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Tea & Theory Seminars

The Center for Social Science Scholarship hosts “Tea & Theory,” a monthly seminar-style workshop where we discuss social science theory. All faculty and advanced graduate students are welcome!

The purpose of the workshop is to promote intellectual exchange among the social science community at UMBC. This interdisciplinary workshop is designed to encourage reading across disciplines as well as provide an opportunity to practice debate & critique skills.

Fall workshops are dedicated to reading and discussing the “Classics” of social science theory, while Spring workshops focus on “New Takes on Classics” (works generally published in the last 5 years).

Tea & Theory will be held on the first Wednesday of the month in Public Policy 451 from 2-3:30pm, unless otherwise noted.

No need to sign up, just show up! Tea will be provided but please BYOM (Bring Your Own Mug).

 

2019-2020 Schedule

Fall

*Participants are responsible for acquiring their own copies of the readings. Please read the following works by the time we meet:

September 11th: Durkheim, Suicide: A Study in Sociology

October 2nd: Weber, Economy & Society 

November 6th: Foucault, Discipline & Punish 

December 4th: Becker, The Economic Approach to Human Behavior 

 

Spring

*Participants are responsible for acquiring their own copies of the readings. Please read the following works by the time we meet:

February 5th: Emirbayer & Desmond, The Racial Order (Durkheim)

March 4th: Prasad, The Land of Too Much (Weber)

April 1st: Harcourt, Exposed (Foucault)

May 6th: Thaler & Sunstein, Nudge (Becker)

 

Alternative Reading (if group would like to substitute):

Geertz, “Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight”

Danilyn Rutherford, Living in the Stone Age (Geertz)

 

To submit a reading suggestion or any other question/concern, please email welborn@umbc.edu.