2021-07-22Jens Beckert

Jens Beckert is a member of the Academia Europaea

Jens Beckert, Director at the MPIfG, was elected as a member of the Academia Europaea in July 2021. The Academy, which has its headquarters in London, aims to promote European research, advise governments and international organizations in scientific matters, and further interdisciplinary and international research. Founded in 1988, it currently counts around 4,500 members, among them 72 Nobel Laureates. Membership is awarded by invitation to eminent scholars in their field.


2021-07-21Aldo Madariaga

Alice Amsden Best Book Award: Honorable Mention goes to Aldo Madariaga

Aldo Madariaga, Head of the Socioeconomic Transformations Observatory of the MPIfG in Chile and MPIfG Research Associate, has been awarded an Honorable Mention in this year’s Alice Amsden Best Book Award of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) for his book Neoliberal Resilience: Lessons in Democracy and Development from Latin America and Eastern Europe (Princeton University Press, 2020). The Alice Amsden Best Book Award is awarded annually for books that break new ground in the study of economic behavior and/or its policy implications with regard to societal, institutional, historical, philosophical, psychological, and ethical factors. Interview mit Aldo Madariaga




Hannah Pool awarded doctorate

In July 2021, Hannah Pool was awarded her doctorate by the University of Cologne. In her dissertation on “The Moral Economy of Coming to Europe,” she analyzes the migration trajectories of people coming from Afghanistan to Western Europe via Iran, Turkey, Greece, and the Balkan route. Drawing on the concept of moral economy and based on a multi-sited ethnography, Hannah Pool examines how social relations and economic transactions mutually enable, shape, and reinforce each other in undocumented migration. Pool was a doctoral student at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) from 2017 to 2021 and is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute.



Online Panel Discussion: “Corona – Aus der Krise lernen”

On June 18, Vera King, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Karl-Rudolf Korte, University Duisburg-Essen, MPIfG researcher Lisa Suckert, and Gert Scobel debated the topic of the coronavirus crisis and possible lessons that can be drawn from it during the online event “Corona – Aus der Krise lernen.” Points of discussion included social conflicts that arise due to the pandemic, chances and risks for our democracy, and the question of how the coronavirus crisis influences our perception of time. The online panel discussion was organized by the Stadtbibliothek Köln in cooperation with the MPIfG and the Buchhandlung Klaus Bittner and was part of the Kölner Themenwochen 2021 of the Kölner Wissenschaftsrunde.



Workshop “Insurance and Society”

Around 30 researchers met in June 2021 for a three-day online workshop on “Insurance and Society: Exploring the Relevance of a Neglected Financial Player.” Their focus was on the analytical nexus of insurance and society. The aim of the workshop was to invite scholars from the broader social sciences to reflect upon how insurance intersects with various spheres of society, to attempt to consolidate disparate research agendas and to identify relevant questions for future research in insurance studies. The MPIfG researchers Sebastian Kohl and Arjen van der Heide as well as Vera Linke, Bielefeld University, organized the event. Workshop website




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