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The Seminar Series of the Department provides an occasion for staff members and students to share their ideas, views and research activities both with each other and with visiting social scientists. These seminars given by visiting scholars also provide an opportunity to expose staff members to current issues in the field and to exchange ideas with internationally known sociologists and anthropologists. In recent years, the Series featured such prominent scholars as Neil Smelser, Gianfranco Poggi, Marshall Sahlins, Claus Offe and Jack Goody, among others.



Unless otherwise stated, all seminars are held in the Department's Seminar room located at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Block AS1 #02-12.
Seminar Title
Date & Time
South Korean Beauty as Transnational Pan-Asian Aesthetic: Reading Around and Beyond 200 Pounds Beauty Jane Park
Senior Lecturer
Department of Gender and Cultural Studies and the United States Studies Centre
University of Sydney

Thursday, 13 September 2012
3.00 pm

Identity Work as Material Practice: Men, Masculinities and the Private Military Contractor Paul Higate
Reader in Gender and Security
School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS)
University of Bristol

Thursday, 10 May 2012
3.00 pm

Re-masculinizing the Hero: Filipino Migrant Men and Gender Privilege Steven C. McKay
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
University of California - Santa Cruz

Thursday, 19 April 2012
3.00 pm

Imagined Identity: The Patterns of Ethnic Naming Practices and Name Changes in Southern Manchuria, 1749 - 1909 Byung Ho Lee
Visiting Scholar
School of Humanities and Social Science
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Thursday, 12 April 2012
3.00 pm

Wage Work and Self-Employment for Women in Rural China Jing Song
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Sociology
Hong Kong Baptist University

Thursday, 5 April 2012
3.00 pm

In Conversation with Walter Mignolo: The Failures of Neoliberalism and the Roads to the Future Walter D. Mignolo
William H. Wannamaker Distinguished Professor and
Director, Center for Global Studies and the Humanities, Duke University

Wednesday, 4 April 2012
3.00 pm
AS7 Auditorium
Block AS7, #01-02

Transformations of Citizenship Aneesh Aneesh
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Thursday, 29 March 2012
2.00 pm

Tokyo at Ten: The "Mixed Blessing" of Being Women Managers in Japan Ho Swee Lin
Assistant Professor
School of International Studies
The Catholic University of Korea

Thursday, 22 March 2012
3.00 pm

Shareholder Value and Workforce Downsizing, 1981 - 2006 Jiwook Jung
PhD candidate
Department of Sociology
Harvard University

Thursday, 15 March 2012
3.00 pm

States and Women's Rights in Central Asia Danielle Kane
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Thompson Writing Program
Duke University

Thursday, 8 March 2012
3.00 pm

The Global Expansion of Coporate Social Responsibility Alwyn Lim
PhD candidate
Department of Sociology
University of Michigan

Thursday, 1 March 2012
3.00 pm

Globalization, Income Inequality and Convergence of Political and Economic Nationalism in Taiwan: An Explanation of the DPP’s Limited Revival since 2008 Qi Dongtao
Research Fellow
East Asian Institute
National University of Singapore

Tuesday, 28 February 2012
3.00 pm
FASS Faculty Lounge, The Deck, level 2

Popular Religion in Latin America Eloisa Martin
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Thursday, 23 February 2012
3.00 pm
Nailing a Crisis Lacking a Name: Politics of Knowledge and Policy in the Global Economic Crisis, c. 2007 – 2011 G. Balachandran
Department of International History
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
Thursday, 2 February 2012
3.00 pm