Colloquium Seminar on Sociological Issues - Fall 2017

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All Colloquia are held 3:30-5:00 pm
with Reception to follow
unless otherwise noted*. Locations listed below.

Schedule subject to change. 
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Fall 2017 Colloquia

September 21, 2017

Political Transcendences: Imaginaries, Sociologies, Rhetorics”

 Andreas Glaeser

Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago
Location: Robertson Hall Room 227, *reception to follow in Randall Hall 212

Andreas Glaeser is a sociologist of culture with a particular interest in the construction of identities and knowledges. His work interlaces substantive interests with efforts to build social theory. In this vein, his first book develops a theory of identity formation processes in the context of an ethnographic study of Germany's post-unification woes. He is currently finishing a book aiming at the development of a political epistemology which asks how people come to understand the world of politics from within their particular biographical trajectories and social milieus. The substantive focus of this book is the late socialist German state's effort to understand its citizens and to control the opposition as well as the opposition members' efforts to form their independent understanding of state socialism. He has begun work on a new project which studies the emergence of dominant understandings about Muslim immigrants in the interaction between contingent historical events, the cycles of electoral politics, everyday experiences and mass-mediated discourses in Germany, France and Britain.

October 12, 2017


Hans Joas
Visiting Professor of Sociology and Social Thought, University of Chicago

October 26, 2017

achel Sherman

Associate Professor of Scoiology
New School for Social Research

November 16, 2017

The Origins of Globalization Revisited: The Case of Clinton’s U-Turn on US-China Trade, 1993-94”

Ho-Fung Hung
Associate Professor of Sociology, Johns Hopkins 

In the midst of an economic crisis in 1993, the Chinese government struggled to reorient the economy to export-driven growth, targeting the US market which has been the largest absorber of East Asian manufactures exports since the 1960s. But in 1993, different factions of the US political establishment – organized labor, different business sectors, foreign policy idealists and realists, etc., were divided over the question of free trade with China (and free trade in general). In this new and ongoing research, I combine sources from the US and China to delineate the surgical lobbying efforts that the Chinese government undertook to shape the balance between pro-trade and anti-trade forces within the US political economy. These efforts, combined with the institutional change in the American state, led to Washington’s embrace of free trade with China as epitomized by Clinton’s unconditional renewal of China’s Most Favored Nation status in 1994. This research shows that the historical rise of free trade was not a linear, inevitable process pre-determined by some structural forces of capitalism as many suggest. Instead, it was as much a result of many contingent and eventful political processes cutting across Global North and South.   



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