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Public Lecture

"Interrupting the Criminalization of Youth of Color Through Creating Restorative Communities"

Mariame Kaba

founder and director of Project NIA, cofounder of the Chicago Freedom School, Love and Protect, and most recently Survived & Punished
Broome County Public Library
185 Court St
April 17
Sponsored by: Binghamton University Africana, Human Development, Sociology, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Justice and Unity for the Southern Tier



"On March 14th, 2018, Marielle Franco, a black radical lesbian, was assasinated for her trnasformative political activism in Brazil, She was 38 years old."

Hosted by the Sociology Department in Association with The Frances Beal Society
Led by Jasmine Wangari, Toivo Asheeke, & Daniel DeCunha
Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 6:00 p.m.
LASU Lounge UUW 310
Food and refreshments will be provided.


Exploratory Notes on New Fascisms


Zeynep Gambetti
International Adjunct Professor, Sociology Department
Binghamton University
Associate Professor, Political Science and International Relations
Bogazici University, Turkey

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 4:30 - 5:45 pm

LN 2200

Reception to follow

Organizaed by the Sociology Graduate Students Union

Sponsored by the Sociology Department


The Age of Strongmen:
Duterte's Philippines and Lessons for the USA


Walden Bello

International Adjunct Professor Sociology Department, Binghamton University
Former Congressman in the Philippines

Wednesday, April 26, 4:00 – 5:15 pm
Fine Arts 258 
Reception to follow

Sponsored by the Sociology Department


Shifting Class Dynamics in the Semi-Periphery

In two presentations

Utku Balaban

Associate Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Political Science, Ankara University
European Commission Marie Curie Career Integration Grant Fellow
Fellow (Fall 2016), Sociology Department, Binghamton University

First Presentation

Middle Classes and the Circulation of Capital in the Capitalist World-Economy

Monday, October 17, 4:30-6pm
Fernand Braudel Center 

Second Presentation

Industrial Islamism in Turkey:
Faubourgeoisie and Power

Monday, October 24, 4:30-6pm
Fernand Braudel Center

Sponsored by the Sociology Department and the Fernand Braudel Center


Fifth Biennial SUNY Binghamton Graduate Student Conference on World Historical Social Science

Grad conference


Dean's Speaker Series "China and Latin America:  Historical and Contemporary Dimensions of South-South Development"

Fredy Gonzalez"The Chinese Community in Mexico at Mid-Century: Transnational Ties and National Belonging"
By:  Fredy González, University of Colorado, Boulder

Thursday, December 3, 2015
11:40 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., FA 258



 Sociology Seminar Series

Public Lecture

James Kilgore, University of Illinois-Champaign

“#endmasscincarceration is trending: Let's Not Be Fooled by Piecemeal Reform”

Thursday September 29th
Old University Union 215

James Kilgore is an internationally known scholar and social activist in the field of incarceration. He is the author of many academic, public policy, op-ed articles including in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Truthout, Counterpunch, Dissent, Radical Teacher, and Critical Criminology.  His most recent book is Understanding Mass Incarceration (2015).  He is also the author of four novels.

 Sponsored by the Sociology Department


cox talkTrapped in a Vise:  The Pernicious  Consequences of Confinement for Young People
by Alexandra Cox, SUNY New Paltz
Sponsored by the Sociology Department

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
IASH Seminar Room (1st Floor, Library Tower)


CFP:  From The Long Twentieth Century to the Twenty-First,

To mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of Giovanni Arrighi's The Long Twentieth Century: Money, Power, and the Origins of Our Times, the Binghamton University Sociology Department is sponsoring a conference on October 11 and 12, 2014 on this path-breaking text and its relevance for the present and future. Arrighi considered this book as the first volume of a trilogy—including Chaos and Governance in the Modern World-System (co-authored with Beverly Silver, et. al., 1999) and Adam Smith in Beijing: Lineages of the Twenty-First Century (2007)—that covered a wide range of his interests: the historical evolution of capitalism as a world-system, labor supplies and movements, hegemonies and the interstate system, financialization, peripheralization, semiperipheral states, the illusion of development, the construction of Southern Africa as a region of the world economy, and, most presciently, the rise of China and East Asia more generally. We invite papers on these and related issues that critically engage with his work and its lasting influence. Please send 150-200 word abstracts to Ravi Palat ( by June 1, 2014.

grad conferenceSociology Graduate Student Union's 4th Bi-Annual Conference on Historical Social Sciences
April 25-27, 2014

Conference Schedule

PithouseThe Shack Settlement as a Site of Politics in South Africa
by Richard Pithouse, Rhodes University
Sponsored by the Sociology Department

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
IASH Room (base of Library Tower)

GottschalkBring It On:  The Future of Penal Reform, the Prison State, and American Politics
by Marie Gottschalk, University of Pennsylvania
Sponsored by the Sociology Department, Political Science Department and the Harpur College Dean's Speaker Series on
Understanding De/Incarceration:  Prospects, Policy, Theory

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 430 p.m.
Old University Union 202

soffiyahPrison Justice Reform in New York:  Are We On the Right Track?
By Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director Correctional Association of New York
Sponsored by the Sociology Department and the Harpur College Dean's Speakers Series on
Understanding De/Incarceration:  Prospects, Policy, Theory

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 4:30 p.m.
Old University Union 202


The Parallel Histories of Wagelessness and Deportation
By Jacqueline Hayes, Latin American, Caribbean, and US Latino Studies, SUNY Albany
Sponsored by the Sociology Department and the Harpur College Dean's Speaker Series on
Understanding De/Incarceration:  Prospects, Policy, Theory

Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
University Union 202 (old union)

easonFinding Beauty in the Hideous:  Prison Placement as Reputation Management
By Dr. John M. Eason, Texas A&M University
Sponsored by the Sociology Department and the Harpur College Dean's Speaker Series on
Understanding De/Incarceration:  Prospects, Policy, Theory

Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
IASH Room (base of Library Tower)

millerDevolving the Carceral State: Race, Prisoner Reentry, and Urban Poverty Management
By Dr. Reuben Miller, University of Michigan
Sponsored by the Sociology Department and the Harpur College Dean's Speakers Series on
Understanding De/Incarceration:  Prospects, Policy, Theory

Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
IASH Room (base of Library Tower)

rosenthalIn the Era of Mass Incarceration Every Sentence Lasts a Lifetime
By Alan Rosenthal, Center for Community Alternatives
Sponsored by the Dean's Speakers Series on Understanding De/Incarceration:  Prospects, Policy, Theory

Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 4:30 p.m.
UU 111


Drone Warfare and Extra-Judicial Killing
By Dr. Ute Ritz-Deutch

Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
UU 209

RobertoRedemption:  Race, Gender, and Violence in Georgia (1875 - 1930)
By Roberto Franzosi, Emory University

Friday, November 15, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
UU 215

Sociology Undergraduate Club Film Series

Third Biennial Sociology Research Working Day
Saturday, April 13, 2013
IASH Room, ground floor of Library Tower

Note that the research working days alternate with the SGSU conferences, only one being held every year. While the conferences include presenters from outside Binghamton and have a set theme, the RWD is a more casual opportunity for graduate students and faculty alike to share their work, whether it be a paper they've written, work-in-progress, or just as in the PEWS mini conference this summer, a presentation of knowledge/expertise in a chosen topic. We especially encourage first and second year students with working or term papers to present and share their work.

Celebrating the Fortieth Anniversary of the Publication of Walter Rodney's How Europe Underdeveloped Africa
September 14-15, 2012

Third Biennial Graduate Student Conference on World Social Historical Social Science
April 13-15, 2012

HungHegemonic Transition? "America's Decline" and "China's Rise" in Historical Perspective
by Ho-fung Hung, Johns Hopkins University

Friday, September 27, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
IASH Room (ground floor Library Tower)


chibberTwo Steps Back:  The False Promise of Postcolonial Theory
by Vivek Chibber, New York University

Thursday, May 2, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
UUW 324


Asia is Rising--but where is it going?  Thoughts on an Emergent Discourse
by Arif Dirlik

Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 4:00 p.m.

Lessons from Radical Land Reform in Former Settler Colonial Zimbabwe
by Sam Moyo, Director, African Agrarian Institute Harare, Zimbabwe, Past President, CODESRIA

Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 4:30 p.m.

BelloThe Arab Spring and Migrants:  From Lybia to Saudi Arabia to Syria
by Walden Bello, Philippine House of Representatives, Binghamton University

Thursday, April 26, 2012, 4:15 p.m.
UU-111 (Old Union)


A Food Regime Interpretation of the Global Land Grab
By Phil McMichael, Cornell University

Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 4:15 p.m.


Rethinking the Territorial Dimension of Development in Light of the Arab Revolutions
by Alia Gana, Research Professor, Centre national de la recherche scientifique Université Paris I

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, 4:00 p.m.

PanitchAmerican Crisis/Global Crisis:  The Declining or Indispensable American State
by Leo Panitch, Distinguished Research Professor & Senior Canada Research Chair, York University

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, 4:00 p.m.

Immanuel WallersteinThe Binghamton Adventure:  The Binghamton Challenge
by Immanuel Wallerstein

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, 4:30 p.m.
Casadesus Hall

Black and Gay Struggles in Cuba
by Tomás Fernández Robaina, Senior Researcher, National Library, Havana

Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 4 p.m.
LN-1324 (former PSPC Room C)

Indian Democracy in the Hall of Mirrors
by Peter Ronald deSouza, Director, Indian Institute of Advanced Study

Friday, February 4, 2011

nelson mandelaReplacing the Nation: Confronting Populism and Nationalism in South Africa and Beyond
by Gillian Hart

Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, 4 p.m.

As Professor of Geography at University of California-Berkeley and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Gillian Hart’s work ‘is deeply informed by Gramsci’s challenge: how do we steer a course between the economism that “only one thing is possible” and the voluntarism that “anything is possible” so as to illuminate concrete possibilities for social change?’ She is the author of Disabling Globalization: Places of Power in Post-Apartheid South Africa.

China - The Great Leap BackwardChina, Capitalist Accumulation, and the World Crisis
by Martin Hart-Landsberg, Economics Department, Lewis & Clark College

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, 4 p.m.

Dean's Speakers series on Fiscal Crisis and the Fate of the Criminal Justice System

MonahanThe Future of Security?  Surveillance Operations at Homeland Security Fusion Centers
by Torin Monahan, Vanderbilt University

Thursday, April 12, 2012, 4:15 p.m.

FedericiWomen, Financialization, and Capitalist Accumulation
by Silvia Federici, Hofstra University

Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 4:15 p.m.

PurserLabor on Demand:  Dispatching the Urban Poor
by Gretchen Purser, Syracuse University

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, 4 p.m.

Social Justice Project

NagelDeviance Labeling & The Vulnerability of Black Life
Mecke Nagel, SUNY Cortland

Monday, May 9, 2011, 4:30 p.m.
UU-111 (old Union)

 Ute's TalkHomeland Insecurity and Border Policing in New York
Ute-Ritz-Deutch, SUNY Cortland

Tuesday, April 5, 2011, 4:30 p.m.
UU-202 (old Union)


Militarizing the University
Hugh Gusterson, George Mason University

Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, 4:30 p.m.

Hugh Gusterson is the author of Nuclear Rites (UC Press, 1996) and People of the Bomb (Minnesota, 2004) and co-editor of Cultures of Insecurity (Minnesota, 1999) and Why America's Top Pundits Are Wrong (UC Press, 2005)

Chinatown DoomedChinatown Under Attack! Labor Exploitation to Gentrification
Peter Kwong, Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center

Monday, Nov. 1, 2010, 4 p.m.

Peter Kwong, a frequent contributor to The Nation and the International Herald Tribune, is the author of Chinese America: The Untold Story of America’s Oldest New Community; Forbidden Workers: Chinese Illegal Immigrants and American Labor; The New Chinatown; and Chinatown, New York: Labor and Politics 1930-1950.

Fostering Fear: Anti-Immigration Hysteria & Islamophobia

Friday, Oct. 29, 2010, 7 p.m.
Binghamton City Council Chamber
38 Hawley Street
Downtown Binghamton

Welcoming Remarks: Mayor Matthew T. Ryan
Renan Salgado, Farmworker Legal Services of New York
Lubna Chaudhry, Binghamton University
Imam Kasim Kopuz, Johnson City
Mary Jo Dudley, Cornell Farmworker Program

Working Papers Seminar

Photo in TurkeyNeoliberal Politics of Crime in Turkey
Zeynep Gönen

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, 4:30 p.m.


Vietnam cartoonVietnam and 'the Sixties': Tropes and Hegemony in History and Policy
Brendan Innis McQuade

Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 4:30 p.m.


Geometries of Social Power:  Mapping the Indo-East Pakistani Borderlands
Anders TalkAnders Bjornberg

Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 4:30 p.m.



Matt BirkholdDoing For our Time What Marx Did For His:  The Boggsian Challenge to Marxist Praxis
Matthew Birkhold

Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 4 p.m.


Third Biennial Sociology Research Working Day

Saturday, April 13, 2013
The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH Room), Library Tower 1st Fl.

9:00 – 9:30


9:30 – 10:30

Olivia Santoro - No Queer Left Behind? : Modern LGBTQ Movements and the Deconstruction of QueerCriminality

Tyler Groskinsky - Pit Bulls and Prejudice: The Criminalization of the Poor and their Dogs

10:45 – 12:15

Brendan McQuade - Information and Communications Technologies in Historical Capitalism

Toivo Asheeke - Unpackingthe Revolutionary Tradition of the Black International: Imagining a Global Africa through Amilcar Cabral

Kai Yang – SpatialArchitectonics in Henri Lefebvre's The Production of Space

12:15 – 1:00


1:00 – 2:00

Anders Bjornberg - Rohingya Territoriality in Bangladesh: Humanitarian Crisis and National Disordering

Samantha Fox - Resilience in the Highlands of Guatemala: Transforming Community through Strugglesagainst Gold Mining

2:15 – 3:15

Jakob Feinig - Monetary Deskilling in the United States, 1896 to 1981

Kaan Evren Basaran - Where Does New Work Come From? Ursula Huws' Take on Labor Process andReproduction


2nd Biennial Research Working Day

April 2, 2011
Binghamton University, in Library North (LN) 1324C
Coordinated by Antoine Dolcerocca, Steven Knauss and James Parisot

8:30–9: Breakfast

9–10:30: Panel A (Discussant: Gökhan Terzioğlu)

Matt Birkhold, 'If you Don't Move Your Feet I Don't Eat': Hip Hop and the Demand for Black Labor
Antoine Dolcerocca, The ‘New’ Mercantilism: On Intellectual Property Monopolies and Political Capitalism
Steve Knauss, Is 'unequal exchange' still relevant in our post-globalized world?

10:30–10:45: Break

10:45–12:15: Panel B (Discussant: Steve Knauss)

James Parisot, Gramsci, Hegemony, and British Power: Were the British Hegemonic?
Cory Martin, Capital and Nonwage Labor:  The Incorporation of the West Indies into the Nascent World System
Brendan McQuade, World Systems and Hegemony: Cox and Gramsci's Research Agendas

12:15–12:30: Break

12:30–2: Panel C (Discussant: James Parisot)

Latoya Lee, Reproductive Technologies in Transnational Context
Ryan Mead, The Historical Transformations of the Visual Perspective in the Modern World-System
Dellvin Williams, "New World Water": Ecology and the Scramble for Africa

2–3:30: Lunch

3:30–5:15: Panel D (Discussant: Antoine Dolcerocca)

Brian Zbriger, Migration Enforcement in the Neoliberal Politics of Production
Güllistan Yarkın, The Evolution of the Discourse of the Kurdish Movement on the Political Economy of the Kurdish Region in Turkey
Harun Ercan, Why armed struggle?: The Radicalization of the Kurdish Movement in Turkey

7–1: Party at Melih’s and Marcin’s at 10 ½ Highland Street.

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