Events 2014

Friday, 19 December 2014
Short description
Vom 18.-19. Dezember veranstaltet die Abteilung "Kulturelle Quellen von
Neuheit" ihre letzte "Artful Research Conversation" am WZB, diesmal zum
Thema "The Cultural Embeddedness of Artistic Interventions in
Organizations". Hierzu werden WissenschaftlerInnen, KünstlerInnen und
Intermediäre aus neun Ländern eingeladen, über Ihre Erfahrungen mit
künstlerischen Interventionen zu reflektieren und gemeinsam die
kulturellen Unterschiede im Verständnis und der Umsetzung
herauszuarbeiten. Diese Forschungsgespräche werden mit kunstbasierten
Medien und Ausdrucksmöglichkeiten stimuliert und dokumentiert.
Friday, 19 December 2014
Start: 9:30 am

Contact

Contact name
Claudia Nentwich
claudia.nentwich [at] wzb.eu
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
Subtitle
Jan Paul Heisig (WZB), Merlin Schaeffer (WZB), and Johannes Giesecke (HU Berlin)
Short description
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Wednesday, 10 December 2014
Start: 1:00 pm

Contact

Contact name
Martin Ehlert
ehlert [at] wzb.eu
Tuesday, 9 December 2014
Subtitle
Presentation by Dr. Lyndall Strazdins,
The Australian National University
Description

In Australia, fathers tend to work long full time hours, and are more likely than mothers to report conflict between work and family life. A new study conducted by Dr. Strazdins and co-authors uses two waves of a large national, representative Australian sample of children aged 10-12 and their families to examine the work-family interface and the temporal aspects of fathers’ jobs. The study considers fathers’ work hours, flexibility, schedules, and work intensity and how this may shape children's views of their fathers’ jobs.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014
Start: 1:30 pm

Contact

Contact name
Sonia Mira
sonia.mira [at] wzb.eu
Thursday, 4 December 2014
Subtitle
Book Launch
Description

We cordially invite you to the launch of the book “Conceptualizing Culture in Social Movement Research” (Palgrave Macmillan 2014). The book will be presented by two of the editors with a comment by Professor Jeffrey P. Broadbent.

Inputs by

Peter Ullrich (editor, co-author, TU Berlin)
Priska Daphi (editor, co-author, University of Frankfurt/Main)
Jeffrey P. Broadbent (University of Minnesota)

Thursday, 4 December 2014
Start: 5:30 pm

Contact

Contact name
Simon Teune
teune [at] ztg.tu-berlin.de
Wednesday, 3 December 2014
Subtitle
Lecture by Jeffrey Broadbent (University of Minnesota)
Description

The intensification of climate change and its accompanying geophysical and social disasters pose enormous future risks for the human species. Societies around the world have already exhibited significant differences in their recognition of these risks and in their efforts to cut emissions. The international research project on Comparing Climate Change Policy Networks, with cooperating research teams in 17 countries, studies the causes of this cross-national variation in degree of risk recognition and in consequent intentional policy-driven emission cuts.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014
Start: 4:00 pm

Contact

Contact name
Marie Unger
marie.unger [at] wzb.eu
Tuesday, 2 December 2014
Description

Smart City ist die Vision einer intelligent vernetzten Stadt. Die Idee steht auch für das Zusammenspiel von Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft, Politik und Kreativen, um gemeinsam Lösungen für eine effiziente Infrastruktur, umweltfreundliche Mobilität oder nachhaltiges Wirtschaften zu entwickeln. Welchen Beitrag leistet die Sozialforschung im Labor der Zukunft? Wo stößt sie soziale und technische Innovationen an? Wie kann sie selbst Inkubator für Neues sein?

Tuesday, 2 December 2014
Start: 4:30 pm

Contact

Contact name
Marie Unger
marie.unger [at] wzb.eu
Monday, 1 December 2014
Subtitle
Presentation by Dr. Anna Rönkä & Dr. Eija Sevón, University of Jyväskylä (Finland)
Description

Like other Scandinavian countries, Finland has a high rate of women’s labour force participation, a progressive social welfare system, and lower levels of social inequality than other developed countries.In this pair presentation, Dr.

Monday, 1 December 2014
Start: 10:30 am

Contact

Contact name
Sonia Mira
sonia.mira [at] wzb.eu
27 - 28 November 2014
Subtitle
Workshop
Description

The impact of the economic crisis on Europe’s labor markets has directed particular attention to the situation of labor market entrants, who, in general, tend to suffer most from economic turmoil. A common explanation is that in tight labor markets, employers are reluctant to employ younger people because they have limited experience and are presumed to be less productive.

27 - 28 November 2014

Contact

Contact name
Friederike Theilen-Kosch
friederike.theilen-kosch [at] wzb.eu
24 - 25 November 2014
Description

Education is an often ideologically charged notion that has been the object of many expectations and at times also cause for disenchantment. It is sometimes thought of as the means of reducing structural inequalities within societies. Nevertheless, access to education itself can be distributed in unequal ways, contingent on the very structures it is supposed to even out. Furthermore, the question of which forms of knowledge are recognized as education can be
fundamentally contested.

24 - 25 November 2014

Contact

Contact name
Forum Transregionale Studien
initiatives [at] trafo-berlin.de
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Subtitle
Tom Fontana in Conversation with Sir Peter Jonas
Description

No other cultural phenomenon has excited audiences and makers in recent memory as much as the rise of the epic TV series. Fascinating viewers with stories of previously unseen psychological, moral and social complexity, the epic TV series has been hailed as the most important new art form since the arrival of 19th century music drama. Its birth took place on July 12, 1997, when HBO premiered Tom Fontana‘s phantasmagorical prison drama Oz which would awe American audiences for 56 episodes over six seasons.

Thursday, 20 November 2014
Start: 5:00 pm

Contact

Contact name
Gebhard Glock
gebhard.glock [at] wzb.eu
20 - 21 November 2014
Description

This workshop is the sixth in a series fostering the rare dialogue between the arts and economics. It focuses on the revolution that has taken place in TV -  that is as much artistic as it is economic. It will bring together some of the most important players in, and thinkers about, TV series, their ascendancy and increasing economic and artistic importance.

20 - 21 November 2014
Start: 10:00 am

Contact

Contact name
Gebhard Glock
gebhard.glock [at] wzb.eu
12 November - 19 December 2014
Subtitle
Exhibition: Portraits by Vaughan Melzer
Short description
Portraits by Vaughan Melzer
12 November - 19 December 2014

Contact

Contact name
Marie Unger
marie.unger [at] wzb.eu
Friday, 7 November 2014
Short description
Am 7. November 2014 findet der 13. Finanzwissenschaftliche Workshop statt. Hierzu laden wir wieder alle Interessierten ein, Arbeiten aus dem Bereich der Finanzwissenschaft einzureichen.
Friday, 7 November 2014
Start: 9:15 am

Contact

Contact name
Nina Bonge
nina.bonge [at] wzb.eu
Thursday, 6 November 2014
Subtitle
WZB Distinguished Lecture in Social Sciences by Bruce Ackerman
Description

How do constitutions legitimate their claim to authority? In three different ways. The first path is pursued by revolutionary outsiders; the second, by established insiders; the third, by established insiders striking a deal with political elites previously excluded from the system.

Thursday, 6 November 2014
Start: 6:00 pm

Contact

Contact name
Marie Unger
marie.unger [at] wzb.eu
Monday, 27 October 2014
Subtitle
WZB Distinguished Lecture in Social Sciences by Robert J. Sampson
Short description
The lecture presents the fruits of over a decade’s research among Chicago children – ranging in age from birth to age 15 – who were followed wherever they moved in the United States from the mid-1990s until 2013. The project identifies the major transitions, both positive and negative, that characterize pathways to school and work. The longitudinal survey covers the spectrum of major social changes such as a large decline in violence, rapid immigration, increasing income inequality, and the Great Recession.
Monday, 27 October 2014
Start: 5:00 pm

Contact

Contact name
Marie Unger
marie.unger [at] wzb.eu
23 - 24 October 2014
Subtitle
Workshop
Description

Der Workshop beschäftigt sich mit unterschiedlichen Kreativitätsdeutungen in Wissenschaft, Politik und unter Akteuren in Städten. Kontroversen und Konflikte bilden hierfür einen empirischen Zugang, um die unterschiedlichen interpretativen Rahmungen der beteiligten Akteure zu analysieren, mit denen lokale Bedeutungen von Kreativität konstruiert werden und die auf unterschiedliche Deutungen, Diskurse und Praktiken in Städten verweisen. Für den Workshop wurden sechs internationale Forscherinnen und Forscher aus dem Fachgebiet eingeladen und 15 Beiträge aus einem Call for Papers ausgewählt.

23 - 24 October 2014
Start: 12:30 pm

Contact

Contact name
Chris Reinelt
chris.reinelt [at] wzb.eu
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Subtitle
Einladung zur Abschlussveranstaltung der Projektgruppe Zivilengagement
Description

Seit 2008 beschäftigen wir uns in der Projektgruppe Zivilengagement (ZENG) am Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung intensiv mit Fragen des zivilgesellschaftlichen Engagements, des Dritten Sektors und der Spendenbereitschaft. Mit dem altersbedingten Ausscheiden des Projektgruppenleiters, Dr. sc. Eckhard Priller, muss die Projektgruppe ihre Tätigkeit beenden.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Start: 5:00 pm

Contact

Contact name
Marie Unger
marie.unger [at] wzb.eu
Thursday, 16 October 2014
Subtitle
Prof. Andreas Nölke, Goethe University Frankfurt/Main - Part of the event series "Great Crisis of Capitalism - A Second Great Transformation?"
Description

The lecture develops a research programme for the historical comparison of different stages of capitalism. Starting from historically comparative theories of capitalism, Andreas Nölke will sketch a model that draws especially on Polanyi and theories of organized capitalism. He validates this model by discussing the current crisis of the liberal stage of financialization, as well as the contemporary economic model of state capitalism in large emerging economies as a potential model for a new stage of non-liberal capitalism.

Thursday, 16 October 2014
Start: 4:00 pm

Contact

Contact name
Dieter Plehwe
dieter.plehwe [at] wzb.eu
Tuesday, 14 October 2014
Description

In Vollzeit fest angestellt in einem Betrieb zu arbeiten – jahrzehntelang sah so das Leitbild des klassischen Arbeitsverhältnisses aus. Dieses Modell hat ausgedient. Erwerbsverläufe sind heute weniger geradlinig, Beschäftigungsformen flexibler, viele Menschen haben prekäre Jobs. Wie verändert das unsere Vorstellung von einem „normalen“ Arbeitsleben? Müssen wir Arbeit und Arbeitszeit neu gestalten, auch mit Blick auf den demografischen Wandel? Wie gelingt eine gerechtere Verteilung von bezahlter und unbezahlter Arbeit zwischen Männern und Frauen?

Tuesday, 14 October 2014
Start: 5:00 pm

Contact

Contact name
Marie Unger
marie.unger [at] wzb.eu
Monday, 13 October 2014
Subtitle
Lecture by Deirdre McCloskey
Description

Deirdre McCloskey is a Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Her main contributions are to the economic history of Britain, the quantification of historical inquiry, the rhetoric of economics, the rhetoric of the human sciences, economic methodology, virtue ethics, feminist economics, heterodox economics, the role of mathematics in economic analysis, and the use (and misuse) of significance testing in economics.

Monday, 13 October 2014
Start: 6:30 pm

Contact

Contact name
Judith Stein
judith.stein [at] wzb.eu
9 - 11 October 2014
Subtitle
Plenary and Conference
Description

A public conference of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (www.CSES.org) will take place at the Maritim proArte Hotel Berlin on October 9-10, 2014.

9 - 11 October 2014
Start: 8:30 am

Contact

Contact name
Bernhard Weßels
bernhard.wessels [at] wzb.eu
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
Description

Gute Bildung ist heute wichtiger denn je für die gerechte Verteilung von Erwerbs- und Lebenschancen. Wie kann das Bildungssystem durchlässiger werden? Wie können Potenziale aller Kinder und Jugendlichen besser genutzt werden? Wie erreichen wir mehr Chancengleichheit in der Bildung?

Über diese und andere Fragen tauschen sich junge Sozialforscherinnen und Sozialforscher des WZB mit der Bundesministerin für Bildung und Forschung aus.

Gute Bildung – Gute Chancen
Herausforderungen der Bildungs- und Wissenschaftspolitik

Tuesday, 7 October 2014
Start: 5:30 pm

Contact

Contact name
Marie Unger
marie.unger [at] wzb.eu
Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Subtitle
Lecture by Michael Windzio (University of Bremen)
Description

Structural equation models (SEM) are loved and loathed. SEM combine Path Analysis with Confirmatory Factor Analysis. That is, they are directed dependencies between several variables, which may entail latent variables, that are estimated in one model. Particularly researchers who work on attitudes favour SEMs for their easy combination of confirmatory factor analysis and path analysis in one model. Many also fancy that the presentation of SEM estimates highly resembles diagrams of our theoretical models.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Start: 1:00 pm

Contact

Contact name
Merlin Schaeffer
merlin.schaeffe [at] wzb.eu
Monday, 29 September 2014
Subtitle
Lecture by Michael Hannan, Stanford University
Description


Michael Hannan is Professor of Sociology at Stanford University and
Professor of Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is one of the most-cited American sociologists and a founder of the influential organizational ecology approach in the sociology of organizations. His current work theorizes organizational categories and typecasting processes and empirically investigates the dynamics of categories in the wine and restaurant industries. From 22 September to 3 October he will be at the WZB as a guest researcher.

Monday, 29 September 2014
Start: 11:00 am

Contact

Contact name
Susanne Grasow
susanne.grasow [at] wzb.eu
Friday, 26 September 2014
Description

The Berlin IO Day is a one-day workshop sponsored by Berlin's leading academic institutions, including DIW Berlin, ESMT, WZB, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and TU Berlin which takes place twice a year, in the Fall and in the Spring.

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Friday, 26 September 2014
Start: 9:00 am

Contact

Contact name
Prof. Dr. Tomaso Duso
tduso [at] diw.de
23 - 25 September 2014
Description

Until recently, social inequalities had been declining continuously. However, the current economic climate and major demographic changes in Europe threaten to trigger an increase in existing social inequalities and prompt the emergence of new forms of social inequality. This conference addresses questions about recent changes in social inequality across Europe. What kinds of welfare states and social policies will still be able to effectively keep inequalities low or at least prevent a resurgence of social inequality?

23 - 25 September 2014

Contact

Contact name
Friederike Theilen-Kosch
friederike.theilen-kosch [at] wzb.eu
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Subtitle
Lecture by Susan Olzak, Stanford University
Description


She is widely known as one of the pioneers of ethnic competition theory and does research on armed conflict, ethnic violence, collective action, and social movement organizations. From 22 September to 3 October she will be at the WZB as a guest researcher.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Start: 11:00 am

Contact

Contact name
Susanne Grasow
susanne.grasow [at] wzb.eu
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Subtitle
Lecture by Regina S. Baker, Duke University, North Carolina
Description

Although economic inequality and uneven development exist across the United States, poverty has historically been higher in the South. Accordingly, this study investigates the relative contributions of four theoretical explanations in understanding the higher poverty in the South relative to the Non-South: 1) family demography, 2) economic structure, 3) race composition, and 4) power resources. The four most recent U.S. waves (2000, 2004, 2007, and 2010) from the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) provide the individual-level data for this study.

Thursday, 18 September 2014
Start: 1:30 pm

Contact

Contact name
Stefanie Roth/Marion Obermaier
buero.brady-usp [at] wzb.eu
Monday, 15 September 2014
Subtitle
Brownbag Seminar by Prof. Tamotsu Nishizawa, Department of Economics/Teikyo University
Description

The lecture examines how, in the course of modernization, Japan learned from Germany and Britain about ideas and institutions concerning social reform, and attempted to implement and develop them at home. It focuses on Fukuda Tokuzo, a pioneering liberal economist and social

Monday, 15 September 2014
Start: 12:30 pm

Contact

Contact name
Stefanie Roth
Stefanie.Roth [at] wzb.eu
Thursday, 11 September 2014
Subtitle
Lecture by Prof. Andrew Fullerton, Oklahoma State University.

This lecture takes place in the course of the BAL colloquia series.
Description

The global rise of non-standard employment is often cited as one of the most important reasons for increasing levels of insecurity over the last 40 years. Yet, non-standard work is also one of the most underdeveloped factors in the literature on perceived worker insecurity. In this paper, we seek to understand the relationship between the most common form of non-standard employment, part-time work, and perceived worker insecurity.

Thursday, 11 September 2014
Start: 11:00 am

Contact

Contact name
Stefanie Roth
Stefanie.Roth [at] wzb.eu
28 - 29 August 2014
Description

In the last 20 years, the study of matching markets has seen great innovations and marked progress. The theory has matured to a point where matching theorists are able to make policy suggestions for real-life markets. The theory is supplemented by experiments examining how to operate such markets. Notable applications are matching markets such as medical labor markets for interns, college admissions procedures, school choice programs, social housing assignments, and kidney exchange programs for patients all over the world.

28 - 29 August 2014

Contact

Contact name
Judith Stein
judith.stein [at] wzb.eu
Monday, 21 July 2014
Subtitle
Lecture by Ulrike Muench
Description

In 2011, female nurses in Germany made 87 Cent for every 1 Euro a male nurse made. Using data from the BIBB/BAuA-Employment Survey, we examine how much of this female-male earnings gap can be explained by differences in human capital characteristics and selection into work settings, and how much of this earnings gap can be accounted for by occupational selection. First, we estimate a Mincer wage regression with an extensive set of demographic and work characteristics.

Monday, 21 July 2014
Start: 1:30 pm

Contact

Contact name
Stefanie Roth
Stefanie.Roth [at] wzb.eu
20 July - 3 August 2014
Short description
The "Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences – Linking Theory and Empirical Research" seeks to promote young researchers by strengthening their methodological understanding in linking theory and empirical research.

For more information see: http://www.berlinsummerschool.de/about/summer-school/
20 July - 3 August 2014

Contact

Contact name
Henriette Müller
henriette.mueller [at] wzb.eu
Monday, 14 July 2014
Subtitle
Veranstaltung in der Reihe „Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft: bleibt alles anders?“
Description
From the early years of the twentieth century, the growing ties between science and government have aroused two recurrent sets of concerns. The first is that, in the guise of producing facts, science will imperceptibly take over the tasks of policymaking, leading to democratically unacceptable decisions. The second is that, in the effort to be answerable to policy demands, science will become politicized and lose its claims to neutrality and objectivity.
Monday, 14 July 2014
Start: 6:00 pm

Contact

Contact name
Bettina Kausch
bettina.kausch [at] wzb.eu
Thursday, 10 July 2014
Description

Barbara Thériault, Université de Montréal, presents her new book entitled

"The Cop and the Sociologist.
Investigating Diversity in German Police Forces"

Introduction: Ines Michalowski, WZB

Commentary: Jérémie Gauthier, CMB

Presentation in German within the Marc Bloch Forum

Thursday, 10 July 2014
Start: 6:00 pm

Contact

Contact name
Ines Michalowski
ines.michalowski [at] wzb.eu
10 - 11 July 2014
Subtitle
International Workshop
Description

The workshop will offer a unique opportunity to discuss the first drafts of the chapters for the volume on the Enforcement of EU Law against Member States, a book to be edited by András Jakab and Dimitry Kochenov, to which all of the panelists have agreed to contribute. The questions addressed are of wider interest and lend themselves to be discussed in a wider public forum.

10 - 11 July 2014
Start: 9:30 am

Contact

Contact name
Hilde Ottschofski
hilde.ottschofski [at] wzb.eu
Tuesday, 8 July 2014
Subtitle
CO:STA Presentation by Cyrus Samii (New York University)
Description

It is well-known that, with an unrepresentative sample, the estimate of a causal effect may fail to characterize how effects operate in the population of interest. What is less well under- stood is that conventional estimation practices for observational studies may produce the same problem even with a representative sample. Specifically, causal effects estimated via multiple regression differentially weight each unit’s contribution. The “effective sample” that regres- sion uses to generate the causal effect estimate may bear little resemblance to the population of interest.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014
Start: 1:00 pm

Contact

Contact name
Christian Rauh
christian.rauh [at] wzb.eu
Monday, 7 July 2014
Subtitle
Kenneth (Andy) Andrews is Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In June and July 2014 he is a guest in the research unit Inequality and Social Policy.
Short description


Monday, 7 July 2014
Start: 1:30 pm

Contact

Contact name
Stefanie Roth
Stefanie.Roth [at] wzb.eu
Friday, 4 July 2014
Subtitle
Workshop
Description

The world map of science is being redrawn as the emergent economies of East Asia join the established science powers of the West by creating world-class research infrastructures. After decades of application-oriented S&T policy, China and South Korea, for instance, now look for excellence in basic research. What are the implications of this reshuffling for global R&D?

Friday, 4 July 2014
Start: 9:00 am

Contact

Contact name
Benjamin Becker
benjamin.becker [at] wzb.eu
Wednesday, 2 July 2014
Subtitle
Symposium in Kooperation mit der Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft
Description

Vertrauen – kaum ein anderer Begriff ist in den vergangenen Jahren von Politik und Wirtschaft so häufig und so häufig missbräuchlich verwendet worden, dass er vielfach zur Phrase verkommen ist. Dabei ist Vertrauen wie Gerechtigkeit oder Würde fundamental für das Zusammenleben in der Gesellschaft. Auf dem Symposium werden die Bedingungen, unter denen Vertrauen entsteht, der soziale und ökonomische Wert des Vertrauens sowie die Auswirkungen von Vertrauensverlust genauer untersucht.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014
Start: 9:00 am

Contact

Contact name
Claudia Roth
claudia.roth [at] wzb.eu
Tuesday, 1 July 2014
Subtitle
at the Berlin Colloquium
Description

This event is part of the colloquium series “Rethinking Law in a Global Context”, which this summer semester focuses on “Violence, Surveillance, Secrecy: Constitutionalism and the 'Deep State'”, sponsored by the WZB Rule of Law Center and convened by Prof. Dr. Mattias Kumm (WZB and New York University).

Moshe Halbertal is Gruss Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and Professor, at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014
Start: 4:15 pm

Contact

Contact name
Hilde Ottschofski
hilde.ottschofski [at] wzb.eu
Monday, 30 June 2014
Subtitle
Lecture by Prof. Gabriel Abend, New York University
Description

Gabriel Abend will give a lecture about his new book "The Moral Background: An Inquiry into the History of Business Ethics".

Monday, 30 June 2014
Start: 1:30 pm

Contact

Contact name
Marion Obermaier/Stefanie Roth
buero.brady-usp [at] wzb.eu
Thursday, 26 June 2014
Subtitle
Lecture by Prof. Maria Charles, University of California, Santa Barbara
Description

Sex segregation by occupation and field of study is often presumed to reflect fundamental differences in men’s and women’s intrinsic natures and aspirations. But historical and cross-national comparisons reveal a great deal more variability than such a simple narrative would suggest. Moreover, this variability often takes on surprising patterns.

Thursday, 26 June 2014
Start: 11:30 am

Contact

Contact name
Marion Obermaier/Stefanie Roth
buero.brady-usp [at] wzb.eu
26 - 27 June 2014
Short description
Over the last decade a new development has taken place, first in the citizenship and then in the immigration literature: more and more researchers have started to quantify admission, integration and naturalization policies and to build indices that aim at measuring the restrictiveness of formal regulations. The developments in the citizenship and immigration fields have however taken place mostly independently from each other. The aim of this conference is therefore to bring together for the first time political scientists, sociologists, economists and others who work on policy indices in these two fields.
26 - 27 June 2014

Contact

Contact name
Caroline Heuer
indexconference [at] wzb.eu
Monday, 23 June 2014
Description

Cognitive skills are a major component of economic decisions. Many of these decisions take place in strategic contexts which require thinking about others’ behavior and which are cognitively complex. The aim of the workshop is to advance our understanding about the interplay of strategic sophistication and cognitive skills.

Speakers:

Sascha Baghestanian
Dan Benjamin
David Gill
Terri Kneeland
Stefan Penczynski
Antionio Penta
Sotiris Georganas
 

Monday, 23 June 2014
Start: 10:00 am

Contact

Contact name
Gebhard Glock
gebhard.glock [at] wzb.eu
Friday, 20 June 2014
Subtitle
18th Berlin Roundtables on Transnationality - Lecture by Dipesh Chakrabarty
Description

What comes after postcolonial criticism? In addressing this question, the lecture will critically assess the origins and achievements of postcolonial theory and offer some thoughts regarding its relevance to the contemporary world. Can notions of modernity, history and social science, dominated by Eurocentric thinking, still be applied to the developing world? Has the historical turn of 1989 and globalization also turned the perception of modernity rooted in European thinking around?

Friday, 20 June 2014
Start: 6:00 pm

Contact

Contact name
Sabine Berking
info [at] irmgard-coninx-stiftung.de
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
Subtitle
18th Berlin Roundtables on Transnationality - Vortrag von Jürgen Kocka
Description

Der Umbruch kam überraschend. Wer aus der Geschichte zu lernen versucht hatte, sah sich getäuscht. Wie verarbeitet man das als Sozialhistoriker? DDR-Zusammenbruch und Wiedervereinigung ermöglichten politisches Engagement und zwangen zu wissenschaftsinstitutioneller Arbeit. Als Historiker in der Politik - was blieb davon übrig? National-, europa- und weltgeschichtlich war 1989-91 eine tiefe Zäsur. Wie haben  sich dadurch das Denken und die Praxis in der Geschichtswissenschaft verändert? Ein persönlicher Rückblick.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014
Start: 6:00 pm

Contact

Contact name
Sabine Berking
info [at] irmgard-coninx-stiftung.de
Tuesday, 17 June 2014
Subtitle
Lecture by Dr. Bree T. Hocking
Description

As sections of the East Side Gallery were removed in spring 2013 to accommodate a luxury residential development, protestors rallied to demand their right to “experience” the cultural heritage represented by this aesthetically enhanced, 1.3-km strip of the former Berlin Wall.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014
Start: 5:00 pm

Contact

Contact name
Chris Reinelt
chris.reinelt [at] wzb.eu
16 - 17 June 2014
Description
Market design is one of the most successful areas of economics in terms of research leading to practical improvements. The workshop deals with current problems of market design in the realm of school choice and university admission. Topics are for example the effect of school choice on ethnic segregation in Germany as well as the manipulability of admission systems.
16 - 17 June 2014

Contact

Contact name
Judith Stein
judith.stein [at] wzb.eu
Friday, 13 June 2014
Subtitle
IV. Leviathan-Fachtagung
Description

Die frühen Wissenschaftlergemeinden nannten sich „Gelehrtengesellschaften“, die sich in Akademien zusammen fanden. Die erste wissenschaftliche Akademie war die accademia della crusca, die 1583 in Florenz als Sprachgesellschaft gegründet wurde. Erst die zweite italienische Akademie widmete sich der Naturwissenschaft, die 1603 gegründete „Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei“. Ihre Mitglieder – unter ihnen Galilei - nannten sich „die Luchse“, was schon ein bestimmtes Selbstverständnis ausdrückt:  Wir sind die Schlauen!

Friday, 13 June 2014
Start: 10:00 am

Contact

Contact name
Reinhard Blomert
reinhard.blomert [at] wzb.eu
Tuesday, 10 June 2014
Subtitle
at the Berlin Colloquium
Description

This event is part of the colloquium series “Rethinking Law in a Global Context”, which this summer semester focuses on “Violence, Surveillance, Secrecy: Constitutionalism and the 'Deep State'”, sponsored by the WZB Rule of Law Center and convened by Prof. Dr. Mattias Kumm (WZB and New York University).

Tuesday, 10 June 2014
Start: 4:15 pm

Contact

Contact name
Hilde Ottschofski
hilde.ottschofski [at] wzb.eu
Tuesday, 10 June 2014
Description

Talk by Prof. Eric Widmer, University of Geneva

Tuesday, 10 June 2014
Start: 1:30 pm

Contact

Contact name
Stefanie Roth
Stefanie.Roth [at] wzb.eu
Friday, 6 June 2014
Description

Lecture by Prof. Michael J. Handel, Northeastern University, Boston

Friday, 6 June 2014
Start: 1:30 pm

Contact

Contact name
Stefanie Roth
Stefanie.Roth [at] wzb.eu
5 - 6 June 2014
Subtitle
Konferenz
Short description
Um Analysen zur Bundestagswahl 2013 geht es auf der gemeinsamen Tagung der Arbeitskreise „Politik und Kommunikation“ und „Wahlen und politische Einstellungen“ der Deutschen Vereinigung für Politische Wissenschaft (DVPW). In zahlreichen Vorträgen und Postersessions werden Ergebnisse zum Wahlverhalten, zur politischen Kommunikation und zu den politischen Konsequenzen der Bundestagswahl vorgestellt. Generell wird es um Diagnosen gehen, die die Bundestagswahl im Spannungsfeld zwischen Kontinuität und Wandel diskutieren. Die Beiträge werden Wahlkampf und Wahlentscheidung ebenso behandeln wie die Diskussionsprozesse nach der Wahl.
5 - 6 June 2014

Contact

Contact name
Bernhard Weßels
bernhard.wessels [at] wzb.eu
Tuesday, 3 June 2014
Subtitle
beim "Berlin Colloquium"
Description

Diese Veranstaltung ist Teil der Kolloquiums-Serie “Rethinking Law in a Global Context”, die sich in diesem Sommersemester dem Thema “Violence, Surveillance, Secrecy: Constitutionalism and the 'Deep State'” widmet. Das Kolloquium wird vom WZB Rule of Law Center gesponsert und von Prof. Dr. Mattias Kumm (WZB und New York University) organisiert.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014
Start: 4:15 pm

Contact

Contact name
Hilde Ottschofski
hilde.ottschofski [at] wzb.eu
30 - 31 May 2014
Subtitle
Workshop
Short description
In the early 21st century, few would question the existence of a single world economy. Yet this apparently self-evident concept has a history. This conference brings together scholars whose ongoing work contributes to a history of the idea of the single world economy and the processes by which it was made natural in science, policy and popular discourse. The time frame under study will extend from the second half of the nineteenth century when the idea was first discussed formally to the 1970s, a decade in which the idea of the one world economy assumed hegemonic status. A key note lecture will be given by Patricia Clavin (Oxford), author of „Securing the World Economy. The Reinvention of the League of Nations, 1920-1946“ (Oxford University Press). Die Veranstaltung wird von der VolkswagenStiftung finanziert.
30 - 31 May 2014

Contact

Contact name
Dieter Plehwe
dieter.plehwe [at] wzb.eu
Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Subtitle
Buchvorstellung mit anschließendem Empfang
Description

Kaum eine gesellschaftliche Domäne scheint heute mehr zu existieren, in der man nicht partout erfolgreich zu sein hat. Woher rührt der Siegeszug dieser Leitorientierung? Welche sozialen Voraussetzungen und Folgen hat das zusehends allgegenwärtige Motto: Erfolg um jeden Preis? Diesen Fragen geht das Buch nach. In 16 Beiträgen beleuchtet es die Herausbildung der Erfolgsmaxime, erörtert feld- und organisationsspezifische Konstellationen, in denen diese ihre Wirkmacht entfaltet und zeichnet berufsgruppen-, geschlechts- sowie milieutypische Muster ihrer individuellen Adaption nach.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Start: 6:00 pm

Contact

Contact name
Nina Scheuble
nina.scheuble [at] wzb.eu
Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Subtitle
at the Berlin Colloquium
Description

This event is part of the colloquium series “Rethinking Law in a Global Context”, which this summer semester focuses on “Violence, Surveillance, Secrecy: Constitutionalism and the 'Deep State'”, sponsored by the WZB Rule of Law Center and convened by Prof. Dr. Mattias Kumm (WZB and New York University).

Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Start: 4:15 pm

Contact

Contact name
Hilde Ottschofski
hilde.ottschofski [at] wzb.eu
Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Subtitle
Brownbag seminar by Professor Mark Cassell, Kent State University, Ohio
Description

Germany’s state-owned banks (“Landesbanken”) have been central actors in the country’s economic success since the mid-19th century. Yet, during the recent economic crisis, Germany’s state-owned banks performed far worse than their private sector counterparts. Although they comprise 21 percent of all bank activity in Germany prior to the crisis, Landesbanken accounted for 41 percent of the financial losses. In addition, a number of well-established and large Landesbanken fell into conservatorship, closed, and were taken over by other institutions.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Start: 1:00 pm

Contact

Contact name
Marion Obermaier/Stefanie Roth
buero.brady-usp [at] wzb.eu
Monday, 26 May 2014
Subtitle
Veranstaltung in der Reihe „Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft: bleibt alles anders?“
Description

Professor Craig Calhoun, Direktor der London School of Economics (LSE)

Monday, 26 May 2014
Start: 6:00 pm

Contact

Contact name
Nina Scheuble
nina.scheuble [at] wzb.eu
Monday, 26 May 2014
Subtitle
Informationsreise für Journalisten und Journalistinnen - Auswärtiges Amt/Europäische Akademie Berlin
Description

Monday, 26 May 2014
Start: 9:30 am

Contact

Contact name
Bernhard Weßels
bernhard.wessels [at] wzb.eu
Friday, 23 May 2014
Subtitle
WZB Distinguished Lecture in Social Sciences by Fabrizio Zilibotti (University of Zurich)
Short description
What are the factors driving China’s development process? A recent wave of economic research has studied the transformation of China from a poor country in the 1970s to a middle-income economy today. Fabrizio Zilibotti provides a historical account of China’s rise, fall, and resurgence. He discusses the stylized facts associated with China’s growth process and reviews a comprehensive theory of its economic transition, and he reviews some recent studies about technological and politico-economic factors that may foster or hinder its future economic performance. Fabrizio Zilibotti is Scientific Director and Deputy Director of the UBS Int. Center of Economics in Society and currently holds the Chair of Macroeconomics and Political Economy of the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich.
Friday, 23 May 2014
Start: 5:00 pm

Contact

Contact name
Gebhard Glock
gebhard.glock [at] wzb.eu
22 - 23 May 2014
Subtitle
Conference
Short description
People living in extreme poverty often seem to be caught in a poverty
trap. There is, however, little agreement on the primary causes of
persistent poverty: External constraints, such as a lack of adequate
borrowing, saving, and insurance opportunities, certainly play a role.
Yet, the positive impact when seemingly critical institutions are
implemented is often lower than expected. One explanation may lie in
behavioral factors: evidence suggests that decision-making of the poor is often governed by extreme risk aversion, low levels of trust and
trustworthiness, and myopia. Such accounts are, however, complemented by anecdotes of very shrewd behavior in the face of extraordinary difficulties. It is likely that external constraints and behavior are intertwined, yet the underlying mechanisms are far from clear. This workshop aims at bringing together scholars who have done work on either or both of these dimensions, and to stimulate the debate about the relative importance of the different aspects.
22 - 23 May 2014

Contact

Contact name
Caroline Heuer
caroline.heuer [at] wzb.eu
19 - 20 May 2014
Subtitle
Conference
Short description
The conference focuses on methodological innovations and their potential for the study of inequality and social policy. A variety of guest speakers and WZB colleagues will present state-of-the-art research on inequality and social policy that features some form of methodological innovation. The guest speakers come from Denmark, the UK, the US, Sweden, and Israel; and from sociology, economics, public policy, political science, and statistics. The innovations include novel estimation techniques, measures, samples, data, and comparisons, along with broader unique methodological strategies. The presentations are intended to show the usefulness of the methods for answering substantive questions; but also the potential applicability of these techniques to other areas of research. All presentations and discussion will be in English.
19 - 20 May 2014

Contact

Contact name
Stefanie Roth/Marion Obermaier
buero.brady-usp [at] wzb.eu
15 - 16 May 2014
Subtitle
Konferenz
Short description
On the occasion of the publication of our new book “Mapping Policy Preferences from Texts III. Statistical Solutions for Manifesto Analysts” (Andrea Volkens et al. (Eds.), Oxford University Press 2013) the project “Manifesto Research on Political Representation” (MARPOR), the follow-up project of Comparative Manifestos Project (CMP), holds a conference. This project compiles and distributes (https://manifesto-project.wzb.eu) the only comprehensive set of parties’ policy indicators across 55 countries and seven decades for social, economic and political research. Leading researchers from different projects and approaches will present papers on the states of the art in measuring parties’ policy preferences based on classical and automated content analyses of party programs and discuss future methodological developments with a focus on data reliability and validity of party policy estimates in general and concepts and functions of the left-right scale in particular.
15 - 16 May 2014

Contact

Contact name
Andrea Volkens
andrea.volkens [at] wzb.beu
Monday, 12 May 2014
Subtitle
Veranstaltung in der Reihe „Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft: bleibt alles anders?“
Description

Der globale Klimawandel ist aufgrund seiner Reichweite und seines Katastrophenpotenzials in besonderer Weise geeignet, der Frage nachzugehen, welche Rolle die Wissenschaft  in der Diskussion über eine ökologische Neuausrichtung der gesellschaftlichen Entwicklung spielen soll. Worin besteht die gesellschaftliche Verantwortung der Klimaforschung? Ist sie Teil umfassender gesellschaftlicher Transitionsprozesse oder soll sie Distanz zu gesellschaftspolitischen Erwartungen und wissenschaftliche Neutralität wahren?

Monday, 12 May 2014
Start: 6:00 pm

Contact

Contact name
Bettina Kausch
bettina.kausch [at] wzb.eu
Thursday, 8 May 2014
Description

Frauen und Männer wünschen sich eine gute Balance zwischen Beruf und Familie: Junge Frauen wollen Kinder, aber auch berufliche Herausforderung. Junge Männer möchten ihre Kinder nicht nur im Schlafanzug sehen. Die Wirklichkeit sieht anders aus. Noch immer leisten Frauen neben ihrem Beruf zu Hause die meiste Arbeit. Pflege und Kindererziehung sind bis heute ihre Domäne. Die meisten Männer unterbrechen ihren Vollzeitjob für die Kindererziehung nur kurz.

Thursday, 8 May 2014
Start: 1:00 pm

Contact

Contact name
Marie Unger
marie.unger [at] wzb.eu
Wednesday, 30 April 2014
Description
The workshop focuses on the crucial role of expectations for behavior in markets. Expectations are very difficult to measure in real world settings, but laboratory experiments allow for their elicitation and in particular for the analysis of the relationship between expectations and choices. The topics of the workshop are expectations in financial markets, the role of expectations in auction bidding, belief formation in social networks, biased expectations and market entry as well as the impact of expectations on ethical choices in markets.
Wednesday, 30 April 2014
Start: 9:00 am

Contact

Contact name
Judith Stein
judith.stein [at] wzb.eu
Tuesday, 29 April 2014
Description

Choosing aggregation methods - A comparative analysis
Liv Bjerre, Friederike Römer, Malisa Zobel (WZB)

Tuesday, 29 April 2014
Start: 1:00 pm

Contact

Contact name
Martin Ehlert
ehlert [at] wzb.eu
24 - 25 April 2014
Subtitle
Tagung
Short description
Das WZB und die Sektion Familiensoziologie veranstalten eine thematisch und methodisch offene Tagung, auf der theoretische als auch empirische Forschungsarbeiten präsentiert werden. Die Tagung ist interdisziplinär ausgerichtet; die Tagungsvorträge sind im Schnittfeld zwischen der Familiensoziologie und benachbarten Disziplinen angesiedelt. Auf der Tagung wird Professor Johannes Huinink eine Keynote Lecture zum Stand der Familiensoziologie in Deutschland halten.
24 - 25 April 2014

Contact

Contact name
Anette Fasang
anette.fasang [at] wzb.eu
Thursday, 10 April 2014
Subtitle
Discussion with Dr. Lyndall Strazdins, Australien National University
Description

Every day, families negotiate and adapt to an array of institutions and social processes, one of the most powerful of these is the market. Although parents may strive to separate them, the intimate world of caring, nurturing, and raising children takes place in the context of another imperative – employment. There is much at stake in how families and nations handle the connections between family care and earning income, raising children and a strong economy: gender equity is one, the generation and distribution of wealth another, and both are connected to health. Dr.

Thursday, 10 April 2014
Start: 11:00 am

Contact

Contact name
Sonia Mira
sonia.mira [at] wzb.eu
Monday, 7 April 2014
Subtitle
Talk by Prof. Tomas Korpi, Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI), Stockholm University
Description

The changing character of jobs is a perennial question in the social sciences. With regard to the requirements associated with employment, i.e. the qualities of the tasks that are to be carried out, various scholars have at different times argued for a) a successive demeaning of jobs, b) a continuous increase in the complexity of jobs, and c) a growing dualization of jobs. Despite the attention garnered by these contrasting visions, evidence on the actual development of skill requirements is surprisingly scant.

Monday, 7 April 2014
Start: 1:30 pm

Contact

Contact name
Stefanie Roth
stefanie.roth [at] wzb.eu
27 - 28 March 2014
Subtitle
CO:STA Workshop by Matthias Orlowski (HU Berlin)
Description

R is a powerful, free and open source programming language for data manipulation, analysis and graphing. The course provides a basic understanding of the guiding principles of data analysis with R. Participants will learn the basics of R’s syntax and grammar. By the end of the course, they will be able to perform their own data analysis including data exploration, visualization and simulation.

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27 - 28 March 2014

Contact

Contact name
Christian Rauh
christian.rauh [at] wzb.eu
Monday, 24 March 2014
Subtitle
Lecture by Prof. Stefan Svallfors, Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University; Institute for Futures Studies, Stockholm; Department of Sociology, Umeå University
Description

This talk takes its cue from Hacker’s & Pierson’s observation that politics is first and foremost organization: “organized combat”. If we want to understand the outcomes of politics, we have to look at how it is organized on a long-term basis: by whom and with what resources? Sweden is taken as an example of how politics as organized combat has changed quite dramatically in the last couple of decades.

Monday, 24 March 2014
Start: 1:30 pm

Contact

Contact name
Stefanie Roth
stefanie.roth [at] wzb.eu
Tuesday, 18 March 2014
Subtitle
CO:STA presentation by Dag Tanneberg (WZB)
Description

Panel data - i.e. the observation of multiple variables over multiple time intervals for the same units of analysis - often suffer from various violations of the Gauss-Markov assumptions. For example, in many settings it can hardly be assumed that repeated measurements within units are independent of each other. In contrast to seminal pooled time-series models, multilevel approaches can directly model such dependencies by allowing for varying intercepts and slopes. This enables us to disentangle temporal from cross-sectional variation and to study their cross-level interactions.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014
Start: 1:00 pm

Contact

Contact name
Christian Rauh
christian.rauh [at] wzb.eu
Thursday, 13 March 2014
Description

The Berlin IO Day is a one-day workshop sponsored by Berlin's leading academic institutions, including DIW Berlin, ESMT, WZB, Humboldt University Berlin, and Technical University Berlin which takes place twice a year, in the Fall and in the Spring.
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Thursday, 13 March 2014
Start: 9:00 am

Contact

Contact name
Sibylle Kremser
skremser [at] diw.de
27 February - 13 March 2014
Subtitle
CO:STA presentation by Giuseppe Pietrantuono (Universität Mannheim)
Description

Testing the causality of our claims has become more important over the recent years. But how to do so with a cross-section of observational data? One potential solution is a regression discontinuity design: RDD exploits a cutoff on a linear variable after which a treatment is assigned. An example might be a special training program that pupils who surpass a certain math grade are assigned to. The intuition is that values close to the cutoff are random, i.e. whether one just passes the cutoff or just misses to pass is not systematic.

27 February - 13 March 2014
Start: 1:00 pm

Contact

Contact name
Christian Rauh
christian.rauh [at] wzb.eu
27 - 28 February 2014
Subtitle
Conference
Description

The purpose of this conference is to bring together leading international scholars from different perspectives (economics, political science, sociology, industrial relations) to further develop an emerging research area:  the dynamics of financialization and their impact on the employment relations and industrial relations at the company level. A special focus will be on developments since the financial crisis.

27 - 28 February 2014

Contact

Contact name
Stefanie Roth
stefanie.roth [at] wzb.eu
Wednesday, 5 February 2014
Subtitle
Podiumsdiskussion
Short description
Infolge des Hauseinsturzes in Bangladesch im April 2013 mit über 1.100 Todesopfern unterzeichneten Unternehmen, Gewerkschaften und NGOs ein Abkommen. Dieses erlegt den einkaufenden Unternehmen neue Pflichten auf und etabliert ein neues System zur Organisation und Finanzierung der Sicherheitskontrolle in Bangladeschs Produktionsstätten. Ist dieses Abkommen ein Meilenstein auf dem Weg zu mehr sozialer Verantwortung von Unternehmen in Entwicklungsländern? Könnte es ein Vorbild für andere Länder sein? Diese Fragen werden mit Vertretern von Wissenschaft, Gewerkschaften und NGOs diskutiert.
Wednesday, 5 February 2014
Start: 6:00 pm

Contact

Contact name
Stefanie Roth
stefanie.roth [at] wzb.eu
30 - 31 January 2014
Subtitle
Kolloquium
Short description
Kritik gehört zu den traditionellsten Formen der Wertungen, die die Schöpfung von Neuem ständig begleiten. In jüngster Zeit verändern sich Sozial-, Kunst- und Kulturkritik in ihrer Bedeutung und passen sich in ihren Formen aneinander an. Zusätzlich spielen verschiedene Varianten von Netzkritik eine zunehmend wichtige Rolle. In dem interdisziplinären Kolloquium kommen jeweils vier Teilnehmer für jeden dieser vier Bereiche zu Wort. Mitorganisatoren sind Professorin Isabelle Graw (Städelschule Frankfurt), Professor Thomas Macho (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) und Kathrin Passig (Berlin).
30 - 31 January 2014
Start: 2:00 pm

Contact

Contact name
Chris Reinelt
chris.reinelt [at] wzb.eu
Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Subtitle
MAD Kolloqium with Kristin Surak
Short description
Though grouping states into regions is common in the social sciences,
explicit attempts to understand what regions are and why they help us
predict political outcomes have been rare.
Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Start: 1:00 pm

Contact

Contact name
Susanne Grasow
susanne.grasow [at] wzb.eu
Tuesday, 14 January 2014
Subtitle
Brownbag seminar by Katharina Glaab, University of Münster
Description

Agricultural biotechnology (ABT) has become a major issue of concern in global politics. Since the first commercialization of biotech crops, global acreage, market value, private and public research and intellectual property rights concentration have increased considerably. Yet, the worldwide spread of agricultural biotechnology has been contested both globally and locally.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014
Start: 12:30 pm

Contact

Contact name
Marion Obermaier / Stefanie Roth
marion.obermaier [at] wzb.eu
Monday, 13 January 2014
Subtitle
With Moeed Yusuf (Unites States Institute for Peace, USA)
Description

Western perceptions of Pakistan tend to be uniformly negative – corrupt,
dysfunctional and dangerous are only a few adjectives that come to
mind. For years, Pakistan has been perceived by many observers of global affairs as a stumbling block towards regional and global security and peace. With this dominant biased view, many dimensions of Pakistan’s developments have been overlooked. What actually constitutes Pakistani society and which powers define its politics?

Monday, 13 January 2014
Start: 6:00 pm

Contact

Contact name
Thorsten Volberg
volberg [at] boell.de

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