Project Project
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Changing Societies - New Frameworks for Societal Policies and Decision Making

Bild: Martina Sander-Blank
Research Fields
Labor and Labor Market
01.02.2016 - 31.07.2018
Fondation maison des sciences de l'homme (FMSH)

Lisa Crinon
fon: +49 30 25491 -384
mail: lisa [dot] crinon [at] wzb [dot] eu
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin

Applications for our Paris Workshop

The Franco-German Research Program of the Humanities and Social Sciences aims at fostering the interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration between French and German researchers.

Different aspects of cultural, ecological, economic, and social change will be analyzed and evaluated jointly and across disciplines. The guiding research questions are:

1. What are central ecological, economic, and societal changes of our times?

2. How can we adequately describe, measure, and compare these changes between countries and over time?

For example, within the context of a constantly changing world of work, where topics such as increasing digitalization, the challenge of balancing work and (family) life, or the relationship between paid and unpaid work are becoming increasingly important, we need to adequately capture, describe, and evaluate these changes. We also need to improve our understanding of how they affect individual and societal well-being. 

Researchers from various academic fields such as history, sociology, economics, political science, law, philosophy, mathematics, statistics, anthropology, literature etc. will work within the seven areas of interest:

1. The Changing World of Work, Care and Family Life

2. Transformation of Economic Elites and Discourses

3. New Evaluative Frameworks in Politics, Health and Education

4. The Challenge of Migration and Integration

5. New Perspectives on the Social-Ecological Crisis

6. Evaluating Crises and Conflicts in Modern Democracy

7. Diagnoses of Contemporary Societies and Social Change


On June 1, 2016, researchers from Germany and France were invited to present their research ideas and findings from their ongoing research projects at the project's kick-off workshop of the first year “Changing Societies: The World We Live In“ at the WZB. 

At the second workshop "Rethinking Society for the 21st Century"  in September 2016 in Paris, the participants presented their interim research results and discussed and developed new ideas or research projects. The conference report is available here.

The annual conference of the first year „Savoir Vivre! New Challenges for Work and Family Life in Germany and France“ took place on March 21 and 22, 2017 at the WZB. The conference explored the following topics: "The politics of work & (un)employment", "Transformations of care work and family life" and "Migration and the labor market". The conference report is available here.

On July 11 and 12, researchers from both countries presented their research projects. They discussed their ongoing research projects and developed their ideas even further at the project's kick-off workshop of the second yearChanging Societies: Some Are More Equal Than Others“ at the WZB. You can find the conference report here.

The participants are invited to Paris to join the upcoming workshop "Changing Societies: Migration, Integration, Participation", which will take place in autumn 2017. The call for papers is available here.

The program promotes visiting research fellowships in France and Germany for researchers from both countries for a period from one to six months. Please find the current call in German and French. There will be continously new calls for application.