The changing role of the social sciences since the Post-War Era: a symposium for Renate Mayntz

A symposium entitled “Between Knowledge and Politics: The Social Sciences since the Post-War Era” was held at the MPIfG on May 2, 2019, to mark the ninetieth birthday of Renate Mayntz. Together with Renate Mayntz and following her work, long-standing academic colleagues reflected on the changes in the relationship between social scientific knowledge and political and social developments over the last six decades. Four introductory statements provided the thematic framework for the symposium: “When Does the Development of a Scientific Concept Demand Perspective Development and When Does It Demand a Change of Perspective?” (Uwe Schimank, Bremen); “Questions Regarding the Micro-Macro Problem of Social Scientific Explanations” (Fritz W. Scharpf, Cologne); “The Stubbornness of Politics” (Edgar Grande, Berlin); and “Does Social Power Have a Place in Actor-Centered Institutionalism?” (Claus Offe, Berlin). more




MPIfG Founding Director Renate Mayntz turns 90

Renate Mayntz, Emeritus Director of the MPIfG, will celebrate her ninetieth birthday on April 28, 2019. After an academic career that was in part shaped by her experience of living through the Second World War and the immediate post-war period, today Renate Mayntz is the grande dame of German sociology. Renate Mayntz’s work on theories of society and social systems, political institutions, policy development and implementation, and transnational structures has been groundbreaking. As Founding Director of the MPIfG, she led the Institute with her co-director Fritz W. Scharpf until her retirement in 1997. Renate Mayntz shares her memories and thoughts on the various stages of her academic career in the volume of interviews “Ordnung und Fragilität des Sozialen – Renate Mayntz im Gespräch,” edited by Ariane Leendertz and Uwe Schimank (Campus 2019). more



2019-04-10MPIfG Public Lectures

MPIfG Public Lectures in the summer semester 2019

During the summer semester 2019, the MPIfG will be offering public lectures by internationally renowned scholars: On April 30, Brian Burgoon, Professor for International and Comparative Political Economy at the University of Amsterdam, will present his thoughts on a fuller political economy of populism. On May 8, Bruce Carruthers, Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University, discusses the relationship between corporate social responsibility and the tax paid by businesses. On June 5, Fabien Accominotti, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, will show how the reification of merit contributes to inequalities in employee compensation. On June 19, Linsey McGoey, Reader (Associate Professor) in social theory and economic sociology at the University of Essex, will talk about philanthrocapitalism and economic inequality, explaining why philanthropy was long a topic not addressed by sociological research. If you wish to attend any of these lectures, please email info@mpifg.de to register.



Lisa Suckert is chosen as the new representative of the researchers at the MPIfG

In March 2019, Lisa Suckert was elected to represent the researchers of the MPIfG in the Human Sciences Section of the Scientific Council of the Max Planck Gesellschaft (MPG). After her official confirmation, she will be a member of the Section for three years, replacing Ariane Leendertz. The Scientific Council discusses matters of common interest to the Sections, particularly those significant for the development of the MPG. The Scientific Council can apply to the Senate in these matters and make recommendations to the Sections. Lisa Suckert has been a Senior Researcher at the MPIfG since 2016.



New staff and guests in spring 2019

In spring 2019, two new researchers begin their work at the MPIfG: Manolis Kalaitzake, formerly of University College Dublin and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute since March, is investigating the role of finance in liberal capitalism in Great Britain and Ireland; Björn Bremer, a Senior Researcher at the Institute, came to us from the European University Institute in Florence in April and will be researching the political aspects of growth models. In April, we also welcome five new visiting researchers to the Institute: Esra Erdem, Professor of Social Economy and Social Management at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences in Berlin will be exploring “imaginaries of the social” during her six-month stay; Davide Carpano, University of California, San Diego, is interested in the use of free and open-source software by major technology firms; Daniel Driscoll, also of the University of California, San Diego, works on the politics of climate change and comparative carbon tax policy; Sebastian Diessner, London School of Economics and Political Science, is concerned with the political economy of central bank independence and macroeconomic policy coordination; Gemma Scalise from the European University Institute in Florence, is researching EU measures on "Active Inclusion" designed to combat social and labor market exclusion in comparative local contexts.



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