Fall 2021 Sociology Colloquium

All colloquia are free and open to the public.


Tuesday, October 26 at 3 pm

Hawaiʻi is my Haven: Race and Indigeneity in the Black Pacific

  • A book talk by Dr. Nitasha Sharma, Professor of African American Studies and Asian American Studies, Department of African American Studies, Northwestern University
  • Co-organized with the Department of Ethnic Studies and additional co-sponsors.

Hawaiʻi Is My Haven (Duke University Press, 2021) maps the context and contours of Black life in the Hawaiian Islands. This ethnography emerges from a decade of fieldwork with both Hawaiʻi-raised Black locals and Black transplants who moved to the Islands from North America, Africa, and the Caribbean. Nitasha Tamar Sharma highlights the paradox of Hawaiʻi as a multiracial paradise and site of unacknowledged antiblack racism. Sharma’s analysis of race, indigeneity, and Asian settler colonialism shifts North American debates in Black and Native studies to the Black Pacific. Hawaiʻi Is My Haven illustrates what the Pacific offers members of the African diaspora and how they in turn illuminate race and racism in “paradise.”


Wednesday, October 27 at 12 pm

Policy Storms: Understanding China’s Education, Market and State Through Recent Policy Changes

  • A faculty dialogue with Dr. Xiaojun Wang (Economics) and Dr. Le Lin (Sociology)
  • Co-sponsored with the Center for Chinese Studies.

In recent years and especially in 2021, new, strict regulations promulgated by the Chinese government have hammered a number of industries, such as education, e-commerce, real estate, and even entertainment. These policy changes have proven detrimental to the short-term growth of the for-profit supplemental education industry, and are likely to have profound consequences for the Chinese economy and society in general. This presentation draws on these policy changes to review current conditions in China’s education, market, and state sectors.


Tuesday, December 7 at 3 pm
Refusing Possession Through Whiteness: Against Social Scientific Logics of Race and Transinstitutionalization in Hawaiʻi, a book talk by Dr. Maile Arvin (Co-organized with the Department of Ethnic Studies).