CCS Spring Conference ~ 2012

Friday, April 27 & Saturday, April 28

The conference will be held at the The New Haven Lawn Club at 193 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, Connecticut

Overview

The 2012 CCS Spring Conference, Possibility and Imagination: Journeys in Cultural Sociology, includes contributions from CCS Junior Fellows, as well as from Faculty Fellows Anne Kane, Lynette Spillman, Dmitry Kurakin, and Anna Lund. Also participating are Marita Flisbäck, Julia Rozanova, Nicole Doerr and Ori Schwarz. We are pleased to welcome as participants graduate students from the State University of New York at Albany and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Also on the program this year is a special session to be held on Friday afternoon, April 27th:

This session will be moderated by Jeffrey Alexander. Papers will be given by CCS Fellows Kenneth Thompson, Mats Trondman, Gordon Lynch, Elizabeth Breese and Philip Smith.

The Elementary Forms of Religious Life Centennial
The Elementary Forms of Religious Life represents the inauguration of a new intellectual program, proposing a new theory of culture, and it stands as the last major statement of Emile Durkheim’s prolific career. As the beginning of an unfinished project and as a text containing a wealth of empirical, conceptual, thematic, and theoretical contributions and suggestions, the Elementary Forms demands interpretation. The exegesis of the Elementary Forms has proven singularly generative for the cultural turn in sociology and for the strong program in cultural sociology.

To mark the one hundredth anniversary of the publication of Les Formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse, we will gather as Durkheim’s cultural interpreters at the CCS Spring Conference to revisit the text’s main concepts and themes and to explore how they can, and should, serve cultural sociologists in the next century. What is the status of the Elementary Forms at 100? How is it most profitably interpreted and used in the English-speaking world and beyond, by cultural sociologists and by our colleagues in the discipline of sociology, and by undergraduates, junior academics, and master scholars? What do the concept of the sacred and the relationship between the sacred and the profane offer social analysts in the twenty-first century? Are there debates that we can, at the centennial of the book, put to rest? And what intellectual disputes, incompatible readings, and open questions suggested by the book should we pursue in the coming years? What does it mean to read and to use the Elementary Forms in 2012? What themes, passages, and ideas found in its pages should we plumb for insights into our time?

(A special thank you goes to CCS graduate student Elisabeth Breese for organizing this session)

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.

The banquet for conference participants will be at The Kitchen Table restaurant on Saturday, April 28

Conference Program

Time Friday, April 27th ~ The New Haven Lawn Club
8:30 ~ 9:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00 ~ 9:15 Opening Remarks
Philip Smith
Yale University, CCS Director
9:15 ~ 10:25 Session I ~ Theoretical Challenges from Cultural Sociology to the Mainstream 

Chair:

Philip Smith
Yale University, CCS Director

Charting the Causal Role of Culture in Historical Sociology

Anne Kane
University of Houston – Downtown

Totems and Alibis:
Towards a Cultural Account of Interests

Lyn Spillman and Michael Strand
University of Notre Dame

Respondent:

Matthew Norton
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow

10:25 ~ 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 ~ 11:45 Session II ~ Complex Trajectories of Culture 

Chair:

Isabel Jijon
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow

Disagreement and Equality:
Seneca Falls, Civil Repair, and Rancière’s Politics

Brian Connor
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Information Technologies, Migration and the Conflicting Meanings of Citizenship.
A Comparative Case Study of the Experience of Colombian and Puerto Rican Software Engineers in the United States

Lina Rincón
State University of New York at Albany, CCS Pre-Doctoral Fellow

Respondent:

Jensen Sass
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow

11:45 ~ 12:45 Lunch
12:45 ~ 2:00 SPECIAL SESSION ~ The Elementary Forms of Religious Life Centennial ~ Part I  

Chair & Opening Remarks:

Jeffrey Alexander
Yale University, CCS Director

Expression versus Regulation:
Art, Games, Morals/Law

Kenneth Thompson
Open University, CCS Faculty Fellow

The Elementary Meanings of Things in Social Life

Mats Trondman
Linnaeus University, CCS Faculty Fellow

2:00 ~ 2:30 Coffee Break
2:30 ~ 5:00 SPECIAL SESSION ~ The Elementary Forms of Religious Life Centennial ~ Part II 

Where is the Sacred in the Modern World?
Unfinished Business from The Elementary Forms

Gordon Lynch
University of Kent, CCS Faculty Fellow

The Secular Sacred

Elizabeth Breese
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow

The Elementary Forms in America: A Contested Legacy

Philip Smith
Yale University, CCS Director

Respondent:

Jeffrey Alexander
Yale University, CCS Director

5:30 ~ 7:00 Reception ~ Center for Cultural Sociology,  

210 Prospect Street

Time Saturday, April 28th ~ The New Haven Lawn Club
8:30 ~ 9:00 Coffee
9:00 ~ 10:30 Session III ~ Identities and Actions
Chair: Shai Dromi
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow 

Learning the Rules of Art.
Artistic Education, Careers, Social Class and Resistance

Marita Flisbäck
University of Gothenburg

Cosmetic Surgery as Transgression:
Towards a Cultural Sociology of the Body

Dmitry Kurakin
National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, CCS Faculty Fellow

TIP THE SCALE. On the Cultural Potentiality of Identities

Anna Lund
Linnaeus University, CCS Faculty Fellow

Respondent:

Alison Gerber
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow

10:30 ~ 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 ~ 12:15 Session IV ~ Media and Cultural Flows
Chair: Elisabeth Becker
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow 

Saints, Super Heroes, and Stories Lost in Translation:
Studying Characters’ Binaries and Cultural Ambiguity in Interaction

Nicole Doerr
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard University

Transnational Culture Flows in East Asia:
A case study on the cultural and symbolic exchange among Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Korea

Anne Lin
State University of New York at Albany, CCS Pre-Doctoral Fellow

The Rise of Print Media and the American Revolution in Meanings of Old Age:
From Sacred To Profane

Julia Rozanova
The University of British Columbia

Respondent:

Annika Arnold
University of Stuttgart, CCS Visiting Graduate Student

12:15 ~ 1:15 Lunch
1:15 ~ 2:30 Session V ~ Place and Narrative
Chair: Radim Marada
Masaryk University, CCS Faculty Fellow 

Hook and Ladder: Examining a System Under Stress

Carolyn Ly
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow

Global Cities:
A Cultural Perspective

Jin Su Joo
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow

The Broken Mirror:
Cultural Trauma Master Narrative Change and Continuity in Rwanda and Burundi

Lacy Mitchell
State University of New York at Albany

Respondent:

Timothy Malacarne
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow

2:30 ~ 3:00 Coffee Break
3:00 ~ 4:00 Session VI ~ Noise, Sound, Silence
Chair: Sorcha Alexandrina Brophy
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow 

The Sound of Stigmatization:
Sonic habitus, sonic styles, and the embodied dimension of ‘being ghetto’

Ori Schwarz
Harvard University

Cause For Alarm:
Order and Listening in the Practice of Music Education

Joseph Klett
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow

Respondent:

Inge Schmidt
Yale University, CCS Junior Fellow

6:30 ~ 9:00 Banquet
The Kitchen Table
Conference participants only