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New Researchers at the MPIfG

New Researchers at the MPIfG

November 23, 2022

The MPIfG welcomes six new postdoctoral researchers to Cologne in the 2022/23 winter semester. Five visiting scholars join the MPIfG this winter semester. more

New Doctoral Students at the IMPRS-SPCE in Fall 2022

A cohort of five new doctoral students join the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) in the 2022/23 winter semester. more

Arianna Tassinari Joins University of Bologna as Assistant Professor

Arianna Tassinari, a senior researcher at the MPIfG, is taking up her post as assistant professor in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Bologna in January 2023. more

Jasper Simons Joins UvA

Jasper Simons Joins UvA

November 23, 2022

Jasper Simons has recently taken up a post in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam. In his new role he will be lecturing in EU policy and European integration on the university’s European Studies bachelor’s program. more

Osama Iqbal Is the New MPG PhD Network Representative

Osama Iqbal, doctoral spokesperson of the IMPRS-SPCE, was elected in October to the PhDnet Steering Group and as its new spokesperson. The Max Planck PhDnet is a network representing more than five thousand doctoral researchers at over eighty Max Planck Institutes. more

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New Researchers at the MPIfG

New Researchers at the MPIfG

November 23, 2022

The MPIfG welcomes six new postdoctoral researchers to Cologne in the 2022/23 winter semester. Five visiting scholars join the MPIfG this winter semester. more

New Doctoral Students at the IMPRS-SPCE in Fall 2022

A cohort of five new doctoral students join the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) in the 2022/23 winter semester. more

Arianna Tassinari Joins University of Bologna as Assistant Professor

Arianna Tassinari, a senior researcher at the MPIfG, is taking up her post as assistant professor in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Bologna in January 2023. more

Jasper Simons Joins UvA

Jasper Simons Joins UvA

November 23, 2022

Jasper Simons has recently taken up a post in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam. In his new role he will be lecturing in EU policy and European integration on the university’s European Studies bachelor’s program. more

Osama Iqbal Is the New MPG PhD Network Representative

Osama Iqbal, doctoral spokesperson of the IMPRS-SPCE, was elected in October to the PhDnet Steering Group and as its new spokesperson. The Max Planck PhDnet is a network representing more than five thousand doctoral researchers at over eighty Max Planck Institutes. more

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Clientelism and Electoral Dominance in Turkey

Düzgün Arslantaş more

German voters and Eurobonds

Lucio Baccaro, Björn Bremer, Erik Neimanns more

Europe and Brexit: “Emphasize social and joint culture”

Lisa Suckert, wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung, plädiert für eine differenziertere Wahrnehmung der Brexit-Kampagne und der ökonomischen Identität Großbritanniens. Doch auch die EU sei gefragt: Sie müsse sich verändern, um die Bedürfnisse von Austrittsbefürwortern innerhalb der EU besser zu verstehen, gegenzusteuern und den europäischen Zusammenhalt zu stärken. more

“Keep the future open”

Seit jeher versuchen Menschen, die Zukunft vorherzusehen: aus Träumen, aus den Sternen oder mithilfe von Karten und Würfeln. Heute scheinen die Bedingungen für verlässliche Vorhersagen dank großer Datenbanken und computergestützter Auswertung besser denn je. Akos Rona-Tas warnt jedoch vor zu viel Vertrauen in die neuen Prognosetechniken. Der Soziologieprofessor an der University of California San Diego, der im Sommersemester 2018 Scholar in Residence am Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung in Köln war, befasst sich mit den Schattenseiten moderner Wahrsagung. more

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Matthias Matthijs | Forging Consensus in Crisis: Exit, Voice and Loyalty in European Integration

During the 2010s, the European project suffered a series of crises that underlined both a shift in geopolitics as well as the decline of the previous consensus around the single market and the single currency. The decade showed the different attitudes of national elites towards the reigning consensus and the limits of the EU’s macroeconomic regime that was no longer compatible with certain national growth models. more

Rowland Atkinson | New Gilded Age in a Broken World?

Today, as the pandemic eases, we might ask what a social politics of inequality will look like in an apparently “new” urban context that, in reality, contains the same public “bads” that existed before. While a “capture” of the city by the rich will continue, it may be that systemic constraints and public anger propel the taming of wealth. more

Karen Shire | Scholar in Residence Lecture 3: Trafficked, Forced, and Informalized Labor

Karen Shire | University of Duisburg-EssenScholar in Residence Lecture Part 3While the discussion of regulatory pathways in this series of lectures so far has attributed challenges to gaps in international conventions and national/sectoral regulations, in this domain, international rules and normative principles are extensive and widely shared. Moreover, extreme exploitation is not confined to the institutionally thinner labor market contexts of the developing world. The available statistics suggest that a large share of trafficked labor is situated in Europe and occurs between the EU member states.Download SlidesTalk ReferencesDownload Podcast more

Karen Shire | Scholar in Residence Lecture 2: Cross-Border Labor Market Intermediaries

In this second lecture Shire draws on global historical research to show how the creation and maintenance of an industrial labor force was rooted in forms of indentured migrant labor, recruited and transported by profit-taking intermediaries. more

Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou | Speculative Communities: Living with Uncertainty in a Financialized World

From staggeringly expensive tech IPOs to big bets on the derivatives market, speculation has gripped the financial world. As sociologist Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou argues, however, speculative thinking has had the greater impact, shaping our larger social and political lives. As ordinary people make exceptional decisions, such as the American election of a populist demagogue or the British vote to leave the European Union, they are moving from time-honored and -tested practices of governance toward the speculative promise of a new, more uncertain future. As Speculative Communities shows, even our methods of building community have shifted to the speculative realm as social media platforms enable and amplify our volatile wagers. more

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