Sociology Research Forum


The Department of Sociology is proud to serve as a medium for ongoing discussion and lecture in various areas of study, as such we host the Sociology Research Forum as a platform for well-respected experts in the world of Sociology to present their research. The seminars take place at UBC and can be attended by those interested, and are available online afterwords for all those interested.


View Past Sociology Research Forum Speakers


Upcoming Sociology Research Forum Speakers:


Nandita Sharma (Visiting Scholar)

“National Autochthony: The Making of Postcolonial National-Natives and their Migrant Others”

Date: Thursday, September 26th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

Location: ANSO 1305


David Pettinicho (U of T)

Date: Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

Location: TBA


Hamid Abdollahyan (Visiting Scholar)

Date: Thursday, November 21st, 2019

Location: TBA


Lindsey Richardson (UBC)

Date: Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

Location: TBA


Sara Teitelbaum (University of Montreal)

Date: Thursday, February 20th, 2020

Location: TBA


Daniel Maman (Ban Gurion University)

Date: Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

Location: TBA


Amy Hanser (UBC)

Date: Thursday, February 27th, 2020

Location: TBA


Qiang Fu (UBC)

Date: Thursday, May 14th, 2020

Location: TBA



Past Sociology Research Forum Speakers:


Dana R. Fisher (University of Maryland) – “American Resistance: Looking Back While Marching Forward

Date: September 6th, 2019

Since Donald Trump’s first day in office, a large and energetic grassroots “Resistance” has taken to the streets to protest his administration’s plans for the United States. Millions marched in pussy hats on the day after the inauguration; outraged citizens flocked to airports to declare that America must be open to immigrants; masses of demonstrators circled the White House to demand action on climate change; and that was only the beginning. Who are the millions of people marching against the Trump administration, how are they connected to the Blue Wave that washed over the U.S. Congress in 2018—and what does it all mean for the future of American democracy?

American Resistance traces activists from the streets back to the communities and congressional districts around the country where they live, work, and vote. Using innovative data and interviews with key players, Dana R. Fisher analyzes how Resistance groups have channeled outrage into activism, using distributed organizing to make activism possible by anyone from anywhere, whenever and wherever it is needed most. Beginning with the Women’s March and following the movement through the 2018 midterms, Fisher demonstrates how the energy and enthusiasm of the Resistance paid off in a wave of Democratic victories. She reveals how the Left rebounded from the devastating 2016 election, the lessons for turning grassroots passion into electoral gains, and what comes next. American Resistance explains the organizing that is revitalizing democracy to counter Trump’s presidency.