CCS Visiting Fellows ~ 2015 - 2016

Danny Kaplan, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Danny Kaplan is a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and directs the Men Studies track in Gender Studies at Bar Ilan University, Israel. His current work focuses on the study of national solidarity through the prism of friendship and public intimacy. He has published extensively on Israeli masculinity, media and popular culture, civic associations, and military culture. Kaplan is the author of The Men We Loved: Male Friendship and Nationalism in Israeli Culture (Berghahn Books, 2006). Recent articles include “The architecture of collective intimacy: Masonic friendships as a model for collective attachments” (American Anthropologist 116(1)(2004), 81-93); “Institutionalized erasures: How global structures acquire national meanings in Israeli popular music (Poetics 40(3)(2012), 217-236); “The songs of the siren: Engineering national time on Israeli radio” (Cultural Anthropology 24(2)(2009), 313-345). (CCS Visiting Fellow, September 2015 – August 2016)

Kyung-Man Kim, Sogang University, South Korea

Kyung-Man Kim is Professor of Sociology at Sogang University, South Korea. His research interests include Sociology of Science and Knowledge, Philosophy of Social Science and Cultural Sociology. He has published extensively in leading sociology and philosophy journals such as Theory, Culture & Society, Social Studies of Science, Qualitative Inquiry, Sociological Quarterly, Philosophy of the Social Sciences and Human Studies. He is also the author of five books including Explaining Scientific Consensus: The Case of Mendelian Genetics (New York: Guilford, 1994) and Discourses on Liberation: An Anatomy of Critical Theory (Boulder: Paradigm, 2005). He received the distinguished book award from the Korean Sociological Association in 2005 and was the winner of Kyung-Ahm academic prize in 2009, the most distinguished academic award in South Korea. In 2014, he was elected as a fellow of Korean Academy of Science and Technology (Policy Division). He was awarded Fulbright research grant two times and will spend 2015/2016 grant year at Yale’s Center for Cultural Sociology. He is currently working on a book which is tentatively entitled as Criticism without Criteria: New Directions in Critical Social Theory. (CCS Visiting Fellow, December 2015 – August 2016)

Eric Malczewski, Harvard University

Eric Malczewski is a Lecturer on Social Studies and serves on the Board of Advisors for Social Studies at Harvard University. His research focuses on the organizing principles of social science and epistemological issues in sociological theory. His current theoretical work focuses on the role that basic symbolic presuppositions play in institutions and social orders. His empirical focus is on the constitutive principles of modernity, nationalism, and the genesis of modern institutions.He is currently working on a monograph that provides a theoretical and historical account of the emergence of American environmentalism. (CCS Visiting Fellow, September 2015 – August 2016)

CernohorskaVanda Černohorská, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Vanda Černohorská is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Sociology at the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. She was awarded a Fulbright grant to spend academic year 2015/2016 as a Visiting Assistant in Research at the Yale Center for Cultural Sociology. In her research, she is focusing on the topic of new media activism as a contemporary feminist strategy and her approach is based on the perspective of cultural sociology. Vanda holds a B.A. in philosophy and film studies from the Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic, as well as in sociology and gender studies from the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. She gained her M.A. in sociology (Masaryk University) and gender studies (Charles University in Prague). She spent spring semester 2011 at the University College London as an affiliate student. Additionally, Vanda has been working for the past four years in the field of migration and integration; namely at the Department for Migration and Asylum Politics under the Ministry of Interior Affairs of the Czech Republic and subsequently for the NGO sector. (CCS Visiting Graduate Student, Fulbright Fellow, September 2015 - May 2016)

BogoniGiulio Bogani, University of Florence, Italy

Giulio Bogani is enrolled in the Doctoral Program in Socio-Historical Studies at the University of Florence (Department of Political and Social Sciences) where he works under the supervision of prof. Sandro Rogari and Dr. Vittorio Mete. He started developing his current research, about the cultural representation of the Italian mafias, in 2012 at the University of Cambridge where he obtained a Master of Philosophy in Sociology. Previously, in 2009, he graduated in History (Bachelor of Arts at the University of Florence), and he received the Master of Arts degree in Contemporary History (2011 - University of Florence) focusing on the cultural representation of mental illness in Italy from 1950 to 2000. (CCS Visiting Graduate Student, January 2016 - July 2016)

XiShe Xi, China Agricultural University, Biejing, China

Xi is a second year PhD student at College of Humanities and Development Studies, China Agricultural University. She also received her master and bachelor’s degree there. Participated the program ‘Education in Rural China’, her current research interests lies on cultural and educational sociology, and her work focuses on education phenomena, especially the distribution adjustment policy taken place in China’s rural areas, in perspective of cultural sociology. (CCS Visiting Graduate Student, September 2015 – August 2016)

SeiffertJoana Seiffert, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

Joana Seiffert is a doctoral candidate at the Department of History at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany and research fellow at the Bochum Institute for Social Movements. She works in the fields of memory studies and cultural studies with a main research interest in the history and cultural representations of violence. Joana is co-editor of a bi-lingual (German/English) collected volume on the chances and limitations of Pierre Nora´s notion of “lieux de mémoire” as a “travelling concept”. In her dissertation project she deals with the 1920 uprising of the so called “Red Ruhr Army” as a matter of contested memories and historical narratives. Besides her Master of Arts degree in Contemporary History, Joana holds a M.Ed. in history and theology and has worked towards the development of a standardized, cross-institutional testing instrument to measure future history teachers´pedagogical competencies. (CCS Visiting Graduate Student, February 2016 – May 2016)

Dmitry Kurakin, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

Dmitry Kurakin is a Leading Research Fellow at the Centre for Fundamental Sociology, the Director of the Centre for Cultural Sociology and Anthropology of Education, and an Associate Professor at the School of Philosophy at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia). He works in the fields of socio¬logical theory, Durkheimian cultural sociology, focusing particularly on the theory of the sacred, cultural sociology of the body and cultural sociology of education. He is the author of books and articles on these issues. He currently leads a Russian panel study ‘Trajectories in Education and Career’. During the last decade he has also elaborated, conducted and supervised a number of large-scale national monitoring projects and cross-national surveys in all countries of former Soviet Union, Serbia and Albania, initiated by the World Bank, Ministry of Education and Science of Russia, Higher School of Economics and other institutions. (CCS Visiting Faculty Fellow, September 2015 – December 2015)

Nebojša Blanuša, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Dr Nebojša Blanuša is Assistant Professor of Political Psychology at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb. His main research interests concern: political psychoanalysis, nationalism, conspiratorial thinking, cultural trauma, political cynicism, historical and political cleavages, euroscepticism, social science research methods etc. He is the author of Conspiracy Theories and Croatian Political Reality 1980 - 2007 (2011 - in Croatian). He teaches courses on Social and Political Psychology, Politics and Art in South-East Europe and The Political Unconscious. (CCS Visiting Fellow, September 2015 – December 2015)

Chunwen Xiong, China Agricultural University

Chunwen Xiong is Professor at the China Agricultural University in Beijing. While at the CCS he will continue his research on “The Educational Revolution in Rural China: A Perspective of Cultural Sociology.” His academic interests focus on the connection between cultural sociology and China rural-urban problems. (CCS Visiting Fellow, February 2015 – January 2016)

WaldeckerDavid Waldecker, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

David Waldecker is a PhD student at the interdisciplinary post-graduate program “Topology of Technology” at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany. His dissertation deals with musical performance, technology and space in the recording studio. David is a visiting graduate student at CCS for the fall term 2015. David studied in Mainz, Germany and Montreal, Canada and received an M.A. degree in sociology, philosophy and American studies from Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz in 2012. David’s areas of interest include Frankfurt school critical theory, music sociology, social theory and qualitative social research with a focus on ethnography.(CCS Visiting Graduate Student, September 2015 – January 2016)

Jonas Bååth, Uppsala University, Sweden

Jonas Bååth is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology from Uppsala University. He holds two M.Sc.’s in sociology from Lund University and Umeå University respectively. His major fields of research are valuation practices, natural resource (mainly food) production, and rural life. Drawing on cultural sociology and economic sociology, Bååth is currently researching the Swedish production chain for pork and beef. Using ethnographic methods, he investigates how conceptions of “good meat” is negotiated from the farm to the grocery store. (CCS Visiting Graduate Student, September 2015 – December 2015)