CCS 2007: Meaning, Identity & Interaction

April 27 & 28, 2007


The CCS Spring Conference for 2007 will feature participants from throughout the United States and Canada. The sessions will explore meaning, identity and interaction as pivotal dimensions of social life. Through theoretical work and via the empirical exploration of historical and contemporary sites from around the world speakers will reflect upon the ways that culture profoundly influences the constitution of our lives.. Download the Flyer (PDF)


The conference will be held at the Center For Cultural Sociology and at the The New Haven Lawn Club, 193 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, (203) 777-3494.

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 Friday, April 27 ~ 230 Prospect Street
2:45 ~ 4:45 p.m. Session I: Trauma and Belief. Chair: Phil Smith.

Inner Revolutions and Other True Stories: A Case Study of the Hidden Effects of Form and Myth in Ascriptions of Truth

Andy Junker (Yale University).
Commentator: Xiaohong Xu.

Perpetrator by Choice, Victims by Chance: Mothers Against Drunk Driving as a “Trauma Organization”

Inge Schmidt (Yale University).
Commentator: Jesse Einhorn.

Deportation to Siberia: The Formation of Kalmyk Identity Through Collective Trauma

Saglar Bougdaeva (Yale University).
Commentator: Julia Zhang.

The Revival Process

Sam Nelson (Yale University).
Commentator: Sarah Egan.

5:00 ~ 7:00 p.m. Reception ~ Lounge, 140 Prospect Street.
Time Saturday, April 28 ~ The New Haven Lawn Club
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 ~ 10:30 a.m. Session II: Strangers and Brothers.
Chair: Dominik Bartmanski.

A ‘Tense and Permeable Boundary:’ Economic Interests and Public Good

Lyn Spillman (University of Notre Dame).
Commentator: Lisa McCormick.

The Uses of Strangership in Examining The Constitution of Culture

Mervyn Horgan (York University).
Commentator: Ron Eyerman.

10:30 ~ 10:45 a.m. Coffee break.
10:45 ~ 12:00 p.m. Session III: Collective Identity and Public Controversy.
Chair: Sarah Egan.

Between Zollverein and Patrie: The Frency National Front, The ‘New’ April 21 and the Rejection of the European Constitution

Mabel Berezin (Cornell University).
Commentator: Dominik Bartmanski.

Performing The Constitutional Landscape

Nicolas Howe (University of California, Los Angeles).
Commentator: Rui Gao.

12:00 ~ 1:00 p.m. Lunch.
1:00 ~ 2:50 p.m. Session IV:Culture and Its Discontents.
Chair: Michael Yarbrough.

Debates Over Nationhood in Today’s Russia: Culture Wars or Discourse Wars?

Tanya Omeltchenko (University of Virginia).
Commentator: Nadya Jaworsky.

Reading Salem, Or, How to Stop a Witch Hunt

Isaac Reed (Yale University).
Commentator: Phil Smith.

2:50 ~ 3:10 p.m. Tea break.
3:10 ~ 5:15 p.m. Session V: Artists, Identities and Material Culture.
Chair: Nadya Jaworksy.

Authenticity and Interaction Ritual Chains in the Cultural Marketplace: Observations from Thailand and Costa Rica

Frederick Wherry (University of Michigan).
Commentator: Isaac Reed.

The Presentation of Musical Self at the International Music Competition

Lisa McCormick (Yale University).
Commentator: Jason Mast.

Dirt to Glitter: Space, Community and Artist Identity in Post-89 Beijing

Julia Zhang (Yale University).
Commentator: Michael Yarbrough.

The Celebrity Icon

Jeff Alexander (Yale University).
Commentator: Jesse Einhorn.

Time Zaroka Restaurant 148 York Street.
6:00 ~ 6:30 p.m. Cocktails
6:30 ~ 9:00 p.m. Banquet