CCS Annual Conference ~ Spring 2010

April 23rd, 24th & 25th, 2010

Overview

The 2010 CCS Spring Conference, Meaning and Social Process, includes contributions from CCS Junior Fellows, as well as from Faculty Fellows Radim Marada, Volker Heins and Andrea Cossu, Visiting Fellows Gordon Lynch and Bing Xu and Visiting Graduate Student Ping Wang. We are also pleased to welcome as participants Faculty Fellow Michelle Lamont and 3 of her students from the Sociology Department at Harvard University and Faculty Fellow Ron Jacobs and 3 of his students from the Sociology Department at the State University of New York, Albany.

Venue

The conference will be held at the Center For Cultural Sociology at 8 Prospect Place, New Haven

Contact Information

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

Conference Program

Time Friday, April 23rd ~ 8 Prospect Place
4:30 ~ 5:00 Coffee/Tea
5:00 ~ 5:15 Opening Remarks
Philip Smith
Yale University
5:15 ~ 6:20 Session I ~ Keynote Address

The BBC, Gaza and the DEC Appeal: Exploring Ambiguities in the Mediatization of the Sacred

Gordon Lynch
Birkbeck College, University of London

Commentator:

Ron Jacobs
State University of New York at Albany

6:20 ~ 7:30 Reception
Time Saturday, April 24th ~ 8 Prospect Place
8:45 ~ 9:15 Coffee
9:15 ~ 10:25 Session II ~ Migration, Race & Difference
Chair: Bing Xu
Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; CCS Visiting Fellow

Lou Dobbs Leading the Multitude: The Immigrant Threat to the “American People”:
A Semiotic Analysis of CNNs Transcripts (2008 – 2009)

Lina Rincon
State University of New York, Albany

‘Terrorists at the Gates’? Undocumented Migrants and Discourses of Danger

Nadya Jaworsky
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow

Race in Context

Carolyn Ly
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow

Commentator:

Sorcha Brophy Warren
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow

10:25 ~ 10:40 Break
10:40 ~ 11:50 Session III ~ Social Change, Trauma & Moral Construction
Chair: Rene Almeling
Yale University

The Spiral of Cultural Trauma:
From Traffic Accident to Social Crisis

Ping Wang
Fudan University, China; CCS Visiting Graduate Student

French Descendants of Slaves:
An Evaluation of the Cultural Trauma Perspective

Crystal Fleming
Harvard University

Statistics, Secularism, and Skills:
How and Why Public Education Stopped Caring about the Good Life

Jeffrey Guhin
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow

Commentator:

Christine Slaughter
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow

11:50 ~ 1:00 Lunch
1:00 ~ 1:40 Session IV ~ CCS Faculty Fellow
Chair: Giuseppe Sciortino
Trento University, CCS Visiting Fellow

Socio-Emotional-Cognitive (Sec) Platforms as a Condition for Successful Interdisciplinary Collaborations

Michèle Lamont
Harvard University

Commentator:

Jensen Sass
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow

1:40 ~ 1:55 Break
1:55 ~ 3:05 Session V ~ Performance, Narrative & State
Chair: Sarah Egan
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow

Pirates, states, and adverbs

Matthew Norton
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow

The Legitimizing Logics of Hugo Chávez’s Performances:
Narratives and Politics in Venezuela, 1999-2009

Anibal Gauna
State University of New York at Albany

Incommensurable Meanings in Public Disputes

Shai Dromi
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow

Commentator:

Thomas Crosbie
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow

3:05 ~ 3:30 Coffee Break
3:30 ~ 4:30 Session VI ~ CCS Faculty Fellows
Chair: Anna Lund
Linnaeus University, Sweden; CCS Visiting Fellow

Remembering generations

Radim Marada
Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Vigilance, Blame, and Justice:
The Semiotics of Communist Self-Criticism and the Sudden Fall of Pietro Secchia

Andrea Cossu
University of New Haven

Commentator:

Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi
Hebrew University, Jerusalem; CCS Visiting Fellow

6:00 ~ 8:30 Banquet
Conference participants only
The Kitchen Table
Time Sunday, April 25th ~ 8 Prospect Place
9:15 ~ 9:45 Coffee
9:45 ~ 10:55 Session VII ~ Coding the Aesthetic
Chair: Sam Nelson
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow

Making Silence: the social life of noise among the noise-cancelling

Joe Klett
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow

How Can a Literature Book Become a Classic?
Meaning, Indexicals, and the Classicization Process

Alvaro Santana Acuña
Harvard University

I’m working: agency and the meaning of work

Alison Gerber
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow

Commentator:

Yasushi Tanaka
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow

10:55 ~ 11:10 Break
11:10 ~ 11:50 Session VIII ~ Faculty Fellow
Chair: Jonathan Roberge
University of Ottawa, Canada; CCS Visiting Fellow

Knowing the Worst:
Critical Theory as Trauma Narrative

Volker Heins
Institute for Social Research, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

Commentator:

Ron Eyerman
Yale University, CCS Director

11:50 ~ 1:00 Lunch
1:00 ~ 1:40 Session IX ~ CCS Faculty Fellow
Chair: Gary Alan Fine
Northwestern University, CCS Visiting Fellow

Journalism, Opinion, and the War on Terror:
A Cultural Sociology of Mediated Deliberation

Ron Jacobs
State University of New York, CCS Faculty Fellow

Commentator:

Elizabeth Breese
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow

1:40 ~ 2:00 Break
2:00 ~ 3:10 Session X ~ Class, Race & Culture
Chair: Ateş Altinordu
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow

‘Tomorrow is Never Promised:’
Horizons of Possibility Among the Urban Poor

Nathan Fosse
Harvard University

Champagne by the sweat of the brow:
narratives and possibilities of success through hard work

Timothy Malacarne
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow

Business Executives’ Representation in the Media:
Personal Profiles in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal (1990-2006)

Laura Milanes
State University of New York at Albany

Commentator:

Andrew Junker
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow

3:10 Closing Remarks
Jeffrey Alexander