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 2022-2023 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. We also continue our Faculty Dialogues Series and Sociology Mixtapes sessions, featuring members of the UCSC sociology and campus community. We share our interests with a focus on our major influences, classic works, collaborations, off-the-beaten path contributions, and works in progress. For each of these Mixtapes themes, we will also hear about a matching track of music (which is part of an evolving playlist on YouTube and Spotify) to match our discussions. During each Mixtape, we reflect together and continue to build a soundtrack of inspiring artists, unforgettable tunes, deep cuts, songs made all the better by featured artists, and new work.

Unless otherwise noted, department events will run Thursdays from 12-1:15pm via Zoom.

Suggestions for hosted gatherings can be submitted using this online form, emailed to the department assistant or

    Fall 2022 Quarter

  • Book Launch! Contesting Race and Citizenship: Youth Politics in the Black Mediterranean

    TBD, Fall 2022

    Time: TBD
    Location: 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)! Contesting Race and Citizenship explores the politics of Blackness and citizenship in Italy. It examines the ways in which the Italian-born children of African immigrants have mobilized for a reform of Italian citizenship law in the context of the Eurozone economic crisis and the southern European refugee emergency. The book represents one of the first ever in-depth studies of Black Italian political mobilizations in Italy.

    More information can be found at:

    The open-access ebook version can be downloaded at:

    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. 


    Graduate Student Professionalization Workshop: Practicing Academic Job Talks

    TBD, Fall 2022

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

    Time will be held for students to practice delivering an academic job talk. Contact the graduate coordinator for more information.


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