2018-10-31MPIfG Annual Colloquium 2018

MPIfG 2018 Annual Colloquium in November

The MPIfG’s eleventh Annual Colloquium is being held in Cologne on November 15 and 16, 2018. Researchers and practitioners will discuss in their lectures the causes and effects of "Destabilization and Uncertainty in Politics and Society." In his opening lecture, Armin Schäfer (University of Münster) will look at the transformation of the party system and the crisis of social democracy. MPIfG researcher Lisa Suckert will analyze the new economic nationalism in Great Britain in the wake of the Brexit campaign. In further lectures, Norbert Walter-Borjans (former Finance Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia) and IMPRS doctoral researcher Arjan Reurink will consider the topics of tax evasion and the role of the Netherlands as an offshore financial center. A panel discussion on "Migration as disruption?" with Ferdos Forudastan (Domestic Politics Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung), Clemens Kroneberg (Professor of Sociology at the University of Cologne), Rolf Mützenich (SPD Member of the German Bundestag and an expert on foreign and security policy, economic cooperation, and human rights), and Wolfgang Uellenberg-van Dawen (spokesperson of the Cologne integration initiative Kölner Runder Tisch für Integration) will consider the role of democratic institutions in the migration debate. In "Author meets Critics," the MaxPo Co-director Jenny Andersson will present her new book "The Future of the World: Futurology, Futurists, and the Struggle for the Post Cold War Imagination" (Oxford University Press, 2018). In discussion with MPIfG Director Jens Beckert, MPIfG Research Group Leader Ariane Leendertz, and Dieter Plehwe of the WZB, she will look back at futures research during the Cold War. The Colloquium is an annual public event hosted jointly by the Institute and the Society of Friends and Former Associates of the MPIfG. more information (in German) and registration



2018-10-30Public Lectures in the winter semester 2018/2019

MPIfG Public Lectures in the winter semester 2018/2019

The MPIfG is hosting a number of public lectures by internationally renowned visiting researchers during the 2018/2019 winter semester. On November 7, Katja Langenbucher, Professor for Private Law, Corporate and Banking Law at Goethe University Frankfurt, will review some basics of economic and legal methodology and explore why transplanting economic thought into the legal realm may seem appealing. On December 4, Cathie Jo Martin, Professor of Political Science at Boston University, will discuss how different cultural beliefs about the role of education have historically contributed to economic disparities between Denmark and Great Britain. In 2019, Bruno Amable, Professor of Economics at the University of Geneva, will join us on January 16 to analyze the power shifts in the French party system, focusing especially on the role of the Socialist Party. On January 23, Mark Roodhouse, Reader in Modern History at the University of York, will share insights from his work on illegal markets in mid-twentieth-century London and black marketeering in 1940s Britain to reveal something of the conditions in which illegal markets emerge, spread, and disappear. Please email info@mpifg.de to sign up.



Jens Beckert receives the 2018 Karl Polanyi Prize

MPIfG director Jens Beckert has been awarded the Karl Polanyi Prize for 2018 by the Economic Sociology Section of the German Sociological Association (DGS). This distinction is for his book Imagined Futures: Fictional Expectations and Capitalist Dynamics (Harvard University Press, 2016). The Karl Polanyi Prize honors outstanding research in the field of economic sociology. The prize was awarded at a reception held by the Economic Sociology Section during the 39th congress of the German Sociological Association in Göttingen.



Panel discussion: Why is Europe not becoming more social?

The EU as a social project is back on the agenda since the agreement of the European Pillar of Social Rights at the EU Social Summit in Gothenburg last year. However, the great, visionary plan to achieve this is still lacking. Given the differences between the member states, how far can a social vision of the EU ever be fully realized? And does a social Europe demand something "more" of Europe? These questions and the expectations of a social Europe were discussed by Anke Hassel, director of the Institute of Economic and Social Research within the Hans Böckler Foundation, Martin Höpner, Research Group Leader at the MPIfG, and Peter Scherrer of the European Trade Union Confederation at an event held in the Cologne Central Library as part of Max Planck Day on September 14, 2018. You can listen to the whole panel discussion (in German) on the question of "A social Europe - vision or illusion?" in the MPIfG podcast series. Listen to the podcast (in German)




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