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Thursday December 5 | 1:00-2:00 PM
Conference Room 272 Hillman Library
The Pittsburgh Social Movements Forum, Sociology Department, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and Global Studies
Book Session with:
Dr. Jackie Smith and Dawn Wiest Panelists Michael Goodhart, Jules Lobel, and Marcus Rediker
This event recognizes the publication of Social Movements in the World-System by faculty member Jackie Smith and her collaborator, Dawn Wiest. A panel of colleagues from Pitt’s history and political science departments and from the law school will offer commentary on the book. As we witness a new wave of protests around the world, understanding how particular movements are situated in the larger world-system is essential, and the book provides a theoretical roadmap for thinking about the relationships between globalization and social movements. The book explores how transnational social movements have changed over time, largely as a result of the interplay between global institutions, states, and social movements. Social Movements in the World-System combines quantitative data on the growing population of transnational social movement organizations with qualitative research on contemporary global justice activism. It shows how movements have helped alter discourses to emphasize norms of human rights and ecological sustainability over territorial sovereignty, offering insights into possible futures.
January 10, 2014 | 3:00-5:00
2432 WW Posvar Hall
January 24, 2014 (1:00-2:45)
Panel on "When Research Becomes Dangerous" with Dr. Mohammed Bamyeh, Dr. Kathleen Blee, Dr. Waverly Duck and Daniel Nunez (PhD Graduate Student)
Pitt Sociology Department to Co-Host International Conference on Social Movements and Global Transformation
On April 10-12, 2014, the University of Pittsburgh will host the 38th Conference of the Political Economy of the World-System (PEWS), on the theme, "Social Movements and Global Transformation.” National and international scholars will present their work, and Immanuel Wallerstein, Boaventura de Sousa Santos and Sylvia Walby will present Keynote addresses which are open to the public. MORE
Fall 2013-2014 Sociology News Letter is now available!
Congratulations go out to Dr. Lisa D. Brush and Dr. Melanie Hughes who recently received promotions!
Recent Publications and Presentations
Three Pitt Sociologists Honored at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting
Our department stood out at this year’s ASA, with three members winning awards for their work. Dean Kathleen Blee's book Democracy in the Making, won the 2013 Charles Tilly Award for Best Book from the Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements. Professor Jackie Smith and her co-author Dawn Wiest earned honorable mentions from both the Political Economy of the World System Section and from the Global and Transnational Sociology Section for Social Movements in the World-System: the Politics of Crisis and Transformation. The book was also featured on an author-meets critics session. And PhD alumni Dr. Ashley Currier (Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati) is received the Distinguished Article Award from the Sex and Gender Section for her 2012 Signs article, “The Aftermath of Decolonization: Gender and Sexual Dissidence in Postindependence Namibia.”