sociological working group on aesthetics, meaning, and power (SWAMP)

The Sociological Working Group on Aesthetics, Meaning, and Power (SWAMP) is a meeting group of graduate students and faculty who meet regularly to discuss works in progress concerned with cultural sociology and social theory, organized by Isaac Reed, Fiona Greenland, and Vasfiye B. Toprak.


Fridays, 10-11:30 AM @ Nau 342

Coffee, pastries, and new ideas

All are welcome

January 18, 2019

Claudio Benzecry (Northwestern)

“Cinderella on the Pearl River Delta: Who has the power to translate?”

February 1, 2019

Laura Goldblatt (UVA Engagements) & Richard Handler (UVA Anthropology)

“Pray for Peace but Fight Your Insect Enemies: U.S. Postage Stamps, Slogan Cancels, and the Legibility of Cold War Propaganda”

February 15, 2019

Peter Hart-Brinson (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)

“Mannheim’s ‘The Problem of Generations’: An Update”

Joint workshop with TEMPO

March 1, 2019

James Hunter (UVA Sociology & IASC)

“Depth” from The Deep Structures of Culture

March 29, 2019

Jordanna Matlon (American University)

“Fragile intersections: Theorizing tropes of masculinity in racial capitalism”

April 5, 2019

Elisabeth Becker (IASC & Yale)

“The Sehitlik Mosque and the Cityscape” from book manuscript Unsettled Islam: Virtuous Contention in European Mosques

April 19, 2019

Julia Sonnevend (New School)

“Charm: How Magnetic Personalities Capture Our Hearts, Minds, and Politics”

SWAMP is generously sponsored by the Department of Sociology and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Culture at the University of Virginia. For copies of the speakers’ papers, write to Vasfiye Toprak, SWAMP student organizer:

SWAMP 2018 Fall

SWAMP 2018 Spring

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