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Ten Bremen University scholars from three departments (Law, Social Sciences, Pedagogy and Educational Sciences) and three institutes (bigas, artec, and SOCIUM) set up an interdisciplinary lab

What is it about?

Research innovations need cooperation. The interdisciplinary lab, which was founded as part of the WoC (Worlds of Contradiction)will approach the topic of “Violence, Age and Gender” from a legal and social science perspective and bundle competencies. The aim is to merge national and international knowledge about the occurrence and causes of gender-specific violence and harassment in public, institutional, and private spheres in an interdisciplinary manner to derive further research questions and develop strategies to prevent violence. Starting point is the current Convention 190 on the elimination of violence and harassment in the work environment adopted by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Experiencing violence in a structural and individual way means to live in and with contradictions. Forms of violence are experienced at different times of life and within different circumstances, which affects social and individual development opportunities.

Ten Bremen University scholars from three departments (Law, Social Sciences, Pedagogy and Educational Sciences) and three institutes (bigas, artec, and SOCIUM) use gender as the common analysis criterion for the investigation of violence-induced contradictions in (the course of) life, applying an intersectional perspective. The intertwined inequality dimensions gender, age, class, and ethnicity result in overlaps with violence, migration, and racism.

The underlying interdisciplinary and interdependent concept of violence allows the investigation of governmental, institutional, organisational or interpersonal violence against people of all genders and different age groups as well as power relationships, such as power imbalances in employment relationships or multiple discrimination. Sources related to international and regional legal conventions, including their monitoring, as well as research results from the legal and social sciences are used as the foundation.

The lab thus builds on the gender research that has been established at the University of Bremen since the 1980s and, with its interdisciplinary perspective on the subject of violence, aims at a theory-practice transfer contributing to concrete improvements of living conditions. The results will be made available for knowledge transfer between politics, administrations, and civil society.

Prof. Dr. Konstanze Plett, LL.M. (founding member)
Prof. Dr. Ursula Rust (founding member)
Prof. Dr. Simone Scherger (founding member)
Prof. Dr. Ines Weller (founding member)
Prof. Dr. Betül Yarar (founding member)
Ass. Prof. Dr. Fatma Karakaş-Doğan (founding member)
Dr. Ruth Abramowski (founding member)
Dr. Anna Hokema (founding member)
Dr. Sylke Meyerhuber (founding member)
Dr. Sabine Ritter (founding member)
Wiebke Blanquett, M.A. (founding member)
Privatdozent Dr. Thorsten Fehr (since 13.07.2020)

In addition to the active scholars involved, the lab collaborates with colleagues who pursue research within the tradition of gender research at the University of Bremen: Prof. Dr. Karin Gottschall (FB 8, SOCIUM board member, head of the department of “Dynamics of Inequality in Welfare Societies”) and Prof. Dr. Gabrielle Bolte (FB11, managing director of the IPP).

Various lectures and workshops with renowned European and international lawyers and sociologists researching violence are planned for 2021. A larger conference (including around 100 participants) at the Protestant Academy “Loccum” is planned for December 2021, with the subsequent publication of an anthology collection.

Contact:
Prof. Dr. Ursula Rust
Fachbereich Rechtswissenschaft
Universitätsallee, GW1
28359 Bremen
Tel.: +49 421 218-66080
E-Mail: urust@uni-bremen.de

Dr. Ruth Abramowski
SOCIUM Forschungszentrum Ungleichheit und Sozialpolitik
Mary-Somerville-Straße 5
28359 Bremen
Tel.: +49 421 218-58550
E-Mail: ruth.abramowski@uni-bremen.de

 

 

The junior research group, which is headed by Nikolas Dörr, receives over half a million euros from the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs through the Interdisciplinary Social Policy Research Network (FIS).

Over the next three years, the interdisciplinary research group will work with national and international partners to analyze the origins and development of the “activating welfare state”.

Since the 1990s, the “activating welfare state” has become the new paradigm of social policy in Germany and large parts of Europe. The public debate in Germany has focused on the reforms of the Agenda 2010 and particularly on “Hartz IV” (a reform of unemployment benefits). While the socio-economic causes of this change (especially oil crises, mass unemployment, government debt, demographic trends) have already been well researched, social and international factors have so far been largely ignored. However, focusing solely on the socioeconomic situation is not enough to comprehensively explain this transformation.

Rather than understanding the “activating welfare state” as a sum of social policy laws, the Junior Research Group will define the concept much broader as a socio-political reaction to a fundamental, long-term societal change and the transformation of international welfare paradigms since the late 1970s. The former includes, among other things, processes of individualization, pluralization (especially through migration) and the popularization of the principle of "promote and demand" (“Foerdern und Fordern”). The latter refers to the transnational reception of new welfare paradigms (Thatcherism, Workfare, “New Labour”, Flexicurity).

The junior research group consists of Wanda Schwarze-Wippern, Christof Wittmaack and Dr. Nikolas Dörr. Divided into three subprojects, the group will focus on the influence of a) international transfers of ideas and policies in the field of social policy since 1979, b) changes in attitudes towards social policy (caused, among other things, by the asylum debates since the 1980s and the different welfare state socializations in West and East Germany), and c) changes in the public and media discourse on social policy and its influence on the policy decision-making process.

Further information
Interdisciplinary Social Policy Research Network, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs




Contact:
Dr. Nikolas Dörr
SOCIUM - Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Strasse 5
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58645
E-Mail: doerr@uni-bremen.de

Improvement of the Databases | Strategic Development of Prevention Measures | Protection of Civil Rights

The aim of the present paper is to scientifically elucidate the current epidemiological crisis and to draw recommendations from the given situation for effective preventive measures. The proposals for prevention are placed within a sociopolitical framework that, in the view of the authors, is inextricably connected with the current circumstances. The comprehensive analytical section is preceded by a brief overview of the established positions. The authors endeavour to clearly point out the facts and issues at hand, thereby avoiding any criticism of the actors who in the past few weeks have had to make crucial decisions on the basis of information that one might say was “even more incomplete” than it is today. The statements made in this position paper are intended as a constructive contribution towards supporting the strategies taken in the coming weeks.


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Gerd Glaeske
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58559
E-Mail: gglaeske@uni-bremen.de

Historical Social Research Special Issue “Military and Welfare State” of the Reinhart-Koselleck-Project “Universal Conscription, the Military, and Welfare State Development in Europe” published

The special issue “Military and Welfare State: Conscription, Military Interests, and Western Welfare States in the Age of Industrialized Mass Warfare” summarizes first results of the Reinhart-Koselleck-Project “Universal Conscription, the Military, and Welfare State Development in Europe”, funded by the DFG and based at the SOCIUM. Internationally renowned experts examine various aspects of the relationship between the military and the welfare state in the 19th and 20th centuries against the background of industrialized mass warfare. Case studies deal, among other things, with the military origins of German labor protection legislation, health policy and compulsory military service in Chile, the military influence on French pronatalism, and the connection between educational policy and the military in Austria, using the example of the “Reichsvolksschulgesetz” of 1869.

Further information on the special issue can be found at www.gesis.org/en/hsr/current-issues and from the project team at the SOCIUM:
Prof. Dr. Herbert Obinger (head of project)
University Bremen
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary Somerville Strasse 5
28359 Bremen

e-mail: herbert.obinger@uni-bremen.de

Prof. Dr. Gerd Glaeske Foto Raphael Huenerfauth, Photothek.netProf. Dr. Gerd Glaeske Foto Raphael Huenerfauth, Photothek.net
Gerd Glaeske believes increasing supply shortages are likely

More than 75 percent of all medication prescriptions are so called generics. Most of these drugs are made in India and China. This means long supply chains. Quality, manufacturing conditions and reliability might suffer. In China, the regions in which the products are manufactured are also affected by the corona virus, which will certainly exacerbate the delivery difficulties.

More information


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Gerd Glaeske
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58559
E-Mail: gglaeske@uni-bremen.de

Member of SOCIUM receives the Award for Family Sociology of the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Soziologie (ÖGS) as well as the AK-Wissenschaftspreis 2019 of the Arbeitnehmerkammer Salzburg

The double award honors Ruth Abramowski, since March 2019 Postdoc at SOCIUM, for her PhD thesis “Bringing Power Back In: Zur Kontinuität traditioneller innerhäuslicher Arbeitsteilungsarrangements in Paarbeziehungen – Ein europäischer Vergleich” which she successfully defended at the University of Salzburg, Austria. How can we explain the division of responsibility for family work in partner relationships in various European countries? And what effects does this have on the implementation of societal norms based on equal rights? Ruth Abramowski discusses in her PhD thesis central questions of family sociology from a new perspective which entails a typology of individual, cultural and institutional dimensions of power.

Partner relationships reflect not only societal, culturally determined behavioral norms and their dynamics over time. They are also the manifestation of power relationships. Since current research usually neglects this vital fact many well-intentioned suggestions for the improvement of the equal distribution of this family work are bound to fail. Both awards praise not only the refreshingly new perspective of the analysis but also the micro as well as macro sociologically based theoretical argument and method. The thesis offers new venues for interesting research in a central area of family sociology.

The ÖGS award honors excellent PhD theses in the area of family sociology defended at Austrian university in the last three years. The AK Wissenschaftspreis supports young scholars of all disciplines at the institutions of higher education in Salzburg and was awarded for PhD or MA theses of the last two years. Ruth Abramowski received her BA in Social Sciences from the University of Stuttgart, her MA in Social Sciences from the University of Oldenburg and her PhD from the University of Salzburg.

Contact:
Dr. Ruth Abramowski
University of Bremen
SOCIUM Forschungszentrum Ungleichheit und Sozialpolitik
Mary-Somerville-Str. 5
28359 Bremen

Tel.: +49 (0)421 218-58550
E-Mail: ruth.abramowski@uni-bremen.de

 

Olaf Groh-Samberg in sociology and Frank Nullmeier in political science successful

Every four years all scientists active in research in Germany are asked to elect the members of the Review Boards of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). In this year’s election two members of SOCIUM were successful. Olaf Groh-Samberg was elected for the first time as a member for empirical social research. Frank Nullmeier was reelected as a member for political science in the Review Board for Social Sciences.

The Review Boards of the DFG are important institutions in the peer review process for applications for research funding. Potential members are recommended by universities and research institutions (Max-Planck, Leibniz, Frauenhofer etc.) but most importantly by the associations of the different research disciplines. Olaf Groh-Samberg was not only recommended by a dozen universities but also by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie. Frank Nullmeier received support from both German political science associations, the Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft as well as the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Politikwissenschaft. The newly elected Review Boards will commence their work on February 2020.

more Information:
https://www.dfg.de/dfg_profil/gremien/fachkollegien/fk_wahl2019/index.jsp


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Frank Nullmeier
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58576
E-Mail: frank.nullmeier@uni-bremen.de

Prof. Dr. Olaf Groh-Samberg
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 9
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-66440
E-Mail: olaf.grohsamberg@uni-bremen.de

Deutsche Rentenversicherung appoints SOCIUM member for a three-year term

Rarely known but very useful: The Deutsche Rentenversicherung finances important social science research in the area of old-age security. Since 2001 this is institutionally organized in the Forschungsnetzwerk Alterssicherung (FNA) which supports research projects, research scholarships, workshops, a research award and a graduate colloquium.

In order to secure the quality of this research Deutsche Rentenversicherung institutionalized a Board consisting of 16 members, eight of which are representatives of Deutsche Rentenversicherung and eight more are scientists from various disciplines. On October this year Deutsche Rentenversicherung appointed Frank Nullmeier for a three-year term as a member of this Board.

more information:
https://www.fna-rv.de

Contact:
Prof. Dr. Frank Nullmeier
Universität Bremen
SOCIUM Forschungszentrum Ungleichheit und Sozialpolitik
Mary-Somerville-Str. 5
28359 Bremen

Tel.: +49 (0)421-218-58576
E-Mail: frank.nullmeier@uni-bremen.de

Authors from the SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy at the University of Bremen present the BARMER Long-Term Care Report for 2019

This year's BARMER Long-Term Care Report was presented today at the Conference Centre of the Federal Press Conference House in Berlin. The analysis of new living arrangements with long-term care provision is the central focus of this year’s Report. It also includes a review of LTC insurance 25 years since its inception. As in previous years, the authors – Professor Dr. Heinz Rothgang and Dr. Rolf Müller – continue to deliver in-depth analyses of case numbers, incidences, prevalences and long-term care trajectories. The data used for the Report are primarily long-term care statistics for the year 2017 and claims data provided by the health insurance fund BARMER.

Downloads:
BARMER Long-Term Care Report 2019 (in German)
Statement prepared by Professor Rothgang for the Press Conference
Presentation given by Professor Rothgang at the Press Conference


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Heinz Rothgang
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58557
E-Mail: rothgang@uni-bremen.de

Dr. rer. pol. Rolf Müller
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58554
E-Mail: rmint@uni-bremen.de

SOCIUM mourns Rainer Müller, founding member of the Center for Social Policy and its longtime director

Rainer Müller was both a physician and a sociologist. This explains the breadth of his research interests as well as his unusual willingness as a Professor of Ergonomics and Occupational Medicine to participate in the organization of an interdisciplinary social science research center.

After having studied medicine and received his MD at the University of Münster he studied sociology at the FU Berlin. He became assistant physician in Hagen and Berlin and senior physician at the RWTH Aachen. In 1976 the only recently founded University of Bremen offered him a professorship for occupational medicine. Rainer Müller realized the chances offered to him by this still to be created university. He was one of the first researchers to use health insurance data not only for research in occupational medicine but also in social and health policy. He also initiated the development of Public Health as a new research as well as teaching area here in Bremen. His research interests were wide ranging: from occupational medicine to health policy, the position of the health insurers on occupational rehabilitation, the professionalization of company physicians to the social inequality concerning health and mortality.

This did not only fit well into the research program of the first Bremen Collaborative Research Center 186 “Status Passages and Risks in the Life Course” in 1988 in which he headed one of the research projects. It fitted also well into the concept of a funding application with the VolkswagenStiftung to support the creation of an interdisciplinary Center for Social Policy at the University of Bremen which opened its doors in 1988 and in which he organized and directed the department of health policy, occupational and social medicine. Between 1994 and 2006 he also served as the director of the Center.

Between 1984 and 2009 he additional worked as a company physician in Bremen and between 1989 and 2013 as a lecturer at the Linzer Akademie für Arbeitsmedizin und Sicherheitstechnik. Even after his retirement he nationally and internationally campaigned for an increased consideration of Public and Global Health both in science as well as practice.

We will miss Rainer Müller not only as one of our especially engaging founding members who initiated new research venues. We also lost a caring colleague who knew how to motivate young researchers while at the same time offered them generous room of manoeuver to find their own ways. And we lost a colleague who never forgot that science also has to deliver tangible results for society. The gap left behind by him is large.

Contact:

Prof. Dr. Betina Hollstein