Past Events

  • 2019 May 10

    Special Event | Interpreting Energy Dependence in Eurasia

    9:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Belfer Case Study Room (S020)

    Energy dependence is the leitmotif of Eurasian political economy. The concept recurs in official speeches and is often invoked to imply a threat. The higher the level of dependence on hydrocarbon imports, especially oil and natural gas, the higher the energy security risk. This stems usually from political instability in hydrocarbon-producing countries, concerns about price volatility, the fact that some state-owned oil companies are hand-in-glove with authoritarian regimes, or increased carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels, which contribute to global warming. More than anywhere else, member states and associated member states of the International Energy Agency have sought to make sustainable development (including further development of domestic resources) and energy security a top priority. It is perceived as a means towards decreasing dependence. It turns out that the interests of consuming and producing countries are, however, more and more divergent, and finding common ground is challenging, although increasingly important.

    Conveners:

    Rawi Abdelal, Faculty Associate. Director, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University; Herbert F. Johnson Professor of International Management, Business, Government, and the International Economy Unit, Harvard Business School.

    Aurélie Bros, Postdoctoral Fellow, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

    RSVP:

    This event is free and open to the public. Register for the conference here.
    For full conference details, visit the Davis Center event listing page.

    Co-sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

    Contact:

    Sarah Banse
    sarahbanse@wcfia.harvard.edu

  • 2019 May 10

    SCANCOR-Weatherhead Conference

    9:00am to 6:30pm

    Location: 

    William James Hall, 33 Kirkland Street, Room 1550

    9:00AM-9:30AM Breakfast

    9:30AM-11:00AM Nation/Identity

    Jesper Strandgaard, Copenhagen Business School
    “Inventing Culinary Heritage and Collective Identity”
    By Sophie Marie Cappelen & Jesper Strandgaard, Copenhagen Business School

    Tiina Ritvala, Aalto University
    “Organizational Stigma in Foreign Market Entry: The Fight over Guggenheim Helsinki”

    Guro Sanden, Aalborg University
    “What’s Law got to do, got to do with it? Language Policy and...

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  • 2019 May 09

    Special Event | Interpreting Energy Dependence in Eurasia

    9:00am to 4:30pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Belfer Case Study Room (S020)

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    Energy dependence is the leitmotif of Eurasian political economy. The concept recurs in official speeches and is often invoked to imply a threat. The higher the level of dependence on hydrocarbon imports, especially oil and natural gas, the higher the energy security risk. This stems usually from political instability in hydrocarbon-producing countries, concerns about price volatility, the fact that some state-owned oil companies are hand-in-glove with authoritarian regimes, or increased carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels, which contribute to global warming. More than anywhere else, member states and associated member states of the International Energy Agency have sought to make sustainable development (including further development of domestic resources) and energy security a top priority. It is perceived as a means towards decreasing dependence. It turns out that the interests of consuming and producing countries are, however, more and more divergent, and finding common ground is challenging, although increasingly important.

    Conveners:

    Rawi Abdelal, Faculty Associate. Director, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University; Herbert F. Johnson Professor of International Management, Business, Government, and the International Economy Unit, Harvard Business School.

    Aurélie Bros, Postdoctoral Fellow, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

    RSVP:

    This event is free and open to the public. Register for the conference here
    For full conference details, visit the Davis Center event listing page.

    Co-sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

    Contact:

    Sarah Banse
    sarahbanse@wcfia.harvard.edu

  • 2019 May 09

    SCANCOR-Weatherhead Conference

    9:00am to 6:30pm

    Location: 

    William James Hall, 33 Kirkland Street, Room 1550

    9:00AM-9:30AM Breakfast

    9:30AM-9:45AM Welcome

    Jesper Strandgaard & Frank Dobbin

    9:45AM-11:45AM Labor/Segmentation

    Seppo Poutanen, University of Turku
    “Digital Platform Work in the Intersection of Markets and Networks: Some Results from the Study of Finnish Upworkers”

    Sarah Valdez, Linköping University
    “Looking for Ethnic Enclaves in Europe: Evidence from Swedish Population Registers”

    Frank Dobbin, ...

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  • 2019 May 03

    Friday Morning Seminar in Culture, Psychiatry and Global Mental Health

    10:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    William James Hall, 33 Kirkland Street, Room 105

    "In Krishna's Mouth: Wonder, Ethics and Creativity in South India"

    Speaker:

    Tulasi Srinivas, Professor of Anthropology, Religion and Transnational Studies, Emerson College.

    Co-sponsored by the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

    Contact:

    Andrea Chiovenda
    Andrea_Chiovenda@hms.harvard.edu

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  • 2019 May 03

    Conference | Law, Inequality and the Politics of Moral Worth

    8:30am to 6:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Belfer Case Study Room (S020)

    Presented by the Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion.

    8:30–9:00    Continental breakfast (provided)

    9:00–9:30    Introductory remarks

    Michèle Lamont, Director, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies; Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies, Department of Sociology, and African and African American Studies, Harvard University.

    Talia Shiff, Raphael Morrison Dorman Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow, Weatherhead Scholars Program, Harvard University.

    9:30–11:00    Session I: Law and Social Inequality at Multiple Registers

    Leading Questions: What are the promises and pitfalls of legal interventions in redressing social inequalities? When do rules and legal procedures aimed at ensuring formal rights work in practice to sustain inequities and to produce further recognition gaps?

    Commentator: Paige Sweet, Postdoctoral Fellow with the Inequality in American Initiative, Harvard University.

    “Rights, Proceduralism and Social Inequality”
    Heather Schoenfeld, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Boston University.

    “The Road to Recognition: Afro-Uruguayan Struggle for Visibility, Equality, and Reparation”
    Debbie Sharnak, Lecturer, History and Literature, Harvard University.

    “Race, Place, and Crime: How Violent Crime Events Affect Employment Discrimination”
    Sanaz Mobasseri, Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations, Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.

    11:00–12:30    Session II: Perceptions of the Social World, or Seeing in and through Legal Categories

    Leading Questions: What is captured by official legal categories? What formatting of identity and experience is required for inclusion in legal categorization? Are all experiences or identities commensurable, or do some of them fall outside of law’s vision? How does the institutionalization of legal categories intersect with broader cultural repertoires and historical zeitgeists?

    Commentator: Anna Skarpelis, Postdoctoral Fellow, Reischauer Institute, Harvard University.

    “Gender Neutral Pronouns, Cultural Inclusion and Social Equality” Abigail Saguy, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, Department of Sociology, UCLA.
    Juliet Williams, Professor of Gender Studies and Chair of the UCLA Social Science Interdepartmental Program, University of California Los Angles.

    “In the Shadow of the State: Symbolic Power, Social Inequality, and the Institutionalization of Social Categories”
    Ellis Monk, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Harvard University.

    “The Judicial Politics of Religious Difference in Western Europe: Socio-Legal Field Dynamics and the Standardization of Justificatory Repertoires”
    Matthias Koenig, Professor of Sociology, University of Göttingen. Max Planck Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity.

    12:30–1:30    Lunch Break (CGIS Knafel Building, Room K354) 1:30-3:30    Session III: Law and Notions of Worth

    Leading Questions: What is the relation between law and shared cultural understandings of worth? To what extent, and under what conditions, does law reinforce, or alternatively alter, gendered and racialized biases and embedded moral boundaries? How does the relationship between values and worth play out in legal settings?

    Commentator: Susan Silbey, Leon and Anne Goldberg Professor of Humanities, Sociology and Anthropology Professor of Behavioral and Policy Sciences, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    “Transformative Effects of Immigration Law in Hostile Contexts”
    Cecilia Menjívar, Professor and Dorothy L. Meier Social Equities Chair, Department of Sociology, University of California Los Angeles.

    “Legal Standards and Moral Worth in Frontline Decision-Making: Evaluations of Deservingness in US Asylum Determinations”
    Talia Shiff, Raphael Morrison Dorman Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow, Weatherhead Scholars Program, Harvard University.

    “Can Law Mitigate the Motherhood/Leavetaker Penalty?”
    Catherine Albiston, Professor of Law and Sociology, Jurisprudence & Social Policy Program, Berkeley School of Law, University of California.

    3:30–4:00    Coffee Break (provided)

    4:00–5:30    Session IV: Legal Cynicism and Everyday Reliance on Law’s Promises

    Leading questions: When does law’s failure to meet its own promises lead to legal
    cynicism? How do we explain actors continued reliance on, and embracement of, the law in light of law’s broken promises of equal citizenship?

    Commentator: Michèle Lamont, Director, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies; Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies, Department of Sociology, and African and African American Studies, Harvard University

    “The Particular Disadvantages of Universal Rules: How the Legal Turn in Medicine Creates Winners and Losers”
    Carol Heimer, Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Northwestern University; Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation.

    “Recognition Gaps and Economies of Worth in Police-Resident Encounters”
    Ron Levi, George Ignatieff Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies, Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology; Director of Global Strategy, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

    “Law’s Exclusions and Affordances”
    Sally Merry, Silver Professor of Anthropology, NYU College of Arts and Sciences; Faculty Director, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, New York University School of Law.

    5:30–6:00    Concluding Remarks

    6:30    Dinner for Workshop Participants

  • 2019 May 02

    Program on U.S.-Japan Relations Seminar

    12:30pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262)

    "Political Parties, Bureaucracy, and Public Policy"

    "Membership Networks and Electoral Resilience: The Case of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party"

    Daniel Koss, Academy Scholar, The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of Political Science, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.

    "Bureaucratic Structure and the Politics of Protection: The Case of Japan"

    Diana M. Stanescu, Pre-Doctoral Exchange Scholar, Department of Government, Harvard University; PhD Candidate, Department of Politics, Princeton University.

    "TPP, Agriculture, and U.S.-Japan Trade Negotiations"

    Shimpei Sunaga, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan.

    Discussant:

    Christina Davis, Acting Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations. Professor of Government and Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.

    Contact:

    Jenni Ting
    wting@wcfia.harvard.edu

  • 2019 May 01

    Solar Geoengineering Seminar Series

    11:30am to 12:30pm

    Location: 

    Museum of Comparative Zoology, 26 Oxford Street, Harvard University Center for the Environment, Room 429

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    "Fast and Slow Climate System Responses to Solar Geoengineering"

    Speaker:

    Ken Caldeira, Senior Scientist, Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford, California.

    Contact:

    Amy Chang
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  • 2019 Apr 30

    Program on U.S.-Japan Relations Seminar

    12:30pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262)

    "Southeast Asia and the Great Powers: Hedging, Balancing, and Rivalry"

    Speaker:

    Amy Searight, Senior Adviser and Director, Southeast Asia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies.

    Moderator:

    Christina Davis, Acting Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations. Professor of Government and Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

    Contact:

    Jenni Ting
    wting@wcfia.harvard.edu

  • 2019 Apr 30

    Tuesday Seminar on Latin American Studies

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Doris and Ted Lee Gathering Room (S030)

    "Resistance and Repression: One Year on from Nicaragua's Civil Uprising"

    Speaker:

    Kai Thaler, Assistant Professor, Department of Global Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Moderator:

    Steven Levitsky, Faculty Associate; Chair, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Global Populism/Challenges to Democracy. David Rockefeller Professor of Latin American Studies, Department of Government, Harvard University; Harvard College Professor.

    Contact:

    Jillian Scales
    jscales@fas.harvard.edu

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