ASA 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting Culture Section Events

by Emma Brown (New York University)

For more information, please see the online program. All times listed are in Eastern.

Saturday, August 7

12:45-1:15 PM

Business Meeting (1371)

Organizer and Chair: Terence E. McDonnell, University of Notre Dame

1:15-2:10 PM

Graduate Student Professionalization Panel (1470)

Studying Culture in Times of Crisis: Methods and Approaches

This panel will be an opportunity for students to learn best practices in teaching and research from culture scholars. Invited panelists will share their expertise on the application of the concepts, methodologies, and theoretical perspectives from the sociological study of culture to topics of wide-ranging sociological interest. This year’s theme is “Studying Culture in Times of Crisis: Methods and Approaches”. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended academic production in multiple ways. This panel will explore methodological and theoretical approaches to studying culture in times of crisis, from current crises like COVID-19 and climate change to past crises of war, health, and politics. Through this panel, we will explore approaches, cases, and concepts for doing sociology in challenging data-collecting situations and studying culture as a dimension of crisis and unsettled times.

Organizers and Presiders: Samantha Leonard, Brandeis University | Nino Bariola, The University of Texas at Austin

Panelists: Aliza Luft, University of California-Los Angeles | Jelani Ince, Indiana University | Craig M. Rawlings, Duke University | Caitlyn Collins, Washington University-St. Louis

4:15-5:40 PM

New Perspectives in Sociology of Art and Music: 

BIPOC Artists and Creative Agency (1717)

This panel showcases sociology of culture’s engagement with, but also neglect of, Black, Indigenous, and people of color artists and their work. In the spirit of emancipatory sociology, we invite submissions from scholars whose projects, methods, and ideas affirm BIPOC contributions to the arts (broadly construed). We also welcome papers that examine the institutional, market and political structures that shape and are shaped by the creative productions of BIPOC artists, writers, musicians, and performers.

Organizer: Patricia A. Banks, Mount Holyoke College | Presider: Fiona Greenland, University of Virginia

Be Weary: Racialized Emotional Labour in Creative Careers. Kim de Laat, Brock University; Alanna Stuart, Independent scholar | Can the Micro and Macro Reconcile? Giving Meaning to Diversity in the Curatorial Process. Tania R. Aparicio, New School for Social Research | Engaging Organizational Stakeholders in Cultural Equity: DEI Grantmaking Practices of U. S. Local Arts Agencies. Daniel B. Cornfield, Vanderbilt University; Rachel G. McKane, Vanderbilt University; Meagan Rainock, Vanderbilt University; Hannah Ingersoll, Vanderbilt University; Tulasi Iyengar, Vanderbilt University | Where do Geniuses Come From? The Dialectical Relationship Between Social Status and Artistic Insight. Rebecca Jean Emigh, University of California-Los Angeles; Johanna Hernandez Perez, UCLA

Sunday, August 8

10:00-10:45 AM

Council Meeting (2068)

11:00 AM – 12:25 PM

Culture and Morality in Times of Crisis (2117)

Whether we interpret an action as right or wrong depends on culture — culture in action, culture in situations, and culture in perceptions and relationships. Yet how does culture matter in crisis? And how, specifically, does it matter for morality? This panel will discuss cutting-edge work on culture and morality in times of crisis, seeking to provide a new lens on the relationship between “settled” and “unsettled” times (Swidler 1986) and ideas about right and wrong. We welcome research that examines local, national, cross-national, and global understandings of culture and morality, and we especially welcome scholarship by and about members of underrepresented groups and their experiences. All theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome, as well.

Organizer and Presider: Aliza Luft, University of California, Los Angeles

Coping with Corrupted Systems: Moral Negotiations in the Hinterlands of Evaluation. Jacqueline Ho, Cornell University; Malte Ziewitz, Cornell University | Moral economy and the social semiotics of the Covid-19 crisis. Till Hilmar, Bremen University | Proximity and Moral Action: Diaspora Communities Helping from Afar during the West African Ebola Outbreak. Ryann Manning, University of Toronto | Risky Behaviors and Moral Judgments in a Politicized Pandemic. Taylor Paige Winfield, Princeton University; Janet Xu, Princeton University

12:45-2:10 PM


Organizers: Laura Acosta, Northwestern University | Audra Dugandzic, University of Notre Dame | Rachel Keynton, University of Notre Dame | Bridget J. Ritz, University of Notre Dame | Michael Rotolo, University of Notre Dame

Table 1: Production and Reception of Culture (2347) | Table 2: Intersectionality (2348) | Table 3: Embodiment, Gender, and Sexuality (2349) | Table 4: Meaning and Metaphor (2350) | Table 5: Macro Cultural Change (2351) | Table 6: Social and Institutional Change (2352) | Table 7: Culture and Inequality (2353) | Table 8: Meritocracy (2354) | Table 9: Culture in COVID and Crisis (2355) | Table 10: Culture and Emotion (2356) | Table 11: Narratives (2357) | Table 12: Memory and Futures (2358) | Table 13: Cognition (2359) | Table 14: Organizations (2360) | Table 15: Visual Methods (2361)

2:30-3:55 PM

Between Collapse and Utopia:  Foresight, Imagination, and Social Change (2516)

Alongside the multiple disruptions of the past year — including the global pandemic and racial justice uprisings — many commentators have noted possibilities for transformation. With futures uncertain, how do people imagine possibilities for change? Between the two poles of dystopian collapse narratives and utopian visions of a world transformed, there is a lot of unexplored cultural space. Arguably this “in between” space of foresight and action is critical for determining personal and institutional pathways. This is the space of “emergent strategy” (to borrow a phrase from writer and activist Adrienne Maree Brown), linking actions in the present to longer term temporal horizons. This panel will explore how narratives of foresight, future-making, and transformation are caught up in social and political change efforts, from community and institutional reforms (at local, national and transnational levels) to radical or populist movements informed by utopian or apocalyptic visions. We invite papers examining the promise and pitfalls of these kinds of future imaginaries, particularly amidst neoliberal, autocratic, and ethno/racial supremacist advances worldwide. We welcome research on the intersections and (sometimes) clashes between different timeframes, as well as between kinds and levels of imaginaries (economic, political, personal, racial, gendered, nationalist, environmental, etc.). We also hope to consider how debates and struggles over contending futures shape social and political change efforts, sometimes in unexpected ways.

Organizer and Presider: Ann Mische, University of Notre Dame

Temporality, Valence, and Metaphor in the Imagination of Possible Futures: Imagining Society After Same-Sex Marriage. Peter Hart-Brinson, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire | (Un)Certain Death: Envisioning the Future through Climate Change’s Impacts on Public Health. Mallory Fallin, Northwestern University | Not in this Lifetime: Black Millennial Reflections on Impacts of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Simone Nicole Durham, University of Maryland, College Park | Dollarized dreams: currencies, crisis, and refugee futures in Lebanon. Samuel Dinger, New York University | Enabling Hope in a Better Future: Braiding Cultural Repertoires when Facing Uncertainty. Shira Zilberstein, Harvard Sociology; Michèle Lamont, Harvard University; Mari Sanchez, Harvard Sociology

4:15-5:40 PM

Culture and Computation in Theory and Practice (2716)

This panel seeks to bring together papers by theorists and critical empirical sociologists with those by software designers and other practitioners. Substantively and epistemologically, the panel is open to all areas of sociological inquiry that speak to “culture in computation” or “computational cultures.” This may include critical approaches to computational methods; ethnographic studies of software development or tech companies; new computational approaches to studying culture; or theorizing what’s cultural in algorithms, software, methods, and their application across fields. We are also open to broader survey papers, for example, on cultures within different schools of computational social scientific thought, or with a substantive focus on questions of pressing social interest, like misinformation, inequality, race and gender. Papers will be chosen by how well they fit together as a panel, so the above keywords are merely suggestions of what might be a good fit; they are not meant to exclude other possible approaches.

Organizers: Anna Katharina Skarpelis, Harvard University | Marshall A. Taylor, New Mexico State University

Presider: Matt Rafalow, Google

Algorithmic Fields, Drama, and Extremization Among Vegan Influencers. Angele Christin, Stanford University | Centralized Enrollment Algorithms, School Choice, and Contested Meanings of Fairness in New Orleans School Admissions. Maria Akchurin, Loyola University-Chicago; Gabriel Chouhy, Tulane University | Formally Comparing Topic Models and Human-Generated Qualitative Coding of Physician Mothers’ Experiences of Workplace Discrimination. Sheridan Stewart, Department of Sociology; Adam S Miner, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford School of Medicine; Meghan C Halley, Center for Biomedical Ethics, Stanford School of Medicine; Laura K. Nelson, Northeastern University; Eleni Linos, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Stanford University | Theoretical foundations and limits of word embeddings: what types of cultural meaning can they capture? Alina Arseniev-Koehler, University of California Los Angeles

Other Culture-related Sessions

Saturday, August 7

  • 11:00 AM – 12:25 PM Regular Session. Culture and Identity: Panel 1 (1128)
  • 12:45-2:10 PM Regular Session. Popular Culture from the Margins: Representation, Discrimination, and Performance (1328)
  • 2:30-3:55 PM Regular Session. Culture and Narrative (1528)
  • 4:15-5:40 PM Regular Session: Culture and Identity: Panel 2 (1728)
  • 4:45-5:40 PM International Migration Refereed Roundtables. Table 9: Immigrant Culture and Communities (1855)

Sunday, August 8

  • 2:30-3:55 PMRegular Session. Shaping Cultures, Shaping Us (2528)
  • 3:00-3:55 PM Global and Transnational Sociology Roundtables. Table 3: Culture and Identity Formation (2649)
  • 3:00-3:55 PM Global and Transnational Sociology Roundtables. Research Cluster 1: Arts, Culture, and Religion (2657)
  • 4:45-5:40 PM Theory Section Roundtables. Table 8: Approaches to Culture and Emotions (2868)

Monday, August 9

  • 11:00 AM – 12:25 PM Section on Organizations, Occupations and Work. Organizational and Occupational Community, Culture, and Change (3118)
  • 12:45-2:10 PM Section on Sociology of Sex and Gender Roundtable. Men, Masculinity, and Digital Culture (3354)
  • 2:30-3:55 PM Regular Session. Sociology of Culture I (3522)
  • 2:30-3:55 PM Regular Session. New Insights on the Professions: Interrogating the Role of Culture (3525)
  • 4:15-5:40 PM Regular Session. Sociology of Culture II (3722)
  • 4:15-5:40 PM Regular Session. Political Culture: Is Collective, Effective Political Will Possible? (3731)
  • 4:15-5:40 PM Open Refereed Roundtables. Table 14: Social Sites of Cultural Difference (3750)
  • 4:45-5:40 PM Marxist Section Roundtables. Table 2: Culture (3864)

Tuesday, August 10

  • 1:15-2:10 PM Section on Environmental Sociology Roundtables. Table 6: Culture & Social Capital (4452)
  • 1:15-2:10 PM Section on Environmental Sociology Roundtables. Table 14. Gender, Culture and Embodiment (4460)
  • 4:45-5:40 PM Sociology of Religion Roundtables. Table 2: Rituals, Culture, and Performance (4848)