May 8 & 9, 2009


The 2009 CCS Spring Conference, Cultural Sociology at the Crossroads, includes contributions from CCS Junior Fellows, Visiting Fellows, Pre-Doctoral Fellows and Post-Doctoral Fellows. We are pleased to welcome as participants Faculty Fellow Ron Jacobs and eight of his students from the Sociology Department at the State University of New York, Albany. Download the Flyer (PDF)


The conference will be held at the Center For Cultural Sociology at 230 Prospect Street, New Haven Map

Contact Information

For information about the conference please contact the CCS Administrator Nadine Amalfi by e-mail (cultural dot sociolgy at yale dot edu) or phone, (203) 432-9855.

Conference Program

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Time Friday, May 8th ~ 230 Prospect Street
9:15 ~ 9:45 Continental Breakfast
9:45 ~ 10:00 Opening Remarks
Ron Eyerman

(Yale University)

Ron Jacobs

(State University of New York, Albany)

10:00 ~ 11:00 Session I
Chair: Ron Jacobs

When Good Ballots Go Bad:

Voting Ritual Failure in the 2000 Presidential Election

Inge Brooke Schmidt

(Yale University)

Political Turning Points:

Clinton, Gingrich, and the Oklahoma City Bombing

Jason Mast

(University of California, Los Angeles)


Joseph Klett

(Yale University)

11:00 ~ 12:00 Session II
Chair: Rui Gao

(Yale University)

Celebrity as a Symbol:

The Use of Celebrity in American Intellectual Magazines

Brian McKernan

(State University of New York, Albany)

The Peculiar Lives of Newspaper Photographs

Julia Sonnevend

(Columbia University)


Elizabeth Breese

(Yale University)

12:00 ~ 1:00 Lunch
1:00 ~ 2:00 Session III
Chair: Volker Heins

(Frankfort University)

Enlightenment or Entertainment:

The Convergence of Politics and Entertainment Media Brought about by China’s “Super Girl”

Jingsi Wu

(State University of New York, Albany)

Sacramental Ambiguities:

Universalism Versus Radical Difference In Early Modern Missionary Encounters

Samuel Nelson

(Yale University)


Jason Mast

2:00 ~ 2:15 Coffee
2:15 ~ 3:15 Session IV
Chair: Sonja van Wichelen

(Amsterdam School for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam)

Transnational Cultural Exchange in East Asian Media

Anne Lin

(State University of New York, Albany)

Towards a Cultural Understanding of Media Systems

Matthias Revers

(State University of New York, Albany)


Ateş Altinordu

(Yale University)

Time Saturday, May 9th ~ 230 Prospect Street
9:30 ~ 10:00 Continental Breakfast
10:00 ~ 11:00 Session V
Chair: Christine Slaughter

(Yale University)

Continuity and Tradition in the Anglophone Caribbean:

An Exploration of Embodied Social Memory

Sorcha Brophy-Warren

(Yale University)

Just Another Brick in the Wall:

Employing Cultural Trauma Theory to Understand the Discontents of German Reunification

Lukas Fendel

(Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg, Germany, Yale University Exchange Scholar)


Volker Heins

11:00 ~ 12:00 Session VI
Chair: Anibal Gauna-Peralta

(State University of New York, Albany)

Publicity without Solidarity:

What does it mean to participate in a social movement in the digital age?

Tanya Omeltchenko

(University of Virginia)

Good ‘Ol Boy Talk vs. the Bolgosphere in the Case of Former Senator George Allen

Ian Sheinheit

(State University of New York, Albany)


Jingsi Wu
(State University of New York, Albany)

12:00 ~ 1:00 Lunch
1:00 ~ 2:00 Session VII
Chair: Tim Malacarne

(Yale University)

The Performance and Rhetoric of Theater Critics in Quebec:

A Tale of Tough Love’s Sociology

Jonathan Roberge

(University of Ottawa)

Kulturkampf als Küchekampf

Francisco Raul Cornejo de Souza

(University of São Paulo, Fox International Fellow at the MacMillan Center, Yale University )


Andrea Cossu

(Trento University)

2:00 ~ 2:15 Coffee
2:15 ~ 3:15 Session VIII
Chair: Alison Gerber

(Yale University)

The Intolerable Monstrous: The Case of Face Transplantation

Caroline Gray

(Yale University)

“And That’s When He Snapped”:

A Comparison of Domestic Violence Narratives on the Oprah Winfrey Show and NBC News Programs

Nickie Michaud Wild

(State University of New York, Albany)


Mishel Filisha

(State University of New York, Albany)

6:30 Banquet (Conference participants only)

Scoozzi Trattoria & Wine Bar