MPIfG Public Lectures during the summer semester 2018

During the 2018 summer semester, public lectures by internationally renowned visiting researchers will be taking place at the MPIfG. Patrick Aspers: on May 30, the professor from the University of Uppsala discusses how uncertainty, a core issue in socio-economic research, can be reduced. Jörn Leonhard: on July 15, the Professor of Western European History at the University of Freiburg discusses issues of openness at moments of history using the backdrop of post-WW1 realignment. Linsey McGoey: on July 19, the professor from the University of Essex will speak about philanthrocapitalism and economic inequality asking why the study of philanthropy has not been a topic of sociological research. Registration under info@mpifg.de. more



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Visiting researchers at the MPIfG up to June 2018

In the first six months of 2018, the MPIfG has welcomed six new visiting researchers. Inna Bell from the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, and Gianluca Scarano from the University of Milan are visiting doctoral students at the MPIfG from April to June. During her stay in Cologne, Bell is working on her dissertation on civil society organizations during regime change in the Czech Republic. Scarano is researching public and private strategies in labor market policy. During the same period, Patrick Schenk from the University of Zürich is also a guest at the MPIfG. He is researching uncertainty as an issue in economic sociology using the wine market as an example. Stefan Heeb from the University of Geneva is visiting the Institute from February through to May. His research topic concerns Japan's liberalization trajectory. This year’s Scholar in Residence at the MPIfG is Akos Rona-Tas who will be a guest in Cologne from April to July. He is investigating the predictability of future events and the application of forecasts as strategic instruments. Ravi Tripathi from the Sorbonne University in Paris is a guest at the MPIfG from May to June. He is examining the labor market during the crisis, focusing on the "German model." more




Dynamics of capitalism: Conference in Hamburg on Karl Marx’s 200th anniversary

A joint conference by the Hamburg Institute for Social Research (HIS) and the MPIfG from May 3-5, 2018, held on the occasion of Karl Marx's bicentenary, addressed key aspects of Marxist political economy. Concepts such as money, work, profit, value, market, violence, technology, property, and class were the basis of discussions on the extent to which Marx's teachings are still significant for today's economic systems. Ten podcasts from the conference are available which include lectures by Thomas Piketty, Wolfgang Streeck, Axel Honneth, and Friedrich Lengner as well as presentations by Jens Beckert, Kean Birch, Marion Fourcade, Greta Krippner, Dave Elder-Vass, and Aaron Sahr. more




Lukas Haffert elected to the Junge Akademie

MPIfG alumnus Lukas Haffert is to become a member of the Junge Akademie. The Junge Akademie at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina is an interdisciplinary research platform for young scientists. Haffert will hold membership for a five-year period and is to be officially elected at a ceremony in Berlin on 30 June. Ten outstanding young researchers are elected to the Akademie each year. A core criterion for election is an outstanding PhD. From 2010 to 2014, Haffert was a doctoral student at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE). His dissertation on the political economy of budget surpluses was awarded the Max Planck Society’s Otto Hahn Medal and the German Thesis Award from the Körber Foundation. Haffert is currently a senior researcher for the Professorship for Swiss Politics and Comparative Political Economy at the University of Zurich. more (in German)




Ana Alfinito Vieira awarded 2018 Otto Hahn Medal

For her dissertation "Social Movements and Institutional Change: The Pro-Indigenous Struggle for Land Tenure and Citizenship in Brazil (1968-2016)," Ana Carolina Alfinito Vieira is to be awarded the Max Planck Society’s Otto Hahn Medal. Alfinito Vieira’s work engages with the issue of how collective mobilization contributes to processes of institutional change and development. It focuses on the confrontation between the pro-indigenous movement and the systems in Brazil governing land ownership and citizenship. The Otto Hahn Medal is awarded annually to young scientists from the Max Planck Society for outstanding scientific achievement in their doctoral thesis work. The award comes with a cash prize of €7500 and is intended to encourage young researchers to pursue careers in research or higher education. The medal is to be presented during the General Assembly of the Society in June. From 2012 to 2016, Ana Carolina Alfinito Vieira was a doctoral student at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE). She is currently a researcher at the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP) in São Paulo.



New Works Council elected at the MPIfG

In April 2018, MPIfG employees elected a new works council. Markus Burtscheidt, Timur Ergen, Susanne Hilbring, Manuel Schüren and Nicole Woop were elected to serve four-year terms.


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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




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