The Crisis of History and the History of Crisis

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Mini-Conference, sponsored by the Comparative-Historical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association, August 10, 2018

All panels and reception to be held at the University of Pennsylvania, Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, 133 S. 36th St., Philadelphia, August 10, 2018

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Schedule (August 10):

9:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30 – 11am: Plenary – The Crisis of the American University

Speakers: Michael Bérubé, Clyde W. Barrow, and Kim Voss

11:10am-12:40pm (90 minutes)

  • PANEL: CONSTRUCTING CRISIS – Julia Adams, Discussant
    • Josh Pacewicz and Ben Merriman, “A Divergence, not a Rupture: State Political Ecologies and the Disarticulation of Federal Policy”
    • Alissa Boguslaw, ” Event Activism and the Transformation of a Crisis: The Case of Ongoing-Conflict Kosovo”
    • Constance Nathanson and Henri Bergeron, “”Crisis in Context”: Sagas of HIV Blood Contamination in the US and France”
    • Jean Louis Fabiani, “Crises in Education During the French Third Republic: Theories of Crisis as Building Strategies for Survival in the Field”
    • Atef Said, “Ongoing Revolutionary Crisis or Crisis in the Historiography of Revolutions: Notes from the Arab Spring and the Egyptian Revolution of 2011”
  •  PANEL: CITIES AND HOUSEHOLDS IN CRISIS – Zaire Dinzey-Flores, Discussant
    • Xuefei Ren, “Housing Crises and Informal Settlements in Guangzhou, Mumbai, and Rio de Janeiro”
    • Ya-Wen Lei, “The Flexible Welfare State: Legitimation, Local Development, and “Housing for All” in China”
    • Luis Flores, “Splitting the American Oikos: The Household-Market Divide and Socio-Economic Transformations”
    • Oliver Cowart, “Capital, Locality and Power in the Epistemology of Local Governance.”
    • Benjamin Bradlow, “Embedding Cohesion: Public Goods Distribution in São Paulo, 1989-2016”
    • Kristin George, “Embattled Terrains: The Duality of Religious and Political Struggle”
    • Hüseyin Raşit, “Competing Revolutionaries: Legitimacy and Leadership in Revolutionary Situations”
    • Luyang Zhou, “How the Bolshevik Revolution Made Itself Un-Replicable for Chinese Communists: A Comparative Historical Analysis of the Repression Regimes in Russia and China”
    • Stuart Schrader, “A Comparative Compulsion: Theorizing the Moving Map of Counterinsurgency”
    • Maryam Alemzadeh, “Bureaucracy of Brotherhood: The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and Revolutionary Institution-Building During the Iran-Iraq War”
  • PANEL: SOUTHERN SOLUTIONS – Melissa Wilde, Discussant
    • Christy Thornton, “Capitalist Crisis and Global Economic Governance: Reform from the South”
    • Amy Zhou, “”For the Mothers and Children of our Country”: HIV Policy Innovation from the Global South”
    • Natalie Young, “Chinese Citizen or Global Citizen? Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism at an International School in Beijing”
    • Nada Matta, “Class Capacity and Cross-Gender Solidarity: Women Organizing in an Egyptian Textile Factory”
    • Chungse Jung, “Global Crisis and Popular Protests: Protest Waves of the 1930s and 2010s in the Global South”

Lunch: 12:40-2:10pm (90 minutes)

2:10-3:40pm (90 minutes)

  • ​PANEL: ECONOMIC CHANGE AND CRISIS – Anthony Chen, Discussant
    • Paul Chang, ”The Evolution of the Korean Family: Historical Foundations and Present Realities”
    • Dan Hirschman, “Transitional Temporality”
    • Pierre-Christian Fink, “The Leading Edge of a New Financial Regime: Crisis at Franklin National Bank”
    • Onur Ozgode, “Resilience Governmentality: Toward a Genealogy of Systemic Risk Regulation”
    • Beverly Silver, “Crisis, Class and Hegemony: The Current Crisis in World-Historical Perspective”
  • PANEL: THE STATE AND/IN CRISIS – Richard Lachman, Discussant
    • Alexander Roehrkasse, “Counting in Crisis: Measuring American Marriages, 1867–1906”
    • Yueran Zhang, ”Preempting “No Taxation without Representation”: The Case of Taxing Private Homeownership in China”
    • Erez Maggor, “The Politics of Innovation: Lessons from Israel 1980-2008”
    • Chandra Mukerji, “The Wars of Religion and Sovereignty”
    • Johnnie Lotesta, “The Right and the Crisis of Labor”
  • PANEL: CRISES OF DEMOCRACY – James Mahoney, Discussant
    • Anna Skarpelis, “Beyond Aryans: Making Germans in the Nazi Empire”
    • Barış Büyükokutan, “The Knowledge Trap: Turkey’s Buddha Cult and the Crisis of Populist Power”
    • Marcel Paret, “From Passive Revolution to Fractured Militancy in South Africa’s Democratic Transition”
    • Andreas Koller, “Democratic Crisis: ‘Gobsmacked’ Post-2016 Political Science and Self-Understanding of the American Public Sphere”
    • Mathieu Desan, “Crisis and Political Conversion: The Case of the French Neo-Socialists”
  • PANEL: CRISES AND MOBILIZATION – Charles Kurzman, Discussant
    • Laura Acosta Gonzalez, “Using Victimhood for Doing Politics: Why the Colombian Peace Referendum Failed”
    • Ahmad Al-Sholi, “Limits of a Labor-Free Democracy Movement: The Case of the Failed Arab Spring in Jordan”
    • Şahan Savaş Karataşlı, “Crisis and Nationalism in World History, 1492-Present”
    • M. Ali Kadivar, Adaner Usmani, and Benjamin Bradlow, “The Long March: Contentious Mobilization and Deep Democracy”
    • Jonah Stuart Brundage, “The Social Sources of Geopolitical Power: French and British Diplomacy and the Dynastic-Patrimonial State, 1689–1789″

4:00-5:45pm (105 minutes): Plenary – An Age of Crisis: Social, Political, Cultural, & Historical

Speakers: Elisabeth S. Clemens, Isaac Reed, George Steinmetz, & Robin Wagner-Pacifici

Reception: 6-9pm