- Visiting Scholars
- Real Utopias
- Social Cinema
- Labor & Working Class Studies
- FORWARD 2017
The Havens Center Spring 2008 Visiting Scholars Program presents
"The Political Economy of Sociology: Marx meets Bourdieu"
Tuesday, April 1, 7 pm, 8417 Social Science
"Durable Domination: Gramsci meets Bourdieu"
Thursday, April 3, 7 pm, 8417 Social Science
"Is there a Working Class?: Burawoy meets Bourdieu"
Tuesday, April 8, 7 pm, 8417 Social Science
"Colonialism and Revolution: Fanon meets Bourdieu"
Thursday, April 10, 7 pm, 8417 Social Science
"Antinomies of Feminism: De Beauvoir meets Bourdieu"
Wednesday, April 16, 7 pm, 8417 Social Science
"Intellectuals and their Publics: Bourdieu Inherits Mills"
Thursday, April 17, 7 pm, 8417 Social Science
Michael Burawoy has studied industrial workplaces in different parts of the world -- Zambia, Chicago, Hungary and Russia -- through participant observation. In his different projects he has tried to cast light -- from the standpoint of the workplace -- on the nature of postcolonialism, on the organization of consent to capitalism, on the peculiar forms of working class consciousness and work organization in state socialism, and on the dilemmas of transition from socialism to capitalism. During the 1990s he studied post Soviet decline as “economic involution”: how the Russian economy was driven by the expansion of a range of intermediary organizations operating in the sphere of exchange (trade, finance, barter, new forms of money), and how the productive economy recentered on households and especially women. No longer able to work in factories, most recently he has turned to the study of his own workplace – the university – to consider the way sociology itself is produced and then disseminated to diverse publics. Over the course of his research and teaching, he has developed theoretically driven methodologies that allow broad conclusions to be drawn from ethnographic research and case studies. These methodologies are represented in Global Ethnography a book coauthored with 9 graduate students, which shows how globalization can be studied "from below" through participation in the lives of those who experience it. Throughout his sociological career he has engaged with Marxism, seeking to reconstruct it in the light of his research and more broadly in the light of historical challenges of the late 20th and early 21st. centuries.
READINGS (note that that these are works in progress, discussion papers rather than finished products.)
Co-sponsored by the UW Global Studies Program
"Beyond Bourdieu: Literary Gatherings and Community Involvement for Social Change"
Tuesday, November 18, 4 pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
"Overcoming Social Exclusion: The Role of Critical Communicative Methodology"
Wednesday, November 19, 4 pm, 8417 Social Sciences Building
Thursday, November 20, 12:20 pm, 8108 Social Sciences Building
MARTA SOLER (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Professor of Sociological Theory and Director of CREA, the Center for Research in Theories and Practices for Overcoming Inequalities, at the University of Barcelona. CREA engages in research projects that contribute to theoretical and practical developments in the social sciences. It is chiefly concerned with the analysis of, and the development of measures aimed at overcoming, social inequalities in relation to gender relations, Roma people (also known as gypsies), migration, labor markets, and culture, among others. The author of Lenguage y Ciencias Sociales (2004), Professor Soler was a member of the research project “Workalo, which led to the European Parliament’s official recognition of the Romà in Europe.
"Reign of le Terroir: French Gastronomy in the Age of Neo-Liberalism”
Tuesday, March 19, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
"Labor Solidarity: From Social Drama to Practical Myth"
Wednesday, March 20, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, March 21, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science
RICK FANTASIA is the Barbara Richmond 1940 Professor in the Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. His research has been driven by questions of labor and of culture, and their interpenetration, both in the U.S. and in France. He writes periodically for Le Monde Diplomatique and is the author of Cultures of Solidarity and co-author (with Kim Voss) of Hard Work. His recent research has concerned the symbolic economy of French gastronomy and the dynamics of its transformation as a cultural field.