Intersectional Solidarities: Building Communities of Hope, Justice, and Joy

Banner advertising Joya Misra's talk "Intersectional Solidarities: Building Communities of Hope, Justice, and Joy," with graphic of people of all backgrounds joined together with flowers framing them
Wednesday, December 13, 2023 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Thompson Hall 919

Please join us for this seminar by Joya Misra, UMass Amherst Provost Professor and Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Chair.

Rossi Conference Room
Room 919 Thompson Hall

In this preview of her presidential address, Misra articulates her vision of sociology in the 21st century. She argues that the central mission of sociology should be to build communities that allow everyone to experience hope, joy, and a sense of justice. Through her talk, she describes the challenge of a sociology that is excellent at identifying and analyzing inequalities, but weaker at identifying solutions to inequalities. She explores how different approaches to research, including community-engaged and participatory methods, can help create new strategies that create more equitable, just, joyful, and hopeful communities, drawing examples from movements within and outside of the U.S. She argues that solidaristic approaches and community-focused research, grounded in sociological theorizing as well as empirical evidence, can lead to a better and more just world.

ISSR is pleased to cosponsor this event organized by the UMass Sociology Department's Colloquium, Special Events Committee (CASEC), College of Social & Behavioral Sciences (SBS), School of Public Policy (SPP), and the UMass ADVANCE program.