Visiting Academics

Dr Shawna Tang
Dr Shawna Tang

Dr Shawna Tang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National University of Singapore, Asia Research Institute. She studies the cultural and political expressions of sexuality and gender in Singapore, situated in the broader context of Asia and the West. She is currently writing a book titled ‘Postcolonial Lesbian Identities in Singapore’ to be published by Routledge. Her interest is in the convergence of postcolonial theory, transnational feminist studies and queer theory in engaging sociological questions of modernity, globalisation, sexuality, gender, state and nationalism. At the University of Sydney, she completed a writing fellowship and attended to her Deputy Editor duties at the editorial office of International Sociology, a highly-ranked peer reviewed journal published by SAGE for the International Sociological Association.

Dr Sharon Quah
Dr Sharon Quah

Dr Sharon Quah is a postdoctoral fellow at National University of Singapore, Asia Research Institute. Her work has largely focused on comparative research on divorce and family in the Asia-Pacific context. Her past research project investigates how Australian and Singaporean divorcees design and construct what she calls, a divorce biography, to uncouple themselves and work out post-divorce trajectories. She is in the process of completing a book manuscript for a forthcoming sole-authored monograph (Perspectives on Marital Dissolution: Divorce Biographies in Singapore) under a book contract with Springer. She is also conducting a new research project on transnational divorce in Singapore as the principal investigator with a research grant awarded by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (Singapore Government). Furthermore, she will be researching on transnational divorce and other forms of alternative intimacies in the global context. Her visit to University of Sydney is part of her fieldwork research to collect data on transnational divorcees in Australia and gain a better understanding of the Australian family policy system.

Dr Abe Ryogo

Aug 2012-Jan 2013
Dr Abe Ryogo

Dr Ryogo Abe is a Postdoctoral Fellow of Department of Geography at Nagoya University, Japan. His work includes geographical studies on the critical relationship between urban spaces and places, cultural politics, and the social construction of ethnicity and multiculturalism. He has so far researched about the geographies of Filipino migrants in Japan, and is now exploring the development of Filipino ethnic communities and spaces under the Australian multiculturalism here in the Greater Sydney area. At The University of Sydney, he is working with Associate Professor Christine Inglis on a part of her project in the Multicultural and Migration Research Centre. This research also contributes to critical focuses on the spatialized cultural politics of ethnicity and multiculturalism.

Professor Mingzhu Qi

September 2012-February 2013
Prof. Mingzhu Qi

Professor Mingzhu Qi is working in the Institute of Population and Economics under the School of Labor Economics, Capital University of Economics and Business, China. Her research mainly involves population ageing, public policy, labour employment and population migration. She published two books Theoretical and Empirical Analysis on Elderly Migration-A Comparative Study of Chinese and Canadian Elderly Interprovincial Migration and Beijing Population Dynamic Trends and Forecasting. Her present focus is upon global population aging, population reduction in the future and the corresponding social-economic effects. During her visit Professor Qi will be investigating the topic “Demographic Change, Labor Supply and Economic Development: A Comparative Study of China, India and Australia”.

Professor Michael Burawoy

11 February 2013
Prof. Michael Burawoy

Michael Burawoy teaches sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. He spent many years working in industrial factories in different parts of the world, now he reflects on his own factory -- the university. He has been President of the American Sociological Association and he is now President of the International Sociological Association.

His seminar is titled ‘Universities in Crisis’: ‘Universities are in crisis. In different ways in different places the university is subject to a pincer movement of intensified regulation on the one side and marketization on the other. These processes are intensified by the competitive pressures of a steeply hierarchical global field of higher education. The result -- professional and the policy dimensions are emphasized at the expense of the critical and public dimensions. There is no turning back to a putative golden age of university autonomy, so we must move forward and reinvent the public mission of the university or be crushed by the instrumentalization of knowledge.’

Professor Sighard Neckel

Jan-February 2013
Prof. Sighard Neckel

Sighard Neckel is Professor of Sociology at the Goethe-University Frankfurt, as well as being Research Director at the Institute of Social Research Frankfurt, Germany. He is co-editor of two German social science journals and elected member of the executive committee of the “German Sociological Association”. He has written almost 150 articles and essays which cover a wide range of sociological topics in the fields of social inequality, economic sociology, political sociology, sociology of emotions, cultural sociology, and social theory. He has edited several academic volumes with outstanding German publishers like Suhrkamp, Fischer, and Campus and his books include Status und Scham (1991), Die Macht der Unterscheidung (2000), Flucht nach vorn. Die Erfolgskultur der Marktgesellschaft (2008), Strukturierte Verantwortungslosigkeit. Berichte aus der Bankenwelt (2010), and Sternstunden der Soziologie (2010).

His visit to Sydney is part of the development of a comparative research project on the global financial class, together with Robert van Krieken and other researchers in Sydney. His seminar presentation is titled: ‘The Refeudalisation of the Economy: On the Structural Transformation of Capitalist Economics.’

Professor William Brustein

March 2013
Prof. William Brustein

Dr William I. Brustein is Vice-Provost for Global Strategies & International Affairs and Professor of Sociology, Political Science & History at the Ohio State University. Dr. Brustein has published widely in the areas of political extremism and ethnic/religious/racial prejudice.

His most recent books are The Logic of Evil: the Social Origins of the Nazi Party, 1925 to 1933 (Yale UP, 1996) and Roots of Hate: Anti-Semitism in Europe Before the Holocaust (Cambridge UP, 2003). He is past-president of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) and past-Chair of NAFSA’s International Education Leadership Knowledge Community.

He has served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Studies in International Education, the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Studies in International Education and the International Education Report. He is Chair of the Senior International Officers’ group of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC). In 2003 he was appointed to the NASULGC’s Task Force on International Education and helped draft the published report entitled A Call to Leadership: The Presidential Role in Internationalizing the University.

Prof Brustein’s seminar presentation on 1 March 2013 is titled ‘The Socialism of Fools: Leftist Origins of Modern Anti-Semitism in Europe’.

Professor Paul du Gay

March 2013
Prof. Paul du Gay

Paul du Gay is Globaliseringsprofessor in the Department of Organization (IOA) at Copenhagen Business School, and Academic Director of the Business in Society Public-Private Platform.

His publications include In Praise of Bureaucracy (2000), The Values of Bureaucracy ( ed. 2005), Organizing Identity: persons and organizations after theory (2007), and Conduct (ed., with E. McFall & S. Carter2008).

New Spirits of Capitalism? Crises, justifications and dynamics (ed. with Glenn Morgan) was recently publishe by OUP.

He is currently working on a book for Routledge: For State Service: Office as a Vocation.AT CBS he directs the Velux Foundation research programme 'What Makes organisation? Resuscitating Organizational Theory/Re-Vitalising Organizational Life'.

Prof du Gay’s seminar presentation on 22 March 2013 is titled ‘Which Weber and Which Hirschman in Boltanksi & Chiapello's New Spirit of Capitalism?’.

Dr Klaus Høyer

October - November 2013
Dr. Klaus_Høyer

Klaus Høyer is associate professor at the Centre for Medical Science and Technology Studies and Head of Section for Health Services Research, University of Copenhagen. He is author of Exchanging Human Bodily Material: Rethinking Bodies and Markets (Springer 2013) and currently PI of project granted a research excellence award from the Danish research councils entitled Body and Person: Governing Exchange in 21st Century Biomedicine. His research concern exchanges of human bodily material and ethics as a form of regulation while focusing on the links between governance, medical technology, and conceptions of body and personhood.