1. The Committee on Social Theory Presents: William Nericcio


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    "Chicanosmosis and the Transnational Imaginary (Imaginary): 21st Century Mextasy in and Beyond the Ivory Tower" Dr. William Nericcio Professor of English and Comparative Literature & Chicana/o Studies San Diego State University April 24, 2015 University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences

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    • The Committee on Social Theory Presents: Floya Anthias


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      "Transnational mobilities and translocational belongings: reflecting on identities and inequalities" Floya Anthias Professor of Sociology University of East London April 3, 2015 University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences

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      • Structural Analysis and the Betwixt and Between - George P Hansen


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        Earlier societies used ritual to control, influence, and channel paranormal/supernatural forces and myth to understand and describe those forces. Thus the study of ritual and myth should give insight into the nature of the paranormal (aka preternatural, supernormal, anomalous). Many scientists see rituals as superstitious behavior and myths as stories for children—topics unworthy of serious consideration. Even in parapsychology and psychical research the two topics receive scant attention. In the 1960s and 1970s, significant advances were made in the study of ritual with Victor Turner’s work on concepts of liminality, anti-structure, and communitas. During the same period, structural anthropologists Claude Lévi-Strauss and Edmund Leach made substantial progress in explaining myth. Anthropologists had recognized that earlier cultures often used binary classification schemes. The notion of binary oppositions is a key idea of structuralism and is highly pertinent to liminality. Early societies identified a number of important binary oppositions, such as: life-death, god-human, heaven-earth, male-female, human-beast. Today, people typically consider the elements of these binary pairs to be clearly, unambiguously distinct—without any middle ground. But there is a middle ground, the betwixt and between, and it has important properties. In his essay “Genesis as Myth” Edmund Leach explained: “In every myth system we will find a persistent sequence of binary discriminations . . . followed by a ‘mediation’ of paired categories thus distinguished.” He went on to say: “‘Mediation’ (in this sense) is always achieved by introducing a third category which is ‘abnormal’ or ‘anomalous’ in terms of ordinary ‘rational’ categories. Thus myths are full of fabulous monsters, incarnate gods, virgin mothers. This middle ground is abnormal, non-natural, holy. It is typically the focus of all taboo and ritual observance.” (Leach,1969: ll.) Social marginality is a type of liminality. Paranormal phenomena and parapsychology are socially marginal. They are not integrated into the large, hierarchical institutions of government, academe, or industry (except the entertainment industry, which reinforces the idea that the phenomena are fictional). Anti-structure is a synonym of liminality. Groups that attempt to directly engage paranormal phenomena on a continuing, ongoing basis rarely establish long-lasting institutions with buildings and paid staff. Those groups frequently experience para-drama and schisms. --- PAPER PRESENTED AT EXPLORING THE EXTRAORDINARY'S 6TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN GETTYSBURG, 2014. For more information about Exploring the Extraordinary's annual conferences, please go to http://etenetwork.weebly.com For more information about George's book 'The Trickster and the Paranormal', please go to http://www.tricksterbook.com/

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        • Ersatz Youth Rebellion


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          In this episode, we criticize the uncritical.

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          • Social theory and adoption (#adoptiontheology)


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            Professor John Milbank speaks about social theory and adoption. This talk was filmed at a theological conference, hosted by Home for Good, together with St Mellitus and the Evangelical Alliance. Leading ethicists, theologians and biblical scholars addressed the lack of theological reflection on the nature of the Christians’ adoption into God’s family. Two theological perspectives were explored: a 'vertical' perspective on adoption into God's family, and a ‘horizontal' perspective of adoption, where the Church in general, and the Christian family in particular, are a welcoming community for vulnerable children. homeforgood.org.uk/adoptiontheology

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            • We All Wear Masks


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              A short silent film inspired by the sociological concept of face-negotiation theory, focusing on the role that gender and sexuality plays in our externalisation of the self.

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              • The Committee on Social Theory Presents: Margaret S. Archer


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                "'We believe' - but who are 'we'?" The Relational Subject versus the Plural Subject Margaret S. Archer Centre d'Ontologie Sociale Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanna December 12, 2014 University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences

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                • Another Way of Seeing


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                  Peter Gabel describes his book "Another Way of Seeing", essays on transforming law, politics and culture at the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa, California September 25th 2014. His philosophy explores how, by discovering the spirituality within ourselves and others, the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lennon could be transformed in to a worldwide movement. This is beyond liberalism, Marxism and Derrida and still describes the world realistically with love.

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                  • The Committee on Social Theory Presents: Dr. Alex Callinicos


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                    Dr. Alex Callinicos, King's College London: "Bonfires of Illusions: the Twin Crises of the Liberal World." April 25th, 2014 University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences http://socialtheory.as.uky.edu/social-theory-lectures

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