Colloquium - Joanna Wawrzyniak

April 6, 2017

 "Durkheimians Transformed: East-Central European Perspectives"

At the turn of the twentieth century, the Durkheimians proposed one of the most ambitious sociological projects ever conceived in social sciences.  According to older narratives of the history of sociology, after the Great War, the school retreated and decayed. In more recent accounts, however, several authors stressed the intellectual metamorphoses of Durkheimianism and its survival in fields of growing specialization and in disciplines other than sociology.  Some argue that that the Durkheimian legacy was actually saved outside of France, not because of its direct transfer but rather due to the ‘meshing of scholarly networks’, movements and ideas. The core of my lecture is organized around the sociology of a Polish scholar, Stefan Czarnowski (1879-1937), who was the member of the inner circle of the Durkheimians and whose work on the cult of St. Patrick in Ireland is still considered one of the classics in the studies of religion. His sociology—despite its changing focus from religions and nations to the rise of global capitalism— argued against race studies and anti-social concepts of culture characteristic of his time. In their stead, he called for sociologically grounded comparative world history ordered around the concepts of class and work. More generally, his unexpected reconfiguration of Durkheimianism into Marxist critique in the specific case of East-Central Europe calls for a deeper, contextual historicization in the studies of the Durkheimian school as a movement in international social sciences.

Colloquium - Kristen Schilt

April 20, 2017

"The Importance of Being Agnes: Locating Harold Garfinkel’s Case Study in Historical Context"

In this talk, I present preliminary 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 transitioning 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 lfast fifty years. Drawing on newly discovered archival materials, I bring Garfinkel’s research with Agnes back into the historical context of the emerging disciplines of sex and gender and the field of sociology in the late 1950s

Sociology Degree Ceremony 2017

The UVa Sociology Department wishes to honor its graduating students with a Degree Ceremony which will be held at 5:30 PM on Saturday, May 20, 2017 in Old Cabell Hall Auditorium. Each degree candidate will be allocated EIGHT guest tickets for the ceremony. The tickets are strictly for guests of degree candidates. 

Degree candidates will not need a ticket and will have assigned seating, while guest seating is general admission. 

Ticket pickup times at Randall 104 for Sociology Degree Candidates: 
May 1st (Monday) through May 4th (Thursday), 9-11 AM & 1:30-4 PM

Degree candidates and their guests should plan to arrive at Old Cabell Hall Auditorium between 5:00 - 5:15 PM. 

Doors will close promptly at 5:30 PM for the ceremony to begin. The ceremony will last approximately 1 hour and a short reception will follow in the lobby of Old Cabell Hall. Please turn off all cell phones upon entering the auditorium. Flash photography and recording will be permitted. Please enter and exit through the front side doors of Old Cabell Hall at the ramp. The center doors will be closed due to other ongoing degree ceremonies on the Lawn. 

If you earned a degree in Summer or Fall 2016, please contact the Undergraduate Administrative Assistant on how you may participate in the Spring ceremony. 

Further Information on Final Exercises 2017