Das SOCIUM veranstaltet in jedem Semester eine Jour Fixe Reihe, in der aktuelle Ergebnisse der Ungleichheits- und Sozialpolitikforschung zur Diskussion gestellt und aktuelle Entwicklungen erörtert werden.

Spezifisch auf gesundheitspolitische Themen ist das Gesundheitspolitische Kolloquium ausgerichtet, das ebenfalls regelmäßig in jedem Semester veranstaltet wird.

Um die Methodenkompetenzen zu stärken und den interdisziplinären Dialog anzuregen, bietet die Brückenprofessur des Wissenschaftsschwerpunkts Sozialwissenschaften Lectures, Methodenworkshops und -schulungen, durchgeführt von international führenden Expertinnen und Experten an.

Mit Tagungen, Vorträgen, Workshops sowie weiteren Veranstaltungen bietet das SOCIUM Foren zur Diskussion und Entwicklung ungleichheitsbezogener und sozialpolitischer Forschung.

10.02.2021 - 10.02.2021Online-Lecture

Gender, Right-Wing Populism and Family Policy Discourses in Hungary and in Poland

Dorota Szelewa, PhD. (Trinity College Dublin)

WiSe 2021/22

''The main topic of this presentation is to analyse the recent reforms and discourses about gender roles as produced and activated by the right-wing populist governments in Hungary (post 2010)  and Poland (post 2015). In the context of a rapid demographic decline that took place in almost all East European Countries, women started to be predominantly perceived through their reproductive functions. In Hungary, pro-natalist policies favouring cash transfers were intensified under the slogans of ‘demographic revolution of the middle class’, with blaming women for falling fertility rates. In Poland, aligned with the Catholic Church, the new government has openly attacked the notion of gender, while limiting access to emergency contraception, IVF treatment, and allowing the repeated attempts to introduce a complete abortion ban, while at the same time investing heavily in child-related policies. Overall, such approach would place more emphasis on supply side of politics. For characterising the recent reforms in Hungary and Poland I am using the notions of maternalism and familialism (and their varieties) and then to analyse the main discourses around maternity in relation to gender roles and other accompanying discourses employed by the right-wing populist governments in the new political contexts. My argument is that the recent developments in these policies and discourses can be interpreted as re-building and strengthening national identities. Specifically, I am using Nira Yuval-Davis’s framework of gendered nationalism. As previous studies often focused on Hungarian-Polish comparison due to differences in their policy mixes, with Hungary being labelled ‘public maternalism’ or ‘comprehensive support’ and Poland – ‘private maternalism’ or ‘implicit familialism’, this paper demonstrates how the recent reforms contribute to transformation of Polish version of maternalism from ‘private’ to ‘public’.

Please join the lecture via Zoom here.
Meeting-ID: 969 2737 8979
Kenncode: 182633

Haus der Wissenschaft
Sandstraße 4/5
28195 Bremen
8:00 - 16:00 Uhr
SoSe 2021

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

Tali Kristal, University of Haifa
Mario L. Small, Harvard University
Glenda Quintini, OECD

ECSR Thematic Conference



2 pm - 3:30 pm
Btlg. Organisation:
Jour Fixe
WiSe 2021/22

Stephen Devereux (Research Fellow at the Institute for Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK, and Mercator Fellow at CRC 1342) is a leading expert in Social Policy in southern Africa. 

Devereux is currentliy working on a book on social protection agents and agencies in Africa. In this lecture he will look at methodological and ethical issues, as well as some of the interesting findings from interviews he has conducted so far.

The lecture will most likely be held online via Zoom. The link to join in will be shared in due time

13.10.2021 - 13.10.2021Lecture

Immigration, solidarity and social class

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

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.