Events

With its Jour Fixe-Presentations, which include reports on results and progress of research, the SOCIUM offers the wider public a regional discussion forum on issues of social inequality and social policy.

Additionally, every semester scholars and practitioners with professional backgrounds are invited to the SOCIUM in order to analyze questions on health economics and health policies. These lectures of the Colloquium on Health Policy (Gesundheitspolitisches Kolloquium) are also open to the public.

Established to strengthen the University’s high-profile area Social sciences the bridge professorship “Qualitative Methods and Microsociology” offers lectures and international workshops on Mixed Methods, Social Network Analysis and Comparative Methods.

The SOCIUM also organizes a variety of conferences, lectures and workshops to present and discuss recent societal developments regarding inequality and social policy research.

13.10.2021 - 13.10.2021Lecture

Immigration, solidarity and social class

Prof. Lea Ypi (London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE))
Place:


BIGSSS
Time:
14:15-15:45
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Semester:
WiSe 2021/22

Progressive scepticism about immigration is rooted in the idea that there is a trade-off between openness to immigration and support for the welfare state. The response to this has so far been to take seriously the nation-state model of solidarity and to seek ways to incorporate its challenges of so as to adapt that model to the circumstances of contemporary politics. The two most prominent avenues are what one might call multicultural solidarity, on the one hand, and supranational solidarity, on the other. In this paper I want to defend a third model, what I will call class-based solidarity. I argue that class-based solidarity offers a more attractive response to the progressive dilemma, illustrate how it relates to the notions of political community we are familiar with and conclude by emphasising the relevance of social class in building bonds of solidarity.

About Lea Ypi
Lea Ypi is Professor in Political Theory in the Government Department, London School of Economics, and Adjunct Associate Professor in Philosophy at the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University. Before joining the LSE, she was a Post-doctoral Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College (Oxford) and a researcher at the European University Institute where she obtained her PhD.

She has degrees in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Rome, La Sapienza, and has held visiting and research positions at Sciences Po, the University of Frankfurt, the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, the Australian National University and the Italian Institute for Historical Studies.

Place:
online

16.12.2021
Time:
12 - 1 pm
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Semester:
WiSe 2021/22

The world-wide gender gap in education depends not just on countries' economic performance, but also on cultural factors. However, world cultures are not fixed entities. Rather, culture is a characteristic of groups as well as of (world-)regions. How do global cultures moderate women's low education? Based on data of the World Value Survey, this study applies Latent Profile Analysis to generate a fuzzy-set typology of cultures in the world, but based on individuals instead of nation states. Individuals do not belong exclusively to one culture, but to several cultures simultaneously, with varying probabilities. In the second step, cross-classified logistic multilevel models test the country-time specific effects of 'female' on the risk of getting (at best) low education, controlling for various individual and country-specific factors. Cross-level interactions show that the 'female' effect on low education is indeed moderated by world cultures, but neither world cultures, economic factors nor individual characteristics completely explain the strength of the female effects.

Zoom-Link zur Veranstaltung
Kalender-Eintrag

The world-wide gender gap in education depends not just on countries' economic performance, but also on cultural factors. However, world cultures are not fixed entities. Rather, culture is a characteristic of groups as well as of (world-)regions. How do global cultures moderate women's low education? Based on data of the World Value Survey, this study applies Latent Profile Analysis to generate a fuzzy-set typology of cultures in the world, but based on individuals instead of nation states. Individuals do not belong exclusively to one culture, but to several cultures simultaneously, with varying probabilities. In the second step, cross-classified logistic multilevel models test the country-time specific effects of 'female' on the risk of getting (at best) low education, controlling for various individual and country-specific factors. Cross-level interactions show that the 'female' effect on low education is indeed moderated by world cultures, but neither world cultures, economic factors nor individual characteristics completely explain the strength of the female effects.

Zoom-Link zur Veranstaltung
Kalender-Eintrag

20.01.2022 - 21.01.2022

Social cohesion and the welfare state

Forschungsinstitut Gesellschaftlicher Zusammenhalt
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Online
Time:
Am 20. Januar 2022 von 12:30 Uhr bis 18:30 Uhr Am 21. Januar 2022 von 09:00 Uhr bis 16:30 Uhr
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Forschungsinstitut Gesellschaftlicher Zusammenhalt

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Online
Time:
8:00 - 16:00 Uhr
Organizer:
Prof. Dr. Wiebke Schulz; Heike Solga (WZB Berlin Social Science Center)
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Semester:
WiSe 2021/22

Thematic Conference

Technological Change, Digitalization and Life Course Inequalities

Technological change has major implications for social inequality. Most of the research focuses on changes in skill requirements and labor market transformations. Yet, digitalization, more than ever before, has the potential to impact inequalities across a wide range of life domains and for different groups in society. This workshop aims to connect researchers to discuss the most important developments and challenges that digitalization has for inequality. The aim is to stimulate and cross-fertilize research on digitalization and inequality regarding various dimensions of the life course and life periods/stages, across various institutional settings. Example questions are: Are gender inequalities intensified or alleviated by technological changes? Do digital technologies foster family relations across generations? What are the implications of changes in skill requirements at work for the reproduction of social inequality? Can elderly benefit from technological advancements or are they left behind? How doesdigitalization impact ethnic inequalities and segregation (e.g., language barriers, labor market integration)?

This workshop encourages contributions on the following topics (but not limited to)

  • Labor market inequality;
  • Family relations;
  • Gender inequality;
  • Cognitive and noncognitive skills;
  • Educational inequality;
  • Work-life interferences;
  • Well-being;
  • Civic and democratic participation


Keynote Speakers

Mario L. Small, Harvard University
Glenda Quintini, OECD

ECSR Thematic Conference

Place:
Haus der Wissenschaft
Room: Olbers-Saal
Sandstr. 4/5
28195 Bremen
Time:
21 April: starts at 1 p.m.; 22 April: ends at 2 p.m.
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Veränderte Lebensläufe (z. B. Lebensformen und Familienverläufe, Erwerbsverläufe) stellen eine Herausforderung für sozialpolitische Absicherung dar. Zugleich werden traditionelle Formen der (erwerbszentrierten) Absicherung schon immer nur denjenigen Lebensläufen gerecht, welche bestimmten normativen Modellen genügen. Zusätzlich stellen Vermarktlichung, Privatisierung und andere Transformationstendenzen sozialer Sicherung individuelles Lebenslaufhandeln vor neue Probleme und Aufgaben. Sich abzeichnende erneute Verteilungskämpfe und gesellschaftliche Krisen wie diejenige infolge der Covid-19-Pandemie gehen auch mit einer kritischeren Betrachtung des Zusammenspiels zwischen Lebensläufen und Sozialpolitik einher.
Vor diesem Hintergrund sollen auf der geplanten Veranstaltung politische Regelungen und Maßnahmen in den Blick genommen werden, welche anstreben, den Komplexitäten von Erwerbs- und Lebensverläufen besser gerecht zu werden als bisherige Formen sozialer Absicherung. Inkrementelle Reformen und Reformkonzepte werden ebenso diskutiert wie größere Entwürfe, wobei wissenschaftliche und aus der (politischen und anderen) Praxis kommende Perspektiven zusammengebracht werden sollen.
Thematisiert werden Formen von Erwerbstätigkeit und ihre Absicherung (mit dem Schwerpunkt auf atypischer Beschäftigung, Solo-Selbstständigkeit, Erwerbshybridisierung), Migration und lebenslauforientierte soziale Sicherung, Formen von (Sorge-)Arbeit und ihre Anerkennung sowie Konzepte des bedingungslosen Grundeinkommens.

Programme (latest version)