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Ariane Leendertz reelected to MPG Senate

Ariane Leendertz, who has been the representative of the academic staff in the Max Planck Society’s (MPG) Human Science Section (GSHS) in the MPG Senate since 2014, has been reelected for a further two years. The central decision-making body of the MPG, the Senate elects the president of the MPG as well as its executive committee and decides who will be appointed as secretary general. Ariane Leendertz heads the MPIfG Research Group on the Economization of the Social and the History of Complexity.



Kimey Pflücke awarded doctorate

Kimey Pflücke was awarded her doctorate at the University of Cologne in July 2017. In her dissertation, she examines how the differences in national regulations on paid domestic work can be explained. From 2013 to 2017, Kimey Pflücke was a doctoral student at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cologne.



Lukas Haffert and Philip Mehrtens receive MPIfG Advisory Board Award 2017

Lukas Haffert and Philip Mehrtens received the MPIfG Advisory Board Award 2017 for their paper entitled "From Austerity to Expansion? Consolidation, Budget Surpluses, and the Decline of Fiscal Capacity" (Politics and Society 43, 2015). Frank Dobbin, Chairperson of the MPIfG Scientific Advisory Board, emphasized the particular significance of the article for austerity research. Honorable Mention was awarded to Annette Hübschle for "The Social Economy of Rhino Poaching" (Current Sociology 65, 2017) and Sebastian Kohl for "The Power of Institutional Legacies" (European Journal of Sociology 56, 2015). The MPIfG Advisory Board Award for the best research article or best book chapter is awarded every three years on the occasion of the evaluation of the Institute.



Evaluation of the MPIfG’s research 2014-2016

From June 12 to 14, 2017, the members of the MPIfG Scientific Advisory Board, under the chairmanship of Frank Dobbin (Harvard University), met to evaluate the Institute’s research in the years 2014-2016. Jens Beckert, as Managing Director of the MPIfG, gave an overview of the Institute’s research, and the Heads of Research Groups presented their research results and future projects. The researchers and the PhD students in the IMPRS-SPCE presented their projects in individual and poster sessions. The MPIfG Scientific Advisory Board meets every three years and reports to the president of the Max Planck Society.



SASE Annual Meeting 2017: MPIfG Alumni Reception

On the occasion of this year’s SASE Annual Meeting at the University of Lyon, the MPIfG, along with the Society of Friends and Former Associates, organized a reception for the second time. On the first evening of the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE), around 50 former and current MPIfG researchers came together in a relaxed atmosphere to catch up, meet new people, and exchange ideas. Last year, the alumni welcomed the MPIfG’s new initiative of organizing alumni events outside of the Institute in Cologne. With a network of people inside and outside of academia, the MPIfG aims to encourage a lively discourse on the topics researched at the Institute. The MPIfG was also represented at the conference with an information booth about its work.



Laura Einhorn is the new Doctoral Spokesperson

In July 2017, the doctoral researchers of the IMPRS-SPCE elected Laura Einhorn as their new Doctoral Spokesperson. Einhorn will share this task with Arjan Reurink. Laura Einhorn has been a doctoral researcher in the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) since 2016.



Visitors in Summer 2017

This spring and summer, seven visiting researchers have taken up their work at the MPIfG: Tim Bartley, Associate Professor of Sociology at Ohio State University, has been the Scholar in Residence at the MPIfG since May 2017. In addition to developing a new theory of transnational governance, he examines projects on regulation and its implications for industries, employees, spheres of life, and actor groups. Elizabeth Carter, University of New Hampshire, Durham, will be at the MPIfG in July and August analyzing the "politics of value" and especially the connections between political organizations, market protection, and the creation of value in European luxury markets. Felipe González, Universidad Central de Chile, will be in Cologne in July. Daniel Miguez, University of Buenos Aires, will be at the MPIfG from May to July examining perceptions of legal norms and the existence of illegal markets in Argentina and Chile. Iacopo Mugnai, University of Warwick, was at the MPIfG from April to June and focused on Germany’s role in the euro crisis. Alice O'Connor, University of California, Santa Barbara, will be a guest in July in Ariane Leendertz’ research group on the Economization of the Social and the History of Complexity researching the topic of neoliberalism and the Democratic Party.



Thomas Angeletti appointed to Centre national de la recherche scientifique

Starting in October 2017, Thomas Angeletti will become a Research Fellow at the French Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS). Since 2015, Angeletti has been a postdoctoral researcher at the MPIfG, in Jens Beckert’s project area "Sociology of Markets." In his current research project, Angeletti examines the dynamic between financial capitalism and criticism in three different areas: court proceedings against members of the financial elite, the regulation of financial markets, and protests against the financial industry. The CNRS is dedicated to basic research and is a national French research organization comparable to the Max Planck Society.



The University of California San Diego is new IMPRS-SPCE cooperation partner

The International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) and the University of California San Diego finalized an agreement on an exchange program for doctoral researchers in May 2017. In the next five years, up to two doctoral researchers per year will be able to spend between three and six months at the respective partner institution. UC San Diego will be the fifth IMPRS-SPCE cooperation partner, joining Columbia University, Northwestern University, Sciences Po Paris, and the European University Institute, with the purpose of strengthening international research experience and intercultural exchange - two aspects that are central to doctoral training at the IMPRS-SPCE.



Lisa Kastner receives Otto Hahn Medal

The Max Planck Society (MPG) has awarded Lisa Kastner with the Otto Hahn Medal this year. In her dissertation, entitled "Restraining Regulatory Capture: An Empirical Examination of the Power of Weak Interests in Financial Reforms," Kastner examined the role of civil society in the regulation of the money economy after the 2008 crisis. The Otto Hahn Medal is awarded every year to a small number of young researchers at the MPG for excellent academic achievements. The Medal comes with a prize of 7,500 euros and is intended to motivate especially talented young researchers to pursue a career in academia or research. The Medal was awarded during the MPG’s annual meeting in June 2017 in Weimar. Lisa Kastner was a doctoral researcher in the joint cotutelle program of Sciences Po in Paris and the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) in Cologne from 2012 to 2015. Since 2016, she has been a political advisor for the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) in Brussels.



Lisa Suckert receives Soroptimist Award

Lisa Suckert received the Dissertation Award from the Soroptimist Club of the University of Bamberg for her dissertation on the dynamics of the market for organic dairy products, which she defended in 2015. Soroptimist International (SI) is a worldwide organization that supports women. As a service organization of business and professional women, SI stands up for human rights and world peace in particular. The Bamberg Soroptimist Club, called "Kunigunde," gives out the 2,500-euro prize for young women researchers at the University of Bamberg every two years. Lisa Suckert has been a researcher at the MPIfG since 2016.



"Imagined Futures" receives honorable mention for the Zelizer Best Book Award

Jens Beckert's 2016 book "Imagined Futures: Fictional Expectations and Capitalist Dynamics" for the 2017 Viviana Zelizer Best Book Award from the Economic Sociology section of the American Sociological Association (ASA). The award will be announced at the annual ASA meeting in Montreal in August.



"Imagined Futures" is a finalist for the Academy of Management’s Book Award

Jens Beckert’s 2016 book "Imagined Futures: Fictional Expectations and Capitalist Dynamics" is one of four finalists for the George R. Terry Book Award 2017. The jury of the Academy of Management chose the finalists from among 65 submissions total. The Academy grants the award every year for the most outstanding book from the last two years that expands knowledge of management around the world. The award will be presented in August 2017 at the Academy’s Annual Meeting in Atlanta.



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