2016 junior theorists symposium

Each year, on the day before the main ASA conference, the Junior Theorists Symposium brings together graduate students and recent PhDs to present theoretical works of all sorts. As has become traditional, the three main panels will be followed by a star-studded “after panel” of slightly-less junior theorists. The program for this year’s JTS, to be held on August 19 at Seattle University, was just announced and is available below! And if you’re interested in attending, please RSVP by emailing “JTS RSVP” to juniortheorists@gmail.com. As a past organizer, I can tell you that having a reasonable guess of attendance is a huge help for planning.

10th Annual Junior Theorists Symposium
August 19, 2016
Seattle University
Wyckoff Auditorium (Engineering 200)


8:30 – 9:00 | Coffee and Bagels

9:00 – 10:50 | Panel 1
Dan Menchik (Michigan State University)
The Dynamics of Professional Status Competitions

Linsey Edwards (Princeton University)
Time and Efficacy: Temporal Patterns, Uncertainty and ‘Neighborhood Effects’

Shai Dromi (Harvard University) & Sam Stabler (Yale University)
Sociological Critique, Pragmatism, and Moral Practice

Discussant: Ann Mische (University of Notre Dame)

10:50 – 11:00 | Coffee

11:00 – 12:50 | Panel 2

Abigail Sewell (Emory University)
The Racism-Race Reification Process: A Mesolevel Political Economic Framework for Understanding Racial Health Disparities

katrina quisumbing king (UW Madison)
A Return to Du Bois’ Color Line: Re-Centering Conquest, Exclusion, and Imperialism

Sunmin Kim (UC Berkeley)

Contingent Racial Formation: Challenges to the Racial Ideology of the Dillingham Commission (1907-1911)

Discussant: Tukufu Zuberi (University of Pennsylvania)

12:50 – 2:00 | Lunch (provided on-site)

2:00-2:45 | Junior Theorist Award: Claudio Benzecry (Northwestern University)

2:45 – 4:35 | Panel 3

Anya Degenshein (Northwestern University)
Beyond Risk: Entrapment, Surveillance, and the Creation of Criminal Biographies

Patrick Bergemann (Columbia University)
From Local Advantage to Global Repression: A Theory of Denunciation

Chris Rea (UCLA; Max Planck)
Domination in 2D: Power and Institutional Change in an Era of Markets

Discussant: Maya Charrad (University of Texas-Austin)

4:35 –4:45 | Break (coffee & tea provided)

4:45-6:00 | After-panel: On Theory and Method

Christopher A. Bail (Duke University)

Tey Meadow (Columbia University)

Ashley Mears (Boston University)

Frederick F. Wherry (Yale University)

6:00 – ? | Theory in the Wild: Beer, wine, and good conversation (off-site at The Garage, 1130 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122)

*In order to facilitate lunch orders and planning, the organizers request that folks please RSVP by sending an email to juniortheorists@gmail.com with the subject line “JTS RSVP.” JTS is a donation-based event, and we kindly suggest donations of $20 per faculty member and $10 per graduate student, which can be made at the event, or in advance of the event through PayPal to the juniortheorists@gmail.com email account. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to write to the organizers, Anna Skarpelis (aks402@nyu.edu) or Clayton Childress (cchildress@utsc.utoronto.ca)

Author: Dan Hirschman

I am a sociologist interested in the use of numbers in organizations, markets, and policy. For more info, see here.

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