Symposium on W. E. B. Du Bois: Du Boisian Sociology: Epistemologies, Mentoring, and Activism as a Pathway to an Emancipatory Sociology

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Winter 2018. Vol. 30 Issue 1.  Brandon Alston1 Northwestern University On May 18-19 2018, the newly formed Du Boisian Scholars Network held its first national convening at Northwestern University. The convening was inspired by the Pan-African Congress meetings initiated by W.E.B. Du Bois and Ida Gibbs Hunt in the 20th century. The convening helped to assemble … Continue reading Symposium on W. E. B. Du Bois: Du Boisian Sociology: Epistemologies, Mentoring, and Activism as a Pathway to an Emancipatory Sociology

Symposium on W. E. B. Du Bois: Chocolate Cities: The Black Map of American Life

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Winter 2018. Vol. 30 Issue 1. Marcus Anthony Hunter UC, Los Angeles Zandria F. Robinson Rhodes College “Stop talking about the South,” Malcolm X chided audiences in his “Ballot or Bullet” speech, which he delivered in cities across the Midwest and Northeast in the months before Freedom Summer. “If you black, you were born in jail, … Continue reading Symposium on W. E. B. Du Bois: Chocolate Cities: The Black Map of American Life

Symposium on W. E. B. Du Bois: Initial Ideas on Du Bois as a Cultural Sociologist of Empire

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Winter 2018. Vol. 30 Issue 1. Syeda Masood1 Brown University W.E.B. Du Bois is widely considered to be a theorist of race. But he was also a sociologist of empire. For him, modern empire and racialization were deeply connected (Du Bois 1999; 2007). In this short essay, I want to share some initial reflections on how … Continue reading Symposium on W. E. B. Du Bois: Initial Ideas on Du Bois as a Cultural Sociologist of Empire

Symposium on W. E. B. Du Bois: Du Bois and the Sociology of Knowledge (Or, A Lesson in White Ignorance and Knowledge Resistance)

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Winter 2018. Vol. 30 Issue 1. Jennifer C. Mueller1 Skidmore College Very little was demanded of me in graduate school with respect to demonstrating my knowledge of W. E. B. Du Bois – the man or his ideas; a testimony I suspect many of us would offer in honest moments. I was assigned only one of … Continue reading Symposium on W. E. B. Du Bois: Du Bois and the Sociology of Knowledge (Or, A Lesson in White Ignorance and Knowledge Resistance)

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