CRIC guest Lecture: Crowd Violence and the Mona Lisa Smile: Insights from Visual Micro-sociology – University of Copenhagen

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CRIC guest Lecture: Crowd Violence and the Mona Lisa Smile: Insights from Visual Micro-sociology

Randall Collins, Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

In the age of micro-sociology, visual and auditory detail have become increasingly available from photos, CCTV and images online. The first part of the lecture will demonstrate how the mystery of the Mona Lisa smile provides an introduction to how to analyze expressions in the different facial zones. The second half of the lecture will use visual aids to overview recent research to show the micro-conditions when violence does or not break.

Randall Collins is Dorothy Swaine Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Among his numerous publications are Violence: a Micro-Sociological Theory (2008, Princeton university Press); Interaction Ritual Chains (2004, Princeton University Press); Macro-History: Essays in Sociology of the Long Run (1999, Stanford University Press); The Sociology of Philosophies: a Global Theory of Intellectual Change (1998, Harvard University Press); and Conflict Sociology Towards an Explanatory Science (1975, Academic Press). For an impression of Collins sociological writings on current political issues see: http://www.sociological-eye.blogspot.dk/

Registration for the lecture is not necessary.