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April 2017

Colloquium Series: Natalie B. Aviles, Colby College

April 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Innovation in a “culture of planning”: HPV vaccines and translational research in the National Cancer Institute   This talk explores the role scientists at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a US federal science agency, played in researching and testing vaccines for the human papillomavirus (HPV). Dr. Aviles argues that interpretations of “translational research” native to the NCI influenced these researchers’ efforts to design and test first- and second-generation HPV vaccines. Beginning in the 1990s, these understandings informed and were in turn…

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September 2017

Colloquium Series: ASA Presentations

September 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presentations represent some of those made by UNC Sociology graduate students at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting in Montreal August 12-15,2017. Students: Samuel Fishman: Burning with Ambition: A Latent Variable Approach to Understanding Ambition’s Role in Educational Attainment Alanna Gillis: Enthusiasts, Backup Planners, and Professionals: How College Students Approach Participation in Service Programs after Graduation Iliya Gutin: In BMI We Trust: Reframing the Body Mass Index as a Measure of Health Alyssa Peavey: The Mexican Sending State's Involvement in Family Reunification…

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Colloquium Series: Karida Brown; UCLA, current UNC Sociology Visiting Research Scholar

September 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Subaltern School Brown will introduce her new research project, The Subaltern School, in which she proposes a global socio-historical examination of segregated schooling and its intergenerational effects in this integrated, post racial era. Operationalizing the construct of “the subaltern” to include indigenous, black, and intermediary racialized peoples she asks: What was the “Subaltern School” as both a legal and cultural organizational form? Situating the school as a key site of identity formation, what types of racialized subjectivities emerged from…

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Colloquium Series: Josh Wassink

September 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

A Dynamic Model of Self-Employment and Socioeconomic Mobility among Return Migrants: The Case of Urban Mexico   Return migrants engage in high rates of self-employment, which scholars commonly attribute to the accumulation of financial and human capital while working abroad. Central to this scholarship is the assumption that self-employment is positive and leads to upward economic mobility among return migrants. This scholarship is limited, however, because it relies on large surveys and cross-sectional census data that treat self-employment as a…

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October 2017

Colloquium Series: Michael Dunn

October 2 @ 12:00 pm - October 4 @ 1:00 pm

Making Gigs Work: Workers, Platforms and Labor Market Strategies Technological advancements have always changed both the demand for certain types of workers and the nature of the employer-employee relationship. In the last decade, increases in internet availability and the meteoric rise of smartphone technology have caused a digital evolution of work that has led to the rise of the “gig economy”.  The gig economy is generally characterized by short-term engagements among employers, workers and customers.  In this sense, the gig…

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Colloquium Series: Jocelyn Viterna, Harvard

October 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

How (Failed) Movements Matter: Abortion, Incarceration, and the Institutionalization of Movement Outcomes in Central America In Latin America, a counter-revolutionary backlash has produced new laws that constitutionalize fetal personhood, criminalize medically necessary abortions, and prosecute women who have stillbirths as murderers.  This paper examines the consequences of these legal transformations by comparing the theoretically important cases of El Salvador and Nicaragua.  On the books, El Salvador and Nicaragua have nearly identical abortion legislation—no abortions, no exceptions; not even when a pregnancy…

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Colloquium Series: Omar Lizardo, Notre Dame

October 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

A Procedural Theory of Culture.

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November 2017

Colloquium Series: Didem Turkoglu

November 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

As Tuition Rises: Opposition to the Neoliberalization of Higher Education Over the past two decades, every country in the OECD has tried to raise tuitions for public universities. Not all of these proposals succeeded. Opposition arose and in half of them, they successfully blocked tuition hikes. This study focuses on of how opposition did manage to defeat tuition hike proposals despite the overall late neoliberal tide. In the aftermath of the Great Recession, late neoliberalism meant austerity policies and reduced…

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Colloquium Series: Batool Zaidi

November 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Colloquium Series: Holly Straut Eppsteiner

November 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Making it Work: Undocumented Women’s Strategies of Resistance and Survival in a Restricted Labor Market

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