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Lectures at the MPIfG in the Summer Semester 2017

Researchers from European and American universities will give public lectures at the MPIfG in the Summer Semester 2017. On April 27, Peter van der Veer, director at the MPI for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, will question the political statement that Germany is not a nation of immigrants. He will compare the admission of immigrants from Vietnam to West Germany and East Germany. On May 17, Ivan Ermakoff of the University of Wisconson-Madison will explore the limits of the Rational Choice Approach. On June 1, Luc Boltanski (EHESS Paris) and Arnaud Esquerre (CNRS Paris) will analyze the strategy of profiting from processes of rises in value. On July 20, Alexander Nützenadel from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin will trace the long-term historical processes that led Southern Europe into the debt crisis. If you wish to attend, please sign up by sending an email to more




Tim Bartley Is Scholar in Residence 2017

Tim Bartley, Associate Professor of Sociology at the Ohio State University, will be the MPIfG Scholar in Residence as of May 2017. During his stay in Cologne, he will give a series of lectures on the topic of "Rules and Rights in the Global Economy." In the lectures, he will discuss projects on transnational and global regulation and their impact on the manufacturing sector, employees, the environment, and social groups with the goal of developing a new theory of transnational governance. The lectures will take place on May 9, 16, and 30, 2017 at the MPIfG. Each year the MPIfG invites a leading scholar from the political, economic, or social sciences to spend three to six months at the Institute. Scholars in Residence pursue a particular research project that relates to research conducted at the MPIfG. more




Armin Schäfer Receives Award from the Democracy Foundation

Armin Schäfer received the 2015 Democracy Award from the Democracy Foundation at the University of Cologne in April 2017 for his Habilitation thesis on the loss of political equality. The 5,000-euro prize is awarded for academic theses that make a contribution to deepening our understanding of democratic ideas. Armin Schäfer is a professor of political science at Osnabrück University and was a researcher at the MPIfG from 2001 to 2014. more (in German)




Jens Beckert Appointed to the COSS of the Collège de France

In April 2017, Jens Beckert was appointed to the International Committee for Scientific and Strategic Orientation (COSS) of the Collège de France. The Collège de France was founded in the sixteenth century and is a renowned public higher education and research establishment based in Paris. The Committee, made up of twelve internationally recognized researchers from various fields, is charged with supporting the Collège in its scientific and strategic direction within an international context.



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