We Are Posting Annex Segments!

Through the work of our new producer, Lisseth Moreno, we are starting to post individual Annex segments in a new series, Annex Segments.  The purpose of this series is to make individual discussions on The Annex visible to those making web searches on the people and topics we discuss, and to make it easier to link to author interviews or specific discussions on the web, social media and syllabi.  We are slowly making our way through past episodes.

You can see our completed but yet-to-be-posted segments on our Soundcloud page.

A selection from last winter:

Has Postmodernism Taken Over Sociology?  Joe, Leslie, Gabriel, and Clayton Childress (University of Toronto) discuss Nick Wolfinger’s (University of Utah) tweet about the charge that postmodernism has taken over sociology.

The ASA’s Position on Objectivity.  Joe, Leslie, and Gabriel discuss the ASA’s 2019 thematic statement’s problematizing the concept of “objectivity.”

Generations Theories. Joe, Leslie, Gabriel, and Neda Maghbouleh (University of Toronto) discuss “generational theories”, which posit that people born within definable societal generations (e.g., Millennials, Generation X, Baby Boomers) have distinct, identifiable dispositions in beliefs and behaviors.

Pat Reilly on the Comedy Business.  Joe, Leslie and Gabriel sit down with Pat Reilly (University of California, Irvine) to discuss his work on the career trajectories of stand-up comics.

The B-Side is Back!

We are very excited to announce that The B-Side, a podcast that engages thinkers at the cutting edge of black culture, politics, and much more.  The podcast is hosted by Georgetown sociologists Leslie Hinkson (co-host of The Annex podcast) and Corey Fields (author of the much acclaimed Black Elephants in the Room).  The B-Side returns as a regular series after a well-received pilot episode.

Follow the B-Side on Twitter: @bside_podcast

Episode 2 will be released on April 11, and features Tamara Mose of Brooklyn College and Brandi Summers of Virginia Commonwealth University.

This will be the third regular series produced by The Sociocast Projecta public sociology project led by Joseph Cohen of CUNY Queens College.  Other programs

Help Produce an Episode of International Perspectives on Sociology

This past January, we rolled out the pilot episode of a new series, International Perspectives on Sociology.  The series is a showcase of news, ideas, research, and viewpoints from academic sociologists in other countries.  Its goal is to give American sociologists an opportunity to hear from our foreign colleagues.

This is a collaborative project, in which I hope to work with other academics who will help organize, host, and produce episodes featuring their home countries.  The general format is a 30-minute, informal conversation-style panel of three or four colleagues.  It is my opinion that panels are better when they have three people with strong and different personalities who can sustain engaging discussions effortlessly.  For this particular series, I think it is beneficial to have a co-national who either works or was trained in America, and/or an American national who works or trains in the featured country.

You can hear the pilot episode of this series here, featuring my home country of Canada.  I ask about my Canadian colleagues’ views on US politics, American sociology, the American Sociological Association, the higher education industry in Canada, issues related to data distribution by Statistics Canada, and their views on Canadians who deserve more attention from Americans.  These are the kinds of topics that I feel could resonate with both US and foreign audiences, although it is up to hosts to decide discussion topics.  The only rule is that it has to render interesting, intelligent discussion.

Interested?  I am in the process of developing materials to help others develop episodes.  If you are interested in doing an episode and would like to discuss it further, contact me at

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