CCS 2006: Reality, Representation, Solidarity

Untitled DocumentApril 22, 2006


As intellectually ambitious and cosmopolitan as earlier meetings, the CCS Spring Conference for 2006 will feature participants from Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. Content is organized around the intersections of reality, representation and solidarity? as meaningful dimensions of cultural life. Speakers will consider the role of solidarities at levels from the global to the interpersonal and the consequential ways that representations? as images, worldviews, narratives or analytic templates?mediate our construction of reality in everyday life, the mass media and social theory.. Download the brochure (PDF).


The conference will be held at the The Graduate Club, 155 Elm Street, New Haven, (203) 624-3197.

Contact Information

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

Conference Program

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Time Event
8:30–9:00 a.m. Coffee and Registration.
9:00–9:15 a.m. Welcome address and State of the CCS report.
9:15–10:45 a.m. Panel I. Chair: Sarah Egan.

Class and Culture: What the Sneetches Can Teach Us

Julia Adams (Yale University). Commentator: Nadya Jaworsky.

Witchcraft, Rationality, And Other Bad Things Women Do

Isaac Reed (Yale University). Commentator: Matthew Norton.

10:45–11:00 a.m. Coffee break.
11:00–12:30 p.m. Panel II. Chair: Rui Gao.

Culture as Virtual Reality

Orlando Lentini (University of Naples). Commentator: Dominik Bartmanski.

We and the Others: Symbolic Community, Collective Identity and the Binary

Frederic Vandenberghe (Universiteit Voor Humanistiek). Commentator: Lyn Spillman.

12:30–1:30 p.m. Lunch.
1:30–3:00 p.m. Panel III. Chair: Sam Nelson.

“Globalization” As Collective Representation: The New Dream of a Cosmopolitan Civil Sphere

Jeff Alexander (Yale University). Commentator: Frederic Vandenburghe.

Rethinking Urban Incivility

Phil Smith (Yale University). Commentator: Jesse Einhorn.

3:00–3:15 p.m. Tea break.
3:15–5:15 p.m. Panel IV. Chair: Matthew Norton.

Lost Again? Neo-Castaway Stories in a Globalized World

Nadya Jaworsky (Yale University). Commentator: Inge Schmidt.

PowerPoint Presentations as an Elemental Form of Contemporary Organizational Life

JoAnn Brooks (MITRE Corporation). Commentator: Sam Nelson.

“Boundless Society:” Road Movies, National Identity and the Egalitarian Spirit of American Society

Maria Rovisco (University of Lisbon). Commentator: Ken Thompson.

5:15–6:45 p.m. Reception.
7:00–9:00 p.m. Banquet, Royal Palace Restaurant, 32 Orange Street.