Culture and Social Analysis Workshop (Co-sponsored with the Transnational Studies Initiative and Politics & Social Change Workshop) presentation by
Fred Wherry, Department of Sociology, Yale University
Michael Kennedy, Department of Sociology, Brown University
Martha Tedeschi, Director of Harvard Art Museums
Peggy Levitt, Associate. Chair; Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Wellesley College.
Jocelyn Viterna, Faculty Associate. Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Harvard University.
The nexus between politics and culture is fertile ground. Cultural institutions profoundly shape how we imagine the world; the structures, institutions, and inequalities that organize it; and the ways in which we mobilize for social change. At the same time, cultural institutions are shaped by politics—countries occupy different positions in a cultural hierarchy of value, political factors shape cultural diffusion, and culture is used as a diplomatic tool. Our panelists will engage broadly with these questions, exploring the ways in which the encounter between culture and politics influences theory and practice.