring Quarter

  • Faculty Dialogues: Immigration

    Thursday, April 18, 2019

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

    With Sociology@UCSantaCruz Professors Camilla Hawthorne and Juan Pedroza

    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. Camilla is Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Inequality in the Department of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz, a principal faculty member in UCSC's Critical Race and Ethnic Studies program, and an affiliate of the Science & Justice Research Center. Her teaching is focused on race, immigration and citizenship, political economy, space and inequality, and social theory. Her work sits at the intersection of critical public policy studies, diaspora theory, Black European studies, and postcolonial/feminist science and technology studies. Camilla's current research explores the politics of race and citizenship in Italy.

    Juan Pedroza is an Assistant Professor of Demography, Migration, and Inequality in the Department of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz where he studies the changing landscape of immigration in the United States. Over the past decade, Juan has examined the vast inequalities of immigrants' access to justice, the social safety net, and poverty. His research examines how and where deportation and enforcement initiatives exacerbate these inequalities and leave imprints in our local communities. Juan is particularly interested in the role local contexts play in creating and cementing divergent outcomes in immigrant communities whose expertise spans immigration, social inequalities, and public policy. Juan employs social demographic, statistical, and geographic information systems methods and tools to analyze administrative, Census, survey, and qualitative data to answer research questions about our social world.

  • Stephanie Malia Hom on "Migration and Detention in the Mediterranean"

    Thursday, May 16, 2019

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

    Stephanie Malia Hom is Executive Director of the Acus Foundation in Berkeley, CA. Hom writes and lectures on modern Italy and the Mediterranean, Italian literature and culture, colonialism and imperialism, migration and detention, and tourism studies. She is the author of Empire's Mobius Strip: Italy's Crisis of Migration and Detention (Cornell, 2019) and The Beautiful Country: Tourism and the Impossible State of Destination Italy (Toronto, 2015). She also co-edited with Ruth Ben-Ghiat Italian Mobilities (Routledge, 2015). Her essays and articles have been published in wide range of venues, including the leading journals in the fields of Italian studies, tourism history, urban studies, and folklore.

    Details coming soon.

     

  • Graduate Student Professionalization Workshop: TBD

    Thursday, TBD, 2019

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

    Workshop presenters and details coming soon.