Colloquia

Sociology Department Colloquium Series
Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
MONDAYS, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
[unless otherwise noted]

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Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
The Mobilization of Resentment: Populism, Nationalism, and Authoritarianism in the United States and Europe
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Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
A New Jim Code? From everyday apps to complex algorithms, technology has the potential to hide, speed, and even deepen discrimination, while appearing neutral and even benevolent when compared to racist practices of a previous era. In this talk, I present the concept of the “New Jim Code" to explore a range of discriminatory designs that encode inequity: by explicitly amplifying racial hierarchies, by ignoring but thereby replicating social divisions, or by aiming to fix racial bias but ultimately doing quite the opposite. We will also consider how race itself is a kind of tool designed to stratify and sanctify social injustice and discuss how technology is and can be used toward liberatory ends. This presentation takes us into the world of biased bots, altruistic algorithms, and their many entanglements, and provides conceptual tools to decode tech promises with sociologically informed skepticism. In doing so, it challenges us to question not only the technologies we are sold, but also the ones we manufacture ourselves.
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Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
Reparative Seizure: Postcolonial Crime in the Jamaican Lotto Scam
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Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
Taste and Necessity: Economic and Symbolic Influences on Food Choice in Low- and Higher-Income Families
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Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
DISENFRANCHISED The Rise and Fall of Industrial Citizenship in China JOEL ANDREAS, AssociateProfessor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University, will present his forthcoming book, Disenfranchised, with responses from Cihan Tuğal, Yan Long, and Marc Blecher
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Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
That Ain’t Right. Toxic Entanglements, Urban Austerity and Environmental Racism in Flint and Detroit
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Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
Pedagogy Colloquium: "Technology in the classroom: the good, the bad, the ugly," Wednesday, Oct 3, 4-5pm in 420 Barrows Hall Wed. afternoon of each month, from 4-5 pm, in 420 Barrows
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Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
Running Political Cover: Institutional Diversity Work in the UC
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Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
Logics in Conflict? Contradictions in Campus Sexual Misconduct Adjudication
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Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
Co-sponsorship by IRLE and the Berkeley Labor Center