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Distinguished Visiting Scholar Avery Gordon

Sociology Department

The Robert and Risa Lavizzo-Mourey Distinguished Visiting Scholars Series for 2012-2013 took place on March 13 and 14.

The Robert and Risa Lavizzo-Mourey Distinguished Visiting Scholars Series brings leading sociological scholars to the Boston College campus for a period of residency. During their stay each scholar delivers a major public lecture, teaches one session of an intensive faculty/graduate student seminar, and is available for informal conversation with students and faculty. This provides a unique opportunity for members of the BC Sociology Department to dialogue and develop relations with a wide variety of important sociologists. The DVSS is funded by a generous gift from Robert and Risa Lavizzo-Mourey.

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Our distinguished visiting scholar for 2012-2013 was Avery Gordon, Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Visiting Faculty at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is the author of Keeping Good Time: Reflections on Knowledge, Power and People and Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination, and the editor of Mapping Multiculturalism and Body Politics, among other works. She is currently writing about captivity, war, and other forms of dispossession. She is the co-host of No alibis, a weekly public affairs radio program on KCSB 91.9 FM Santa Barbara.

Professor Gordon's public lecture was entitled The remains of a prison: fugitive knowledge on the wings of red arrows.

Professor Gordon also held a workshop seminar for graduate students and faculty.