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
| •Carrie Shandra wins $30k DPR & SSA Emerging Investigator Award
•Arnout van de Rijt and Robert Harrison (IACS) win $38k SBU & BNL Seed Grant
•Catherine Marrone receives Provost's 2013 Outstanding Lecturer Award
•Ian Roxborough receives SUNY Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching
•Sharon Worksman, Undergraduate Coordinator, receives SUNY Chancellors Award for Excellence in Classified Service
•Sasha Rodriguez and Vanessa Lynn receive Stony Brook Turner Foundation Summer Research Grants
•Tarun Banerjee and Gianmarco Savio named co-winners of the Sociology Department's 2013 David Street Award for best qualitative and/or theory paper
•Hewan Girma named winner of the Sociology Department's 2013 Rose Laub Coser Award for best theory and/or research paper in gender studies
•Paul Gootenberg, Professor of History and affiliated faculty member in Sociology has been named a Distinguished Professor
|• Jennifer Heerwig joins our department!
• Kathleen Fallon joins our department!
• 2013 Graduate Student Ethnography Conference on April 19th
• Amy Graglia awarded AAUW Dissertation Fellowship for 2013-2014
• Cheryl Llewellyn and Mike Restivo receive 2013 Graduate School teaching awards
|• Zack Almquist, University of California-Irvine, speaks on "Population Dynamics and Network Dynamics: A Holistic Approach" on February 27th
• Jennifer Heerwig, New York University, speaks on "Money in the Middle: Contribution Strategies among Elite Donors to Federal Elections, 1980 - 2008" on March 4th
• Mengxiao Zhu, Rutgers University, speaks on "Motivataions for Self-Assembling into Project Teams: Insights from the Study of Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs)" on March 6th
• Craig Rawlings, University of California-Santa Barbara, speaks on "Streams of Thought: The Macro-Structure and Micro-Dynaics of Intellectual Integration within a Research University" on March 11th
• Race, Ethnicity, and Inequality Workshop presents Vilna Bashi Treitler, CUNY, "The Ethnic Project: Transforming Racial Fictions into Ethnic Factions", March 14th
• IHSS presents Adam McKeown, Columbia University Dept. of History, March 26th, 2:30 PM, SBS N320
• Michele Lamont, Harvard University, speaks on "Shared Cognitive-Emotional-Interactional Platforms: Markers and Conditions for Successful Interdisciplinary Collaborations" on March 28th
|• Yan Long, University of Michigan, speaks on "Empowering Communities? The Impact of Transnational AIDS Institutions on Chinese Repressive Rule, 1989-2012" on February 4th
• Kathleen Fallon, McGill University speaks on "Does Critical Mass Matter: Women's Political Representation and Child Health in Developing Countries" on February 6th
• Jae-Mahn Shim, University of Chicago speaks on "Coordinating Plural Logics of Action: The Coexistence of Biomedicine and Alternative Medicine"on February 11th
• Shiri Noy, Indiana University speaks on "The World Bank and Targeting in Health Policy in Peru, Argentina, and Costa Rica" on February 13th
• Tarun Banerjee wins NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant
Department of Sociology, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4356, tel.: +1 (631) 632-7700