2019-01-30Leon Wansleben

Leon Wansleben heads new Research Group on the Sociology of Public Finances and Debt

Leon Wansleben has been Research Group Leader of the "Sociology of Public Finances and Debt" research group at the MPIfG since January 2019. His group is interested in the central role public finances play in the social discourse surrounding rising levels of indebtedness. It explores how accounting techniques and evaluation practices shape and reflect political struggles over public finances by linking approaches from political and fiscal sociology with those from social studies of finance and financialization. Leon Wansleben was previously Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).



Sebastian Kohl awarded JFK Memorial Fellowship

Sebastian Kohl has been awarded the JFK Memorial Fellowship 2019/2020 for his project on the political economy of insurance ("Insuring Capitalism: The Political Economy of the Private Insurance Industry"). The fellowship allows recipients to spend ten months at the Harvard University Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. Up to three fellowships are granted each year to German postdoctoral researchers who are working on their habilitation or on a comparable research project dealing with European, transatlantic, or US issues. Sebastian Kohl has been Senior Researcher at the MPIfG since 2017.


2019-01-25Zoé Evrard, MaxPo

Visiting researchers at the MPIfG in the first quarter of 2019

The MPIfG is welcoming four international visiting researchers in January and February 2019. Zoé Evrard, Doctoral Fellow at the Paris MaxPo Center on Coping with Instability in Societies, is researching neoliberalization through elite consensus using Belgium as a case study. Ashoka Mody is Charles and Marie Robertson Visiting Professor in International Economic Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. His topic during his visit to the MPIfG at the end of January is "The elusive search for European saviors." Edward Fischer is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies and the Institute for Coffee Studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is visiting the MPIfG from February to March and will be looking at "Coffee, theory of value, and capital accumulation in the late capitalist era." J. Nicholas Ziegler, Professor at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University, is visiting the MPIfG from the end of February and will explore the politics of institutional change in Germany.



The exhausted globalization: Joint conference with the German Economic Institute

Researchers from the MPIfG and the German Economic Institute (IW) met this year for what is now their eighth joint event. The theme of their round table debate on January 17, 2019, was "The Exhausted Globalization: Dwindling Growth, Rising Tensions." How can the "exhausted globalization" be revived? What are the challenges for the wealth and growth of nations, and how can they be met by inclusive growth theories and approaches? What are the differences between the approaches economists and sociologists take in dealing with these topics - and what are the similarities? The discussion covered signs of crisis in the current political and economic debate, focusing especially on growth policy and growth models. program (PDF)
presentation on "The Polictics of Growth" by Lucio Baccaro



2018-12-21Doctoral students of the IMPRS-SPCE

IMPRS-SPCE Doctoral Program: Funding until 2025 secured

In November 2018, the Max Planck Society (MPG) reached a positive decision over the future funding of the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE). Until 2025, outstanding doctoral students from all over the world will be able to prepare for an academic career in Cologne. Following an evaluation in spring 2018, the external reviewers concluded that the international doctoral program had a clear and distinctive profile, derived from the excellent research performance of the MPIfG, and documented through high-quality publications. The IMPRS-SPCE is Germany’s first graduate program in economic sociology and political economy. Its central focus is research on the social and political foundations of economic actions in modern economies. The IMPRS-SPCE is a joint PhD program conducted by the MPIfG, the University of Cologne, and the University of Duisburg-Essen.



2018 Journal Article Prize for Lea Elsässer, Svenja Hense, and Armin Schäfer

During the MPIfG Annual Colloquium in November 2018, MPIfG alumni Lea Elsässer (University of Duisburg-Essen), Armin Schäfer (University of Münster), and Svenja Hense (also University of Münster) were awarded the 2018 Journal Article Prize from the Society of Friends and Former Associates of the MPIfG. They received the prize for their article "'Dem Deutschen Volke'? Die ungleiche Responsivität des Bundestags," ("'To the German people?' The unequal responsiveness of the Bundestag") published in 2017 in the Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft. The 750 euro prize is awarded for the best article published in a peer-reviewed journal by an MPIfG researcher. article (open access)
Elsässer, L.: Wessen Stimme zählt? (Campus, 2018)
Schäfer, A.: Der Verlust politischer Gleichheit (Campus, 2015)



2018-12-21Elifcan Çelebi

Elifcan Çelebi awarded 2018 Sirin Tekeli Research Encouragement Award

Elifcan Çelebi received a Sirin Tekeli Research Encouragement Award for her dissertation project on the influence of gender on the employment market in Turkey. The 1,000 euro prize was awarded in December 2018 by the Gender and Women's Studies Center of Excellence (SU Gender) at Sabanci University in Istanbul. The Sirin Tekeli Research Award was created by the SU Gender in 2017 to honor the legacy of the Turkish activist in the fields of women’s studies and gender research. Elifcan Çelebi has been a doctoral student at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) since 2017.



Mikell Hyman is Deputy Equal Opportunities Officer

At the end of November 2018, Mikell Hyman was named as the new Deputy Equal Opportunities Officer at the MPIfG. Together with Claudia Werner, the MPIfG’s Equal Opportunities Officer, she will be active in promoting equal opportunities, gender equality, and sensitivity to gender issues at the Institute. Mikell Hymann has been a Postdoc at the MPIfG since October 2018.



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