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Professor Nigel Rapport, University of St Andrews

Josephine Butler College

January - March 2018

Professor Nigel Rapport has held a Chair in Anthropological and

Philosophical Studies, in the Department of Social Anthropology,

University of St Andrews, since 1996. Recently he has been Head

of the School of Philosophy, Social Anthropology, Film and Music.

He is Founding Director of the St Andrews Centre for Cosmopolitan

Studies. Between 2004 and 2007 he held a Canada Research Chair

in Globalization, Citizenship and Justice (at Concordia University,

Montreal). He has been elected a fellow of the Royal Society of

Edinburgh and he has won the Rivers Memorial Medal of the Royal

Anthropological Institute.

Professor Rapport has undertaken four pieces of participant-

observation field research: among farmers and tourists in an

English village (1980-1); among the transient population of a

Newfoundland city (1984-5); among new immigrants in an Israeli

development-town (1988-9); and among health-care professionals

in a Scottish hospital (2000-1). Since 2012 he has researched

the art and life of painter, Stanley Spencer. Several books have

emerged from this research, including most recently:

The Trouble

with Community: anthropological reflections on movement, identity

and collectivity

[with Vered Amit] (2002);

‘I am Dynamite’: an

alternative anthropology of power

(2003);

Of Orderlies and Men:

hospital porters achieving wellness at work

(2008).

Community,

Cosmopolitanism and the Problem of Human Commonality

[with Vered Amit] (2012);

Anyone, the Cosmopolitan Subject of

Anthropology

(2012).

Distortion and Love: an anthropological

reading of the art and life of Stanley Spencer

(2016).

Professor Rapport’s research interests include: social theory;

identity, individuality and consciousness; literary anthropology

and narrative; community studies and conversation analysis;

representation and aesthetics; globalization, cosmopolitanism and

liberalism, and anthropology as a moral pursuit.

His project at Durham follows from his work on cosmopolitanism.

How best to conceptualise the moral society? It might be one

where each human being is recognised as living, by rights, their

own precious life in fulfilment of their capacities: a society where

the irreducible distance between individuals translates neither into

indifference nor into stereotypification—individuals being known by

virtue of externally imposed categories of collective belonging. Love

may play a key ethical role here, as a kind of

affective attention and

appreciation

paid to an other—any other—that both recognises and

respects individual distinctiveness.

Professor Barbara Risman, University of Illinois at

Chicago, St Mary’s College

January - March 2018

Barbara J. Risman is Professor of Sociology at the University of

Illinois at Chicago. Before joining UIC Sociology as Head of the

Department in 2007, she was Alumni Distinguished Research

Professor at North Carolina State University. She is a former Fellow

at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at

Stanford University. Professor Risman has been a Visiting Professor

at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Trento, Italy and

the VU in Amsterdam.

Professor Risman has developed a theory of gender as a social

structure where gender is not an identity but it is a social structure

that has consequences for the individual, for interactional

expectations, for cultural logics and the organisation of all social

institutions. Her empirical work has always been in articulation with

theory development. Her first book,

Gender Vertigo

(Yale, 1998)

illustrated her theoretical argument with studies of gender relations

within American families. She has published about gender and

families in a variety of journals including

Gender & Society, Journal

of Marriage and the Family, Annual Review of Sociology, Sex Roles,

American Sociological Review, Signs

, and

Journal of Family Theory

.

In her forthcoming book

Where Will the Millennials Take Us? A

New Generation Wrestles with the Gender Structure

(OUP, 2017)

Professor Risman revises her theoretical framework to explicitly

address how cultural meanings can be differentiated from the

material dimension at each level of the gender structure. During her

Fellowship, she will continue her current interdisciplinary project

which questions whether the gender structure must be dismantled

for equality between the sexes or whether it is possible to remove

hierarchy and leave only symbolic sex differentiation.

Professor Risman is a public intellectual whose editorials have

appeared in the

Chicago Tribune,

on

CNN.com

, and the

Huffington

Post

. She has been widely quoted in the press including in the

Economist, LA Times, New York Times

, and the

Atlantic

. From

1998-2000, she was co-editor of

Contemporary Sociology

. Awards

include the 2011 American Sociological Association’s Award for

the Public Understanding of Sociology and the 2005 Jocher Belle

Boone Award from the Southern Sociological Society for lifetime

contributions to the study of gender. She is currently President of

the Board of Directors of The Council on Contemporary Families. In

2016 she was President of the Southern Sociological Society and

Vice-President of the American Sociological Association.

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