Tag: culture

Cultural Wars: Struggles over Interpretation and Meaning

Jean Franco
Latin American Culture in the Aftermath of the Cold War
February 5, 1996, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Sciences
The Great Gender War in Latin America
February 7, 1996, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
February 8, 1996, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

The Uses of Culture: Canon Formation, Postcolonial Literature and the Multicultural Project

Cameron McCarthy
All Consuming Identities: Race and the Pedagogy of Resentment in the Age of Difference
Monday, April 26, 1999 3:30PM in room 8417 Social Science
The Uses of Culture: Canon Formation, Postcolonial Literature and the Multicultural Project
Wednesday, April 28, 1999 3:30PM in room 8417 Social Science
Seminar for students and faculty ~The Work of Art in the Postcolonial Imagination
Thursday, April 29, 1999 12:20PM in room 8108 Social Science

    Cameron  McCarthy is Research Professor and University Scholar at the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  Focussing on the impact of racialized politics and culture in the U.S. McCarthy's  research interests include racial inequality and urban education, and debates over  multiculturalism and canon formation.  Drawing on postcolonial, multicultural and critical media theories he writes about the interplay between identity politics and conservative educational policies.  Two of McCarthy's recent publications are,  Race, Identity and Representation in Education (with Warren Crichlow), 1993 and The Uses of Culture:  Education and the Limits of Ethnic Affiliation, 1998.  Forthcoming (with Ram Mahalingham), is Social Epistemology and Multiculturalism.

Culture Econimic Development, and American Indian Nations

Steven Cornell
What Explains Economic Development? Culture and Institutions in Indian Nations
October 10, 2000, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Sciences
Culture as Explanation In Racial and Ethnic Inequality: Poverty And Propsperity on American Indian Reservations
October 11, 2000, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
October 12, 2000, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

    Stephen Cornell is director of the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and Professor of Sociology and of Public Administration and Policy at The University of Arizona. He is also co-director of the Project on American Indian Economic Development at Harvard University. A specialist in political economy and cultural sociology, Professor Cornell has written widely on Indian affairs, economic development, collective identity, and ethnic and race relations. His publications include The Return of the Native: American Indian Political Resurgence (Oxford, 1988); What Can Tribes Do? Strategies and Institutions in American Indian Economic Development (UCLA, 1992), co-edited with Joseph P. Kalt; and Ethnicity and Race: Making Identities in a Changing World (Pine Forge, 1998), co-authored with Douglas Hartmann. Professor Cornell has spent much of the last fifteen years working closely with Indian nations in the United States and Canada on self-governance, economic development, and tribal policy issues. Among his recent policy-related projects are a study of the on-and-off-reservation economic and social impacts of Indian gaming operations and an analysis of Native self-governance in Alaska.

The Cultural Economy OF Capitalism

Richard Sennett
"The Cultural Economy of Capitalism: Work"
December 3, 2002, 3:30PM, 206 Ingraham
"The Cultural Economy of Capitalism: Welfare"
December 4, 2002, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
December 5, 2002, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

The Culture of Control: American Penality in Sociological Perspective

David Garland
"Sociological Theory and the Changing Penal Landscape"
October 7, 2003, 3:30PM, 7200 Law School
"Social Change, Cultural Adaptation and the New Penal Politics"
October 8, 2003, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
October 9, 2003, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science


    Professor David W. Garland, widely considered one of the world's leading sociologists of crime and punishment, joined the NYU Law faculty in 1997. He was previously on the faculty of Edinburgh University's Law School, where he had taught since 1979, being appointed to a personal chair in 1992. At NYU, he also holds a joint appointment as professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences, where he teaches graduate classes in social theory and an undergraduate course in criminology.

Garland has been associated with NYU since 1984, when he commuted from Princeton to attend Professor Jacobs' criminal law seminars in the Law School. He was a Visiting Professor at the School in 1992-93 and a member of the Global Law School faculty from 1995 to 1997.

Garland, who received his law degree with First Class Honors and a Ph.D. in Socio-Legal Studies from the University of Edinburgh as well as a Masters in Criminology from the University of Sheffield, is noted for his distinctive sociological approach to the study of punishment and crime control, as well as for his work on the history of criminological ideas. He played a leading role in developing the sociology of punishment and was the founding editor of the interdisciplinary journal Punishment & Society. He is the author of several prize-winning studies, including Punishment and Modern Society: A Study in Social Theory, which won distinguished book awards from the American Sociological Association and the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and Punishment and Welfare: The History of Penal Strategies which won the International Society of Criminology's prize for best study over a five-year period. His most recent book is The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society, was published by University of Chicago Press in February 2001 and is already being translated into Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese. The Culture of Control charts contemporary trends in penal and social control, arguing that the crime policies which emerged in the US and the UK after 1975 are political and cultural adaptations to the new risks and problems created by 'late modern' ways of life.

Garland was a Visiting Reader at Leuven University, Belgium in 1983, a Davis Fellow in Princeton University's history department in 1984-85, and a Visiting Professor at Boalt Law School, U.C. Berkeley, in 1985 and 1988. In 1993 he was awarded the Sellin-Glueck prize by the American Society of Criminology for distinguished scholarly contributions to criminology by a non-American scholar. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and a Fellow-Designate of the Center of Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, CA.

Rationality and Culture

David Laitin
"An Equilibrium Theory of Culture"
April 13, 2004, 4:00PM, 206 Ingraham
"Endogenous Cultural Change"4/4
April 14, 2004, 4:00PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
April 15, 2004, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

David Laitin has taught at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Chicago, and is currently Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. He has written extensively on Africa and Eastern Europe, as well as on theory and method in the social sciences. He is best known for analyses of language politics in Somalia and the Baltic states, for his use of rational-choice theory to analyze cultural and linguistic identity and conflict, and for his spirited defense of formal modeling and methodological pluralism in the social sciences. Recent publications include Identity in Formation: the Russian-speaking Populations of the Near Abroad (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1998), (w. James Fearon) “Ethnicity, Insurgency, and Civil War,” American Political Science Review (2003), and “The Perestroikan Challenge to Social Science,” Politics and Society (2003).

Poverty, Opportunity, and Place

Cynthia Mildred Duncan
"Worlds Apart: The Role of Politics, Class, and Culture in Shaping Opportunity in Poor Rural Communities"
Tuesday, March 11, 4 pm, Ingraham 206
"Place Matters: A Review of Poverty and Development Challenges in Amenity Rich Areas, Declining Resource Dependent Areas and Chronically Poor Regions"
Wednesday, March 12, 4 pm, Ingraham 206
Public Seminar
Thursday, March 13, 12:20 pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by the UW Institute for Research on Poverty and the Global Studies Program

Cynthia "Mil" Duncan returned to the University of New Hampshire in the spring of 2004 as founding director of the Carsey Institute. Widely recognized for her research on rural poverty and changing rural communities, Duncan was a sociologist at UNH for 11 years before leaving to become director of the Ford Foundation’s Community and Resource Development Unit in 2000. At the Ford Foundation she was responsible for a team of national and international leaders in the community development, youth, and environmental fields. Duncan was the associate director of the Rural Economic Policy Program at the Aspen Institute prior to her former work at the University.

In 1999, Duncan published Worlds Apart: Why Poverty Persists in Rural America, which received the American Sociological Association’s Robert E. Park Award for the best book in Community and Urban Sociology. Duncan is the author of numerous book chapters and refereed articles. She received her PhD from the University of Kentucky in sociology and is a recipient of the University of Kentucky Department of Sociology Thomas R. Ford Distinguished Alumni Award. Duncan has a BA from Stanford University.


Jefferson Cowie
“‘No Time for Dreams’: The Unmaking of the American Working Class in the 1970s”
Tuesday, March 31, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
Open Seminar: “From the Sit-Downs to Seattle and Beyond: RCA Workers and the Future of Global Labor”
Wednesday, April 1, 11am, 5243 Humanities
“In Search of the Postmodern Working Class”
Wednesday, April 1, 4pm, 8417 Social Science

Co-sponsored by the UW Global Studies Program and the Comparative US Studies Collective.

JEFFERSON COWIE (PhD History, UNC Chapel Hill 1997) is Associate Professor of History at Cornell University. His work focuses on workers and the problem of class in the postwar United States, as well as issues in international and comparative history. He is the author of Capital Moves: RCA's Seventy-Year Quest for Cheap Labor, which received the Philip Taft Prize for the Best Book in Labor History for 2000, and co-editor of Beyond the Ruins: The Meanings of Deindustrialization. His newest book, Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class will be published in the fall of 2009. He is currently working with Nick Salvatore on The Long Exception: Rethinking the New Deal in American History. Cowie's commitment to undergraduate education is evident in his numerous teaching awards and his appointment as House Professor and Dean of Keeton House at Cornell University. He has been named a fellow by the American Council of Learned Societies; the Society for the Humanities at Cornell; and the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego.


Jorge Duany
“The Puerto Rican Diaspora: Changing Settlement Patterns and Cultural Identities”
Tuesday, April 7, 4 pm, 206 Ingraham
“The Dominican Diaspora: A Transnational Perspective”
Wednesday, April 8, 4 pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar
Thursday, April 9, 12:20 pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by the UW Global Studies Program, the Latin American Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program, the Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Program, the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives, and the Comparative US Studies Collective.

JORGE DUANY (Ph.D., Latin American Studies, University of California, Berkeley) is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. He has published extensively on Caribbean migration, ethnicity, race, nationalism, and transnationalism in academic journals and professional books in the Caribbean, North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Professor Duany’s most recent book is The Puerto Rican Nation on the Move: Identities on the Island and in the United States (2002). He is the coauthor of Puerto Ricans in Orlando and Central Florida (2006), Cubans in Puerto Rico: Ethnic Economy and Cultural Identity (1997), and El Barrio Gandul: Economía subterránea y migración indocumentada en Puerto Rico (1995). He is also the author of Quisqueya on the Hudson: The Transnational Identity of Dominicans in Washington Heights (1994). Since February 2003, he has written a monthly editorial column for the newspaper El Nuevo Día. Professor Duany previously served as Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Puerto Rico, Director of the journal Revista de Ciencias Sociales, Visiting Professor of Anthropology and American Studies at the University of Michigan, Assistant Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida, and most recently Bacardí Family Eminent Scholar in Latin American Studies at the University of Florida in Gainesville.


Juan Flores
“Coming Home to Roost: Rethinking Diaspora and Cultural Remittances”
Tuesday, April 28, 4 pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
“Caribeño Counterstream: Puerto Rican, Dominican and Cuban Diasporas on the Move”
Wednesday, April 29, 4 pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar
Thursday, April 30, 12:20 pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by the UW Global Studies Program, the Latin American Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program, the Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Program, the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives, and the Comparative US Studies Collective.

JUAN FLORES (Ph.D., German Studies, Yale University) is Professor of Latino Studies in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. For many years he has taught Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at the City University of New York (CUNY) and in the Sociology Program at CUNY Graduate Center. His interests include Puerto Rican and Latina/o culture, diaspora and transnational communities, and the sociology of popular culture. He is the author of Divided Borders: Essays on Puerto Rican Identity, Poetry in East Germany, The Insular Vision, La venganza de Cortijo, and From Bomba To Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity. He is the translator of Memoirs of Bernardo Vega and Cortijo's Wake by Edgardo Rodríguez Julià, and co-editor of On Edge: The Crisis of Latin American Culture. His current projects include: Companion to Latino Studies (co-edited with Renato Rosaldo), Boogaloo y otros guisos, and The Diaspora Strikes Back: Cultural Challenges of Transnational Communities.

The Transformation of Cultural Spaces

Karl Schlögel
"Writing the History of a River – The Problem of Narration in Historiography"
Monday, September 24, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
"'Soviet Detroit' or How Mother Russia became Modern"
Tuesday, September 25, 4pm, 336 Ingraham Hall
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty, and Public
Wednesday, September 26, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

KARL SCHLÖGEL holds the chair of East European History at the European University Viadrina (Frankfurt/Oder). His research focuses on Russian modernity in 19th and 20th Centuries, the Russian Diaspora after 1917, Stalinism, Urban Culture in Eastern Europe, Forced Migration in Central Europe. He has won numerous prizes for his essays and books, including the 2009 Leipzig Book Prize for Terror and Dream: Moscow 1937 on the Moscow Trials (forthcoming in English translation with Polity Press). He has published 12 additional monographs, including cultural histories of St. Petersburg and Moscow and on Russians in Berlin. He studied philosophy, sociology, and East European history at Free University Berlin and the universities in Moscow and Leningrad/St.Petersburg in the 1970s and 1980s.

Co-sponsored by the Center for German and European Studies, the History Department, the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, and Global Studies.


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