2020-08-25Cover Gesellschaftsforschung 2|2020

Future in crisis: Gesellschaftsforschung 2|2020 out now

They disrupt plans, upset routines, and thwart hopes and goals: Times of crisis make the future seem less tangible for many people. In the lead article of the new issue of Gesellschaftsforschung, Lisa Suckert, who has been a senior researcher at the MPIfG since 2016, examines the current coronavirus pandemic, the financial crisis of 2007, and the Brexit referendum in order to show how shared perceptions of the future help overcome moments of crisis. Also in this issue: Thirteen researchers and members of MPIfG service groups give their accounts of how they experienced the coronavirus crisis in spring 2020. In an opinion piece, Andrea M. Herrmann explains why the crisis has fueled the gig economy and made both the shift away from traditional employment and the permanent establishment of gig work even more likely. Gesellschaftsforschung is published twice a year in print and online. To receive a free print copy or a PDF newsletter by email, please subscribe here. Gesellschaftsforschung 2|2020 (PDF)



2020-08-25Christine Claus

Christine Claus retires after more than 30 years at the MPIfG

In August 2020, Christine Claus officially went into retirement after more than 30 years at the MPIfG. Claus came to the newly established Institute in 1987 and started working as a secretary for the researchers. Between 1988 and 1991, she worked in the secretary’s offices of different directors and took over that of founding director Renate Mayntz after returning from parental leave in 1996. From 2005, Christine Claus was in charge of the secretary’s office of managing director Jens Beckert as personal assistant and office manager. Her successor Marion Neuland has been at the Institute since June 2020 and as of now will be managing Jens Beckert’s office.


2020-08-25Public lectures at the MPIfG in the winter semester 2020/21

Public lectures at the MPIfG in the winter semester 2020/21

The MPIfG is resuming its public lecture series with a number of guest lectures by internationally renowned researchers in the 2020/21 winter semester. Helen Thompson, University of Cambridge, will examine Brexit and its causes, consequences, and implications for Europe on October 26. On November 10, Julia Lynch, University of Pennsylvania, will analyze the political dynamics of rising inequality by tracing largely unsuccessful attempts by western European governments to reduce socioeconomic inequalities in health. Henry Farrell, George Washington University, will explain on December 16 how interdependence is being weaponized in our current globalized world. On January 13, Isabell Stamm, Technical University of Berlin, will show how recent transformations of ownership succession are changing the face of the German Mittelstand. Genevieve LeBaron, University of Sheffield, will explore on January 27 why over twenty years of corporate social responsibility initiatives have failed to produce worksites that are free of forced labor, modern slavery, and human trafficking.
Due to the current situation, the public lectures will mostly be online events. All current information as to format and registration will be made available on the MPIfG website. Please register for all lectures by email to info@mpifg.de.



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