CCS Workshop ~ Spring 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 Spring 2021 semester will be held via ZOOM on Fridays from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  

CCS Workshop Spring 2021

Anne TaylorWorkshop 2/5: Anne Taylor

Yale University ~ CCS Junior Fellow

‘Keep On Travelin’: Nationalism, Redemption, and Pilgrimage in Rick Steves’ Philosophy of Travel

Jose Petez AgoteWorkshop 2/12: José Perez Agote

Universidad Pública de Navarra, Spain 

Trauma and sacrifice in divided communities: The cultural construction of the victims of terrorism in Spain

Nick ObaldistonWorkshop 2/19: Nick Osbaldiston

James Cook University, Australia

The Interplay of Landscape and Self: The case of migration to Tasmania

Vanessa BittnerWorkshop 2/26: Vanessa Bittner

Yale University ~ CCS Junior Fellow

Catalysts of Polarization: Controversial Icons as Proxy Battlegrounds for Opposing Audiences

Willa SachsWorkshop 3/5: Willa Sachs

Yale University ~ CCS Junior Fellow

Charles Tilly and Sociology’s “Cultural Turn”: A Critical Analysis of Tilly’s Theoretical Shift toward Cultural Sociology

Jessie DongWorkshop 3/12: Jessie Dong

Yale University ~ CCS Junior Fellow

Moviegoers and Meaning-Making: Bridging the Cinematic Gap Between Reality and Fiction

Amy SingerWorkshop 3/19: Amy Singer

Franklin and Marshall College

Milk Markets: Constructing Value, Valuing Intimacy

Giselinde KuipersWorkshop 3/26: Giselinde Kuipers

University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Beauty as taste and duty: The expanding beauty time in Europe since 1900

Eric WoodsWorkshop 4/2: Eric Woods

University of Plymouth, UK ~ CCS Faculty Fellow

Making Sense of the ‘New’ Nationalism in America and Beyond

Carlo TognatoWorkshop 4/9: Carlo Tognato

George Mason University ~ CCS Faculty Fellow

Civil, ma non troppo: On Mimicry in Times of Civil Degradation 

Abstract:  In Alexander’s civil sphere theory civil translation is the process by which members of society recast their particularistic interests in general terms for the purpose of eliciting the solidarity of their fellow-members. To that end, they tap into the civil codes of liberty and repression that make up civil discourse by attaching to their own motives, relations, and institutions the positive attributes of the civil and by bestowing upon those of their adversaries the attributes of the anti-civil. Occasionally, though, some members of a civil community may selectively designate the very same motives, relations, and institutions as civil when they relate to them and as anti-civil when they refer to their adversaries, while resorting to alternative non-civil binaries to determine who stands with them or against them. At times, when public spheres are highly compartmentalized, some may also hide, misrepresent, manipulate, or lie in ways that would be hardly possible if they could be held by their adversaries to a symmetric standard of truthfulness, accountability and transparency and, yet, they still tap into civil discourse and put on a civil face before their own audiences while at it. Such an asymmetric use of civil discourse and its deployment just as an ad hoc appendage on alternative non-civil conceptions of social life markedly depart from the practice of civil translation by which civil communities weave the solidary fabric that binds their members together. Most importantly, though, it defies one crucial function of civil translation, which is to transform antagonistic understandings of conflict that are rooted in non-civil conceptions of social life into agonistic and pluralistic ones that are necessary to support civil interactions. Such a practice constitutes an instance of civil mimicry and works as a conduit through which non-civil understandings of social life may be injected into the cultural fabric of civil communities. Where civil life is robust and vibrant, civil mimicry is just a residual practice. When society, instead, walks down the path of civil degradation, civil mimicry tends to become increasingly more frequent and systematic. In this paper, I will discuss the practice of civil mimicry in Trump’s America. 

Jason MastWorkshop 4/16: Jason Mast

CCS Visiting Faculty Fellow

The Cultural Pragmatics of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

Celso VillegasWorkshop 4/30: Celso Villegas

Kenyon College ~ CCS Faculty Fellow

The Civil Sphere and Social Class