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Social Theory and Social Transformation: A Conference in Honor of William H. Sewell, Jr.

May 30-31, 2008

Ida Noyes Hall

The University of Chicago and a group of former students host a conference in honor of William H. Sewell, Jr., 3CT Faculty Fellow and Frank P. Hixon Professor Emeritus of Political Science and History. In addition to former students, conference participants will include Geoff Eley, Lynn Hunt, William Reddy, and Joan Scott.

Open to the public.

FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2008

3:00-3:15pm — Welcome and Introductions

3:15-5:15pm — Opening Panel: Logics of History
Discussant: Joan Scott, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

“Going Back to Gramsci”
Geoff Eley, University of Michigan

“Cultural History without Paradigms”
Lynn Hunt, UCLA

“The Implications of Recent Cognitive Research for the Study of History”
William Reddy, Duke University

5:15pm — Reception


SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2008

9:30-10:00am — Breakfast

10:00am-12:00pm — Comparison Panel
Discussant: Moishe Postone, University of Chicago

“Revisiting the Political Economy of the Sex/Gender System: Schemas, Resources, and the Meaning of Marriage in America’s Globalizing Economies”
Nicola Beisel, Northwestern University

“Epistemologies of Comparison in Globalized Urban Studies”
Neil Brenner, New York University

“Design and Contingency in History and Politics”
Cora Goldstein, California State at Long Beach

“The Times of Comparison”
Manu Goswami, New York University

12:00-1:00pm — Lunch

1:00-3:00pm — French History Panel
Discussant: Allan Tulchin, Shippensburg University

“Toward a De-Reification of the ‘Social’: The Culture of Capitalism in Restoration France”
Christine Haynes, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

“’Without the Right to Petition… All Other Rights Are Only Illusory’: Political Culture and the Nation in Early Restoration France”
Jennifer Heuer, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

“Race, Citizenship, and Freedom in the French and Haitian Revolutions”
Tessie Liu, Northwestern University

3:00-3:15pm ‐ Coffee Break

3:15-5:15pm — Social Transformation Panel
Discussant: Evalyn Tennant, University of Chicago

“Coming to Activism in 1950s-60s West Germany”
Belinda Davis, Rutgers University

“Moving Politics: Affect, Feelings, and Shifting Political Horizons in the Fight against AIDS”
Deborah Gould, University of Pittsburgh

“Building Strength from Weakness: Chiang Kai-shek’s Politics of Shame”
Grace Huang, St. Lawrence University

“Historical Events as Transformations of Structures: The 1987 Democratization Movement in South Korea”
Inchoon Kim, Yonsei University

5:15-5:30pm — Break

5:30-6:15pm — Closing Discussion

6:15pm — Dinner

This conference has been made possible by the generous support of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT), the France Chicago Center, the Department of Political Science, the Department of History, and the Norman Wait Harris Fund of the Center for International Studies.