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.
The European Academy of Sociology
(EAS) has awarded Mark Lutter
the 2016 EAS Prize for Best Article for his article "Do Women Suffer from Network Closure? The Moderating Effect of Social Capital on Gender Inequality in a Project-based Labor Market, 1929 to 2010" (American Sociological Review, 80, 329-358). The EAS is an informal fellowship of scholars with expertise in many different areas of sociology, sharing the common concern of promoting rigorous standards in the discipline. The Prize, which includes a symbolic monetary award of 500 euros, will be presented to Mark Lutter at the next EAS Annual Meeting in October 2017. Lutter is the head of the research group "Transnational Diffusion of Innovation
" at the MPIfG in Cologne.
Seven new doctoral researchers have begun their studies at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy
(IMPRS-SPCE) in Cologne. Düzgün Arslantas
, previously at Bilgi University
, Istanbul, is analyzing the connection between the dominant party system and clientelism in Turkey; Laura Einhorn
, previously at the Free University of Berlin
, is investigating the sociology of eating meat; Kristina Gushchina
, previously at Central European University
, Budapest, is researching the representation of women in the post-Soviet space; Daniel Meyer
, previously at the University of Jena
, is engaged in research on how knowledge emerges on the financial market; Guadalupe Moreno
, previously at the University of San Martín
, Argentina, is examining new markets and processes of commodification; Asli Unan
, formerly of Sabanci University
in Istanbul, is investigating the interplay between regulatory institutions, markets, and governments. Andreas Eisl
, a "cotutelle" binational doctoral researcher at Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies
(MaxPo) in Paris, will be at the IMPRS-SPCE until July 2017. His thesis deals with the transformations national fiscal policy making has undergone in the eurozone. Nineteen PhD students are currently enrolled at the IMPRS-SPCE, an international doctoral program run jointly by the MPIfG and the University of Cologne.
Gregory Ferguson-Cradler, Jacob Habinek and Martin Mendelski joined the MPIfG as postdoctoral researchers in October 2016. Gregory Ferguson-Cradler
, formerly at Princeton University
, is investigating the relationship between environmental and economic crises in the 1970s. Jacob Habinek
, previously at the University of California, Berkeley
, is exploring the social origins of German and British biological research from a historical perspective; Martin Mendelski
, formerly at the University of Trier
, is looking at the impact of law, capitalism, and the EU’s neoliberal reforms in Central and Eastern Europe.
Annika Wederhake was awarded her doctorate from the University of Cologne in October 2016. Her thesis is entitled "Statist Vocational Education and Training: A Historical-Comparative Analysis of France and Sweden." Annika Wederhake was a doctoral researcher at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy
(IMPRS-SPCE) in Cologne from 2012 to 2016.
The new MPIfG workshop series "Research Meets Practice" kicked off with a session on "The European Union in Crisis Mode" at the Wissenschaftsforum Berlin
on September 15. Researchers and practitioners from the Society of Friends and Former Associates of the MPIfG discussed what is happening in the European Union eight years into the euro crisis. What impact is the transnational opening of the member states’ social systems having on the debate about labor migration within Europe? Why has it not proved possible to find a common European response to the migration crisis? Will Euroskepticism continue to grow? The idea of holding this workshop emerged from a survey asking MPIfG alumni about what they expect and hope for from their association. By bringing practitioners and researchers together at events like these, the MPIfG seeks to promote an ongoing debate on the questions driving its research.
Daniel Bax, migration and integration correspondent at the German daily newspaper "taz
," and Verena Gonsch
from the radio station "NDR Info" are the MPIfG Journalists in Residence in Fall/Winter 2016. Daniel Bax will investigate the reasons underlying the current gains made by left- or right-wing populists and identify differences between populist movements in a range of countries and regions across the world. Verena Gonsch will investigate the changes digitization is bringing to German society. Skepticism vis-à-vis new media and digital technology is more prevalent in Germany than in other Western industrialized countries. How are innovations received here, and how do counter-movements develop that are reflected in a return to more traditional communication patterns? With its Journalist in Residence fellowships, the MPIfG offers journalists stays at the institute lasting up to three months. The program aims to strengthen the dialog between the social sciences and society and to promote journalism on social and political issues.
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In September 2016, the doctoral researchers at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) chose Arjan Reurink
as their new spokesperson. Reurink shares the office with Alina Marktanner. Arjan Reurink has been a doctoral researcher at the IMPRS-SPCE since 2016.
In the winter semester 2016/2017, the MPIfG will once again be hosting public lectures given by academics from European and North American universities. Michael Storper
from UCLA will give the first lecture in the current series on November 7. His talk on the rise and decline of urban economies will compare economic development in Los Angeles and San Francisco since the 1970s. On December 8, Christoph Möllers
from Berlin's Humboldt University will embark on a reconstruction of the concept of the social norm moving beyond social differentiation.Colin Hay
, Sciences Po Paris, will discuss whether capitalism still comes in different varieties on January 19, and Isabelle Ferreras
from the Université catholique de Louvain will discuss the significance of enterprises as political entities on January 26. The series will conclude on February 16 with remarks by Rainer Diaz-Bone
of the University of Lucerne on what the new French economic sociology has contributed to the field, focusing on its influence in sociological research in German-speaking regions. All who wish to attend may sign up here: firstname.lastname@example.org
joined the staff of the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies
in Paris (MaxPo) as its new Administrative Director in October 2016. Rovny holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for European Research (CERGU) at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She succeeds Vincent Morandi, who held this position since MaxPo’s founding in 2012. Morandi is now Secretary General in the office of the Vice President for Research of Sciences Po.
has received the 2016 Real Estate Research Prize (DIA-Forschungspreis für die Immobilienwirtschaft) from the German Real Estate Academy at the University of Freiburg (DIA) for his PhD thesis entitled "Homeowner Nations or Nations of Tenants? How Historical Institutions in Urban Politics, Housing Finance and Construction Set Germany, France and the US on Different Housing Paths." The 2,500 Euro prize was presented to Kohl in October 2016 at the Expo Real property and investment trade fair in Munich. Sebastian Kohl was a doctoral researcher at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy
(IMPRS-SPCE) in Cologne up to 2014; he is now a researcher at the University of Uppsala in Sweden.
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