NYLON

NYLON

NYLON was created in 2001 by Craig Calhoun and Richard Sennett of New York University and the London School of Economics. It began as a network of young scholars within the two institutions and collaboration between them. Since September 2012, NYLON has been co-led by Eric Klinenberg and Richard Sennett. The group has expanded beyond its original boundaries and now includes members from Goldsmiths, Cambridge, and Kent in the UK; from Chicago, Columbia University, CUNY and the New School in the US; and the Wissenschaftszentrum and the Humboldt University in Berlin.

An account of the history of NYLON was published in the ASA's Section on the Sociology of Culture Newsletter in Spring 2013.

NYLON researchers share a broad interest in culture and qualitative research methods; more, with ways that social processes turn into concrete cultural forms through practical activity. We are thus exploring informal, improvised social practices, as well as the bones of institutions; again, we try to integrate cultural analysis with an understanding of politics and political economy.

NYLON is supported by New York University, London School of Economics, Cambridge University, Goldsmiths College-London and the Watermill Center for the Arts and Humanities.

 

Recently Presented Papers

Daniel Aldana Cohen (NYU Sociology): São Paulo’s Two Worlds of Climate Politics: How Polite Civil Society, Confrontational Social Movements, and Political Parties Shape Low-Carbon Politics in a Global City

Hillary Angelo (NYU Sociology): Building an Urban Future Through Nature, 1900-1910

Shane Brennan (NYU Media, Culture, and Communication): Islands and Campfires: Mediating Electrical Scarcity in the Hurricane Sandy Blackout

Shelly Ronen & Samuel Franklin (NYU Sociology & Brown American Studies): Between Two Tropes: Creativity, Morality and the Figure of the Artist in the Design Profession

Hillary Angelo (NYU Sociology): From the City as a Lens to Urbanization as a Way of Seeing: Refocusing Social Categories for an Urban Planet

Shelly Ronen & Samuel Franklin (NYU Sociology & Brown Sociology): Between Two Tropes: Creativity, Morality and the Figure of the Artist in the Design Profession

Adam Murphree (NYU Sociology): A Season of Storms: Practical Theodicy after Sandy

David Wachsmuth (NYU Sociology): Post-City Politics: US Urban Governance and Competitive Multi-City Regionalism

Gordon Douglas (University of Chicago Sociology): Do-It-Yourself Urban Design Informal Improvement, Formal Knowledge, and Creative Privilege in the Help-Yourself City

Carlin Wing (NYU Media, Culture, and Communication): Getting a Handle on the World: Playing Court Tennis and Practicing Unpredictability in Early Modern Europe

Aletta Diefenbach (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main and New School Sociology): Shifting boundaries in the meaning-making of economic inequality among “Progressive Muslims"

 

Annual NYLON Graduate Conference

NYLON convenes annually for a conference that brings together members from across the global network. These joint conferences provide an intensive working environment in which participants are encouraged to engage collectively in the constructive critique of members' works in progress. Participants have consistently found it illuminating to discover the differences in style, assumptions, and intellectual sensibilities across multiple social science disciplines and national intellectual traditions - even where broad orientations are similar.

Traditionally, the Conference takes please from a Friday-Sunday with in-depth presentations of research papers from students in NYC, London, and Berlin, with responses from other students and broader discussions among the entire group, including faculty from NYU, Columbia, LSE, and Humboldt. 

Organizers

Eric Klinenberg, Faculty Lead

NYU, Professor of Sociology; Director at IPK

Richard Sennett, Faculty Lead

NYU & London School of Economics, Professor of Sociology

Caitlin Zaloom, Faculty Member

NYU, Associate Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis

Sharon Marcus, Faculty Member

Columbia, Professor of English & Comparative Literature

Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Faculty Member

NYU, Associate Professor of Sociology

Iddo Tavory

NYU, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Members

Elif Alp

Columbia, PhD Candidate in Sociology

Guillermina Altomonte

NSSR, PhD Candidate in Sociology

Hillary Angelo

NYU, PhD Candidate in Sociology

Max Besbris

NYU, PhD Candidate in Sociology

Phillip Brandt

Columbia, PhD Candidate in Sociology

Shane Brennan

NYU, PhD Candidate in Media, Culture, and Communication

Daniel Aldana Cohen

NYU, PhD Candidate in Sociology

Ned Crowley

NYU, PhD Candidate in Sociology

Gordon Douglas

IPK, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Sebastian Guzman

NSSR, PhD Candidate in Sociology

Max Holleran

NYU, PhD Candidate in Sociology

Bonnie Ip

NSSR, PhD Candidate in Sociology

Liz Koslov

NYU, PhD Candidate in Media, Culture, & Communication

Kavita Kulkarni

NYU, PhD Candidate in Media, Culture, & Communication

Ben Mendelsohn

NYU, PhD Candidate in Media, Culture, & Communication

Olimpia Mosteanu

NSSR, PhD Candidate in Sociology

Adam Murphree

NYU, PhD Candidate in Sociology

Tim Neff

NYU, PhD Candidate in Media, Culture, & Communication

Caitlin Petre

NYU, PhD Candidate in Sociology

Shelly Ronen

NYU, PhD Candidate in Sociology

Alix Rule

NYU, PhD Candidate in Sociology

Anna Skarpelis

NYU, PhD Candidate in Sociology

Steven Thrasher

NYU, PhD Candidate in American Studies

David Wachsmuth

University of British Columbia, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography

Carlin Wing

NYU, PhD Candidate in Media, Culture, & Communication