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Lewis A. Coser Awards Lecture & Salon


The annually organized Lewis A. Coser Award for Theoretical Agenda-Setting recognizes a mid-career sociologist whose work holds great promise for setting the agenda in the field of sociology. While the award winner need not be a theorist, his or her work must exemplify the sociological ideals Coser represented. Eligible candidates must be sociologists or do work that is of crucial importance to sociology. More info can be found on the Announcements page.

"Thus there are ways of acting, thinking and feeling which possess the remarkable property of existing outside the consciousness of the individual. Not only are these types of behaviour and thinking external to the individual, but they are endued with a compelling and coercive power by virtue of which, whether he wishes it or not, they impose themselves upon him. Undoubtedly when I conform to them of my own free will, this coercion is not felt or felt hardly at all, since it is unnecessary... If I attempt to violate the rules of law they react against me so as to forestall my action, if there is still time."
-Emile Durkheim.
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  blank   Coser Lecture and Salon 2013: PIVAN ERMAKOFF 
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The seventh Lewis A. Coser Lecture and Salon will be hosted in honor of the winner of the 2012 Lewis A. Coser Memorial Award for Theoretical Agenda Setting, Ivan Ermakoff , who will give the memorial lecture at this year's ASA meetings. Professor Gorski's lecture will be followed by a salon and reception.

The president will present the 2013 Award to Omar Lizardo (University of Notre Dame), who will give the Coser Lecture in 2014. Omar is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame. He has broad ranging theoretical and empirical interests, including classical and contemporary social theory, culture, organizations, and transnational sociology. Omar will receive the Coser Award at the Coser Salon at the ASA on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 10:30 where we will also be treated to a lecture from last year's recipient, Ivan Ermakof, entitled "Exceptional Cases."

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  blank   Coser Lecture and Salon 2012: PHILLIP GORSKI 
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The seventh Lewis A. Coser Lecture and Salon will be hosted in honor of the winner of the 2011 Lewis A. Coser Memorial Award for Theoretical Agenda Setting, Phillip Gorski, who will give the memorial lecture at this year's ASA meetings. Professor Gorski's lecture will be followed by a salon and reception.

The president will present the 2012 Award to Ivan Ermakoff (University of Wisconsin--Madison), who will give the Coser Lecture in 2013. Ermakoff's work is distinguished by a powerful synthesis of formal and archival methods and interpretive and rational-choice theory.  In his meticulously researched comparison of the dissolution of the French and German parliaments during the 20th century, Ermakoff shows how rational-decision making under conditions of uncertainty led to a paradoxical result: parliamentarians voting themselves out of existence.  The formal presentation of the award will take place at the ASA in Denver.

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  blank   Coser Lecture and Salon 2011: ROGERS BRUBAKER 
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The sixth Lewis A. Coser Lecture and Salon will be hosted in honor of the winner of the 2010 Lewis A. Coser Memorial Award winner, Rogers Brubaker, who will give the memorial lecture at this year's ASA meetings, on Monday, August 22 (not on Tuesday the 23rd, as printed in the newsletter), at 4:30pm. Professor Brubaker's lecture will be followed by a salon and reception. The presider will present the 2011 Award to Phillip Gorski, who will give the Coser Lecture in 2012.

The 2011 Coser Award selection committee members were ....


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  blank   Coser Lecture and Salon 2010: MUSTAFA EMIRBAYER
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The fifth Lewis A. Coser Lecture and Salon will be hosted in honor of the winner of the 2009 Lewis A. Coser Memorial Award winner, Mustafa Emirbayer, who will give the memorial lecture. The presider will present the 2010 Award to Rogers Brubaker, who will give the Coser Lecture in 2011. Professor Emirbayer's lecture will be followed by a salon and reception with wine and food.

The 2010 Coser Award selection committee members were Evelyn Nakano Glenn (ASA President), Karin Knorr Cetina, JoAnn Miller (SSSP President), Loic Wacquant (previous winner), and Richard Swedberg (Section Chair)


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The fourth Lewis A. Coser Lecture and Salon will be hosted in honor of the winner of the 2008 Lewis A. Coser Memorial Award winner, Loïc Wacquant, who will give the memorial lecture, titled "The Body, the Ghetto, and the Penal State". The presider will present the 2009 Award to Mustafa Emirbayer (University of Wisconsin), who will give the Coser Lecture in 2010. Professor Wacquant's lecture will be followed by a salon and reception with wine and food. The event will be hosted on Saturday, August 8, 2:30pm-4:10pm, at the Hilton San Francisco.

The 2009 Coser Award selection committee members were Peter J. Burke (UC Riverside, Theory Section Chair), Eduardo Bonilla-Silva (Duke University, Prior winner), Patricia Collins (Univ. Maryland, ASA President), Charles Camic (Northwestern, named by ASA President), and Steven Barkan (Purdue University, SSSP President).

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  blank   Coser Lecture and Salon 2008: EDUDARDO BONILLA-SILVA  
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The third Lewis A. Coser Lecture and Salon will be hosted on Saturday, August 2, 2:30-4:10 p.m. at the Hilton Boston Back Bay, in honor of the winner of the 2007 Lewis A. Coser Memorial Award winner, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva. Andrew J. Perrin (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) will serve as presider, and will present the 2008 Award for Loïc Wacquant (University of California-Berkeley, Centre de sociologie européenne-Paris). Professor Bonilla-Silva's memorial lecture, "The Invisible Weight of Whiteness: The Racial Grammer of Everyday Life in America", will be followed by a salon and reception with wine and food.


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The second Lewis A. Coser Lecture and Salon was hosted at the ASA annual meeting in New York on Monday, August 13, 2007. The event was held in honor of the winner of the 2006 Coser Award, George Steinmetz, Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan. Steinmetz's lecture, "Social Theory and Colonialism: Understanding Empires, Past and Present," dealt with the ways in which sociologists have theorized colonialism and other forms of empire to argue that the uniquely sociological contribution to this area consists of theorizing the colonial state as a social battlefield with unique stakes and forms of prestige. The lecture was followed by a salon.


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The inaugural Lewis A. Coser Lecture and Salon was hosted at the ASA annual meeting in Montreal on August 12, 2006. The salon was held in honor of the winner of the first ever Coser Award, Margaret R. Somers, Professor of Sociology and History at the University of Michigan. Peggy gave a talk on "Dangerous Exclusions: Towards a new Sociology of Rights, and the 'Right to Have Rights'." The lecture was followed by an informal salon discussion.

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