The New School
March 02, 2010

Faculty Research Brownbag Series

The Office of the Provost cordially invites you to attend these lunchtime presentations highlighting faculty research. This new series will include presentations from faculty across the university, with an emphasis on research that has been developed during sabbaticals or with the support of university research grants. Faculty, students, and staff are invited to attend these hour-long presentations.

Tuesday, March 9 at Noon
Orozco Room (66 W 12th Street, 7th Floor)
“Doing Research Ethically: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives,” A Roundtable
Katayoun Chamany, Associate Professor of Biology, Interdisciplinary Science, Lang
Vyjayanthi Rao, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, NSSR and NSGS (GPIA)
Miriam Steele, Associate Professor of Psychology,
NSSR Carlos Teixeira, Assistant Professor of Design and Research, Parsons
Moderated by Ron Kassimir, Associate Provost for Research and Special Projects

This presentation will explore different approaches to research ethics in research practices across varied disciplines. Each presenter will talk briefly about the debates and challenges encountered in the fields in which they work. This will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A on the similarities and differences across the range of approaches to research ethics.

Tuesday, April 6 at Noon
Orozco Room (66 W 12th Street, 7th Floor)
“Production of Consumption: Taste and Work in the Personal Concierge Industry”
Rachel Sherman, Assistant Professor of Sociology, NSSR and Lang

This talk draws on interviews and participant observation to analyze work in the personal concierge (or "lifestyle management") industry. In particular, Sherman will focus on how personal concierges function as “taste experts" who help their clients make decisions about consumption and in the process shape both their consumption preferences and their class identities. This research was supported by a sabbatical.

Tuesday, April 27 at Noon
Orozco Room (66 W 12th Street, 7th Floor)
“Peasants into Citizens: Urban Villages in the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone"
Jonathan Bach, Associate Professor of International Affairs

This presentation examines the role of former rural collectives in the booming southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, China that have been encircled by the city, the so-called "urban villages" or "villages in the city." In the official narrative, the villages appear as pre-modern vestiges, yet in practice the villages aggressively co-opt the market economy in ways that weave them into the fabric of the contemporary global city. Field research for this project was supported in part by the Faculty Development Fund and the India China Institute.

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