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 2019-2020 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

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    Stephanie Malia Hom on "The Island in the Middle Sea: Lampedusa, Migration, and the Ripple Effects of Empire"

    Thursday, October 24, 2019

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

    Hom's talk will explore the lasting connections between Italy’s current crisis of migration and detention and the carceral archipelago of its recent past. It interrogates the layered histories of the island of Lampedusa, and in particular, how the movements occasioned by Italy’s nation-making and colonial projects in the early twentieth century have textured migration and detention in the twenty-first. It traces the ways in which the control of mobility, vis-à-vis a discourse of temporary permanence, has informed the creation of these exclusionary spaces, and how Italy’s neglected colonial history in Libya (1911–43) has become cited and expanded in the politics of the present, transforming Lampedusa into the southern border of “Fortress Europe.” What is at stake is a sustained critique of empire and mobility, with Italy as the keystone for imperialism, past and present, in the Mediterranean.

    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.

    From 10:30-11:30, in RCC 301, Stephanie will meet with graduate students to discuss paths in and outside of the academy.

    Ipek Demirsu

    Thursday, November 14, 2019

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

    Talk information coming soon.

    Ipek Demirsu is a PhD student in Social Sciences at the University of Padova, with a focus on migration and the city in the Italian context. Previously, Ipek completed a PhD in Political Science and International Relations at Sabanci University (Istanbul), during which had the chance to spend time as a visiting researcher in the stimulating environment of University of Otago National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. Ipek has worked as post-doctoral researcher in a joint project conducted by Sabanci University and KU Leuven, entitled "Assessing interdependence between the European Union and Turkey: Policies and cooperation in regional and global governance". Ipek is author of the book Counter-terrorism and the Prospects of Human Rights: Securitizing Difference and Dissent published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017. Ipek's research interests include human rights,democracy and pluralismsecurity studiesmigration studies, everyday resistance, urban ethnography, and qualitative research methods.