A Conference for the Sociology Graduate Students of Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, and the University of Connecticut

May 21st, 2014 at 9AM-7 PM
at Boston University

This one-day conference will showcase qualitative research by graduate students from the Sociology Departments of Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, and the University of Connecticut. Faculty from those departments will attend and also serve as discussants and chairs. We welcome all interested students and faculty. The event is free for all and includes lunch and a reception, but we ask that you register by following the link below so that we can make the proper arrangements (paper presenters and discussants should also register). Registration is on a first come, first serve basis, and spaces are limited. Please register at the latest by April 15th, 2014.

The event will take place at The Castle on the BU campus (address is 225 Bay State Rd, Boston, MA 02215). Green Line T Subway Stop: Boston University East. Parking (pay): Granby Lot N, 665 Commonwealth Ave (near Kenmore Square)
For more information please contact Julian Go at

All events will take place at The Castle (225 Bay State Rd,) at Boston University except for the Lunch which will take place at the nearby George Sherman Union, Terrace Lounge (775 Commonwealth Ave, 2nd Floor).

  • 9-9:30 Arrival and Welcome (coffee, tea, bagels and pastries provided)
  • 9:30-11:00 I: Culture and Communities
    • “Hippies, Yuppies, Health Freaks, and Food Geeks: Practice and Materiality from the Farm”  – Trisha J. Tiamzon (University of Connecticut)
    • “In Flux: The Social, Cultural, and Economic Strategies of a Rural Tourist Community” – Meaghan Stiman (Boston University)
    • “Keepers and Explorers: The multi-faceted identity of Pakistani graduate students navigating US culture” – Maheen Haider (Boston College)
  • Discussants
    • Japonica Brown-Saracino (BU)
    • Dan Winchester  (UConn)
  • 9:30-11:00 II:  The Social Organization of Health and Medicine
    • “It’s in the Brain – What Else Can It Be?”: The Promise of Neuroimaging in Psychiatry” – Thomas Bertorelli (Brandeis)
    • “Engineering Medicine: The Deployment of Lean Production in Healthcare” – Will Attwood-Charles (Boston College)
    • “Mental Health Professionals and the Discipline of Utilization Management” – Jeremiah Morelock (Boston College)
  • Discussants
    • Sara Shostak (Brandeis)
    • Alya Guseva (BU)
  • 11:00-12:30 I  “Race”, Ethnicity, and Adaptation
    • “’The Little Things’: Race as Social Problem or Social Phenomenon?” – Pamela Devan (Boston University)
    • “Dresing to the 9s’s: Black Women, Fashion, and Identity” – Denishia Harris (University of Connecticut)
    •  “Accounting for Actions: Vocabularies of Motive, Techniques of Neutralization, and Maintenance of Identity in the Rwandan Genocide” – Emily Philipp (Boston University)
    • “Iraqi and Sudanese Refugees’ Racial and Ethnic Adaptation in the U.S.” – Fatima Sattar (Boston College)
  • Discussants
    • Nazli Kibria (BU)
    • Ruth Braunstein (Uconn)
  • 11:00-12:30 II The Politics of Commitment & Meaning
    • “Forming and Sustaining Political Commitment in a Grassroots Election Campaign” – Erika Lorenzana Del Villar (University of Connecticut)
    • “’Are You Comfortable with Blood Play?’ BDSM Mobilization and the Limits of Private Identity for Empowerment” – Brenna Harvey (University of Connecticut)
    • “We Do What We Can’: Creating Success in a New England Refugee Resettlement Program” – Kamryn Warren (University of Connecticut) 
  • Discussants
    • David Cunningham (Brandeis)
    • Joe Harris (BU)
  • 12:30-1:45 Lunch (Terrace Lounge, George Sherman Union, 2nd floor, 775 Commonwealth Ave)
  • 2:00-3:30 I Comparative and Transnational Processes
    • “Bringing the colonized back in: Colonial legacies, institutions, and development in Trinidad and Tobago” – Zophia Edwards (Boston University)
    • “Do Not Talk About Colors, It’s Not Nice”: The Field Of Education, The Nation-State, And The Contested Meanings of Ethnoracial Categories In Israel” – Adane Zawdu (University of Connecticut)
    •  “Queering Medical Tourism in Thailand” – Rebecca Farber (Boston University)
  • Discussants
    • Kimberly Kay Hoang  (BC)
    • Chandler Rosenberger (Brandeis)
  • 2:00-3:30 II  The Family & Stratification
    • “Deindustrialization & Economic Security: Successful Households in Declining Cities”
    • Alexis Mann (Brandeis University)
    • “Mixed Signals About Higher Education for Low-income Single Mothers: Expectations and Obstacles to Education for Poor Mothers” – Amanda Freeman (Boston College)
    • “Beyond the natural-medical binary in childbirth: the unassisted childbirth experience” – Lauren Diamond – Brown (Boston College)
  • Discussants
    • Catherine Connell (BU)
    • Andrew Deener (UConn)
    • Emily Barman (BU)
    • Claudio Benzecry (U Conn)
    • Kimberly Hoang (BC)
    • Jon Wynn (U Mass-Amherst)
  • 5:00-7:00 RECEPTION


Registration is closed for this event.