Graduate Program in Sociology
New Faculty Appointment
Professor Joseph DiGrazia
I am a political sociologist who is interested in political beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes and how these topics are related to larger debates about issues like race, immigration, and policy. I received my PhD at Indiana University and have since been a postdoctoral fellow at Dartmouth College. Currently, I have ongoing projects that focus on right-wing social movements in the United States, the emergence and spread of political conspiracy theories, labor rights policy, and the role of social media in political communication and behavior. I use a diverse array of methods, though my work is primarily quantitative and employs techniques and data from the emerging area of computational social science. My work in computational social science involves developing novel data sources from the digital traces left by the public’s use of the Internet and communications technology.
Postdoctoral Supervisor of the Year Award
Professor Pat Armstrong
York University’s Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) honoured Professor Pat Armstrong with the Faculty’s inaugural Postdoctoral Supervisor of the Year Award. The newly established award recognizes professors who demonstrate exemplary support for postdoctoral scholars at York University, exceeding general supervisory expectations. For the full story, please see York's yfile.
Canadian Sociological Association
Outstanding MA Program Student
Recipient: Leigha Comer
For my Master's thesis, I conducted a content analysis of the chronic pain content at three undergraduate medical schools in Ontario. Overall, I found that the medical schools differ significantly not only in the amount of pain content structured into each curriculum, but also how key topics such as pain mechanisms, pain management, and opioid prescribing practices are taught. I also found that each curriculum describes pain patients as "difficult" and "overwhelming." Content on pain management tends to link chronic pain with addiction, and pain patients are frequently framed as unrewarding to work with, demanding, and non-compliant. My hope is that my work will contribute to the growing literature on promising practices for pain management, and particularly the need to promote both technical skills and positive pain beliefs among medical students.
Congratulations go out to Amanda Salerno, who on March 18, 2017, gave birth to baby girl named Gabriella Elena Emma. Gabriella weighed in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces. The new family is doing well.
Graduate Program in Sociology Distinguished Dissertation Award, 2016 and Recipient of the Canadian Sociological Association Outstanding PhD Program Student
Recipient: Markus Kip, PhD
This dissertation focuses on the contested practices of union solidarity with undocumented migrant workers in Germany. Unionists part ways when it comes to the practical meaning of solidarity with workers who lack work permits. To some union members, undocumented migrant workers ought to be included in the bonds of union solidarity by virtue of being workers. To others, undocumented migrant workers are primarily illegal and unfair competitors undermining existing practices and institutions of solidarity. Since 2008, six union centres for undocumented migrant workers called MigrAr (German “Migration & Arbeit”, English “migration & labour”) have been established by labour activists. Their institutionalization under the umbrella of German unions continues to arouse controversies among their members.
This research builds on an activist ethnography following the Extended Case Method. The researcher is positioned as an activist in the MigrAr centre in Berlin. In a critical encounter with Jürgen Habermas's work, the research charts the significance of instrumental and normative rationalities in union controversies around undocumented labour, since it became a topic two decades ago. The fieldwork shows that activists’ engagement for expanding union solidarity cannot be properly understood in relation to Habermas’s account of instrumental and normative rationality alone.
The dissertation, moreover, contests Habermas's dismissal of material reproduction, especially in relation to work and citizenship, as significant for the development of solidarity. Contrary to Habermas's premise of symmetrical reciprocity in his notion of solidarity, this research demonstrates that activists understand their own practice as being premised on conditions of asymmetry. Differences pertain among activists, as to whether this requires holding on to established labour standards and union procedures, or whether specific measures are required to practice union solidarity under the condition of undocumented workers’ legal, economic, and social vulnerabilities. Affirming the latter approach, activists in the Berlin centre encounter multiple obstacles to implement it in union organizations as the ethnography details. Drawing on participant observations and interviews, I argue that the activist practice of solidarity is motivated by what I call political imagination; the ability to imagine activist practices as a contribution towards realizing an alternative form of union solidarity.
To the award committee: Thank you! I feel humbled by this notice. This dissertation has been made possible by the outstanding support from my supervisor, Ratiba Hadj-Moussa, as well as by supervisory committee members Mark P. Thomas and Roger Keil. Many members of the graduate programme have contributed to the production of this piece of work. Here I would like to express my deep gratitude to AK Thompson, Alan Bourke, Audrey Tokiwa, Jesse Carlson, Sheryl Peters and Tia Dafnos, particularly for their feedback and help during the final phase.
Since April 2016, I work as a postdoc at the Graduate School of Urban Studies, Faculty of Architecture at Technische Universität Darmstadt in Germany. Looking at newly built housing for refugees in Germany as well as contemporary approaches to postwar modernist architecture in an international setting, I am using architecture as a lens to understand hegemonic and contested notions of social solidarity.
November 18, 2017
Bar and Karaoke
360 Yonge Street
6:00 - 9:00
The YSGA is hosting its first social of the year. All members of the York Sociology Graduate Association and their families, as well as sociology faculty and staff are invited. (.pdf)
June 21, 2017
The Graduate Program in Sociology is extremely proud of its most recent graduates. We wish you all well!
Saturday, February 11, 2017
303 August Avenue (Kensington Market)
All members of the Graduate Program are invited to the YSGA's 3rd social event of the year. Come on out and celebrate the winter term with great food and drink! (.pdf)
Lunar New Year/Spring Festival
Saturday, February 11, 2017
420 Spadina Avenu
Come on out and celebrate the Lunar New Year/Spring Festival.
Inauguration Get Together
Thursday, January 19, 2017
All members of the graduate program in sociology are invited to come to this... interesting and unusual moment.
YSGA Social: Pub Night!
Friday, December 2, 2016
Elephant & Castle
378 Yonge Street (Yonge and Gerrard)
All members of the program are invited to the second YSGA social (pdf). Let's get together for dinner and drinks at the Elephant and Castle and celebrate the end of the term!
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 20, 2016
The Graduate Program in Sociology congratulates our October 2016 graduates. We wish you all the best!
Annual Bake Sale for the Workers' Action Centre
Tuesday, October 26 and Wednesday, October 27
Sociology Graduate Lounge, 2071 Vari Hall
Azar Masoumi and Danielle Landry will be holding a bake sale to raise funds for the amazing Workers' Action Centre. If you are on campus, please do drop by, enjoy some sweets and support a very good cause!
If you can't make it to the bake sale, you can still support the initiative by donating online to their team Bowl'nforce. Even the smallest of donations is appreciated.
October 15, 2016
Bar + Karaoke
360 Yonge Street, #2
The York Sociology Graduate Association (YSGA) will be hosting its first social event of the year. All graduate students and faculty in the Graduate Program in Sociology are invited to attend.
Welcome Back Reception
September 14, 2016
2169 Vari Hall
On Wednesday, September 14, 2016 the Graduate Program hosted a "Welcome Back Reception" where the incoming cohort were introduced to faculty and students in the program.
June 22, 2016
The Graduate Program in Sociology congratulates our June 2016 graduates. We wish you all the best!
Research Committee Event
Sociology Seminar Series
November 29, 2017
12:00 - 2:00
Sociology Common Room
2101 Vari Hall
The research committee is pleased to host for the first time the Sociology Seminar Series. The series is designed to offer graduate students the opportunity to discuss, work through and/or showcase their research. Students at different stages in the research process are encouraged to participate.
The series will bring together graduate students and faculty members to discuss the work of graduate student’s. Graduate students will be offered 15 minutes to discuss any, but not limited to, the following:
- Issues or concerns in design, methodology or process
- Theoretical/conceptual concerns or proposals
- Results, patterns or themes in data
The outcome of these sessions is to foster an intellectual community which supports students as they move through the research process. Fellow graduate students and faculty members who attend as audience members should be willing to discuss, offer suggestions and ask questions about graduate research. Refreshments will be provided to help stimulate the conversation!
The inaugural session will take place on November 29th, between 12-2pm, in the Common Room (2101 VH).
Graduate students willing to participate, along with those wishing to take part as supportive and engaging community members, should RSVP by Nov.22 to: Sonia D’Angelo, email@example.com.
The event will only take place if a sufficient amount of graduate students volunteer (3 at minimum, and a maximum of 6) to share their research experiences.
Remembering. Death, Memorialization and the Afterlife in the Digital Age
Professor Deborah Davidson and colleagues
November 27, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
44 Gaukel Street
Please join Professor Deborah Davidson and her colleagues on Monday, November 27 as they discuss death, memorialization and the afterlife in the digital age. (.pdf)
Karl Marx and the Postcolonial Age
Presenter: Dr. Ranabir Samaddar
Distinguished Chair in Migration and Forced Migration Studies, Calcutta Research Group and O'Brien Residency Fellow, McGill University
November 21, 2017
3:30 - 5:30
Sociology Common Room
2101 Vari Hall
Professor Samaddar’s research focuses on the areas of migration and refugee studies, nationalism and post-colonial statehood in South Asia, new regimes of technological restructuring and labour control, and Marxism. His many works include A Biography of the Indian Nation, 1947-1997 (Sage, 2001); The Politics of Dialogue (Ashgate, 2004); The Materiality of Politics (Anthem Press, 2007), The Emergence of the Political Subject (Sage, 2009); and Karl Marx and the Postcolonial Age (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).
Chair: Marcello Musto, Department of Sociology
Discussant: Raju Das, Department of Sociology
Organized by: Marx Collegium, York University
Global Labour Speaker Series
New Directions in the Sociology of Work
Pat Armstrong, Distinguished Research Professor
Norene Pupo, Professor
Mark Thomas, Associate Professor
November 14, 2017
2:30 - 4:00
S802 Ross Building
Join us for a discussion of three recent book publications that involve York sociologists Pat Armstrong (Distinguished Research Professor), Norene Pupo (Professor), and Mark Thomas (Associate Professor) engaging in themes related to the sociology of work. In Wash, Wear, and Care, Armstrong and Day assess the neglected but important labour involved in ensuring that clothes promote respect for both the washers and the wearers, analyze the part that laundry and clothing play in nursing homes, and raise questions about the wider social, political, economic, and historical contexts of these facilities. In Crises in Canadian Work, Pupo, Duffy, and Glenday provide a concise overview of current and emerging issues in the sociology of work, examining the Canadian economy and labour markets in relation to the pressures and processes of globalization. In Work and Labour in Canada, Jackson and Thomas draw upon statistics and case studies to identify the economic, social, and political processes that influence contemporary workplace environments and trends, and point to the need for more equitable and democratic strategies to reorganize work.
All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP via Eventbrite.
Book Launch for Dr. Vanaja Dhruvarajan
Crossing the Laxman Rekha: One Woman's Struggles Against Gender, Racial and Ethnic Bias
In conversation with Dr. Tania Das Gupta
November 8, 2017
2:30 - 4:30
0010 Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building
The “Laxman Rekha,” from the ancient Indian epic Ramayana, was a line drawn to protect Prince Rama’s wife, Sita, from the dangers of the outside world. In Hindu culture today, the notion of the Laxman Rekha has shifted from protecting women to actually circumscribing their conduct; it has become a metaphor for the proper behavior of Hindu women.
Women have always struggled to stretch these boundaries so as to enjoy more autonomy. This book is about one woman’s struggle to transcend the multiple constraints placed on her due to gender, racial, and ethnic biases—from her 1940s childhood in India, to her working and mothering years in the US, Canada, and India from the 1970s to today. Dr. Dhruvarajan’s story also draws parallels between the pains and pleasures experienced by other women of that era, when gender roles were in flux around the world. It was an exciting time, but it was also rife with disappointment. It seemed that for every successful attempt to push past the metaphorical Laxman Rekha, there was a price to pay—and women paid it.
But human nature is resilient. Author Vanaja Dhruvarajan’s story of upheaval and hope—of courage in the face of continual censure and discrimination—opens a window on what it means to survive crossing the Laxman Rekha.
Dr. Vanaja Dhruvarajan is an Adjunct Professor at Carleton University. A native of Bangalore, India, she completed her BA in India and her Master’s and PhD at the University of Chicago. She has done research in India and Canada and has published several books and articles, including Hindu Women and the Power of Ideology, and Gender, Race and Nation: A Global Perspective, coauthored with Jill Vickers. Besides serving as the president of the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, and the Canadian Women’s Studies Association, she held the Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair of Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.
Copies of the book available at the event, or for purchase on Amazon.ca!
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Light refreshments provided.
Environmental Management: Critical Thinking and Emerging Practices
Authors: Professors Peter Mulvihill and Harris Ali
Positive leadership involves standing back from an issue, assessing the problem, providing a learned interpretation and delivering a rational and well-constructed vision for change or improvement. This is true in the academic world. Professors Peter Mulvihill (Faculty of Environmental Studies) and Harris Ali (Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies), have just released a new book, Environmental management: Critical thinking and emerging practices, which does just that. It’s especially pertinent because the issue is our dying planet.
As well, please see the following published recently in the Excalibur.
Unsettling Canada at 150: Memory Discourses in Transnational Contexts
Friday, November 3, 2017
8:30 - 5:30
519 Kaneff Tower
Workshop Organizations: Daphne Winland (Anthropology), Jenny Wüstenberg (Politics), Michael Nijhawan (Sociology), Duygu Gul Kaya (Sociology)
Please join us for a one-day workshop titled "Unsettling Canada at 150: Memory Discourses in Transnational Contexts" on November 3, Friday between 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sponsored by Canada 150@York with additional funds from the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR), Department of Politics, and the Department of Anthropology, the workshop will take stock of the contemporary politics of memory in Canada and the emerging role of transnational memory discourses in this context.
Open to the public, yet registration is required due to limited space. To register, please RSVP by sending us an email at email@example.com, or using the form on the conference website https://unsettlingcanada150.wordpress.com/ by Monday, October 30, 2017.
Call For Papers
Racialized Refuge, Reception Contexts and the Status-Labelling Space
Special issues of Refuge: Canada's Journal on Refugees
Guest Editors: Christopher Kyriakides, Dina Taha, Rodolfo D. Torres, Carlo Handy Charles
Call for papers now available: https://refuge.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/refuge/announcement/view/172
QED October Webinar
The Dynamic of Trust in Refugee-Host Relations
Presenter: Professor Christopher Kyriakides
Canada Research Chair and Executive Committee Member
Centre for Refugee Studies
October 28, 2017
QED is excited to present the QED October Webinar on The Dynamic of Trust in Refugee-Host Relations.
In this webinar, Professor Kyriakides will discuss how the dynamic of refugee-host relations affects and is affected by the Canadian Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program. He will outline what he calls 'the existential transactions of worth', focusing on the pre and post arrival exchange of 'resettlement knowledge assets', why they are central to the establishment of trust between sponsor groups and refugees, and the importance of 'trust formation' in determining 'resettlement success', particularly after 'month 13'.
There will be a question and answer period at the end of the presentation.
Link to webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxvAtP7SaZY
21st Annual Day in Applied Psychoanalysis
Saturday, October 28, 2017
9:00 - 4:00
George Ignatief Theatre
University of Toronto
15 Devonshire Place
Gender Through the Looking Glass: Whose Perspective? Gender Fluidity in Culture, Literature, and Psychoanalysis - Contemporary Viewpoints (.pdf)
MD Psychoanalyst, Boston
PhD Acclaimed Irish-Canadian Writer/Literary Historian
PhD Associate Professor, Sociology, Toronto
PsyD Clinical Psychologist/Psychoanalysis
MSW Clinical Social Worker/Psychoanalyst
Global Labour Research Centre
International Graduate Student Symposium, 2017
October 26 - 27, 2017
The Global Labour Research Centre (GLRC) at York University is very pleased to welcome you to their third annual International Graduate Student Symposium. The symposium
showcases graduate student research on a wide range of issues related to the study of
work and labour in a global context, and offers an interdisciplinary forum for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to share their research in a collaborative environment. (.pdf)
Those interested in attending can resigner with Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/glrc-international-graduate-student-symposium-2017-tickets-35403420584
Trump's America and the Plague of Illiberal Democracy
Professor Henry Giroux
Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest
Thursday, October 26, 2017
6:30 - 8:30
Senate Chamber, N940 Ross Building
All over the globe, liberal democracy is losing its grip on the public imagination, and in the midst of this loss a toxic form of illiberal democracy is taking its place. As institutions that once provided public visions and proactive spaces are stripped of their authority and decay under the scourge of casino capitalism, the foundation is being set for the rise of new modes of authoritarianism. What they all share is both a hatred for democracy and a willingness to feed off the anger and rage of those who have suffered under punishing austerity measures and the restructuring of all aspects of society to the dictates of financial markets and a culture of cruelty imposed by global capitalism. In this lecture, Professor Henry Giroux posits that it is against this wider historical and social context marked by a mounting embrace of illiberal democracy that the authoritarian populism of Donald Trump and other demagogues can be both interrogated and challenged. It is also against this worldwide embrace of illiberal democracy that a debate must begin over rethinking politics outside of the discourse of capitalism.
Dr. Henry A. Giroux holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the Department of English and Cultural Studies. He is on the editorial and advisory boards of numerous national and international scholarly journals, and has served as the editor or co-editor of four scholarly book series. Dr. Giroux is a regular contributor to a number of online journals including Truthout, Eurozine, and CounterPunch. He has published in many journals including Social Text, Third Text, Cultural Studies, Harvard Educational Review, Theory, Culture, & Society, and Monthly Review. His most recent books include: Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education (2014); Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism (Peter Lang 2014, 2nd edition); The Violence of Organized Forgetting (City Lights, 2014); Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of the Spectacle (co-authored with Brad Evans, City Lights, 2015); Dangerous Thinking in the Age of the New Authoritarianism (Routledge, 2016); America at War with Itself (City Lights, 2017); and The Public in Peril: Trump and the Menace of Authoritarianism (Routledge 2018). His primary research areas are: cultural studies, youth studies, critical pedagogy, popular culture, media studies, social theory, and the politics of higher and public education. He is particularly interested in what he calls the war on youth, the corporatization of higher education, the politics of neoliberalism, public pedagogy, the educative nature of politics, the rise of various youth movements across the globe, and the assault on civic literacy and the collapse of public memory.
Space is limited. Please register with EventBrite
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All are welcome.
The John Eleen Annual Lecture in Global Labour is an initiative of the Global Labour Research Centre and is co-sponsored by the Ontario Federation of Labour.
Urban Sociology in an Urban World
Professor Kevin Ward
Visiting Professor, The City Institute at York University
Monday, October 16, 2017
11:30 - 2:30
2101 Vari Hall
What is the future of urban sociology and does it matter? Given that we live in what has been variously labelled as the "urban age" or the "urban century", where over half the world lives in a city, where we are witnessing the emergence of "mega cities" of more than 10 million people and where the process of urbanization is transforming relationships across space, then what role should there be for urban sociology? And how does the possible future contribution of sociology stack up compared to cognate disciplines, such as anthropology or geography? These questions - and others - will be raised in this workshop. (.pdf)
12th Annual Center for Refugee Studies Student Conference
"Bordering on Crisis: Citizenship, Borders and Forced Displacement"
Keynote Speaker: Professor Nevzat Soguk, University of Hawaii at Manoa
October 12 - 13, 2017
519 Kaneff Tower
Conference registration and participation is free but registration is required.
More information about the conference and the program and the particpants' abstracts and biographies available at: https://crsstudentscaucus.wordpress.com/
To register for the conference: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/12th-crs-annual-students-conference-tickets-35372116954
To register for the keynote speech: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/crs-student-conference-2017-keynote-speaker-lecture-professor-nevzat-soguk-tickets-37735707517
Special thanks to our Sponsors
Trudeau foundation, The center for Refugee Studies, Liberal arts and professional Studies (LA&PS), Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS), Disaster and Emergency management, Political Science, Philosophy, Yokr University Graduate Students association (YUGSA), Social work, Fine Arts and Theater, History, Public Policy, Sociology and Social and political thought.
Marx and Democracy
Professor Terrell Carver
School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
University of Bristol
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
3:00 - 5:00
2101 Vari Hall
Abstract: In political terms Marx was much more of a democrat than many of his followers have wanted to admit. His political allies in the 1840s were 'bourgeois liberals', and he was wholly on the side of struggles and revolutions to establish constitutional regimes. In terms of suffrage and economics he was of course a 'left' democrat, but one who advocated working class action against middle class forces only with great reluctance. Many of his 'political' works have been devalued, compared with those that have taken pride of place as 'theory'. And some of his 'theoretical' works make more sense when read contextually as political interventions. One of these is 'The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte', which contains a novel theory of democracy, but one not yet appreciated either in the literatures on Marx or on democratic theory. Marx argues that representative democracy and military dictatorship are not poles apart as political constructions, but rather balanced 'on a knife's edge' by ever-present political forces. His account of French revolutionary and counter-revolutionary politics points to the crucial role of elected politicians in representative democracies and how easily they can be turned to abolish the very institutions that they had sworn to uphold. This theory clarifies many of the conflicts and struggles that have taken place since that time - and indeed are occurring in the present - in apparently 'democratic' countries worldwide. (.pdf)
Discussant: George Comninel, Department of Politics, York University
Admission to this activity is free - no registration.
Organized by Marx Collegium, York University
Lessons of the Fight for $15 in the Trump Era
with Jonathan Rosenblum
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
1:00 - 2:30
S802 Ross Building
Labour organizer Jonathan Rosenblum will discuss the inside story of the first successful fight for $15. Just outside Seattle, an unlikely alliance of Sea-Tac airport workers, union and community activists, and clergy staged face-to-face confrontations with corporate leaders to unite a diverse, largely immigrant workforce in a struggle over power between airport workers and business and political elites. This talk will consider lessons from this campaign that may contribute to building a powerful, inclusive labour movement and enable workers to reclaim their power in the contemporary economy.
Jonathan Rosenblum was campaign director of the SeaTac Airport workers campaign, which he directed for the Service Employees International Union. Prior to SeaTac, he led healthcare organizing campaigns, coordinated multi-union drives in the Seattle area, and was founding organizer of Washington State Jobs With Justice, a labour, faith, student and community coalition organized to fight for the rights of all working people. Jonathan played a key role in thehistoric 2015 re-election of socialist Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant. He also has served in leadership positions in multi-faith coalitions, and is a leader in Kadima (Jewish) Reconstructionist Community in Seattle. He has written and spoken extensively about workers and the future of the social justice movement.
All are welcome. Registration is free.
CIHR - Institute of Population and Public Health
Café Scientifique - Healthy Cities - Professor Harris Ali
Professor Harris Ali - Chair
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
4:00 - 7:00
Schulich Private Dining Room
The Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH), along with the City Institute (CITY), invite you to join them for a discussion (and refreshments) on Health Cities. Professor Harris Ali, Professor and Graduate Program Director of the Graduate Program in Sociology, will be chairing the event. Dr. Ali has published on toxic contamination events and disease outbreaks. His current research focuses on the relationship between globalization, urbanization and infectious disease spread. His most recent research involves the spread of tuberculosis amongst the homeless in Toronto, environmental justice and political economy, as well as the potential of complexity theory to investigate environmental health phenomena. (.pdf)
Marx's Capital After 150 Years: Critique and Alternative to Capitalism
May 24-26, 2017
Organized by Marx Collegium (York University)
Directorship: Professor Marcello Musto
An international conference to mark the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Marx’s Capital was held May 24 to 26 at York University.
Organized by Marx Collegium (York University), under the directorship of Marcello Musto, associate professor of sociology, the conference brought together some of the leading scholars in the fields of sociology, political science, and philosophy from more than 20 universities and 10 countries to critically discuss the history, the content, and the relevance of this path-breaking book.
As one of the largest academic events in York University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (LAPS) in many years, the three-day event attracted a large audience, with more than 1,000 students, scholars, and activists coming from as far as Nepal, Japan, Mexico and Nicaragua. The closing session, with a keynote speech by Professor Immanuel Wallerstein (Yale University), was attended by more than 300 people.
For more on this story, please see yfile: http://yfile.news.yorku.ca/2017/06/07/york-hosts-international-conference-marxs-capital-after-150-years-critique-and-alternative-to-capitalism/#.WTjM6xL-pjw.twitter
Call for Proposals
International Graduate Student Symposium
October 26-27, 2017
Deadline for Submissions: July 21, 2017
The Global Labour Research Centre at York University invites proposals for presentations at its upcoming third annual international graduate student symposium, which will take place on October 26-27, 2017. To encourage the formation of the broadest intellectual community, they invite proposals on a wide range of issues and areas of research, including, but no limited to: work, employment, and labour rights; migration, citizenship, and work; inequality, work, and labour markets; gender relations at work and in labour movements; revitalization of workers' movements; work and popular culture; labour, colonialism, and decolonization; work, labour movements, and the environment. Please see their call for proposals for more information. (.pdf)
Symposium Organizing Committee: Rawan Abdelbaki, Matthew Corbeil, Lacey Croft, Jolin Joseph, Adam King, Professor Mark Thomas
Roundtable with Professor Sheila Cavanagh
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Professor Sheila Cavanagh participates in this roundtable through the Summer Institute of Sexuality Studies. (.pdf)
Wash, Wear and Care: Clothing and Laundry in Long-Term Residential Care
Professor Pat Armstrong and Dr. Suzanne Day
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Pantages Hotel, Drama Room 7
200 Victoria Street
Clothes are inextricably tied to dignity and personal identity. They take on a particular significance in places such as long-term residential care, where they are among the only personal indicators of identity residents may retain.
In Wash, Wear and Care: Clothing and Laundry in Long-Term Residential Care, Sociology Professor Pat Armstrong and Suzanne Day, a graduate of York’s Sociology Doctoral Program, use the particular case of clothes in nursing homes to raise larger questions about care, women’s labour, privatization and dignity for both those who need and those who provide care.
The book is based primarily on ethnographic research from a seven-year SSHRC-funded project Re-imagining Long-term Residential Care: An internationals Study of Promising Practices and a smaller CIHR funded one on Healthy Aging in Residential Places. Examined through the critical lens of feminist political economy, the neglected issues related to clothes and the labour involved in their care are used to explore the myriad shifting political and economic dynamics experienced by staff, residents, families, volunteers and managers of long-term care homes, the impacts on the health-care system and the implications of health care reform.
Growing out of her research on women’s work and on health care, Armstrong has for more than a decade been researching issues relating to the lives of seniors and the work involved in their care. As of June 2016, she is a co-investigator on a four-year project, “Seniors Adding Life to Years” that received $2 million to study quality of life of seniors living in residential long-term care settings, their caregivers and supporters.
The book will be launched at a public event on May 30 at 4:30pm in Drama Room 7 of the Pantages Hotel, 200 Victoria St., Toronto. Intended to coincide with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, the panel on privatization presented by members of the research team will be followed by a reception.
On May 17, York University participated in the Council of Ontario Universities (COU)'s Research Matters annual Pop-Up Research Park on Parliament Hill. Vice-President, Research and Innovation Robert Hache and sociology's Professor Fuyuki Kurasawa attended with Kurasawa's display, on how digital culture is tackling the world's problems, attracting considerable attention from members of Parliament. Research Matters chose Kurasawa's work to represent York due to is engaging and timely relevance. For the full story, please see http://yfile.news.yorku.ca/2017/05/23/york-u-showcases-research-at-research-matters-parliament-hill-pop-up/.
Marx's Capital After 150 Years: Critique and Alternatives to Capitalism
Professor Marcello Musto, Conference Organizer
May 24, 2017 - May 26, 2017
After the eruption of the international financial crisis in 2008, Marx's Capital received renewed academic and popular attention. Leading newspapers throughout the world discussed again the contemporary relevance of its pages. Faced with a deep new crisis of capitalism, many are now looking to an author who in the past was often wrongly associated with the "actually existing socialism", and who was hastily dismissed after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
For many scholars, today Marx's analyses are arguably resonating even more strongly than they did in Marx's own time. This international conference brings together several world-renowned sociologists, political theorists, economists, and philosophers, from diverse fields and 13 countries. Its aim is to explore diverse scholarly perspectives and critical insights into the principal contradictions of contemporary capitalism and, in so doing, to draw attention to alternative economic and social models.
The presenters will critically reconsider Marx's Capital as a work that continues to provide an effective framework to understand the nature of capitalism and the transformations of our times.
ADMISSION TO THIS CONFERENCE IS FREE - NO REGISTRATION (.pdf)
Hate Trolls and Freedom of Expression Online: What To Do?
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
12:00 - 1:30
103 Rogers Communication Centre
80 Gould Street
The surge in both online abuse, most commonly gendered, racially-, sexually-, or religiously-based and in technologically-enabled harassment demands we reconsider the thorny question of how democratic societies deal with abusive discourse while preserving the right to free expression.
Panelists will include among others, Penni Stewart, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, York University, and Fuyuki Kurasawa, Research Chair in Global Digital Citizenship, York University. (.pdf)
The Anthem Companion to Hannah Arendt
with co-editor Philip Walsh
Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Founders College Senior Common Room
305 Founders College
Join Professor Walsh and a panel discussion with graduate students who will discuss the influence of Hannah Arendt on their research. (.pdf)
York Sociology Graduate Association
7th Annual Graduate Symposium
"What is Your Sociological Program?"
Friday, March 10, 2017
9:00 - 5:00
Sociology Common Room
2101 Vari Hall
All students and faculty in the Graduate Program in Sociology, as well as invited guests, are welcome to attend the 7th Annual YSGA Symposium. Come on out and hear about the research that's being done by your peers. A complete list of talks will be distributed soon. (.pdf)
Immediately following the Symposium, everyone is invited to attend the social in the Underground restaurant on campus. Plan to be there for around 6:00 p.m.! (.pdf)
The Tattoo Project
edited by Professor Deborah Davidson
Thursday, March 2, 2017
1:00 - 4:00
McLaughlin Senior Common Room
140 McLaughlin College
Please see the schedule of events running 1:00-4:00. (.pdf) Please note that Professor Davidson will be available 1:00-4:00 to discuss and sign her book, and to discuss a plan for a York Commemorates Tattoo Exhibit.
Jennifer R. Whitson
University of Waterloo
CITIZEN, SUBJECT, AVATAR: Gamifying Social Problems with Surveillance
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Qualitative Research and Resource Centre
N141 Ross Building
The presentation provides an introduction to gamification and the quantified self. By first defining gamification, games, and play, and then linking the effectiveness of gamification to the quantification of everyday life, the paper shows how quantification in gamification is different from quantification in both analog spaces and digital non-game spaces. The presentation draws from governmentality studies to illustrate how quantification is leveraged in terms of surveillance, using three examples to demonstrate the social effects and impacts of gamified behaviour. These examples range from gamifying everyday life using self-surveillance, to the participatory surveillance evoked by social networking services, to the hierarchical surveillance of the gamified call-centre. Importantly, the call-centre example becomes a limit case, emphasizing the inability to gamify all spaces, especially those framed by work and not play. Ultimately, without knowing first what games and play are, we cannot accurately respond to and critique the playful surveillant technologies that gamification leverage, and the very real, very insidious, governance structures that are embedded within. (.pdf)
Jennifer R. Whitson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology & Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo. She works at the nexus of digital games and surveillance studies, having conducted ethnographic fieldwork with game developers since 2012. Her research centres on the shifting production models of the global game industry, tracing how risk management practices, datamining, and digital distribution shape developers' creative work and the larger cultural role of games and play. More generally, she studies digital media surveillance, social influences on software development processes, gamification, and governance in online domains. She is on the board of the University of Waterloo’s Games Institute and their Cybersecurity and Privacy Centre, and is a Research Advisor for Execution Labs, an investment platform for game studios. She is an associate editor of Surveillance and Society, and her work can be found in a number of edited collections, such as The Gameful World (MIT Press), as well as journals such as First Monday, Economy & Society, and FibreCulture.
Discussant: Alex Cybulski (iSchool, University of Toronto)
Sponsored by the York Research Chair in Global Digital Citizenship (Fuyuki Kurasawa)
Social Theory Reading Group
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Sociology Common Room
2101 Vari Hall
Graduate students from all disciplines are invited to attend the Social Theory Reading Group on Wednesday, January 11. The reading for this week is Anna Tsing's "Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection". Anyone who wishes to attend is invited to read as much as they'd like of chapters 1, 2 and 4, or if you'd like, you can read the whole book. (.pdf)
The York Sociology Graduate Association is pleased to invite all graduate students in our program to submit an abstract for its 7th Annual Sociology Graduate Symposium on March 10, 2017 (.pdf).
LINSEY MCGOEY (University of Essex)
THE ELUSIVE RENTIER RICH: Piketty’s Data Battles and the Power of Absent Evidence
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2016
Qualitative Research & Resource Centre (N141 Ross)
The popularity of Thomas Piketty’s research on wealth disparities raises a question: why was wealth inequality neglected in mainstream neoclassical economic theory during the latter half of the twentieth century? To explore this question, I draw on the writing of the early neoclassical economist John Bates Clark, who introduced the notion of the marginal productivity of income distribution at the end of the nineteenth century. I then turn to Piketty’s Capital in order to analyze the salience of marginal productivity theories of income today. I suggest that most of the criticism and praise for Piketty’s research is focused on data that is accessible and measurable, obscuring attention to questions over whether current methods for measuring economic capital are defensible or not. Debates over the robustness of Piketty’s data have had unanticipated effects, such as the implication that mainstream economics is marked by a high degree of internal tension and fruitful disciplinary discord. In reality, mainstream theory resists challenges to core disciplinary beliefs, such as the belief that remuneration levels reflect one’s economic contribution. I explore how ‘absent’ data in economics as a whole helps to reinforce blind-spots within mainstream economic theory.
Linsey McGoey is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Essex. She’s currently working on two main research projects. The first explores the relationship between global philanthropy and growing economic inequality, with a focus on new, hybrid forms of philanthropy that direct charitable resources to for-profit recipients. The second is a project on abundance and scarcity in economic and social thought, with an emphasis on work by Georges Bataille and Henry George. McGoey is co-editor (with Matthias Gross) of the International Routledge Handbook of Ignorance Studies (2015), and the author of No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy (Verso, 2015). (.pdf)
Discussant: Kean Birch (Department of Social Science, York University)
Refreshments will be provided at the event.
Sponsored by the York Research Chair in Global Digital Citizenship (Fuyuki Kurasawa)
Social Theory Reading Group
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Sociology Common Room
2101 Vari Hall
Graduate students from all disciplines are invited to attend the Social Theory Reading Group on Wednesday, November 30. The reading for this week is Feminism Without Borders by Chandra Talpade Mohanty. If you're unable to read the whole book, feel free to read the "Introduction" and the last two chapters: "Underwesternized" and "Reorienting Feminism".
"No to the Ideology of Gender!": French Mobilization Against Same-Sex Marriage and Bourgeois Politics of Distinction
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m
Department of Sociology Common Room
2101 Vari Hall
The “Manif Pour Tous” (MPT) is a French social movement that mobilized during the spring of 2013 against legalization of same-sex marriage. Drawing from ethnographic observation of MPT events, supplemented by interviews with founding members, the paper analyzes
the complex moral claims of MPT activists. It seeks to understand why they mobilized against “gender,” at the same time that they claimed that they were not homophobic, and even self-identified as feminist. The paper argues that MPT members viewed their own ideational complexity as standing against the “ideology of gender” propagated by “bobos,” or bourgeois-bohemian secular elites who putatively dominate French universities and the French state. The politics of gender and sexuality have therefore become a stage upon which intrabourgeois class struggles are being played out in contemporary France.
Dorit Geva is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Central European University (Budapest), and is currently a EURIAS fellow at the Collegium de Lyon. After completing her Ph.D. in Sociology at New York University, she was the Vincent Wright Fellow in Comparative Politics at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, and spent four years as a Harper Schmidt Fellow teaching social theory at the University of Chicago before joining the Central European University in 2011. She has published a comparative book on the gender politics of military service in France and the United States (Cambridge University Press, 2013) as well as articles in the American Journal of Sociology, Polity, Politics and Society, and Social Politics. With the support of a European
Commission Marie Curie Grant, she has been gathering data on the gender politics of right-wing movements and parties in France. She remains a Torontonian at heart. (.pdf)
Sponsored by the Jean Monnet Chair at York University (Heather MacRae) and the York Research Chair in Global Digital Citizenship (Fuyuki Kurasawa)
Centre for Refugee Studies Seminar Series
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Common Area, 8th Floor Kaneff Tower
After the Flight: The Dynamics of Refugee Settlement and Integration
Co-edited by Professors Morgan Poteet, Department of Sociology, Mount Allison University and graduate of the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University, and Shiva Nourpanah, Department of Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University (with contributions from Michaela Hynie and Susan McGrath, York University).
Social Theory Reading Group
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Sociology Common Room
2101 Vari Hall
Graduate students from all disciplines are invited to attend the Social Theory Reading Group on Wednesday, November 9. The reading for this week is Liquid Modernity by Zygmunt Bauman.
Visions(s) of Politics: The Thought of Sheldon Wolin
November 3-4, 2016
6th Floor South Ross
This conference is free and open to the York community and to the public, but because space is limited please inform the conference organizers that you're coming: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professor Philip Walsh will be Chairing a session on November 3, 10:30-11:15 called "Dana Villa - Between Arendt and Gadamer: Re-Reading Politics and Vision".
October 12, 2016
9:15 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Harry Crowe Room, 109 Atkinson College
Dr. Christopher Kyriakides, York's Canada Research Chair in Socially Engaged Research in Race and Racialization, Department of Sociology, invites you to attend a Panel entitled Reception Contexts, a one-day synergy event hosted in partnership with York's Centre for Refugee Studies. Reception Contexts will connect graduate students, emerging and established scholars working in the broad areas of ethnic exclusion, racialization and immigration in Europe, North America and the Middle East so as to explore and consider how their work can help to shed light on exclusionary practices related to the reception of 'Syrian refugees' in various national contexts. For more information on this event, including information on the panels, please see here (.pdf).
Social Theory Reading Group
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Cucinetta Italian Cafe (York Lanes)
Graduate students from all disciplines are invited to attend the Social Theory Reading Group (.pdf) on Wednesday, October 5 at 6:10 in the Cucinetta Italian Cafe (York Lanes). This is the first meeting of the Reading Group organized by students in the Graduate Program in Sociology.
Analyzing Talk in the Social Sciences. Narrative, Conversation and Discourse Strategies
Professors Kathy Bischoping and Amber Gazso
April 26, 2016
On Thursday, April 21, 2016, the York Sociology Graduate Association hosted a one-day YSGA Presentation Workshop (.pdf) which provided an opportunity for the students to workshop a presentation and get feedback from their peers and faculty.
March 14, 2017 (.pdf)
March 8, 2017 (.pdf)
March 6, 2017 (.pdf)
March 3, 2017 (.pdf)
March 1, 2017 (.pdf)
February 27, 2017 (.pdf)
February 22, 2017 (.pdf)
February 17, 2017 (.pdf)
February 3, 2017 (.pdf)
January 25, 2017 (.pdf)
January 23, 2017 (.pdf)
January 18, 2017 (.pdf)
January 13, 2017 (.pdf)
January 11, 2017 (.pdf)
January 9, 2017 (.pdf)
January 6, 2017 (.pdf)
December 8, 2016 (.pdf)
December 5, 2016 (.pdf)
November 30, 2016 (.pdf)
November 28, 2016 (.pdf)
November 25, 2016 (.pdf)
November 23, 2016 (.pdf)
November 21, 2016 (.pdf)
November 18, 2016 (.pdf)
November 16, 2016 (.pdf)
November 14, 2016 (.pdf)
November 11, 2016 (.pdf)
November 9, 2016 (.pdf)
November 4, 2016 (.pdf)
November 2, 2016 (.pdf)
November 1, 2016 (.pdf)