Sunday, June 15, 2014

Media Sociology Conference at Mills

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Registration is now open! 

Sunday, June 15, 2014 

Preliminary Program Schedule 

8:00-8:30 Registration/Sign-in 

 8:30-9:00 Opening Remarks 

9:00-10:00 Keynote Address 

Clayton Childress (University of Toronto – Scarborough)

10:00-10:20 BREAK 

10:20-11:30 Parallel Panel Sessions 1 

1.1 Work and Careers in Media
Moderator: Casey Brienza

  • Digital Vocations: Race, Capital, and Creativity in the Information Economy, Alex Cho(University of Texas at Austin) and Vivian Shaw (University of Texas at Austin) 
  • Becoming Jaded: Aging Out and Short Careers in the Music Business, Alexandre Frenette(John Jay College, City University of New York) 
  • Creatives: Initial Findings on the Early Careers of Commercial Artists, Matthew Rowe(University of California, Los Angeles) 
  • “All Hits Have Fans”: Small Group Decision Making and the Rhetoric of Reality Television Program Development, Junhow Wei (University of Pennsylvania) 

1.2 New Theoretical Interventions
Moderator: Matthias Revers 

  • Gated Publics, Walled Gardens and the Dilemma of Privacy in the Digital Age, Payal Arora (Erasmus University Rotterdam) 
  • Is the Toronto School of Communication Too Old for the New Media?, Thomas Crosbie (Yale University) and Jonathan Roberge (Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique) 
  • Social Movements and Popular Culture, Jesse Klein (Florida State University) 
  • Building a Theoretical Framework for a Cultural Sociology of Journalism, Stephen F. Ostertag(Tulane University) 

1.3 Race and Media 
Moderator: 

  • Controlling Race in the Public Sphere: A Collaboration between the State and Media Capitalists, Nathalie Byfield (St. John’s University) 
  • Does Popular Network and Cable Television Programming Simultaneously Promote Colorblindness and Stereotypes of Nonwhites and If So, How?, Aaryn L. Green (University of Cincinnati) 
  • A Darker Horizon: Demographic Narratives, Racial Affects, and the Cultural Politics of the Future, Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz (Brown University) 
  • Hollywood’s Colorblind Racism, Nancy Wang Yuen (Biola University) 

 1.4 Information Dissemination
Moderator: 

  • Beltway Bubble: How Political Ideas Fail to Spread From Elite News Organizations to Other Websites, Noah Grand (University of California, Los Angeles) 
  • Social Media and Disasters: The Case of Hurricane Sandy and Twitter, Dhiraj Murthy(Goldsmiths, University of London) and Alexander J. Gross 
  • Fear, Empathy, and Government Intervention: Television News Coverage of September 11th and the 2008 Financial Crisis, Timothy Recuber (Princeton University) 
  • Newspaper Images of Protest: The Pictorial Framing of Occupy Wall Street, Michael Neuber (Humboldt University of Berlin), Beth Gharrity Gardner (University of California, Irvine), and David A. Snow (University of California, Irvine 

11:30-11:50 BREAK 

11:50-1:00 Parallel Panel Sessions 2

2.1 Gender and Media
Moderator: Andrea Press 

  • Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Looking for Women in Late-Night TV: An Examination of Comedy, Gender, and Late-Night Television, Katie Cooper (University of South Florida) 
  • Women, Work and Family through the Generations: Mothers and Daughters in Four National Contexts View Televisual Representations of Motherhood and Work, Andrea Press (University of Virginia) 
  • From Stigma to Acceptance: Contemporary Teen Mothers in Popular Media, Tara M. Stamm (Florida State University) 
  • Invisible Feminism: BDSM Relationships and Fifty Shades of Grey Portrayals, Francesca Tripodi (University of Virginia) 

 2.2 Legitimation and Self-Presentation 
Moderator: 

  • Ambiguity and Dissent in Cinema Classification, Elif Alp (Columbia University) 
  • The Field of Online Journalism: A Study of the Legitimizing Practices of Online News Organizations, Gillian Brooks (University of Cambridge) 
  • Omnivorous Gentrification: Restaurant Reviewing and Neighborhood Change on the Downtown Eastside, Zachary Hyde (University of British Columbia) 
  • Lawyers’ Self-Presentation on Sina Weibo, Huangpei Zhangzhen (Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunication) 

 2.3 Media Framing and Public Opinion
Moderator: 

  • Newspapers and Social Perception: The Representation of Organized Crime in Italy, Giovanni Frazzica (Università degli Studi di Palermo) 
  • What the Frack Are We Talking About? Defining the Fracking Debate in North Carolina, Kylah Hedding (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) 
  • China’s “Airpocalypse” Gives Rise to the Civil Sphere, Haoyue Li (State University of New York at Albany) 
  • Exploring the Context between the Urban Local Print Media, the Pensioners, Pensions, Healthcare Benefits, and Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy, Robin West Smith (Wayne State University) 

 2.4 Interactive Workshop 

  • Promoting Scholarship with Social Media, Dustin Kidd (Temple University) 

1:00-2:30 LUNCH 

2:30-3:40 Parallel Panel Sessions 3 

3.1 Social Media and Organizations 
Moderator: Matthias Revers 

  • Social Media Marketing of Russian Regional Mass Media in Facebook, Aleksandr Berezkin(Far Eastern Federal University) 
  • Digital Media Diversity and Convergence: How the Nonprofit Organizations Choose and Use Digital Media, Boyang Fan (Peking University) 
  • Becoming Data: The Making of Web Analytics for Journalists, Caitlin Petre (New York University) 
  • Drones, Balloons, and Villages: An Analysis of Tech Corporations’ Digital Divide Initiatives, Cynthia Yee (New York University) 

 3.2 Media and Identity 
Moderator: Andrea Press 

  • Just Move to Michigan and Start a Revolution: Girls, the Midwest and the Creative Class, Simone Becque (Southern Illinois University) 
  • The Modern Working Woman in African American Romance Films, Maryann Erigha(University of Pennsylvania) 
  • Who is Nicki Minaj? Queer-Making & Gender Reconstruction in Hip Hop, Sonita Moss(University of Pennsylvania) 
  • The Middle Class as a Media Creation: A Comparative Study of Japan and China in a High Economic Development Period, Abigail Qian Zhou (University of Tokyo) 

 3.3 Web-based Methods and Social Action 
Moderator: 

  • Sampling Methods in Studying Same-Sex Couples: The Importance of Web-based Techniques, Eli Alston-Stepnitz (San Francisco State University), David M. Frost (Columbia University), and Allen J. LeBlanc (San Francisco State University) 
  • Connecting with College Students: A Literature Review on Internet Communication Methods Used to Inform College Students, Valarie Burke (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) 
  • Use Your Skills to Solve This Challenge: Discourses of Micro-Action Online, Carla Ilten(University of Illinois at Chicago) 
  • From Solitude to Solidarity: The Internet as Face-to-Face Intermediary, Robyn Keith(University of Texas at Austin) 

3:40-4:00 BREAK 

4:00-5:10 Parallel Panel Sessions 4 

 4.1 Chinese Media Sociology 
Moderator: 

  • Can Public Intellectuals Expand Social Influence by Using Social Media? The Case of China, Zhou Dai (University of Warwick) 
  • Research on Regional Differences of Public Opinions’ Communication Characteristics, Dan Ji (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) and Yungeng Xie (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) 
  • Talking Politics in China: A Comparison of Microblog and Official Media’s Report on Public Policy, Muyang Li (State University of New York, Albany) 
  • Behind the Great Firewall of China, Fan Mai (University of Virginia) 

 4.2 Alternative/Niche Media 
Moderator: 

  • Jamming Culture: Webs of Meaning and Cultural Entropy in Adbusters Magazine, Matthew J. Chandler (University of Notre Dame) and Terence E. McDonnell (University of Notre Dame) 
  • Title TBA (Museums as Media), Helge Johannes Marahrens (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukie) 
  • Shoot ‘em in the Head: On the Transgressive Potency of Modern Horror Cinema, Andrew Owen (Cabrini College) 
  • In Defense of Selfies: The Conspicuous Prosumption of Experience on Social Media, Apryl Williams (Texas A&M University) 

 4.3 Media and Social Movements 
Moderator: 

  • Contemporary Forms of Democracy, Social Actors and New Media, Leocadia Díaz Romero (Murcia State University) 
  • When the Internet Becomes Marginal: Digital Divide and Political Participation in Putin’s Russia, Polina Kolozaridi (National Research University Higher School of Economics) andTatiana Tatarchevskiy 
  • Are They Not Worthy?: Social Movements, Legitimacy, and Partisan Media, Eulalie Jean Laschever (University of California, Irvine)
  • From Street Protests to Facebook Campaigns: Political Cynicism, Efficacy and Online Political Engagement of Sri Lankan Students, Chamil Rathnayake (University of Hawai’i at Manoa) 

5:10-5:30 BREAK

5:30-7:00 Plenary Discussion Panel 

Media Sociology as Vocation
Moderator: Casey Brienza 
Laura Grindstaff (University of California, Davis) Paul Hirsch (Northwestern University) Ronald Jacobs (University at Albany, SUNY) Paul Lopes (Colgate University) Guobin Yang (University of Pennsylvania)

 7:00 CLOSE

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

SUMMER COLLEGE INTERN POSITION OPEN - PAID

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JOB DESCRIPTION: Administrative/Office Assistant
COMPENSATION: up to $15.00/hour depending on work experience and GPA
DURATION: 3 months - June to August 2014 (flexible)

OVERVIEW:

Wentworth Consulting Group is offering a paid internship position.  We are seeking a motivated individual to join our small but mighty team.  Our company is in the business of leadership coaching, teamdevelopment, strategic planning and organizational change.  We work in a small office in the Glenview residential area of Oakland. www.wentworthconsulting.com

THE ROLE:

This internship position will provide you the opportunity to gain work experience plus insight into the management consulting/executive coaching industry. You can expand your employable skills, develop new techniques and learn how coaching and organization consulting works. We anticipate 20-25 hours of work per week and these hours can be flexibly scheduled on weekdays; a minimum of 3 days a week. This work must be done on site in our office.

Job duties include:

  • Perform administrative tasks and functions - data entry, scanning, filing, copying
  • Potential project-based work such as writing proposals, or assisting with record keeping
  • Update and organize social media - Facebook and LinkedIn profiles
  • Attend weekly internal team meetings
  • Respond to phone/email correspondence promptly and courteously
  • Organize supply area and/or physical office space area, maintain supply inventory
  • Review progress on weekly basis with Business Manager
  • Some personal errands for President (car is a bonus but not necessary)

COMPETENCIES:

We are a small 3 person office.  This position will be the 4th person.  We need an adaptable, flexible, self-motivated individual who can quickly pick up what is needed and work with minimal supervision (although there is always one of us around for questions that are bound to arise).
  • Team Work: will be working in close quarters with other 3 staff members
  • Communication:  clear oral and written communication and good listening skills
  • Organization: detailed and accurate in all areas
  • Computer Skills: proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet, email and social media.
Please send resume to: audrey@wentworthconsulting.com

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Parttime Work, Not Sociology Related

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Posting for a friend of a friend who owns a construction company with offices in Emeryville.  If interested, please contact Sheryl at sheryl@getsmartbuilding.com or 510.444.7678.  Here’s the specifics of the job.

We are a growing construction company headquartered in Emeryville. We are looking for a part-time, entry level office assistant.  You should be an outgoing, self starter who is eager to learn about how an office and business work.  Duties will include, but not be limited to: office organization, filing, phones, errands (either in company vehicle or we will reimburse for mileage), mail distribution, supply room management, and other duties as needed and assigned. You must be detail oriented and accountable. You should have real experience juggling multiple tasks and priorities. Basic computer experience required. Bi-lingual English – Spanish is a plus.

The job is very flexible to accommodate school, family and a busy life. We anticipate the job will be about 16 to 20 hours a week. Wages will be $10 to $14 / hours.

SOC 149 in the News!

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The Campanil
Sociology of Immigration works with Angel Island Foundation
By Alexina Estrada April 28, 2014

Mills College sociology major Caitlin McWilliams works at a tire shop, and never expected she would be interviewing a customer about immigration to America. From a short conversation about tax returns and how to spend them, McWilliams learned that one of her regular customers, Tina, hadn’t been to her home country, Indonesia, since arriving in America. A few weeks later, McWilliams sat down and spent 3 hours listening to Tina’s journey and struggles for life in America.


McWilliams is one of the students in Mills College Sociology of Immigration class this semester, taught by Margaret Hunter. The oral history project, where students interview someone who immigrated to the United States as an adult, is a requirement for the class. The students conduct an interview for an hour and then write a 1,000-1,200 word essay telling the interviewee’s story. The essay must include sociological research to magnify the interviewee’s story as part of a bigger picture of immigration. 


“Initially, I wanted students to be able to use their ‘sociological imaginations’ to connect one person’s real life experience with the larger social trends of immigration to the U.S.,” Hunter said. “This helps make the larger social patterns meaningful.”


The project is a larger collaboration with the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF), which will be posting the essays on it’s website. AIISF works to help better inform the public about immigration, specifically on the Pacific Coast, so society can understand what immigration means for America, our lives and community.


“These stories will be used to build educational programs for the public,” said Michael McKechnie, Executive Director of AIISF. “These stories convey the true immigration experience.”
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Monday, April 28, 2014

Capitalism as a World System: Next Week at Berkeley Colloquium

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Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University 

Capitalism as a World-System: Analysis and Practice 

Barrows Hall, Berkeley Campus 
Room 402 
Monday 5 May 2:00-3:30 PM 

To close our year-long colloquium series we welcome Immanuel Wallerstein. For 30 years he was Director of the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems, and Civilizations at the State University of New York, Binghamton. He is now Senior Research Scholar at Yale University. 

Among living sociologists no one has exercised more influence on the social sciences than Immanuel Wallerstein. His contributions to social science go well beyond producing a 50-year series of exceptional award-winning books and articles too numerous to count. He is one of those very rare scholars whose work has been paradigm shifting. Having started out analyzing colonialism and national liberation struggles in Africa in the 1960’s, he turned to the broadest possible intellectual project, the analysis of the emergence and subsequent dynamics of the “modern world-system,” carefully grounding his theoretical enterprise in deep, detailed historical scholarship. Beginning in 1974 with the first volume of his Modern World-System (of which three further volumes appeared in 1980, 1989 and 2011) his approach revitalized sociology as a comparative historical enterprise, bringing it back to classic concerns with long term change. His world-systems framework continues to be a thriving area of social science, attracting some of its best minds. 

Wallerstein is not just an intellectual giant. He has also been a genuine servant of sociology as a global discipline, traveling tirelessly around the world and serving in a multitude of organizational roles, including Chair of the Gulbenkian Commission on the Restructuring of the Social Sciences (1993-1995) and President of the International Sociological Association (1994-1998).  In these and other ways, Wallerstein created a receptive space in the global arena for social scientists from Latin America, Africa and Asia, while expanding the meaning of sociology in the United States. 

Summarizing his talk, Professor Wallerstein writes: “The modern world-system, which is a capitalist system, is in structural crisis. Capitalists themselves no longer want the system. This crisis began in the 1970s and will continue for another 20-40 years, when we shall enter a new historical system. We cannot know what this system will be but we can know what are the likely alternatives. We shall discuss the political implications of this reality and what we as individuals and groups can do to affect the outcome.”

Got Art History? Paid Internship in SF

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Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco - San Francisco, CA
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are looking for current undergraduate or graduate college/university students for the Summer 2014 Joseph F. McCrindle Internship in European Paintings. This is a 12 week, 30 hours per week, paid internship from June 2014 - August 2014. The hourly rate of pay is $15.00.

General Description of Program: 

Under the supervision of the Associate Curator, European Art, provides support to the curatorial staff in the day-to-day operation of the European Paintings Department. The intern will assist the paintings curators with daily administrative tasks and exhibition planning research. The intern will shadow curatorial staff to learn how a curatorial department is managed as well as how exhibitions are planned, designed, and implemented. The intern may work closely with the staff in other museum departments including, but not limited to Exhibitions, Graphic Design, Education, and Publications. The internship may also include general office needs within the European Paintings Department and attending and assisting with special programs.

Schedule: 

The internship will last from June 2014 - August 2014 (dates may be flexible).

The internship is a total of 30 hours per week for 12 weeks.

Duties: 


  • Participates in the day-to-day administrative operations of the department, including in-house actions required for the permanent collection's preservation and exhibition.
  • Assists with maintenance of the European Art Department object files.
  • Participates in the preparation of exhibition-related materials, notebooks, and lists.
  • Performs other duties as assigned, including writing labels, preparation of digital presentations, and small, directed research projects.
  • Internship may include opportunities to observe permanent collection gallery installation/de-installation and to assist with exhibition catalogue/label research and editing.
  • Educational Opportunities: 
    • Learn the basics of curatorial work via assignments, observation, and visits to other areas of the museum, such as conservation.
    • Learn general administrative tasks generated by the collection, its oversight, installation, conservation, photography, and publication.
    • Learn the research skills required to generate labeling and other interpretive material for permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.

    Qualifications: 

    Interns should be current undergraduate or graduate college/university students. Interns should have a good general knowledge of European art, history, and culture with a specific interest in the history of pre-20 th century European painting. Completion of some coursework in art history required. Relevant museum experience preferred. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal skills, strong organizational skills, familiarity with both traditional and contemporary methods of art history research, strong follow-through, and strong computer skills. The ideal candidate will also have a willingness to be part of a team, a high level of initiative and energy, a desire to learn best curatorial practices, a strong customer service orientation, excellent written and oral communication skills, flexibility in meeting shifting demands and priorities, and the ability to conduct limited direct research.

    To Apply: 

    Application Deadline: Sunday, May 18, 2014
     

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    Summer Internship : GIS, Tech, and City Neighborhoods

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    Are you passionate about using the power of technology to build community? Do you believe residents can strengthen their neighborhoods through dialog and collaboration? Would you like to join a transformative company and play a significant role in shaping its future? If so, we’d love to meet you.

    At Nextdoor, our mission is to bring back a sense of community to the neighborhood, one of the most important communities in each of our lives. Our product is a private social network for neighborhoods. One in five neighborhoods in the U.S. already relies on Nextdoor as its communication platform.

    Nextdoor is looking for exceptional and tech-savvy intern candidates for a 3-month paid internship on the City Partnerships Team. The team partners with local public agencies to help them share relevant information with the communities they serve. The City Partnerships Intern will work with internal and external stakeholders to support and manage all phases of the process to integrate public agency partners. The ideal candidate is passionate about Nextdoor’s mission, and has the necessary technical and soft skills to help us achieve it. If you hold your work to the highest of standards, have both excellent GIS skills, as well as strong acumen for written and verbal communication, we’d love to hear from you. This internship may convert to full-time employment based on top-tier performance and business need.

    Responsibilities
    • Develop world class digital representations of city neighborhood boundaries: acquire and integrate GIS mapping data from public agency partners and other sources; use in-house software to integrate feedback from partners and neighborhood residents to refine digital representations of neighborhood boundaries
    • Provide exceptional support to our public agency partners and members: solve issues related to neighborhood boundaries, data integrity, and other technical matters
    • Partner with internal teams and external partners to help launch Nextdoor in cities across the country: assist with internal and external messaging announcing Nextdoor partnership; tailor marketing collateral and press communications to the proper audience
    • Support public agency partners as they prepare to use Nextdoor and announce our partnership: help manage project plan, timelines, and troubleshoot technical and other issues; respond to inbound help requests from partners and members
    • Help us and our public agency partners understand key performance metrics as they use Nextdoor: evaluate membership growth metrics and distribute them to relevant stakeholders; analyze data, synthesize results, and communicate recommendations
    • Assist city partnerships team prioritize and manage a list of prospective public agency partners; closely track and monitor interactions with prospects
    • Support city partnerships team with external engagements, including conferences, events, and other opportunities as they arise
    Requirements
    • Bachelors degree with a strong academic record; graduate degree (earned or in progress) in Public Policy, Public Administration, Public Affairs, Urban Planning, Geography, or related fields is preferred, but not required. Work experience in or with local government is helpful in lieu of graduate degree
    • Strong performance in GIS related coursework, or comparable work experience with GIS systems and technologies
    • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
    • Demonstrated ability to master technical skills and work effectively across functions in a fast-paced startup
    • Passion for Nextdoor’s mission, product, and partnerships
    Benefits
    • Cash compensation
    • Fully stocked kitchen
    • Casual, open office environment
    • Downtown SF location close to awesome food, shopping, and transit!
    GO TO NEXTDOOR WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO AND TO APPLY