Open Reader Position for fall 2022 – ISF 100C: Language and Identity

Open Reader Position for ISF 100C_Fall 2022 This course examines the role of language in the construction of social identities, and how language is tied to various forms of symbolic power at the regional, national, and international levels. As the saying goes, “A language is a dialect with an army and navy” – but how so? Questions about language have been central to national culture and identity, and the languages we speak often prove, upon close examination, not to be the tongues of ancestors but invented traditions of political significance. People have also encoded resistance into non-official and ambiguous languages even as the state has attempted to devalue them as inferior forms of expression. Drawing on case studies from Asia, Europe, Canada, and the U.S., we will pay special attention to topics such as the legitimization of a national language, the political use of language in nation-building processes, the endangerment of indigenous languages, and processes of […]

ISF Application Workshop / Information Session

Meet with ISF advisors In-Person or via Zoom to discuss the ISF major and to answer questions about the major application and the major declaration process. Friday, Feb. 18th, 1-2PM (ZOOM) – RSVP hereTuesday, Feb. 22nd, 11:15AM-12:15PM (In-Person) – RSVP hereThursday, March 3, 11:15-12:15 (ZOOM) RSVP hereMonday, March 7, 2:45 p.m – 3:45 p.m. (ZOOM) – RSVP here  

Reader Positions Open for ISF 100J

Course: ISF 100JCourse Title: The Social Life of Computing Instructor: Shreeharsh KelkarTime: TuTh 9:30-11AMRoom: 212 Wheeler We live in a time which some characterize as the “second machine age” of automation, artificial intelligence, and big data.  This course introduces students to the technical, social, business, and political entanglements of computing from its late 19th century origins to the 21st century software industry.  The topics covered include the intersections of computing with: calculation, capitalism, intelligence, gender, work, automation, and expertise.  It satisfies the social and behavioral sciences breadth requirement as well as the Human Contexts and Ethics requirement of Berkeley’s Data Science major. We require two readers for this course, preferably someone who is familiar with the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and the social studies of computing/information.  The reader will be expected to attend lectures and supervise the active learning activities with the instructor, grade three essay assignments (1000-2000 words each), and make sure that the weekly […]

ISF Application / Information Session Workshops

Meet with ISF advisors In-Person or via Zoom to discuss the ISF major and to answer questions about the major application and the major declaration process. Friday, Feb. 18th, 1-2PM (ZOOM) – RSVP hereTuesday, Feb. 22nd, 11:15AM-12:15PM (In-Person) – RSVP hereThursday, March 3, 11:15-12:15 (In-Person) RSVP hereMonday, March 7, 2:45 p.m – 3:45 p.m. (ZOOM) – RSVP here

GSIs for ISF 100A Fall 2021

  Course: ISF 100A (Fall 2021)Course Title: Introduction to Social Theory and Cultural AnalysisInstructor: Shreeharsh Kelkar Lecture: TuTh 12:30P-1:59P | 212 Wheeler Section#1  M 3:00P-3:59P | 285 CorySection#2  M 10:00A-10:59A | 3 EvansSection#3  Tu 9:00A-9:59A | 285 CorySection#4  Tu 5:00P-5:59P | 102 Latimer   ISF 100A is an interdisciplinary introduction to social theory and cultural analysis. This course, required of all ISF majors but open to all students, provides an introduction to the works of foundational social theorists of the 19th and 20th centuries.  Students will be asked to think through the theories of society proposed by particular thinkers, the settings in which these theories were proposed, and apply them to the current events and everyday situations. Students will read social theorists intensively and critically, situating their intellectual contributions in the history of social transformations wrought by industrialization and urbanization, political revolution, and the development of modern consumer society. We require 2 GSIs for this course, […]

GSIs for ISF 100A Fall 2021

Course: ISF 100A (Fall 2021)Course Title: Introduction to Social Theory and Cultural AnalysisInstructor: Shreeharsh Kelkar Lecture: TuTh 12:30P-1:59P | 212 WheelerSection#1  M 3:00P-3:59P | 285 CorySection#2  M 10:00A-10:59A | 3 EvansSection#3  Tu 9:00A-9:59A | 285 CorySection#4  Tu 5:00P-5:59P | 102 Latimer   ISF 100A is an interdisciplinary introduction to social theory and cultural analysis. This course, required of all ISF majors but open to all students, provides an introduction to the works of foundational social theorists of the 19th and 20th centuries.  Students will be asked to think through the theories of society proposed by particular thinkers, the settings in which these theories were proposed, and apply them to the current events and everyday situations. Students will read social theorists intensively and critically, situating their intellectual contributions in the history of social transformations wrought by industrialization and urbanization, political revolution, and the development of modern consumer society. We require 2 GSIs for this course, preferably PhD […]

GSIs for ISF 100A Fall 2021

Course: ISF 100A (Fall 2021)Course Title: Introduction to Social Theory and Cultural AnalysisInstructor: Shreeharsh Kelkar Lecture: TuTh 12:30P-1:59P | 212 WheelerSection#1  M 3:00P-3:59P | 285 CorySection#2  M 10:00A-10:59A | 3 EvansSection#3  Tu 9:00A-9:59A | 285 CorySection#4  Tu 5:00P-5:59P | 102 Latimer   ISF 100A is an interdisciplinary introduction to social theory and cultural analysis. This course, required of all ISF majors but open to all students, provides an introduction to the works of foundational social theorists of the 19th and 20th centuries.  Students will be asked to think through the theories of society proposed by particular thinkers, the settings in which these theories were proposed, and apply them to the current events and everyday situations. Students will read social theorists intensively and critically, situating their intellectual contributions in the history of social transformations wrought by industrialization and urbanization, political revolution, and the development of modern consumer society. We require 2 GSIs for this course, preferably PhD […]

Open GSI Positions for Fall 2020

Call for applications for two GSI positions Interdisciplinary Studies Field (ISF) Major is calling for applications for two Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) positions for ISF 100A (Introduction to Social Theory and Cultural Analysis) to be taught in Fall 2020 by Prof. Amm Quamruzzaman, subject to the final enrollment number. Overview of the course: This course, required of all ISF Majors but open to all students, introduces some of the key theoretical foundations of much contemporary inquiry in the social sciences and humanities. Through an examination of the classical work of Karl Marx, Max Weber, and Emile Durkheim, it will explore the central issues in contemporary debates concerning the nature of the socio-economic order, the modalities of power, and the process of cultural production. In addition, it will explore some reflections, elaborations, and criticisms of the classical work by more contemporary thinkers such as Michel Foucault, Jean Baudrillard, and Pierre Bourdieu, […]

Current ISF Faculty Availability

ISF faculty advisors are not holding in-person office hours on campus at this time. Students may setup Zoom appointments with faculty by contacting them individually via email: https://isf.ugis.berkeley.edu/people/ Patrick Civello is still available via email and Zoom appointments. Contact him at civello@berkeley.edu to setup an appointment.

ISF Student Award Winners 2018-2019!

Congratulations to our award winners! Taylor Boston: Mask and Dagger Memorial Prize for Extraordinary Contributions to Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Jamie Hein: Haas Scholar Jamie Hein: Crankstart Scholarship Kelly Jones: Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies Grant Katie Kaufman: Charles H. Percy Undergraduate Grant for Public Affairs Research Zoe Kiely: SURF Fellowship Alexandra Saba: Haas Scholar, SURF Fellowship (declined) Isabella Shipley: SURF Fellowship Alicia Sidik: SURF Fellowship Alexa Tisopulos: Cal Alumni Association Leadership Award Sara Tsai: Public Policy & International Affairs Fellowship Sara Tsai:  Cal Alumni Association Leadership Award Hani Zewali: Sultan fellowship in Arab Studies  Elliott Lewis: Lili Fabilli and Eric Hoffer Essay Prize