TheUniversity of Duisburg-Essen
will join the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy
(IMPRS-SPCE) in Cologne as a new cooperation partner. The IMPRS-SPCE is a joint international PhD program of the MPIfG and the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne
. Starting in 2017, the program will be expanded through the addition of a third partner. In the context of the new cooperation, Sigrid Quack
and Karen Shire
, both professors at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Duisburg-Essen, will join the Faculty of the IMPRS-SPCE
. The cooperation with the University of Duisburg-Essen will start at the beginning of 2017 with an initial association phase and will progress step by step to a full partnership in October 2019.
Researchers from the UK, Germany, and Italy met in December 2016 for a workshop on the development of financial capitalism since the financial crisis. Held under the theme "The Resilience of Finance Capitalism: Exploring the Role of Money, Capital, and Power," the participants discussed the function of money in the global financial system as well as the money’s relation to capital and various forms of power. Kai Koddenbrock
, researcher at the Department of Political Science at RWTH Aachen University and Visiting Researcher at the MPIfG since January 2016, organized the event.
In October 2016, Clemens Kroneberg
was appointed to the Faculty of the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy
(IMPRS-SPCE). Kroneberg is Professor of Sociology and Chair for Sociology and Social Psychology at the University of Cologne. Twelve professors from the MPIfG, the University of Cologne, the University of Duisburg-Essen, and the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instabilities in Market Societies (MaxPo) in Paris currently make up the IMPRS-SPCE Faculty
has been awarded the 2016 Journal Prize of the Society of Friends and Former Associates of the MPIfG
for his article "The Power of Institutional Legacies: How Nineteenth-Century Housing Associations Shaped Twentieth-Century Housing Regime Differences between Germany and the United States" (European Journal of Sociology 56, 2015). The 750 euro prize is awarded for the best article published in a peer reviewed journal by an MPIfG researcher. Sebastian Kohl was a PhD student in the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy
(IMPRS-SPCE) at the MPIfG in Cologne until 2014 and since 2015 has been a researcher at Uppsala University in Sweden.
Visions of the future are a prerequisite of capitalist action. The collective expectations of actors are the foundation for economic dynamics. Expert prognoses stoke expectations for the future, but the future itself remains uncertain. The Ninth Annual Colloquium of the MPIfG on November 17-18, 2016, with over a hundred participants from academia, business and politics, was dedicated to these topics. One of the highlights was the keynote address by Colin Crouch
, External Scientific Member of the MPIfG. According to Crouch, democracy depends on the balance between reason and passion in a society. The panel discussion with Norbert Kluge
(Hans Böckler Foundation), Erika Mezger
(Eurofound) Wolfgang Schroeder
(University of Kassel) and Rainer Zugehör
(MovingImage24) posed the question: "Do we still need representative participation?" The Annual Colloquium is hosted jointly by the Institute and the Society of Friends and Former Associates of the MPIfG
. The next Annual Colloquium will be held on November 16-17, 2017 in Cologne.
The members of the Society of Friends and Former Associates of the MPIfG
elected Susanne K. Schmidt
to the Executive Board on November 11, 2016. Susanne K. Schmidt
is a professor at the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies at the University of Bremen and has been associated with the MPIfG for many years. Other Board Members include Jürgen Beyer
(University of Hamburg), Norbert Kluge
(Hans Böckler Foundation), and Werner Eichhorst
(Institute for the Study of Labor, IZA), who was reelected as Chair.
The women employees of the MPIfG elected their representatives in November 2016: Alina Marktanner (doctoral researcher) and Claudia Werner (secretary to the director), who was reelected for a further term. The Equal Opportunity Officers are involved in application processes and maintain regular contact with the institute’s management regarding questions of equal opportunity and career advancement for women. Their term as Equal Opportunity Officers will be four years.
The Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies
in Paris (MaxPo), which was kicked off in 2012, will be able to continue its research work through 2022. After an evaluation of the MaxPo’s work to date, the president of the Max Planck Society
, Martin Stratmann, has decided to renew MaxPo’s funding for a further five years. An outgrowth of many years of collaboration between the MPIfG and the Parisian University Sciences Po, MaxPo examines the impact of increasing liberalization, technological advances, and cultural change on the stability of industrialized Western societies. The center is funded in equal parts by the Max Planck Society and Sciences Po and was originally funded for five years. With its Max Planck Centers, the Max Planck Society aims to facilitate exchange between Max Planck Institutes and their international partners and achieve research results with a combination of complementary methods and new topics.