Ryon Lancaster on Monday, October 18th

The Social Theory and Evidence Workshop presents:

Officium Dei: The Emergence of Bureaucracy in the Medieval Church

by Professor Ryon Lancaster

Department of Sociology, University of Chicago

Monday, October 18, 2010

12 pm – 1 pm, Social Sciences Room 302

Jan Doering on Monday, October 11th

For our next talk, Jan Doering, PhD Student in Sociology at the University of Chicago, will be presenting his paper: “A Battleground of Identity: The Discourse on Interracial Relationships among African Americans.”

Abstract: The goal of this project is to improve our understanding of the shifting debates and interpretations of interracial relationships among African Americans. My sample consists of 400 letters to the editor published by five African American newspapers between 1910 and 1998. Each of the letters contains some discussion of black-white intimacy. I argue that, for African American letter writers, the issue of interracial relationships constitutes a “battleground of identity,” a contentious discourse with crucial implications for (racial) identity formation and political orientation. Specifically, the issue of whether interracial marriages are to be welcomed or condemned reflects a key struggle between integrationists and separatists, two dominant camps in African American politics in the 20th century.

The talk will be held from 12 pm to 1 pm, in Social Sciences Room 302.  Please arrive a few minutes early for refreshments.

Fall 2010 Schedule

The following is the Social Theory and Evidence Workshop schedule for the fall 2010 quarter:

Monday, October 4, 2010
John Levi Martin, Professor, University of Chicago
“OK, so the title of my talk is called, ‘How to do a Workshop Presentation.’”
~Professionalization Seminar~

Thursday, October 7, 2010
Stephen Steinberg, Professor, Queens College-CUNY
“Civilizing the Primitive: From Robert Ezra Park to William Julius Wilson, From Tuskegee to the Harlem Children’s Zone”
~Talk co-sponsored with the Reproduction of Race & Racial Ideologies Workshop~
Location: Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture

Monday, October 11, 2010
Jan Doering, PhD Student, Department of Sociology
“A Battleground of Identity: The Discourse on Interracial Relationships among African Americans”

Monday, October 18, 2010
Ryon Lancaster, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago
“Officium Dei: The Emergence of Bureaucracy in the Medieval Church”

Monday, November 8, 2010
Phil Redman, PhD Student, Department of Sociology
“Sex Education and the Construction of ‘Proper’ Sexual Practices”

Monday, November 22, 2010
Raka Ray, Professor of Sociology and South and Southeast Asia Studies, University of California, Berkeley
“Reconcilable Differences: Sociology and the Study of the Postcolonial”

Unless otherwise stated, the workshop will be held in SS 302, from 12 to 1 pm.  Please note that there will be no presentations during Weeks 1, 5, 6, 8, and 10.