Aug 15

Call for Papers — Social Theory Workshop 2015-16

The Social Theory Workshop is pleased to announce its 2015-16 Call for Papers

Funded by the Council on Advanced Studies at the University of Chicago, the Social Theory Workshop provides a forum primarily for MA and PhD students (although post-docs and faculty are also regular participants) to present their works-in-progress and to engage with others also interested in social theory in a collegial yet intellectually rigorous casual setting. Our workshop is interdisciplinary with past participants coming from the humanities, anthropology, history, sociology, and political science, and their work represents a wide range of geographical areas and historical periods.

We are currently accepting workshop paper proposals for 2015-16 with a priority for those interested in presenting during Autumn Quarter (October through December) although those interested in presenting during the Winter and Spring will also be considered. Please send a short abstract or brief description along with a tentative title of your paper to Arzuaga {at) uchicago {period) edu by Friday September 4. If your proposal is accepted, your paper will be due one week prior to your specific workshop date. We ask that papers take the form of unfinished and/or unpublished works-in-progress. Forms of typical workshop papers include dissertation chapters, drafts of journal articles or book chapters, MA theses, and dissertation proposals.

In past years, our conversations at the workshop have addressed topics that include:

— the relation between social and cultural transformations;
— the politics of work and time;
— feminism and contemporary capitalism;
— the changing nature of global finance and financial crisis;
— mass unemployment and the automation of production;
— varieties of historical and contemporary religious, nationalist, and socialist political and social movements;
— contemporary trends in global immigration;
— social theories of race and ethnicity;
— the relation between colonialism and the global expansion of capital,
— and, conceptual issues posed by neoliberalism.

The workshop will be scheduled from 6-8pm on alternate Thursdays at the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT) (Wilder House, 5811 S Kenwood Ave) with light food and refreshments. Papers are distributed in advance via our mailing list. To subscribe, visit https://lists.uchicago.edu/web/info/social-theory-workshop

Aug 14

Call for papers

Dear workshop participants and those interested:

The Social Theory Workshop is now soliciting presenters for the upcoming academic year, especially Autumn quarter. If you’d like to present (or think you might want to), please submit an abstract and tentative title of your paper by Monday, September 15.  The workshop will be meeting on alternate Thursdays at 6pm at Wilder House.

The Social Theory Workshop provides a forum for graduate students, postdocs, and faculty to explore the social theoretical implications of working papers by presenters in the social sciences and humanities. In past years, conversations have addressed themes that include the relation between social and cultural transformations, economic crises of finance and debt, the changing structure of work, patterns of global immigration, colonialism and the global expansion of capital, the politics of social movements, social theory and psychoanalysis, and the relation between modernity and capitalism.

If you are interested in presenting or have questions, please contact the current student coordinator, Fabian Arzuaga: arzuaga [at] uchicago [dot] edu

Sep 13

Call for papers and Autumn Schedule

We now have an Autumn schedule that is nearly complete but we are also soliciting for presenters for Winter and Spring (We still have one session available in Autumn too!).

Those interested in presenting for the 2013-14 academic year should send an off-list email to Fabian Arzuaga, who will continue as coordinator next year. He can be reached at: arzuaga [“at” sign] uchicago.edu. In your email please indicate a preferred quarter or month to present and provide an indication of what sort of material you would be presenting (conference paper, dissertation chapter, dissertation proposal, journal article, book chapter manuscript, etc.).

We are soliciting proposals of work that explore issues in social theory across a variety of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities.  The emphasis is less on developing social theory than on exploring in a sustained fashion the social theoretical implications of the participants’ work.  Themes to be addressed are likely to include the relationship between social and cultural transformations; the meaning, practices, and structures of work;  questions of the public sphere, civil society, and democracy; the relations between modernist and postmodernist forms of social theory;  the relation between colonialism and the global expansion of capital,and conceptual issues posed by globalization.

We look forward to seeing you all in the coming year.

Autumn 2013 Schedule:

The following workshops will be held on Thursdays from 6pm to 8pm. All papers will be distributed one week in advance of the workshops via the Social Theory Workshop list serv. To join this list serv go to: lists.uchicago.edu and search for “Social Theory.” All events will take place at 6pm in Wilder House (5811 S. Kenwood Ave).

Oct 31:
Bob Reamer: “Hayek, Tradition, and the Abolition of Society”
Doctoral student
Department of Political Science
University of Chicago

Nov 7:
Sergio Lemus, “Color Inspections” and the Predicaments of Racism: The Use of Border Theory to Ethnographically Document Color Hierarchies among Mexicans in South Chicago”
Doctoral Candidate,
Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Nov 14:
Atiya Khan, “The Fragmentation of Leftist Politics in Pakistan: The Last Vestiges of the Legacy of the Old Left, 1948-1952”
Doctoral Candidate
Department of History
University of Chicago

Dec 5:
Michelle Yates “Ecological Crisis and the Capitalist Accumulation of Waste”
Assistant Professor, Cultural Studies Program
Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences
Columbia College, Chicago