2022 Invited Speakers

"Group Life: Tiny Publics and Political Action"
Gary Alan Fine, Northwestern University

Gary Alan Fine is the James E. Johnson Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University. His B.A. degree is from the University of Pennsylvania where he was a student of Erving Goffman. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University, and has taught at the University of Minnesota and the University of Georgia. He is known as an ethnographer, a sociologist of culture, and a social theorist with a focus on the dynamics of interaction. Fine has served as editor of Symbolic Interaction and of Social Psychology Quarterly, and has been President of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. He has been the recipient of the SSSI Mead, Cooley, and Lopata Awards. Among his many ethnographic projects are studies of Little League baseball, fantasy role-playing games, restaurant kitchens, art schools, meteorology offices, competitive chess, and senior citizen activism. His most recent book is The Hinge: Civil Society, Group Cultures, and the Power of Commitment.

FEATURED SPEAKER, Waverly Duck, University of California, Santa Barbara

Waverly Duck is an urban ethnographer and the 2021 incoming North Hall Chair Endowed Professor of Sociology at the University of California-Santa Barbara. He is the author of No Way Out: Precarious Living in the Shadow of Poverty and Drug Dealing (University of Chicago Press, 2015), a finalist for the Society for the Study of Social Problems 2016 C. Wright Mills Book Award. His new book on unconscious racism, Tacit Racism, co-authored with Anne Rawls (also with the University of Chicago Press), was the 2020 winner of the Charles Horton Cooley Book Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. He also co-authored and curated a new book with Anne Rawls and Kevin Whitehead, titled Black Lives Matter: Ethnomethodological and Conversation Analytic Studies of Race and Systemic Racism in Everyday Interaction (Taylor and Francis, 2020). Like his earlier work, his current research investigates the challenges faced by socially marginal groups. However, his work is more directly concerned with the interaction order of marginalized communities and how participants identify problems and what they think are viable solutions.

"Knowing Next to Nothing: How to Study Unlived Lives and Things That Don't Exist"
Susie Scott, University of Sussex

Susie Scott is Professor of Sociology at the University of Sussex. She specialises in the micro- sociological theoretical perspectives of symbolic interactionism, Goffman’s dramaturgy and phenomenology, applied to questions of self-identity. She has conducted studies of shyness, swimming, asexuality, performance art and total institutions. Susie is the author of Shyness and Society (Palgrave, 2007), Making Sense of Everyday Life (Polity, 2009), Total Institutions and Reinvented Identities (Palgrave, 2011), Negotiating Identity (Polity, 2015) and The Social Life of Nothing: Silence, Invisibility and Emptiness in Tales of Lost Experience (Routledge, 2019). Susie is currently working on a second project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust,s to develop her innovative ‘sociology of nothing.’