Spring 2017 Events

Blackmar Lecture

Angie L. Carter

Ph.D. Candidate, Iowa State University
Fellow Assistant Professor in Sociology, Augustana College

"Water is Life! Extreme Energy and Agricultural Narrative Shifts"

Thursday, March 9, 2017  |   4:00pm   |   Malott Room, Kansas Union

"In this talk, I will share research from the Dakota Access pipeline resistance in Iowa. For the past two and a half years, grassroots organizing in Iowa has been working to (re)define cultural narratives about land/rural spaces to emphasize the importance of water quality, soil health, public health, and rights future generations. Extraction has long been the dominant cultural narrative of Iowa’s landscape—think yield per acre—but the resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline emerged at an important moment in a state-wide controversy over water quality and offered an opportunity to redefine the commons. Most recently, water has been a politicized issue in the state as nitrates from agricultural land increasingly pollute the state’s rivers, leading the city of Des Moines and others downstream to resort to use costly nitrate removal systems. Amidst this controversy over water and agricultural practices, the Dakota Access pipeline was proposed and constructed across the state.
My co-author (Ahna Kruzic) and I have identified a narrative turn in cultural narratives previously focused on extraction (commodification of land and water) to a new narrative focused on public goods (health of water, communities, soil, future generations). My previous research with women farmland owners in Iowa identified a similar intervention in the construction of cultural narratives about community and land. In both studies, alternative social networks were key in the shifting of power and recreation of symbolic landscapes as narratives shifted from land-as-commodity to land-as-community orientations. The revision of these formula stories (who uses land, how, and why) offers important insight into the reflexivity between symbolic and material power in natural resource struggles."

Blackmar Lecture Brown Bag

Angie L. Carter

Ph.D. Candidate, Iowa State University
Fellow Assistant Professor in Sociology, Augustana College

"Public Sociology in the Anthropocene"

Friday, March 10, 2017  |   12:00pm   |   706 McCluggage, Fraser Hall

"The focus of this discussion will be the place of public sociology in engaging with these increasingly pressing and politicized questions about equity in our communities. As scholars studying power, institutions, and social change in a landscape that is increasingly politicized, what is our role in the reconstruction of the commons?"



2017 Midwest Sociological Society annual meeting
Milwaukee, WI
March 30 - April 2, 2017
Look for our faculty and graduate students presenting!


Undergraduate Recognition Ceremony
Kansas Room, Kansas Union
Friday, May 12, 2017
The Department of Sociology's Undergraduate Recognition Ceremony honoring Fall 2016, Spring 2017, and Summer 2017 graduating sociology majors, Alpha Kappa Delta initiates and scholarship award recipients. Friends and family are welcome! Reception to follow with refreshments, music and photographer in the Malott Room!
Ceremony begins at 3:00pm  |   Students check in by 2:40 in the Malott room

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