Conference Report: Culture & the 2016 Presidential Election

In a paper session organized, and presided, by Ronald Jacobs (Univ. of Albany), cultural sociologists reflected on the events leading up to the 2016 US Presidential election, and the aftermath. In particular, the talks consider the intersection of meaning and power, politics and media. Continue reading Conference Report: Culture & the 2016 Presidential Election

Conference Report: Gender, Culture, Media

In a session entitled “Gender, Culture, Media,” five scholars presented papers that addressed the intersection of media and culture. Organizer and presider, Andrea Press (University of Virginia) identified the question that unites the various studies: “Where is the influence?” In other words, which groups have the power to affect cultural shifts? Highlighting the role of consumers, producers, and gatekeepers the panel addressed the degree to which each of these actors is able to maintain or challenge gender difference and inequality in media. Continue reading Conference Report: Gender, Culture, Media

Conference Report: From Dissertation to First Book

The Culture Section Professionalization Workshop is an annual ASA session that provides graduate students and junior faculty with professional development resources relating to academic writing, publishing, and career opportunities. For ASA 2017, we organized “From Dissertation to First Book,” featuring two recent first book authors (Michaela DeSoucey and Terry McDonnell), a university press series editor (Jenn Lena), and a university press editor (Eric Schwartz). Panelists were asked to share their advice on writing and publishing first academic books. Continue reading Conference Report: From Dissertation to First Book

Letter From the Chair, Fall 2017

It has now been several months since our annual conference. The semester is well underway, and we are all very busy with our teaching and research. But I look back fondly at the five days we had in Montreal, thinking about culture in one of North America’s most beautiful cities. I enjoyed my walk down the hill every morning to the Palais des Congres, and I enjoyed my excursions into the city. Above all, though, I enjoyed my time inside the conference venue, talking with my colleagues and listening to dozens of fascinating papers. Continue reading Letter From the Chair, Fall 2017

You’re invited! — Sunday 13 meeting and reception

Have you made a note of your Section events?   The Section on Sociology of Culture Business Meeting takes place on Sunday 13, at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, Room 513C, 1:30-2:10pm   You’re also invited to a reception jointly organized with the Section on Sociology of Development and the Section on Global and Transnational Sociology at: Palais des congrès de Montréal, Terrace, 7:30-9:30pm Continue reading You’re invited! — Sunday 13 meeting and reception

The Cultural Sociology Research Cluster in the Canadian Sociological Association and the CSA 2017 Annual Meeting

  Allyson Stokes & John McLevey, University of Waterloo In 2013, the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) started facilitating the creation and operation of official “research clusters.” Unlike ASA sections – which have been around far longer – the research clusters are managed very informally. Most do not have elected positions or subcommittees, and only a few offer scholarly awards or recognitions. The Sociology of Culture / … Continue reading The Cultural Sociology Research Cluster in the Canadian Sociological Association and the CSA 2017 Annual Meeting