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2013-2014 Sociology Department Colloquium Schedule

FALL 2013

  • Thursday, October 3, 12:30-2pm, Watkins 1126
    Drs. Tanya Nieri and Scott Savage, UCR Sociology

    Academic Writing in the Social Sciences: Practical Advice, Obstacles, and Emotions

    Are you a graduate student in the social sciences? Do you find the writing process difficult? Then this colloquium is for you, as Drs. Nieri and Savage will provide their perspectives on the writing process. They will highlight typical stumbling blocks and provide practical advice on how to overcome them. They will also address how writing styles sometimes differ for qualitative and quantitative research as well as the emotional management involved in writing. Their presentation will take on a conversational tone, with each panelist making short remarks before opening the floor for questions and comments.
  • Thursday, October 10, 12:30-2pm, Watkins 1126 
    Michael Lawrence Walker, UCR Sociology

    Practice Job Talk. Race and Racialization in a Southern California Jail System

    The sociology of penal communities has not kept pace with studies of the cumulative effects of mass incarceration.  While there are vibrant research lines that investigate the fall out once men are free of penal walls, relatively little work has been conducted on the experience of men inside penal walls.  Moreover, studies of carceral living have tended to be colorblind, ignoring the role of race in ordering the everyday experiences of penal inmates.  Based upon participant observation in a Southern California county jail system during the fall of 2006 through the spring of 2008, this study presents evidence that jail classification practices played a critical role in the racialization of inmates, which led to the development of racially coded rules that governed inmate interaction known as the “politics.”
  • Thursday, October 17, 12:30-2pm, TBD
    TALKING ACROSS SPECIALIZATIONS: Dr. Robert Hanneman, UCR Sociology, Prestige Stratification in Organizational

    Populations:  Some Notes on Academic Departments

    Moderators: Drs. Karen Pyke and Adalberto Aguirre

    Prestige ranking of organizations is ubiquitous, and particularly important in populations of professional organizations.  We examine the stability of rankings of American PhD producing departments of Sociology from the mid-1970s to the present, with a brief comparison to programs in bio-sciences.  We also briefly examine the degree of prestige inequality, the structure and stability of the class system, and organizational mobility patterns.  Some speculations on PhD programs in Sociology within the University of California are also offered.
  • Thursday, October 24, 12:30-2pm, CANCELLED
    Dr. Jennifer Lee, UCI Sociology
  • Thursday, October 31, 12:30-2pm, TBD
    Kerry Mulligan, UCR Sociology, Practice Job Talk.

    Title: Ideological Resilience: Media and Criminal Justice Responses to Cases of Teacher Sexual Misconduct

    Through a comparative analysis of the media discourses and legal treatment of a national sample of criminal cases involving teachers who had sexual contact with their adolescent students, this research explores how individuals make sense of events that pose challenges to hegemonic ideologies. This talk elaborates how the media coverage and criminal justice responses to these cases regulate female sexuality and reproduce racial inequality through two distinct discourses. The “troubled womanhood” discourse is strategically employed to shame female perpetrators while simultaneously neutralizing their sexual agency. The “worthy victimhood” narrative draws on white, middle class, and heteronormative norms of femininity to differentially situate adolescent female victims as “worthy” or “unworthy” of legal protection and community support.
  • Thursday, November 7, 12:30-2pm, TBD
    Tony Roberts, UCR Sociology, Practice Job Talk.
  • Thursday, November 14, 12:30-2pm, TBD
    Jason Struna, UCR Sociology, Practice Job Talk.
  • Thursday, November 21, 12:30-2pm, TBD
    Dr. Gretchen Peterson, Cal State LA
  • Thursday, December 5, 12:30-2pm, TBD
    Jake Apkarian, UCR Sociology, Practice Job Talk