WELCOME TO THE STONY BROOK INITIATIVE FOR HISTORICAL SOCIAL SCIENCES (IHSS)
We are a working group comprised of historians and sociologists who meet regularly to discuss various themes in the historical social sciences.
The group came into existence during the 2006/2007 academic year, thanks to a FAHHS Research and Interdisciplinary Initiatives Fund from the Office of the Provost at Stony Brook University. FAHSS is an initiative to encourage interdisciplinary dialogue, research, and teaching, in the Fine Arts, Humanities, and lettered Social Sciences at Stony Brook. Stony Brook hosts a significant cluster of historical sociologists, across both the Departments of History and Sociology and perhaps even beyond. The working group — which currently consists of 25 members, half of them faculty members and the other half advanced graduate students — has the potential to emerge as a leading site of innovation in the field, with palpable effects on graduate recruitment and training, and research orientations and funding.
Our long-term objective is to work towards the creation of a cross-disciplinary graduate and research program in what we term the “New Historical Social Sciences.” Historical Sociology in the United States had its formative era during the 1960s-80s when pioneers such as Charles Tilly and Theda Skocpol articulated its goals for use of historical evidence and long-term analysis to historicize, test or nuance modes of social analysis. There are still many practicing historical sociologists scattered about, producing rich works, but the field has not been revamped for the twenty-first century. Historians and sociologists have tended to regress to their own corners of the field–historians into archives and textual analysis, sociologists to refining theory, cases and comparison.
Yet since the 1990s both History and Sociology (as separate disciplines) have absorbed the retreat and return of “grand theory,” the Cultural and Interpretive turns, and new relational and reflexive paradigms, and globalization as fact and theory, which all necessarily impact the problems and sensibilities of Historical Sociology. Now, calls for “eventful sociology” and the “historical turn” are resonating again across the human sciences. It is time, we believe, to renovate this venerable intellectual project, and precisely on the basis of rarely-seen close collaboration between working historians and sociologists.
In addition to exploring cross-disciplinary dialogue between working historians and sociologists about the historical social sciences, one central objective of the working group is to develop specific proposals for joint seminars and integrated graduate training between the departments. A fair portion of the two departments’ graduate students are drawn to problems in historical social sciences. The History department’s thematically-restructured doctoral program has pushed faculty and students to rethink classical themes such as “nations and states,” “capitalism and modernity.” The new global thematic in Sociology also intensifies historical awareness and fieldwork, in a growing convergence with History.
News & Events
|• Ph.D. student Aarushi Bhandari is awarded the P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship
• Tiffany Joseph has been named one of five Nancy Weiss Malkiel Junior Faculty Fellows for 2016 at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
• Tiffany Joseph receives an American Sociological Association Fund to Advance the Discipline Grant
• Rebekah Burroway receives a SAGE Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award.
•IHSS will present Shimelis Gulema, Stony Brook University, Department of Africana Studies, April 27, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N318, "City as Nation: Ethiopia's Search for a Modern Nation, 1896 - 1975."
•Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College, Department of Sociology; Harvard University, Senior Research Fellow, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and Hauser Center for Non-Profit Organizations, April 13, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N405, "Artifact and Allegiances: How Museums put the Nation and the World on Display."
•IHSS will present Ian Roxborough, Stony Brook University, Department of Sociology, April 6, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N320, "The US Military and State-building Projects, 1898 - 2003."
•Ph.D. student Andrew Hargrove has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. This fellowship carries three years of full funding to support his research on water, well-being, and globalization.
|•Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Carrie Shandra, Wednesday, December 2, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "How Does Disability 'Steal Time'? Health, Social Disparities, and the Disability Gap in Time Use."|
|•IHSS will present Nicholas Wilson, Stony Brook Department Sociology, November 18, 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM, SBS N320, “What Do Historical Sociologists Do All Day? Historical Method in Theory and Practice|
|•Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Kristen Shorette, Wednesday, October 28, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Culture and Power in Cross-National Carbon Dioxide Emissions."|
|•Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Jason Jones, Wednesday, September 16, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "The Paradox of Weak Ties in 55 Countries."
•Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Ph.D. student Cliff Leek, Wednesday, September 2, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Men and Masculinities in International Development: Are Fears Becoming Realities?"
|•Ph.D. student Suzan Walters receives the 2015 Outstanding Student Paper Award in the ASA section, Disability and Society, for her paper, "Caregiving and HIV: Accounts of Resisting Individualism, Privatization, and Cuts in Social Spending."
•Jennifer Heerwig and Josh Murray (Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt and SBU Sociology alumni) awarded $33,000 grant by the Russell Sage Foundation to support their project entitled "Partisanship, Unity, and Inter-Corporate Networks: Political Donations of the Corporate Elite, 1980 - 2014."
|•Sociology Brown Bag series presents Professor Ian Roxborough, Wednesday, April 22, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Human Aspects of Military Operations: Intra-Organizational Debate and Spontaneous Sociology."
•IHSS will present Miriam L. Kingsberg, University of Colorado; ACLS Ryskamp Visiting Scholar, Columbia University, April 15, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, “Fieldwork, Ethnology, and Empire: the Making of Japan's ‘Transwar Generation’ of Social Scientists” - Co-sponsored by the History Department
•Sociology Brown Bag series presents Associate Professor Timothy P. Moran and Ph.D. student Sofia Boutillier, Wednesday, April 8, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Saying Happiness While Doing Inequality: Wealth, Neoliberalism, and the New York Times."
|•Philip Kasinitz, Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of CUNY, March 25, 2015, 1:00 PM, SBS N403, "Immigration, Diversity and Citizenship: The Changing Terrain of Racial Justice."
•Nancy Foner, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of CUNY, March 12, 2015, 4:00 PM, SBS N403, "Immigration and the Remaking of New York."
•IHSS will present Shobana Shankar, Stony Brook Department of History, March 11, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N320, “Curbing Religious Freedoms for State Security: The Old Cities of Northern Nigeria in the Era."
of Decolonization” - Co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Department
|•Sociology Brown Bag series presents Ph.D. student Carolyn Coburn, Wednesday, February 18, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Water, Sanitation, and Female Secondary School Enrollment: A Cross-National Analysis of Sub-Saharan African Nations."|
|•IHSS will present Paul Gootenberg, Stony Brook Department of History & Sociology, February 18, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N320, “From Teonanácatl to Miami Vice: Latin America’s Contribution to World Drug Culture” - Co-sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center|
|•Sociology Brown Bag series presents Assistant Professor Kristen Shorette, Wednesday, February 4, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Global Institutions and the Persistence of Cross-National Health Disparities across the Global South."|
|•Florencia Arancibia has been awarded a two-year post-doctoral fellowship with the Argentine National Scientific and Technical Research Council for her research project, "Social movements and knowledge intermediaries: participatory methods for inclusive innovation."|
|•IHSS will present Rick DesRochers, Long Island University-Post Campus, Department of Theatre, October 14, 2:30 PM, SBS N403, "The Family Act Goes to School - The Marx Brothers, Vaudeville, and Americanization."|
|•Michael Kimmel and Gloria Steinem co-author New York Times opinion piece on consensual sex on college campuses entitled "Yes Is Better Than No."
•Kristen Shorette receives ASA Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline Award for her project, "Freedom from Discrimination as Human Right? The Global Human Rights Regime and the Diffusion of Affirmative Action since 1965"
•Carrie Shandra selected as a Fellow of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research's Switzer Research Program
•Nicholas Wilson, Yale University, September 29, 2014, 1:00 PM, SBS N403, "Corruption and the Making of Modern Bureaucracy: Evidence from the British Empire in India."
•IHSS will present Steven Skiena, Stony Brook University, Department of Computer Science, September 18, 2:30 PM, SBS N403, "Who's Bigger? Where Historical Figures Really Rank.
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