Veranstaltungen International Conference

The future of co-determination

2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the passage of the German Co-determination Act of 1976. This law, which mandates the parity representation of workers in the supervisory boards of companies with more than 2000 employees in Germany, constitutes one of the key pillars of the ‘German model’ of corporate governance and industrial relations. This occasion offers an opportunity for researchers to assess the contribution of co-determination to economic democracy and the social market economy in the context of internationalization, liberalization and digitalization. With this background in mind the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung and the Hans Böckler Foundation are organizing a scientific conference on 12 May 2016 at the WZB. more
Presse For Freedom of Expression

WZB supports Academics for Peace

In early January, the group Academics for Peace, made up of Turkish and international academics, started a campaign to oppose the armed conflict in the Kurdish region of southeastern Turkey and call on the Turkish government to return to the negotiating table. Since then, many members of the campaign, some of them former guests of the WZB, have experienced intimidation, dismissal and criminal prosecution. We at the WZB stand in solidarity with the Turkish scholars and support their right to freedom of expression.The WZB has therefore co-signed the international petition undertaken by Scholars at Risk, in which the reprisals carried out by the Turkish government are condemned. more
Publikationen WZB-Mitteilungen

Big Data in the social sciences

Big Data has become an ubiquitous buzzword. Social networks, smartphones, and various online applications and websites constantly produce and provide information on an unprecedented scale and level of detail. Data storage is cheap and ever-improving analytical tools seem to herald a revolution in the way we understand the world. Some argue that this also fundamentally transforms science. Just crunching more data, it is assumed, allows us to take better decisions and solve social and political problems. So is the Big Data revolution the end of the social sciences as we know them? A comment by Alexandros Tokhi and Christian Rauh published in the December issue of the WZB-Mitteilungen. more
Presse Essay

Why Google is a political matter

For the second time, WZB research professor John Keane met WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. They run through themes raised in Assange’s new book “When Google met WikiLeaks”, talking about Google’s political influence and why the search engine’s business model is a deeply political matter. Keane’s article about his conversation with Julian Assange was just published in the Australian magazine “The Monthly”. more
Veranstaltungen 34. Labour Process Conference

The future of work

 “Working Revolutions: Revolutionising Work” is the title of 34. International Labour Process Conference, hosted by the WZB from 4th to 6th April. 300 participants from 33 countries were presenting over 220 papers in 80 sessions about the worlds of work and labour. The annual conference is a major meeting point for the international research community interested in the developments and transformations of the worlds of work. The topics discussed at the conference include the digitization of work and the impact of new technologies, industrial relations and participation, new forms of work organization and issues of autonomy and control, inequalities and conflicts at work, changing competence requirements and occupations and many more. more