CCS Workshop ~ Fall 2021

Please note: Workshop readings are automatically available to current participants only and require authentication (password). Off- campus CCS Fellows should contact the CCS Administrator to gain access as needed.

The CCS Workshop for the Fall 2021 semester will be held in person on Fridays from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Attendance is restricted to registered participants.
Four Fridays this fall in October and November have been set aside for presentations by job talk visitors.

CCS Workshop Fall 2021

CCS Workshop Fall 2021Workshop 9/3: Organizational Meeting

We are happy to welcome everyone back to an in-person Workshop this fall. Continuing our tradition of international connection we welcome many visitors from abroad as well as from other parts of the United States: Visiting Faculty Fellows Jason Mast and Stephen Ostertag, Visiting Fellows Javier Pérez-Jara and Federico Brandmayr, Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow Jan Vana, Postdoctoral Fellow Tracy Adams, and two Visiting Graduate Students Agata Rejowska and Renxue Wan. You can read all about these visitors on our Visiting Fellows pagePhil Smith is on leave this fall. 

On October 8th we are excited to host a special book manuscript workshop, “Moral Minefields: How Sociologists Debate Good Science,” with the authors, Yale Sociology alums Shai Dromi and Samuel Stabler. The workshop will start at 10:00 AM when we will meet in our regular space to watch a 90 minute discussion between distinguished guests Paul Lichterman, Peggy Levitt, Jennifer Johnson Hanks and Al Young and the authors. We will then break and reconvene from 1:00 to 3:00 PM to workshop the manuscript and address points brought up by the discussants. For this event we are asking that all who plan on attending read the entire manuscript ahead of time, which will be made available early in September. Other members of the Yale Sociology community will be invited to join us for this event.

Yale University has reinstituted the requirement that all individuals, regardless of their vaccination status, wear masks in indoor campus spaces, so we will be required to wear masks during the workshop. Because of this requirement, we will not be allowed to eat together before or after the workshop and no food or beverages will be provided. We are hopeful that these restrictions will be lifted soon. Also, in order to have a concise list of participants, we are asking all workshop participants to confirm that they are attending each week by sending an RSVP via a link that will be in the announcement emails. Thank you all for your cooperation.

Tracy AdamsWorkshop 9/10: Tracy Adams

Weiss-Livnat International Center for Holocaust Research and Education, University of Haifa, Israel ~ CCS Postdoctoral Fellow

Make it till you break it: Toward a typology of de-commemoration

Stephen OstertagWorkshop 9/17: Stephen Ostertag

Tulane University ~ CCS Visiting Faculty Fellow

Connecting After Chaos: Social Media and Creating Order in the Aftermath of Disaster - select chapters

Javier Perez JaraWorkshop 9/24: Javier Pérez-Jara

Beijing Foreign Studies University, China ~ CCS Visiting Fellow

Science and Apocalypse in Bertrand Russell

Agata RejowskaWorkshop 10/1: Agata Rejowska

Jagiellonian University, Poland ~ CCS Visiting Graduate Student

Humanist marriage ceremonies and the white wedding dress: the negotiation of meanings

Workshop 10/8: 

Shai Dromi

Shai Dromi

Harvard University. CCS Faculty Fellow

Samuel StablerSamuel Stabler

Hunter College.

SPECIAL BOOK MANUSCRIPT WORKSHOP ~ Moral Minefields: How Sociologists Debate Good Science

Federico BrandmayrWorkshop 10/15: Federico Brandmayr

The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for international and Area Studies at Yale ~ CCS Visiting Fellow

The political right in the ethnographic imagination

Jan VanaWorkshop 10/29: Jan Vana

Masaryk University, Czechia ~ CCS Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow

The Sociological Truth of Fiction: Reading Literature as a General Social Theory

Workshop 11/5: 

Isaac ReedIsaac Ariail Reed

University of Virginia ~ CCS Faculty Fellow

Julia SteinJulia Michelle Stein

University of Virginia

A Theory of Authorship: Agency Relations in the Rise, Fall, and Myth of Orson Welles

Philip SmithWorkshop 11/19: Philip Smith

Yale University ~ CCS Co-Director

The Evil Genius and the Polluted Event: How fans deal with the dark side of Richard Wagner and the Bayreuth Festival

(with Florian Stoll ~ CCS Faculty Fellow)

Abstract: An enduring feature of public life has been the social death of prominent artists, sports figures, impresarios and entertainers after moral transgressions. But not everyone is forgotten or ‘cancelled’. Often fans and connoisseurs continue to consume, advocate and revere the artistic product of tainted individuals and institutions. How is this possible? The paper provides answers with reference to the longstanding paradigm case of Richard Wagner and the opera festival that he founded in Bayreuth, Germany. Although marred by deep anti-semitism and profound associations with Hitler and his Nazi ideology, the festival continues to attract fans from around the world searching for a deeply meaningful aesthetic experience. Drawing on interviews the paper shows how this reconciliation is possible.

Jeffrey AlexanderWorkshop 12/03: Jeffrey Alexander

Yale University ~ CCS Co-Director

Iconic Material: On Nature and Architecture

Jiwon YunWorkshop 12/10: Jiwon Yun

Yale University ~ Sociology Department Graduate Student

Benevolent Interpretations for Everyday Multiculturalism: Mending Fractures in a Multicultural Organization in South Korea

Abstract: How do individuals make sense of ethnic differences in a setting that is defined by interethnic solidarity? This paper addresses the role of interpretations in the making of everyday multiculturalism. Using ethnographic data collected in a multicultural organization in Seoul, South Korea, I show how a particular mode of interpretation, which I term “benevolent” interpretation is used by its participants to mend “fractures” in the everyday multiculturalism, instances in which ethnic differences are heightened. The results show three main strategies of benevolent interpretation – alternative attribution, ethnically informed interpretation and contextualization - while also suggesting that other interpretations may allow individuals to re-evaluate the everyday multiculturalism they face.