American Sociological Association

Global and Transnational Sociology at ASA 2011 (Las Vegas)

Global and Transnational Sociology at ASA 2011 (Las Vegas)

The program for this year’s Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association is now online (at Below is a schedule of activities for the Section on Global and Transnational Sociology (most are on the last day—Tuesday, August 23rd) and related ASA Special and Thematic Sessions.

Official Section Meetings and Sessions

Session on Contested Politics and Policies in Global and Nation-State Dynamics

All the World’s A Stage: How Globalization of Media and Civil Society Are Affecting Contentious Politics - J. Craig Jenkins, Edward M. Crenshaw, and Kristopher K. Robison (Ohio State University)
Crafting the Nuclear Regime Complex (1950-1975): Dynamics of Fragmentation and Harmonization of Nonproliferation Treaties - Gregoire Mallard (McGill University)
How Did International Agencies Manufacture the “One World, One Health” Policy Framework? - Yu-Ju Chien (University of Minnesota)
Scientized Politics and Global Governance in the Cotton Trade - Amy Adams Quark (College of William & Mary)
World Society and the Global Foreign Aid Network, 1966-2005 - Liam Swiss (Memorial University)
Organizer and Presider: Aaron Benavot (Univ at Albany-State University of New York)
Discussant: Kiyoteru Tsutsui (University of Michigan)

Session on Constructions of Global and National Identities and Perceptions through Cultural Mechanisms

How is Global Communication Possible - Aneesh Aneesh (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Knowledge and Beliefs about Development and Developmental Hierarchies: Viewpoints of Ordinary People in Thirteen Counties - Arland Thornton (University of Michigan), Georgina P Binstock (CENEP Institution)
Creating Global Citizens?: Museums, the Nation,and the World - Peggy Levitt (Wellesley College)
Portraying the Global: Cross-National Trends in Textbooks’ Portrayal of Globalization and Global Citizenship - Elizabeth S. Buckner and Susan Garnett Russell (Stanford University)
The production of national difference in global media culture: Screen translation in four European countries - Giselinde Kuipers (University of Amsterdam)
Organizer: Aaron Benavot (Univ at Albany-State University of New York)
Presider and Discussant: Vilna Francine Bashi Treitler (City University of New York – Baruch College, Graduate Center)

Invited Session on Markets, Institutions, and Governance

This session brings together research on the construction of markets and competition through global institutions, organizations and practices. It presents analyses on how transnational organizations and communities (governmental, nongovernmental, private) constitute markets (transnational, regional, and national) through rulemaking. Cutting across diverse fields, the presentations will highlight the role of institutionalized cultures, law, professions, standard-setting, and the interplay of global and local processes.

International Trade Law Organizations - Terence C. Halliday (American Bar Foundation and Northwestern University)
Global-local Interactions in Transnational Governance Fields - Sigrid Quack (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies)
Spreading Global Models and Enhancing Banal Localism: The Case of Local Government Cultural Policy Development - Pertti Alasuutari (University of Tampere)
Global Science: A Cultural Institution in the Era of Markets - Gili S. Drori (Stanford University)
Private Regulation in Global Supply Chains: Making Sense of “Fair” and “Sustainable” Production Standards - Tim Bartley (Indiana University)
Organizers: George M. Thomas (Arizona State University) and Marc J. Ventresca (University of Oxford)
Presider and Discussant: LaDawn Haglund (Arizona State University)

Session on Human Rights and Justice in Global-Local Dynamics

Does Ratification of Human Rights Treaties Increase State Repression?: Reevaluating the ‘Paradox of Empty Promises’ - Matthew Donald Mathias (Emory University), Michael A. Elliott (Towson University)
Love Thy Neighbor: Explaining Asylum Seeking and Hosting, 1982-2008 - Jeong-Woo Koo (Sungkyunkwan University), Eunhye Yoo (University of Minnesota)
Signaling Commitments, Making Concessions: Democratization and State Ratification of International Human Rights Treaties, 1966-2006 - Min Zhou (Harvard University)
The Global Diffusion of Truth Commissions – Narrating Organizational Legitimacy - Anne K. Krueger (Humboldt University Berlin)
The Silhouette of Women’s Rights in China: The CEDAW NGO Shadow Report on “Floating Women” - Ling Han (UCSD)
Organizer: Aaron Benavot (Univ at Albany-State University of New York)
Presider: Asli F. Gur (University of Michigan)
Discussant: Vida Bajc (Methodist University)

Mentoring Lunch

The Section will be hosting its first mentoring lunch at this year’s ASA meetings. It’s an opportunity for graduate students, junior faculty, and senior faculty to meet and greet one another in an informal setting to talk about common interests and issues of professional development. Chris Chase Dunn, David Frank, John Boli, Beverly Silver, George Thomas, Valentine Moghadam, Roland Robertson and others will be there. Please join us for good fun and conversation.

RSVPs appreciated (to Peggy Levitt at but you can always come at the last minute. Bring a colleague (section membership not required). Meet on Monday, August 22nd, at 12:15 – 12:30, by the Hotel Registration Desk of Caesars Palace. We’ll share cabs to the restaurant, which is India Palace, 505 East Twain Avenue (the buffet will be about $15).

Special and Thematic Sessions related to Global and Transnational Sociology

There are many sessions at the ASA that focus on global and transnational sociology, not to mention individual papers throughout that bring in global and transnational themes. It is not possible to draw attention to all of these, but we thought it useful to note the related Special and Thematic Sessions organized by the ASA program committee. Details for each can be found on the ASA website, and day/times should be checked. Apologies to those in any omitted sessions.

ASA Special Invited Sessions (alphabetical order)

  • Climate Change: Reconfiguring Global Authority, Resources, Ideas, and Bodies (Sat, Aug 20, 8:30am – 10:10am)
  • Global Civil Society and Religion (Sat, Aug 20, 10:30am – 12:10pm)
  • Global Health Governance and HIV/AIDS (Sun, Aug 21, 12:30pm – 2:10pm)
  • Globalization and the Transformation of Sexuality (Tue, Aug 23, 8:30am – 10:10am)
  • New Directions in Globalization Research (Sat, Aug 20, 10:30am – 12:10pm)
  • The Resurgence of Political Populism in a Global Perspective (Sun, Aug 21, 12:30pm – 2:10pm)
  • Uprisings in the Arab World (Sat, Aug 20, 4:30pm – 6:10pm)

ASA Thematic Sessions (alphabetical order)

  • Assessing the Work of Immanuel Wallerstein (Sun, Aug 21, 10:30am – 12:10pm
  • Conflict and Coalition Building in the Globalization Movement (Sat, Aug 20, 10:30am – 12:10pm
  • Drug Trafficking, Cartels and Gangs and their Socioeconomic Impact Within and Across Borders (Sun, Aug 21, 12:30pm – 2:10pm)
  • Engaging War: Sociologists Confront National Conflict (Mon, Aug 22, 10:30am – 12:10pm)
  • Indigenous Colonial Conflicts/Indigenous Identities (Tue, Aug 23, 8:30am – 10:10am)
  • Learning from Intractable Social Conflict (Mon, Aug 22, 4:30pm – 6:10pm)
  • Myths of 9/11 (Mon, Aug 22, 2:30pm – 4:10pm)
  • Terrorism and Countering Terrorism: Micro and Macro-Level Dynamics (Tue, Aug 23, 2:30pm – 4:10pm)
  • The Great Decline in Global Conflict since the End of the Cold War (Mon, Aug 22, 8:30am – 10:10am)