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September 8 @ 5:00 pm

In-Person | Webbed Connectivities: An Evening with Dr. Vrushali Patil


September 8
5:00 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Books & Books and FIU’s Center for Women’s and Gender Studies




Webbed Connectivities: The Imperial Sociology of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality

(University of Minnesota Press, $35.10)

Thursday, September 8, 5 PM | LIVE & IN-PERSON at Books & Books, Coral Gables

Signing to follow the conversation 


Join us in-person at Books & Books as Dr. Vrushali Patil discusses her book WEBBED CONNECTIVITIES.

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event so make sure to stay after the talk for a book signing! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

About the Book:

Constructing a new approach for centering empire in productions of racialized, gendered, and sexualized difference

One of the oldest, most persistent issues in gender and sexuality studies is the dominance of white, northern theorizing and its consequences for what we know about sex, gender, and sexuality. There is an ongoing neglect of the significance of histories of empire and coloniality, particularly in U.S. sociology, where the United States and its theoretical productions are routinely sanitized of such histories. In Webbed Connectivities, Vrushali Patil offers a global historical sociology that reembeds the United States within histories of empire, situating the emergence of northern and U.S.-based concepts and frameworks squarely within these histories.

Webbed Connectivities intercepts the political economy of knowledge production within the social sciences to argue for the work of centering the role of imperial hierarchies in knowledge production and circulation. Patil develops a new approach—webbed connectivities—which tracks imperial processes and impacts across borders, shifting from an emphasis on particular experiences and identities to the constitution and creation of the categories themselves.

A sociologist of feminist thought and gender and sexuality studies, Patil explores the theoretical spaces that spotlighting imperial hierarchies within knowledge production might open, including making productive and essential connections across sites of the global south and north.


About the Author:

VRUSHALI PATIL is Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies at Florida International University. She writes and teaches at the intersection of gender and sexuality studies, postcolonial/decolonial studies, and historical sociology. She has published in Ethnic and Racial Studies; Sociological Theory; Signs; Theory and Society; Gender & Society; Journal of Historical Sociology; Annals of Tourism Research;Tourism Geographies, Comparative Studies in Society and History; and Sex Roles, among other journals. Her forthcoming book is titled Webbed Connectivities: The Imperial Sociology of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality (2022, University of Minnesota Press).