The Global Contours of #BlackLivesMatter

 

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Our first meeting of the year will be tomorrow (!), September 11th in CLA 1.302C at 3pm. We will be discussing the Black Lives Matter movement in a global context and reflecting on social movements in the contemporary era.

Please come having read the following:

Barbara Ransby – “Ella Taught Me” 

Boima Tucker – “At The Crossroads of BET, Afrobeats and Black Lives Matter”

See you tomorrow!

R&E Schedule for Fall 2015

East High School students in Denver participate in a protest against the Ferguson, Missouri grand jury decision, in a busy intersection in front of the state Capitol, Wednesday Dec. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

We hope you have had productive and/or relaxing summer breaks. We have a really exciting schedule of speakers and events for the 2015-16 school year. This fall in particular we will be working around a theme for our meetings: social movements!
Please mark your calendars for the following dates:
September 11th (CLA 1.302C), 3-5pm
October 30th (TBA), 3-5pm
November 13th (CLA 1.302D), 3-5pm
December 4th (CLA 1.302C), 3-5pm
Our September meeting will be a discussion on global social movements and race. Further details and readings will be sent out soon, so please be on the lookout. If you haven’t already, join our listserv to stay in the loop here.
Our December meeting will be a graduate student paper workshop. For those of you considering submitting to conferences this will be a great place to get feedback. Please think about submitting to the workshop; more details about this meeting will follow later this semester.
As always, we look forward to seeing many of you this semester!

Student Papers/Presentations Workshop

On Friday, May 8th, in CLA 0.122 at 3-5pm, we will hold our final meeting of the semester. We will have a Student Papers/Presentations Workshop with four R&E members. Presenters will present works in progress, so please join the meeting to support them. Please contact Kathy (hillkathy@utexas.edu) for readings!
Presenters include:
Robert Ressler
Shantel Buggs
Christine Wheatley
Marcelo Bohrt
Hope to see you all there. Also, to celebrate the end of the semester, we will have cupcakes! 🙂

“Colonizers are not immigrants” and other thoughts on immigration, race, and bodies that belong

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Source: The Huffington Post

Our next meeting with take place on Friday April 17 in CLA 0.112 from 3-5. It will be a seminar-style discussion on race and immigration, specifically thinking about how the white body is absented from how U.S. studies imagines “who” the immigrant is. Please read the following readings and come ready for a productive conversation!

Koutonin, Mawuna R. (2015) – Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants? 

Treitler, Vilna Bashi.  (2015). “Social Agency and White Supremacy in Immigration Studies.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 1(1): 153-165, 2015.

 

See you all on Friday!

Upcoming PRC Brown Bags

The Population Research Center has invited some really exciting speakers for the weekly brown bags this spring. All brown bags take place 12:00-1:00 pm in CLA 1.302E. Here’s the schedule of the upcoming speakers:

February 6th – Rene Almeling (Yale University)

February 13th – Michele Forman (University of Texas)

February 20th – Yasmiyn Irizarry (University of Texas)

February 27th – Cassio Turra (Federal University of Minas Gerais)

March 6th – Tetyana Pudrovska (University of Texas)

March 27th – Linda Burton (Duke University)

April 3rd – Juan Battle (CUNY)

April 10th – Tom Hess (North Carolina State University)

April 17th – Mary Waters (Harvard University)

April 24th – Michael Rosenfeld (Stanford University)

Welcome Back, R&E-ers!

We hope everyone had a relaxing and productive winter break. We have a really exciting schedule ahead of us this spring, so please mark the following dates in your calendars. More details and readings to follow soon!

Friday, February 13th (3-5pm) – Talk by Gurminder Bhambra
Friday, March 27th (3-5pm) – Talk by Caroline Faria
Friday, April 17th (3-5pm) – Discussion on Immigration and Diaspora
Monday, May 4th (3pm) – Talk by Loïc Wacquant (co-sponsored with the Urban Ethnography Lab)
Friday, May 8th (3-5pm) – Student Papers Workshop

The Politics of Publishing – December 5th

Our final meeting of the semester will be on Friday, December 5th in CLA 3.106 from 3-5pm. We have made a change of plans for this meeting; instead of a paper workshop, we will follow up November 21st’s event with a discussion of the discourse(s) surrounding Alice Goffman’s book, On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City, and the politics of publishing in sociology.
To facilitate our discussion, we will be reading several texts, including:
Please come prepared with comments and questions so that we can have an engaging conversation. Let either Kathy, Anima, or Shantel know if you need to be sent a copy of the readings!

Kareem Khubchandani on October 24th

The time is near for our October meeting, which will take place on Friday, October 24th in CLA 3.106 from 3-5pm. We will have a guest speaker: Kareem Khubchandani, who is the Embrey Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow for UT’s Women’s and Gender Studies Department. You can see his profile here.

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Kareem will be discussing his essay, “Terrifying performances: post-9/11 misrecognition in Bollywood’s diaspora”; if you are interested in coming to the meeting and are not on the R&E listserv, please contact one of the organizers – Shantel, Anima, or Kathy – and they will forward along the paper.
We look forward to an engaging conversation!

Sociologists For Justice

Following up on our first meeting of the semester where we discussed the events happening in Ferguson, MO and American sociology’s response, please consider filling out Sociologists for Justice’s survey about next steps and how this movement might facilitate long-term efforts promote to public sociology:

http://sociologistsforjustice.org/survey/