The 15th Annual Junior Theorists Symposium

August 5th and 6th, 2021
Panels held via Zoom, open to all, closed captioning available

Please register via the link provided for each day you plan to attend Donate to next year’s JTS! Venmo: @JTS-2021

Thursday, August 5th, Register to Attend
10am-11:30am PT/ 1pm to 2:30pm ET
Panel 1: Identities, Diasporas, and Memorializations
Discussant: Jean Beaman (University of California, Santa Barbara) Presenters:

Rui Jie Peng (University of Texas at Austin), “Rightful Bargaining: Rural Women Making Claims for Social Provisions in China’s Targeted Poverty Alleviation Program”
Sandra Portocarrero (Columbia University), “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Work and a Theory of Racialized Expertise”

Antonio Montañés Jimenez (University of St Andrews), “Christianity, ethnicity and Gitano politics of memory in Spain”
Gaurav J. Pathania (Georgetown University), In Search of a New Identity: Anti-Caste Activism among Dalit Diaspora in the United States”

11:40am-12:10pm PT/ 2:40pm-3:10pm ET
Keynote Address: Kyle Green (SUNY Brockport) and Daniel Winchester (Purdue University), winners of the 2019 Junior Theorist Award for “Talking your self into it: How and when accounts shape motivation for action.”

12:30pm to 2pm PT/ 3:30 pm to 5pm ET Panel 2: Race, Markets, and Work
Discussant: Fred Wherry (Princeton University) Presenters:

Parijat Chakrabarti (Princeton University), “Platform Vision, or Sense-Making in a Platformed World: New Economy Experiments in the Produce Markets of “Silicon Savannah”
Meredith Hall (The New School for Social Research), “Property and Its Provenance: A Case Study of the Emergence of Ownership”

Anjanette M. Chan Tack (University of Chicago), “When Gender Conflict Breaks Racial Alignment: Gendered Racial Schemas and Immigrant Identity Choice at the Black/Asian Interface”
Davon Norris (Ohio State University), “To Score or Not to Score: Racial Inequality and an Epistemology of Ignorance in an Algorithmic Age”

Friday August 6th, Register to Attend
10am to 11:30am PT/ 1pm to 2:30pm ET
Panel 3: Categorization, temporality, and expertise Discussant: Gil Eyal (Columbia University) Presenters:

Arvind Karunakaran (McGill University), “Truce Structures: Minimizing Protracted Jurisdictional Conflicts between Professions”
Angela Serrano (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “Towards a Multispecies Sociology: Oil Palm Trees as Mediators of Social Inequality”

Blair Sackett (University of Pennsylvania), “It’s About Time: The Temporal Dimensions of Social Capital in a Refugee Camp”
Tara Gonsalves (University of California, Berkeley) “Trans Circulations: Institutionalizing Gender Categories”

11:40am-12:10pm PT/ 2:40pm-3:10pm ET
Keynote Address: Neil Gong (University of Michigan and University of California, San Diego), winner of the 2020 Junior Theorist Award for “Between Tolerant Containment and Concerted Constraint: Managing Madness for the City and the Privileged Family.”

12:30pm to 2pm PT/ 3:30 pm to 5pm ET
After Panel:
“Theorizing for Troubled Times”
Panelists: Javier Auyero (University of Texas, Austin), Jennifer Carlson (University of Arizona), Harvey Molotch (New York University), Christina Simko (Williams), and Howard Winant (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Special thanks to the Theory section for generously sponsoring caregiving scholarships for this year’s participants!

We are also accepting donations for this year’s JTS to provide a financial reserve for next year’s organizers. We hope next year’s event is in-person and traditionally the graduate student organizers have fronted the funds to host the event. These costs include reserving a room and serving food at the symposium. If you are a faculty member, the suggested donation is $10. Please donate here, Venmo: @JTS-2021 Thank you!