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
Wage Stagnation and Buyer Power: How Buyer-Supplier Relations Affect U.S. Workers’ Wages, 1978-2014
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Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
A Material Political Economy: The High-Frequency Trading of US Shares Ultrafast, automated ‘high-frequency trading’ or HFT now makes up around half of all US share trading. Drawing upon interviews with 54 high-frequency traders, MacKenzie’s talk will examine the ‘signals’ (patterns of data) that shape how HFT algorithms interact. He will argue that despite the high-technology glamour of autonomous, algorithmic economic agents, their behaviour is shaped by ‘political economy’ struggles — some with their origins in the 1970s — about how shares and other financial instruments should be traded. The underlying theoretical goal is to integrate the materialism of actor-network theory with the emphasis on meso-level conflict in field-theoretic economic sociology. The talk, however, will be quite concrete. MacKenzie will, for example, explain the effect of rain on patterns of US stock prices, and reveal the mundane feature of the US political system that underpins the HFT signal (‘futures lead’) on which he will focus.
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Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
Gone Home: Race and Roots through Appalachia
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Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
“Trading Land for Welfare”: Inequality and Citizenship Reform in Rural China
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Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
Lifestyle algorithms: wearable technology as self-regulation
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Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
Understanding Sexual Violence on a College Campus The Sexual Health Initiative to Foster Transformation (SHIFT) is one of the most comprehensive studies of sexual violence within a community. Taking two years, and drawing upon surveys, diaries, focus groups, interviews, and embedded ethnography, SHIFT is an attempt to systematically and scientifically understand sexual violence, and proposes community transformations that can help address and reduce it. In this talk Shamus Khan draws upon the SHIFT project to think through how we might better make sense of sexual violence, and what we might do to create healthier campus communities. 
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Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
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Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
NOTE LOCATION CHANGE: Matrix, 8th floor of Barrows Hall Creating Psychological Profiles From People's Digital Footprints
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Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
BERKELEY SOCIOLOGY FORUM Wednesday, September 13, 5-7.30p.m., 402 Barrows Hall TRANS: GENDER AND RACE IN AN AGE OF UNSETTLED IDENTITIES ROGERS BRUBAKER, Professor of Sociology and UCLA Foundation Chair at the University of California, Los Angeles, will present his book, trans: Gender and Race in an Age of Unsettled Identities (Princeton University Press, 2016) with responses from Raka Ray, Jill Bakehorn and Mel Chen.
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Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
The Importance of Being Agnes: Locating Harold Garfinkel’s Case Study in Historical Context In this talk, I present work from a book-in-progress about Harold Garfinkel’s 1967 chapter about Agnes, a piece of research now widely understood to be the first sociological case study of a gender nonconforming person. Much like Freud’s classic studies of Dora and the Wolf Man, Garfinkel’s writings about Agnes have captured the imagination of social psychologists, feminist social scientists, queer theorists, and transgender studies scholars alike, as evidenced by the continued re-interpretation of Garfinkel’s case material over the last fifty years. Drawing on newly discovered archival materials, I bring Garfinkel’s interviews with Agnes back into the historical context of the emerging disciplines of sex and gender and the field of sociology in the late 1950s.