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August 25, 2006

Call for Papers

Unfree labor, indentured labor, forced labor and slavery are the focus of a conference to be held December 14-16, 2006 in Berlin. The conference, "Global Labor History and the Question of Freedom/Unfreedom" intends to raise questions involving: immobility and personal dependence as an indicator of unfree labor; the important role of human rights; local studies and comparisons on the significance of the work force as human capital; and the question of to what extent forced labor and the recruitment of migrants into work structures is associated with individual dependence from the employer.

The conference is organized jointly between Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and the Wissenschaftszentrum für Sozialforschung Berlin (WZB) under the direction of Professor Jürgen Kocka (WZB) and Professor Andreas Eckert (Universität Hamburg.)

For additional information, including details on the Call for Papers, see http://www.wiko-berlin.de/kolleg/projekte/wegedw/?hpl=2

Posted by cthomsen at 11:19 AM

August 18, 2006

American Journal of Sociology announces the 2006 Gould Prize winner

The editors of the American Journal of Sociology announced last month that Michael J. Rosenfeld (Dept of Sociology) is the recipient of the third annual Roger V. Gould Prize for the article "A Critique of Exchange Theory in Mate Selection". Named in honor of the late Roger V. Gould, who served as editor of AJS from 1997 to 2000, the award recognizes the best work published over a two-year period in the journal.

Rosenfeld is Associate Professor of Sociology at Stanford University. He received a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago. His book, The Age of Independence: Interracial Unions, Same-Sex Unions and the Changing American Family, is forthcoming in 2007 from Harvard University Press.

In honor of the award, the University of Chicago Press has temporarily lifted access control to the article "A Critique of Exchange Theory in Mate Selection", Vol. 110 (March 2005): 1284-1325. All visitors to the University of Chicago Press Web site will be able to read the full-text version of the award-winning scholarship at:


The award, which carries a cash prize of $1,000, was formally presented at the AJS luncheon at the 101st annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 11-14, 2006.

Posted by vijoy at 02:36 PM