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2018-04-25Beckert_Imagined Futures

Book launch for the German translation of "Imagined Futures"

On May 9, MPIfG Director Jens Beckert will present his book Imaginierte Zukunft: Fiktionale Erwartungen und die Dynamik des Kapitalismus at the Cologne Public Library as part of the series "wissenswert - Gespräche am Puls der Zeit" ('Things to know - talks on the cutting edge'). With this research, Beckert provides an innovative contribution to capitalist theory in which he shows how fictional expectations generate dynamics within economies or - when expectations fail to materialize - how they can tip societies into crisis. In a discussion with host Gerd Scobel, Beckert will explain this new perspective on the capitalist economic system. Beckert was recently awarded the Leibniz Prize 2018 from the German Research Foundation for his ground-breaking research (J. Beckert, Imaginierte Zukunft: Fiktionale Erwartungen und die Dynamik des Kapitalismus. Suhrkamp 2018). more about the book
more about the book "Imagined Futures" (English version)
Book launch on May 9, 2018




Akos Rona-Tas is 2018 Scholar in Residence at the MPIfG

Akos Rona-Tas, Professor at the Department of Sociology at the University of California San Diego, will be the MPIfG Scholar in Residence as of April 2018. During his stay in Cologne, he will give a series of public lectures entitled "Predicting the Future: From Augurs to Algorithms" in which he will discuss how experts make predictions in light of a fundamentally uncertain future and how such predictions are used as strategic devices. The lectures will be held on June 5, 12, and 19, 2018, 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




Kick-off workshop for Max Planck Partner Group in Warsaw

"Contested Futures and Temporalities of Capitalism: Theories and Ethnographies of Expectations" was the theme of a two-day kick-off workshop on February 15-16, 2018, launching the Max Planck Partner Group for the Sociology of Economic Life in Warsaw. Twenty scholars from the fields of sociology and anthropology from Poland, Germany, the United States, and Chile gathered to explore the role of expectations in economic and social life. An evening keynote lecture by Jens Beckert on "The Exhausted Futures of Neoliberalism" introduced the Partner Group to the interested local public. MPIfG researchers and their counterparts in Poland enjoyed two days of intense discussions about each others’ work and possible future collaboration, joint seminars, and research projects. Founded by the MPIfG and the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IFiS PAN) in February 2017, the Max Planck Partner Group is headed by Marcin Serafin, who was a researcher at the MPIfG from 2011 to 2016. As part of its continuing internationalization efforts, the Max Planck Society launches Max Planck Partner Groups to support promising early-career researchers from Max Planck Institutes who are returning to their countries of origin.



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