George Steinmetz to visit in Februrary
George Steinmetz is Professor of Sociology and German Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and visiting professor at the New School for Social Research in New York City. Previously he taught at the University of Chicago as a tenured professor of sociology. He is the author of The Devil’s Handwriting: Precoloniality and the German Colonial State in Qingdao, Samoa, and Southwest Africa (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007); Regulating the Social: The Welfare State and Local Politics in Imperial Germany (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993); editor of The Politics of Method in the Human Sciences: Positivism and its Epistemological Others (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2005) and State/Culture. State Formation after the Cultural Turn(Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1999). Together with Michael Chanan he co-directed and co-produced a 92 minute documentary film in 2006, Detroit; Ruin of a City (published as a DVD by Intellect Books, ISBN: 1841509671; available at http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/ppbooks.php?isbn=9781841509679). He is currently working on a book called Sociology and Empire which examines the ways sociology has shaped and been shaped by imperialism. He is the founder and co-editor of the book series “Politics, History, and Culture” with Duke University Press. He is a Corresponding Member of the Centre de Sociologie européenne and was a Directeur d’Etudes at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris) in 2007. In 2006 he was the recipient of the “Lewis A. Coser Award for Theoretical Agenda Setting in Sociology,” given by American Sociological Association.