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Matrix On Point

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Event Date: December 13th, 2021
12pm-1:30pm

Matrix on Point: Democracy, Misogyny and Digital Media

This Matrix on Point panel will focus on today's remarkable political moment, marked both by a new kind of women's activism (centered on #MeToo and related movements) and by the rise of a misogynistic far-right. Panelists will explore the role that digital mediations, from social media to video games, play in this cultural complex. Featuring Sarah Sobieraj, Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Tufts University; CJ Pascoe, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Oregon; Julia Ebner, radicalisation researcher and bestselling writer; and Kishonna L. Gray, Associate Professor in the Writing, Rhetoric, Digital Studies program at the University of Kentucky. Moderated by Raka Ray, Dean of the Division of Social Sciences at UC Berkeley.

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Special Event

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Event Date: November 29th, 2021
9:00am-11:00am PST

Adapting Flood Risk Management to Climate Change: Examples from the EU and the US

The increasing number of extreme flood events makes it necessary to shift our current management approaches, which are largely based on past flooding frequencies that may no longer hold true. But how do different countries include climate change in flood risk assessment, mapping, and management? In this webinar we will discuss this topic with experts from the EU and the U.S. by looking at examples from two EU member states, Sweden and Spain, and the State of California and the City of Miami in the United States.

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Authors Meet Critics

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Event Date: December 3rd, 2021
12:00pm

Authors Meet Critics: “The Banks Did It: An Anatomy of the Financial Crisis,” with Neil Fligstein and Adam Tooze

Join us on December 3, 12pm PST for an "Authors Meet Critics" discussion focused on "The Banks Did It: An Anatomy of the Financial Crisis," by Neil Fligstein, Class of 1939 Chancellor's Professor in the UC Berkeley Department of Sociology. Professor Fligstein will be joined in conversation by Adam Tooze, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History at Columbia University and author of "Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World." Register in advance to attend this online event.

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Special Event

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Event Date: December 8th, 2021
5:00pm-6:30pm PST

UC Berkeley Psychology Celebrates 100 Years

The UC Berkeley Department Department cordially invites you to attend the launch event in celebration of its 100th anniversary. This event will feature “lightning talks” – short form-presentations – from four distinguished members of the faculty, showcasing the exciting research being conducted in this top-ranked department. In addition to illustrating the cutting-edge science of Berkeley Psychology, the program will also make clear the relevance of the department's work to addressing some of the most pressing issues confronting us today. 

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Authors Meet Critics

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Event Date: January 26th, 2022
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM PST

The King and the People: Sovereignty and Popular Politics in Mughal Delhi

Please join us on January 26, 2022 from 12-1:30pm for an "Authors Meet Critics" panel discussion focused on the book, "The King and the People: Sovereignty and Popular Politics in Mughal Delhi" (Oxford University Press), by Abhishek Kaicker, Associate Professor in the UC Berkeley Department of History. Professor Kaicker will be joined in conversation by Asad Ahmed, Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Studies and Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley; and Aarti Sethi, Assistant Professor in the UC Berkeley Department of Anthropology.

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Event Date: February 24th, 2022
4:00pm

The Problem of Trust in the Digital Public Sphere

Join us on February 24 for a Matrix Distinguished Lecture by William Davies, Professor of Political Economy at Goldsmiths, University of London. Drawing on his recent books, "Nervous States: Democracy and the Decline of Reason" and "This Is Not Normal: The Collapse of Liberal Britain," Davies identifies pivotal ways in which liberal visions of the public sphere have been damaged, and what kinds of alternatives take their place.

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California Spotlight

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Published November 20, 2021

The Labor of Fire: Wildlands Firefighting and Incarceration in California

Recorded on November 10, 2021, this panel discussion considered how changing wildfires have changed not only how fires are fought, but who fights them. The panel included Brandon Smith, Co-founder and Chief Director of the Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program (FFRP); Jameson Karns, PhD Candidate in History at UC Berkeley; and Lindsey Raisa Feldman, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Memphis. Moderated by John Radke, College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley.

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Matrix On Point

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Published November 5, 2021

Matrix On Point: Religion in the Age of Information

Religion, as we know it, is being reframed, reshaped, and even replaced. Recorded on November 2, 2021, this online panel discussion focused on how digital technologies are transforming both religious doctrines and practices in contemporary society. Co-organized by the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion and co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for New Media.

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Matrix On Point

Recap

Published November 4, 2021

Matrix on Point: The Rights and Lives of Non-Citizens

Recorded on October 29, 2021, this panel discussion considered forms of non-citizenship and marginalization around the world, with a special focus on refugees, stateless people, and undocumented migrants. Panelists included Noora Lori, from the Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University; Itamar Mann, University of Haifa, Faculty of Law; and Cecilia Menjívar, UCLA; Serena Parekh, Northeastern University. Moderated by UC Berkeley's Irene Bloemraad.

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Podcast

Interview

Published November 4, 2021

Genetic Ancestry Testing and Reconnection: An Interview with Dr. Victoria Massie

In this episode of the Matrix podcast, Julia Sizek, a PhD candidate in Anthropology at UC Berkeley, interviews Dr. Victoria Massie, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, and Faculty Affiliate for the Center for African & African American Studies (CAAAS), the Medical Humanities Program and the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality (CSWGS) at Rice University, in Houston. Sizek interviews Massie about her research tracking diasporic connections between the United States and Cameroon, and the wider world of genetic ancestry testing.

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Grad Student Profile

Interview

Published November 3, 2021

Land, Camps, and the Remains: Heba Alnajada on the History of Syrian Refugee Camps

Heba Alnajada is a Ph.D. Candidate in Architecture History at the University of California, Berkeley, and a 2021-2022 ACLS/Mellon Fellow. Her dissertation project situates the Syrian refugee crisis within an architectural and socio-legal history that spans from the late Ottoman period to present-day Jordan. Social Science Matrix content curator Julia Sizek interviewed Alnajada about her research, using images from her dissertation.

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Affiliated Centers

Call for Papers

Published November 2, 2021

Call For Papers: Managing Distributed Safety and Security in a Hyper-Connected World

UC Berkeley scholars are co-editing a special issue of Safety Science, an international medium for research in the science and technology of human and industrial safety. Papers are sought that address the challenges of safety and security as “messy” problems whose components are hard to define. Deadline for submissions: June 30, 2022

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