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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.



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.



International conference in Paris marks MaxPo’s fifth anniversary

The Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (MaxPo) welcomed some 70 participants to its fifth-anniversary conference on Destabilizing Orders - Understanding the Consequences of Neoliberalism on January 12-13, 2018, in Paris. International scholars presented their research on instability and inequality in capitalist societies in five panels. The conference program reflected the wide range of themes being investigated and methods being used at the Franco-German research center, which examines economic phenomena from the viewpoint of sociology and political science. In the concluding panel, MaxPo codirector Jenny Andersson, the two former co-directors of MaxPo, Marion Fourcade (now at UC Berkeley) and Cornelia Woll (now at Sciences Po), Marie-Laure Salles-Djelic from Sciences Po, and Wolfgang Streeck from the MPIfG discussed "Social Science at the Crossroads." An outgrowth of many years of collaboration between the MPIfG and the Parisian University Sciences Po, MaxPo has been conducting research since 2012 on the impact of increasing liberalization, technological advances, and cultural change on the stability of industrialized Western societies. Funded in equal parts by the Max Planck Society and Sciences Po and originally funded for five years, the Center will now be able to continue its research through 2022 based a successful evaluation in 2017.



Conference: "Is the engine of liberalization stalling?"

In January 2018, the project group "European Economic and Social Integration" held a meeting at the MPIfG. In discussing the key question of "Is the engine of liberalization stalling?" researchers from various institutions examined the state of the art of the reforms to the Economic and Monetary Union, for example with regard to the emerging Capital Markets Union. Additionally, several talks addressed the European free movement of persons and its impacts on the the social systems of member states. The group aims to enable cooperation between research projects that examine European integration from a political economy perspective and expects to run for several years. Taking part is the MPIfG research group "The Political Economy of European Integration," headed by Martin Höpner, two research projects from the University of Bremen, one from the University of Tübingen, and one from the European Policies research unit of the Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI).



Ursula Trappe new Administrative Director of the MPIfG

After 32 years as Administrative Director of the MPIfG, Jürgen Lautwein retired at the beginning of 2018. Ursula Trappe, previously the research coordinator, has taken over as Administrative Director. From now on, she will be responsible for organizing, planning, and managing the general administration of the Institute, such as human resources, finance issues, and purchasing. She will also advise and support the Directors in managing daily operations with regard to all administrative, organizational, and architectural affairs.



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