ASA 2015: Junior Theorists Symposium, August 21

Junior Theorists Symposium
University of Chicago

Social Sciences Room 122
August 21, 2015


8:30 – 9:00 | Coffee and Bagels


9:00 – 10:50 | Race and Gender
* Clayton Childress (University of Toronto) – “Cultures of Inequality: The “Double Match” of Race and Meaning”
* Jason Orne (University of Wisconsin – Madison) – “A Theory of Sexual Racism”
* Sarah Mayorga-Gallo (University of Cincinnati) – “Diversity as Ideology in Multiethnic Spaces”
Discussant: Patricia Hill Collins (University of Maryland)


10:50 – 11:00 | Coffee

11:00 – 12:50 | The State and Globalization
* Anna Skarpelis (New York University) – “Insidious Racialization: Welfare State Development in 20th Century Germany and Japan”
* Ana Velitchkova (Centre for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies) – “Multiple Language Carriers and Status: Political Organization and Embodied Competences in the Global Esperanto Field”
* Jeffrey Weng (University of California – Berkeley) – “Linguistic Modernity: The Limits of Ideology and State Power in the Creation of Modern Standard Languages”
Discussant: George Steinmetz (University of Michigan – Ann Arbor)

12:50 – 2:00 | Lunch


2:00-2:30 | Junior Theorist Award: Claire Laurier Decoteau and Isaac Arial Reed

*Claire Laurier Decoteau (University of Illinois – Chicago) 

2:30 – 4:20 | Culture
* Larissa Buchholz (Harvard University) – “The Rise of China in the Global Art Auction Market: A Global Field Analysis”
* Brad Vermulen (Notre Dame) – “The Production of Marginal Culture: The Case of Calvinist Hip-Hop”
* Natalie B. Aviles (University of California – San Diego) – “Moving targets in the ‘War on Cancer’: toward a pragmatic event-based theory of organizational culture in the National Cancer Institute”
Discussant: Gary Alan Fine (Northwestern University)

4:30 – 5:45 | After-panel: On Abstraction

* Kieran Healy (Duke)
* Virag Molnar (The New School)
* Andrew Perrin (UNC-Chapel Hill)

* Kristen Schilt (University of Chicago)


5:45 – ? | Theory in the Wild: Beer, wine, and good conversation (off-site)

The Junior Theorists Symposium is an open event. In order to facilitate planning, please RSVP by sending an email to with the subject line “JTS RSVP.” We suggest an on-site donation of $20 per faculty member and $10 per graduate student to cover event costs.