May 2 & 3, 2008


The CCS Spring Conference for 2008 will feature participants from around the globe. The sessions are organized around the conference theme of ‘The Experience of Meaning’. Through theoretical work and via the empirical exploration of historical and contemporary sites speakers will reflect upon the ways that culture profoundly influences the constitution of our lives as subjects, witnesses and readers. Topics include encounters with films, texts and icons; the negotiation of roles and identities; and the cultural process through which moral boundaries are constructed and renewed. 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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This year the sessions will allow for each presenter to speak for 15 minutes, immediately followed by 5 minutes of questions. One commentator will provide insights at the end of the session for 10 minutes. This will leave 5 remaining minutes for the presenters to respond to the comments

Time Friday, May 2nd ~ 230 Prospect Street
9:15 ~ 9:45 Continental Breakfast
9:45 ~ 10:00 Philip Smith
Welcome address and State of the CCS report
10:00 ~ 11:00 Session I ~ KEYNOTE ADDRESS ~ Iconic Experience
Chair: Jesse Einhorn.

Rethinking the Panopticon

Philip Smith (Yale University).

Commentator: Pavel Barša

11>00 ~ 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 ~ 12:45 Session II: Breaking Boundaries
Chair: Sam Nelson

The Boarders of Ashkenazi Intelligence

Jensen Sass (Yale University)

Religious Bodies, Secular Minds: New Understandings of Religion and Secularism in Egypt

Jeffrey Guhin (Yale University)

The Colonization of ‘Up’: Building the Vertical in New York City and Tokyo

Ryan Sayre (Yale University)

Commentator:Claudio Benzecry

12:45 ~ 1:30 Lunch
1:30 ~ 3:00 Session III: Texts and Meanings
Chair: Michael Yarbrough

Transformations and Receptions of Asian American Images in U.S. Film: A Cultural Perspective

Carolyn Ly (Yale University)

Trauma ‘Undoing’ in In the Time of the Butterflies

Adrienne Wallace (Yale University)

Homosociality, the Modern Nation, and the Abject: Re-Visions of National Identity in Bertolucci’s Conformist

Natasha Kirsten Kraus (Yale University)

Commentator: Jonathan Roberge

3:00 Adjourn for the day
4:00 CCS Fellow Isaac Reed

Sussman Award Presentation

“Interpretation and Social Knowledge”

Williams Hall, Room 107

5:30 Department Reception ~ SOM Dining Hall
Time Saturday, May 3rd ~ 230 Prospect Street
9:15 ~ 10:00 Continental Breakfast
10:00 ~ 11:30 Session IV: Sound and Vision
Chair: Ates Altinordu

The ‘Minimal Self’: John Cage and the Modern Artistic Persona

Eduardo de la Fuente (Monash University)

The Ears Remain Open: Noise Music toward the Social Definition of Noise

Joseph Klett (Yale University)

Social Iconology: An Overlooked Domain

Dominik Bartmanski (Yale University)

Commentator: Isaac Reed

11:30 ~ 12:30 Lunch
12:30 ~ 2:00 Session V: Performance and Identity
Chair: Caroline Gray

Power, Performance, and Public Space

Jason Mast (University of California, Los Angeles)

Innocent Commandments? The ESMA and the performance of perpetrators’ split identities

Carlo Tognato (National University of Colombia, Bogotá)

“Maybe it’ll take a woman to clean up the House”: Nancy Pelosi and the Renegotiation of Gender in American Civil Discourse

Christine Slaughter (Yale University)

Commentator: Mats Trondman

2:00 ~ 2:15 Coffee Break
2:15 ~ 3:15 Session VI: Constructing The Self
Chair: Sarah Egan

Heroes, Devotees, Addicts and Nostalgics. Repertories of engagement in the quest for self transcendence

Claudio Benzecry (University of Connecticut).

Immigration, Religion and Human Security in the United States

B. Nadya Jaworksy (Yale University)

Commentator:Sunwoong Park

3:15 ~ 4:45 Session VII:
The Culture Club and the Strong Program:
Origins of a New Paradigm over the Generations

Featured Speaker: Phil Smith (Generation 2)
With Commentary from Jeff Alexander (Generation 1), Ron Jacobs (Generation 2), Jason Mast (Generation 3) & Isaac Reed (Generation 3.5)
Time Christopher Martin’s Restaurant 860 State Street.
6:00 ~ 7:00 p.m. Cocktails
7:00 Banquet