Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Sociology Marco Garrido on his new book The Patchwork City: Class, Space, + Politics in Metro Manila


“Making an important contribution to the study of cities and social class, this fascinating account of Manila illuminates how spatial boundaries and social barriers both link and separate the experiences, dispositions, and behavior of the middle class and the urban poor. Beautifully crafted, The Patchwork City incisively connects structure and meaning to illuminate the breakdown of cross-class links and account for the disenchantment with democracy.” — Ira Katznelson, Columbia University

“Deftly combining insights from political and urban sociology with scholarship on symbolic boundaries and morality, The Patchwork City sheds new light on the intersections and interactions between class, space, and politics. The lessons learned in this carefully researched ethnography travel well beyond Philippine politics: those interested in understanding the puzzles and paradoxes of the populist appeal among the dispossessed, and, more generally, the on-the-ground tensions between democracy and exorbitant inequality, should read this book.” — Javier Auyero, University of Texas at Austin


Reminder: Call for Faculty Fellowship Proposals 2020-2021

The Center for International Social Science Research (CISSR) invites University of Chicago faculty to submit proposals to join our cohort of Research Fellows for the 2020-2021 academic year. Through our Faculty Fellows program, CISSR funds individual and collaborative international, transnational and global projects that address contemporary and historical questions. Projects should be theoretically informed and empirically grounded and should stand to benefit from critical dialogue across disciplinary, methodological, and geographic boundaries.

For more information, go to

Submit applications via no later than 11:59 pm CST on November 22, 2019.




TUESDAY, Oct. 29

Katz Center for Mexican Studies

Rethinking Mesoamerican Monumentality, from Midcentury Mexico City to Chicano Los Angeles

Jennifer Josten, University of Pittsburgh

12:30pm, Social Science Research, Room 122

Lunch provided with registration

1126 E 59th St., Chicago, IL 



History and Theory of Capitalism Workshop

Challenging Imperial Order-Making: Contracts versus Custom in Masking ‘Unfree’ Labor in India

Mishal Khan, University of Chicago

5:00pm, John Hope Franklin Room (224)

Refreshments will be served

1126 E 59th St., Chicago, IL 



Center for East Asian Studies

Shigisangjo: Korean Queer and Feminist Politics Out of Order

Ju Hui Judy Han, University of California-LA

5:00pm, Harris School of Public Policy,  Room 319

1155 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL 


Institute of Politics

Unpacking the Israeli Elections

Ambassador Dennis Ross

1:00pm,  Ida Noyes Hall, Cloister Club

1212 E 59th St., Chicago, IL

Registration Required


FRIDAY, Nov. 1


Empires and Atlantics Forum

Krishan Kumar, University of Virginia

12:00pm, CISSR Suite, Room 105

Refreshments will be provided

5828 S University Ave., Chicago, IL  


Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality

Unbound and Bound Spheres of Globalization: Borders, Markets, and Asymmetries in Global Mobility

Maria Cecilia Hwang, McGill University

12:30pm,  Centers for Gender/Race Studies, Community Room 105

5733 S University Ave., Chicago, IL



African Studies Workshop Distinguished Lecture

Dress Codes: Cloth, Mobility and Self-Fashioning in Western Africa During the Age of  Revolutions

Jody Benjamin, University of California-Riverside

5:30pm, Franke Institute of the Humanities, Regenstein Library

1100 E 57th St., Chicago, IL



Energy Policy Institute at Chicago, Pearson Institute

Oil, Security and Geopolitical Risk: Lessons from the Saudi Oil Attacks

Panel Discussion

5:30pm, Saieh Hall for Economics, Room 146

5757 S University Ave., Chicago, IL

RSVP Required



Demography Workshop

HIV After 40 in Rural South Africa: Aging in the Context of an HIV/AIDS Epidemic 

Sanyu Majola, Princeton University

12:30pm, NORC Seminar Room, Room 232/233

1155 E 60th St., Chicago, IL


Nicholson Center for British Studies 

Thinking the British Empire Whole to 1788

Steven Pincus, University of Chicago

5:00pm,  Classics 110

1010 E 59th St., Chicago, IL


Center for Latin American Studies

How Bolsonaro is Reshaping Brazil

Oliver Stuenkel

12:30pm,  Foster Hall, Room 103

Refreshments will be provided

1130 E 59th St., Chicago, IL

RSVP Requested




Oct. 29

Seminary Co-Op

How to Think Like an Anthropologist

Matthew Engelke, Columbia University

6:00pm, Seminary Co-Op

5751 S Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL 


Nov. 1

Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Nobody Trusts the Law: The Brazilian Supreme Court Amidst the Political Crisis

Andressa Lewandowski, Visiting Professor

12:00pm, Buffett Event Space, Suite 3-000

Lunch will be provided

1800 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201


TUESDAY, Nov. 12

Seminary Co-Op, Center for the Study of Race Politics and Culture

The Patchwork City: Class, Space, + Politics in Metro Manila

Marco Garrido, University of Chicago

6:00pm, 57th Street Books

1301 E 57th St., Chicago, IL 


African Studies Workshop, Smart Museum 

Lecture in Conjunction with the Smart Museum Exhibition, Meleko Mogosi: Bread, Butter, and Power

Hlonipha Mokoena, Witwatersrand University
5:30pm, Smart Museum of Art

5550 S. Greenwood Ave., Chicago, IL  


Katz Center for Mexican Studies

Symbolic Ethnicity? The Re-emergence of Indigeneity in Mexico

René D. Flores, University of Chicago

12:30pm, Social Science Research, Room 224

Lunch provided with registration

1126 E 59th St., Chicago, IL 


Nov. 14

Demography Workshop

Temporary Work Contracts and Female Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from the Japanese Airline Industry

Yukio Asai, University of Chicago

12:30pm, NORC Seminar Room, Room 232/233

1155 E 60th St., Chicago, IL


Nov. 15


Empires and Atlantics Forum

Nikolay Antov, University of Arkansas

12:00pm, CISSR Suite, Room 105

Refreshments will be provided

5828 S. University Ave., Chicago, IL


Nov. 19

Katz Center for Mexican Studies

Democracy in (the Other) America: Tocqueville's Reception in Latin America

José Antonio Aguilar Rivera, División de Estudios Políticos-CIDE

12:30pm, Social Science Research, Room 224

Lunch provided with registration

1126 E 59th St., Chicago, IL


Gender and Sexualities Studies Workshop

Risky Roads, Safe Suspicions: Gender, Class, and Cabs in Hyderabad, India

Sneha Annavarapu, University of Chicago

5:00pm,  Centers for Gender/Race Studies, Room 103

5733 S University Ave., Chicago, IL


Dec. 3

African Studies Workshop

African Habits: Vocation & Daily Life at the Convent of Saint Joseph

Johanna Pacyga, University of Chicago

5:30pm, Foster Hall, Room 107

1130 E 59th St., Chicago, IL




Through Dec. 15

Smart Museum of Art

Bread, Butter, and Power

Meleko Mokgosi

Smart Museum of Art

5550 S. Greenwood Ave., Chicago, IL  


Through Dec. 23

The University of Chicago Library

Exhibit: Understanding North Korea Through Stamps

Jee-Young Park

Regenstein Library, 5th Floor Reading Room

1100 E 57th St., Chicago, IL




New Special Collections Resource: 

the Friedrich Katz Papers

The University of Chicago’s Special Collections Research Center has recently made the Friedrich Katz Papers available for researchers. Friedrich Katz was a Professor of History at the University of Chicago  who explored topics in Latin American history and became interested in the international context of  Mexican history. The collection contains Katz’s copies of books, articles, and archival materials as well as correspondence, research notes, and a smaller amount of teaching, conference, and personal materials. Read more here…


What is the Role for Globalization in the 

History of the French Revolution?  

CISSR Faculty Fellow Paul Cheney’s article "The French Revolution’s Global Turn and Capitalism’s Spatial Fixes” was recently published in the Summer 2019 edition of the Journal of Social History.  Exploring trends in globalization research on the French Revolution, Professor Cheney suggests a more complex approach to the "inherently progressive” thesis of globalization.  Read more here...


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Kashmir is the 72-Year ‘Wound’

Between India and Pakistan


In August, CISSR Faculty Fellow Paul Staniland participated in a discussion with Bloomberg’s Nisid Hajari for The Chicago Council on Global Affairs Deep Dish podcast. The discussion explored the tensions between India and Pakistan as well as the effects of recent decisions on the United States. To listen..

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