Critical Methodologies Workshop | "What is this a case of?" Sociology and the Problem of the Other

Image of Sri Lankan workers by Roshini Kempadoo, from series "Ghosting"
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
919 Thompson Hall | UMass Amherst

The Institute for Social Science Research is proud to cosponsor this one-day workshop on Critical theory and Methodologies for Sociology, organized by the Critical Social Studies Workshop at UMass Amherst. The workshop is free and open to the public.


9:30 - 9:50 am | Introductions

Swati Birla and Veda Hyunjin Kim, UMass Amherst

10:00 - 11:15 am | Panel 1: Epistemic Disobedience

Discussant: Cedric de Leon, UMass Amherst

  • Ricarda Hammer: Colonialism, Epistemic shifts & the Pitfalls of expertise
  • Aaron Yates: Haunting Historical Imaginaries: The Slave and the Native in Theorizing Modernity

11:25 am - 12:40 pm | Panel 2: Sociologists at the Barricades

Discussant: José Itzigsohn, Brown University

  • Swati Birla: Archives and their Nations: Concept work for postcolonial histories
  • Juliana Góes: Activists vs. Intellectuals: Epistemicide & Studies on the Black movement and race in Brazil

1:10 - 2:25 pm | Panel 3: Epistemic Disobedience

Discussant: Kristin Plys, University of Toronto

  • Paul Erb: The micro and macro problem in Relational and Analytical sociologies
  • Veda Hyunjin Kim: Some pitfalls of positivistic historical methods and reflections on 'the case'

2:35 - 3:50 pm | Panel 4: Sociologists at Barricades

Discussant: Sancha D. Medwinter, UMass Amherst

  • Tom Corcoran: When growth appears: Rearticulating urban regime theory in the construction of the ethnographic object
  • Aaron Foote: Living in disaster: The perils of navigating life in Flint Michigan, post man-made water crisis

4:00 - 4:30 am | Closing Remarks

All panelists