Tag: Modernity

Routes Through Modernity

Goran Therborn
World Experiences of Modernity
October 5, 1992, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Sciences
Patriarchy and Paths of Children's Rights
October 7, 1992, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Socialism as a Train to Modernity
October 12, 1992, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science

Women, Science, and Modernity

Sandra Harding
Science and Multiple Modernities
Wednesday, April 27 2005, 4:00 pm, 8417 Social Science
Have Women Ever Been Modern? Political and Scientific Issues
Thursday, April 28 2005, 4:00 pm, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
Friday, April 29 2005, 9:30 am, 4314 Social Science

Sandra Harding is professor of Education and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a philosopher, and taught for two decades at the University of Delaware before joining UCLA in 1996. At UCLA she directed the UCLA Center for the Study of Women for 5 years, and currently co-edits Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. She is the author or editor of twelve books and special journal issues, including The Science Question in Feminism (1986), Feminism and Methodology: Social Science Issues (edited, 1987), Whose Science? Whose Knowledge? Thinking From Women’s Lives (1991), The ‘Racial’ Economy of Science: Toward a Democratic Future (edited, 1993), Is Science Multicultural? Postcolonialisms, Feminists, and Epistemologies (1998), Science and Other Cultures: Issues in Philosophies of Science & Technology (edited with Robert Figueroa, 2003), and The Feminist Standpoint Reader: Intellectual and Political Controversies (edited, 2003).

Sociology and Colonial Modernity

Sujata Patel
"Western Sociology's 'Others': The Discourse and Practices of Indegeneity, Endogeneity, and Colonial Modernity"
Tuesday, September 20, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
"Colonial Modernity and Methodological Nationalism in Sociology of India"
Wednesday, September 21, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, September 22, 12:20 pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by GLOBAL STUDIES


From Michael Burawoy, et al., Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for a Global Sociology:

Burawoy, Facing an Unequal World, pp.3-27.

Patel, Imperative and Challenge of Diversity, pp.48-62



SUJATA PATEL is a sociologist at the University of Hyderabad. Her research interests cover a wide array of topics, including modernity and social theory, history of sociology/social sciences, city-formation, social movements, gender construction, reservation, quota politics and caste and class formations in India. She is the Series Editor of Studies in International Sociology (Sage, 2010-1012), Studies in Contemporary Society (Oxford, India) and Cities and the Urban Imperative (Routledge, India). She is also the author of The Making of Industrial Relations (OUP, 1997), editor of The ISA Handbook of Diverse Sociological Traditions (Sage, 2010) and Doing Sociology in India, Genealogies, Locations and Practices (Oxford, 2011) and coeditor of five books, Bombay: Metaphor of Modern India (OUP, 1995); Bombay: Mosaic of Modern Culture (OUP, 1995); Bombay and Mumbai: The City in Transition (OUP, 2003); Thinking Social Science in India (Sage, 2002); and Urban Studies (OUP, 2006).


Foucault, Marx and the Project of Human Emancipation

Jacques Bidet
“A Critical History of Socio-Political Modernity: Foucault, Marx and the Project of Human Emancipation”
April 8, 2014, 4pm, Curti Lounge (Humanities Building, Room 5243)

Co-sponsored by the Havens Center, the University Lectures Committee, the Goldberg Center, the Geography Department, the Department of European Languages and Literature, the Department of History, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Research in the Humanities

JACQUES BIDET is Professor emeritus at the University of Paris-Nanterre. He is a reputed social theorist, philosopher and historian, who has done path-breaking work on both the origins and theory of modernity.  Specifically, while many scholars focus on the idea of capitalism as being at the heart of modernity, Bidet theorizes modernity in terms of three layers, organization, market and a world system of nation-states. Through this more complex theorization, he is able to show both how the above structures and system reproduce hierarchies and domination and also how the ideas associated with these structures, such as equality and freedom, which are essential for the functioning of the market, make possible an oppositional politics with transformative potential.