Forthcoming and Recent Talks
“The Fear of Surveillance in the Post-Snowden Era.” SSSP annual meeting, San Francisco, August 15-17, 2014.
"The Distinction of Lady Gaga: Blending Pop and Rock." Southern Sociological Society annual meeting, Charlotte, NC, April 2014.
"Lady Gaga: The Scream of a Rock Star," invited presentation at the conference "Adele, Katy, Sasha & Co.: Pop-Frauen der Gegenwart," Kunstuniversität Graz, Austria, June 6-8, 2013.
"The Structural Transformation of Sociology," invited presentation at The University Club, New York, October 24-25, 2012.
Previous Invited Presentations
“The Fame of Lady Gaga: Sociological Observations,” Invited presentation at Saitama University, organized by Dr. Masaya Takahashi, Faculty of Education, Saitama, Japan, May 15, 2012. See video on YouTube.
“Lady Gaga, J-pop, and the Globalization of Popular Culture,” Presentation at Tokyo University of the Arts, organized by Dr. Yoshitaka Mori, Tokyo, Japan, May 11, 2012. See video on YouTube.
"Lady Gaga, K-pop, and the Globalization of Popular Culture," Presentation at the University of Seoul, seminar organized by Dr. U-Seok Seo, Seoul, Republic of Korea, April 26, 2012. See video on YouTube.
"Professor Goes Gaga: Teaching Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame," Presentation at Divas Conference, Haverford College, April 14, 2012. See video on YouTube.
Commentator on the policing of terrorism, Junior Faculty Workshop on “Objectivity in the Law,” Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, March 22-23, 2012.
"The Fame of Lady Gaga." Paper presented at a panel, "On the Nature of Celebrity: Franz Liszt, Niccolo Paganini, and Lady Gaga," Library of Congress, Washington, DC, October 19, 2011. See video on YouTube!
"Policing the Modern City: Local Counterterrorism in the USA.” Invited talk at a conference on “Counter Terrorism in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities,” Antalya, Turkey, May 9-10, 2011.
“US Policing Terrorism in a Global Context,” conference on “Policing Terrorism” at John Jay College, Center on Terrorism, New York, March 18, 2011.
Panel on Public Sociology, Department of Sociology, George Mason University, November 12, 2010.
“Civil Liberties and Surveillance in the Post-9/11 World: Popular (Mis)Conceptions of Security.” Conference on intelligence and security, Istanbul, Turkey, September 24-25, 2010.
“International Police Cooperation in an Age of Terror.” Workshop of the Policing Across Borders Project of the Center for International Human Rights, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, November 13-14, 2009. See video on YouTube.
"The Sociological Discourse on Human Rights." Conference on Human Rights and the Social: Making a New Knowledge, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea, November 4-6, 2009. See video on YouTube.
"Policing Terrorism and Human Rights." Talk organized by Amnesty International, Columbia, SC, Public Library Southeast Regional, September 30, 2009.
"Flucht von der Jurisprudenz: Talcott Parsons und die Grundlagen der Rechtssoziologie." Institut für Soziologie, Universität Heidelberg, Germany, June 4, 2009, 6:00 p.m. Video posted on YouTube!
"Die Entwicklung der Rechtssoziologie als Wissen und als Institution." Fachgruppe Soziologie, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Germany, June 2, 2009, 2:00 p.m. Video posted on YouTube.
"The Privacy of Public Sociology: Transatlantic Revelations." Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Applied Social Sciences, The University of Glasgow, Scotland, April 24, 2009. Video posted on YouTube!
"Policing Terrorism: Crime Control and the Foundations of Global Security." School of Law, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, April 23, 2009.
"Terrorism and War: Policing Iraq and Afghanistan." Malmö University, Sweden, April 20, 2009.
"Sociology of Law: Visions of a Scholarly Tradition." Rättssociologiska enheten, Lund University, Sweden, April 17, 2009.
"Sociology of Law and Jurisprudence: A Difficult Courtship." Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, April 15, 2009.
"Sociology of Law: Its Development as Scholarship and as Institution." Centre de recherche en droit public (CRDP), Université de Montréal, Canada, March 18, 2009.
"Policing Terrorism: Crime Control and the Foundations of Global Security." Chaire Raoul-Dandurand en études stratégiques et diplomatiques, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada, March 13, 2009.
"Sociology of Law and Jurisprudence: A Difficult Courtship." Centre d'études sur le droit international et la mondialisation, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada, March 12, 2009.
“9/11 and the War on Terrorism,” and “Law Enforcement 9/11: The Policing of Terrorism.” Invited lectures as part of a Summer Course on “Fighting Terrorism Within Human Rights Law,” University of Coimbra, Portugal, July 14-15, 2008.
“Bureaucratization, Politicization, and the Policing of Terrorism: Undercover Counter-Terrorism in Israel.” École de criminologie, Université de Montréal, Canada, April 24, 2008.
“Police and Counter-Terrorism: A Sociological Theory of International Cooperation.” Workshop on International Security Cooperation: Intelligence Practices, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, December 6-8, 2007.
“The Concept of Social Control: Theories and Applications.” International Conference on “Charities as Instruments of Social Control in Nineteenth-Century Britain,” Université de Haute Bretagne, Rennes, France, November 22-23, 2007.
“Policing Post-War Iraq: Insurgency, Civilian Police, and the Reconstruction of Society.” Departments of Law and Sociology & Anthropology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, September 22, 2006.
“Global Counter-Terrorism: International Police Cooperation in the Fight Against Terrorism.” Key speaker at the workshop on Social Dynamics of Global Terrorism: Risk and Prevention Policies, Sociological Association of Turkey, Ankara, Turkey, April 6-7, 2006. See video on YouTube.
“Policing the ‘War on Terror’: Bureaucratization and the State Since 9/11.” Conference on The Transformation of the Territorial State: Changes in and Challenges to National Control over Police and Taxation, International University Bremen, Germany, June 17-18, 2005.
“Experiencing Israel: Undercover Counter-Terrorism in Jerusalem Unit YAMAS.” Conference on Undercover Policing and Emerging Enforcement Powers, University of Illinois Law School, Urbana-Champaign, March 11-12, 2005.
“Why Public Sociology is Neither, or: Would the Real Odum Please Stand Up?” South Carolina Sociological Association, Charleston, February 11, 2005.
“Policing International Terrorism: September 11 Today,” College of Charleston, February 10, 2005; Professional Society of International Studies, Columbia, SC, November 30, 2004; Shepherd Center, Columbia, SC, May 19, 2004.
“Homeland Security and U.S. Border Policing After 9-11.” Workshop on State Borders and Border Policing, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, August 2004.
“International Police Cooperation Against Terrorism,” Public lecture, Students Against Terrorism, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, April 27, 2004.
“Anti-Terrorism and Police Cooperation Across Borders.” The Palmetto Forum, organized by the Walker Institute of International Studies, Columbia, SC, March 3, 2004.
“Prevention and Response in Counter-Terrorism: The Prospects of Inter-Agency Cooperation for Homeland Security.” Conference on Transportation and Critical Infrastructure Homeland Security, organized by the Defense Government Consortium, Alexandria, VA, December 2003.
“Policing International Terrorism: Developments and Dynamics from 1898 to September 11.” Faculty Research Seminar, Walker Institute of International Studies, Columbia, SC, October 15, 2003. See pdf of paper.
Invited panel participant of an ‘informance’ accompanying the play “The Crucible,” Theatre South Carolina, University of South Carolina, April 22, 2003.
Invited lectures on the criminological relevance of Robert Merton and Jürgen Habermas, Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven, Belgium, Department of Criminology, March 12-13, 2003.
Hamburg Seminar: Critique of Punitive Reason - Kritik der strafenden Vernunft, Universität Hamburg, Germany, June 28-29, 2000.
“Notes Companies and the Invasion of E-Commerce (E for Education).” Keynote address at the Spring meeting of the Indiana Conference of the American Association of University Professors, Indianapolis, April 8, 2000.
Invited talk on “The FBI and the Nazification of Interpol,” Indiana University, Bloomington, Department of Criminal Justice, February 17, 1998.
Lecture on “Habermas on Law,” University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, Faculty of Law, February 22, 1994.