Visiting Fellows, 2013-2014

Ilana Silber
Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Ilana F. Silber is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Her major fields of research are sociological theory and the sociology of gift-giving and philanthropy, to which she also brings a cross cutting engagement with comparative historical and interpretative cultural analysis. Her publications include: “The Angry Gift: A Neglected Facet of Philanthropy,” Current Sociology 60, 3 (2012); “Emotions as Regime of Justification? The Case of Philanthropic Civic Anger,” European Journal of Social Theory 14, 3 (2011): 301-320; “Mauss, Weber et les trajectoires historiques du don,” Revue du M.A.U.S.S. 36 (2010); “Bourdieu’s Gift to Gift Theory: An Unacknowledged Trajectory,” Sociological Theory 27, 2 (2009); “Pragmatic Sociology as Cultural Sociology: Beyond Repertoire Theory?” European Journal of Social Theory 6 (2003); “Beyond Purity and Danger: Gift-Giving in the Monotheistic Religions,” in Toon Vandevelde (ed.), Gifts and Interests (Louvain: Peeters, 2000); “Modern Philanthropy: Reassessing the Viability of a Maussian Perspective,” in Nick Allen and Wendy James, eds. Marcel Mauss Today (Oxford, New York: Berghahn, 1998); Religious Virtuosity, Charisma and Social Order: A Comparative Sociological Study of Monasticism in Theravada Buddhism and Medieval Catholicism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
(CCS Visiting Fellow, 2013-14)

Andreas Pinstrup Jørgensen
University of Copenhagen, Denmark

(CCS Visiting Graduate Student, 2013-14)

Andrea Karlsson
Lund University, Sweden

(CCS Visiting Graduate Student, Fall Semester 2013)

Michael Perlt
University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Michael Perlt is a PhD fellow at the Department of Church History, Faculty of Theology at the University of Copenhagen. His research focuses on cultural trauma, collective memory & mourning, and narrative construction of identity.

His dissertation is titled “For God, King, and Country”, and is a historical dissertation with a cultural sociological attention that aims to trace the Danish national narrative, to see how or if Christianity has any role to play in the construction of collective self-understanding in the Danish national identity. The dissertation is built on the assumption that the Danish clergy in periods of historical crises (1848-65) have acted on behalf of the Danish nation as a cultural carrier group and as individuals as social actors performing from the pulpit of the Danish churches.

B.A. and M.A. in Theology from the Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen.(CCS Visiting Exchange Student, Spring 2014)

Ekatherina Zhukova
Aarhus University, Denmark

(CCS Visiting Graduate Student, Spring 2014)

Martina Cvajner
Fulbright Post-Doctoral Scholar, Yale University Department of Sociology

(CCS Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2013-14 Academic Year)

Josetxo Beriain
University of Navarra, Spain

(CCS Visiting Fellow, August 2013 – November 2013)

Günter Leypoldt
University of Heidelberg, Germany

Günter Leypoldt (BA. Cape Town, 1994; PhD Tübingen, 2000) is Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Previously he taught American Studies at the universities of Tübingen (2001-7), Maryland, College Park (2003), and Mainz (2007-2009). He is the author of Casual Silences: The Poetics of Minimal Realism (Trier, 2001) and Cultural Authority in the Age of Whitman: A Transatlantic Perspective (Edinburgh UP, 2009), and editor (with Bernd Engler) of American Cultural Icons: The Production of Representative Lives (Würzburg, 2010). His recent research interests include cultural and literary theory; cultural sociology and aesthetics; transatlantic romanticism and modernism, American pragmatism, the sociology of knowledge formation, nineteenth-century literary culture and philosophy, and contemporary fiction. He is presently working on a study of cultural charisma. (CCS Visiting Fellow, August 2013 – February 2014)

Janet Chan
University of New South Wales, Australia

(CCS Visiting Fellow, September 2013)

Mike Davis
Griffith University, Australia

(CCS Visiting Fellow, November & December 2013)

Ying Xaio
Shanghai University

Ying Xiao is professor of the Department of Sociology, Shanghai University, China. He also is the executive-editor-in-chief of Chinese Journal of Sociology (CJS). He got his PHD in Sociology from Graduate School, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (GSCASS).

Ying Xiao’s main research interest is social theory. His published papers and works are on the following topics: reflexivity, risk society, social identity, civil society, and meta-theory of sociology. He combed the multi meanings and confused usages of the term reflexivity and constructed a category “self-reflection and self-refutation” as an analytical tool to study the meta-theory of sociology and explain the theoretical logic of risk society of Ulrich Beck and Anthony Giddens. On civil society, he traced back to the different origins — political orientation and economic orientation — of civil society thoughts in Europe and discussed the internal tension in modern civil society.

Ying Xiao is studying the cultural foundation of individualism in China. In this research, he tries to explore (1) the history, cultural and social consequences, and modern transformation of “chaxugeju”(差序格局), (2) the complicated relations among collectivism, individualism, and selfishness in the context of “chaxugeju”.
(CCS Visiting Fellow, December 2012- November 2013)