Events at the MPIfG

Events at the MPIfG

The events displayed here take place at the main location of the IMPRS, the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne.

Recentering Central Banks: Theorizing State-Economy Boundaries as Central Bank Effects

Research seminar
  • Date: Jun 22, 2021
  • Time: 11:00
  • Speaker: Matthias Thiemann
  • Associate Professor for European Public Policy at Sciences Po, Paris

Fifteenth Summer Conference on Economy and Society: Politics and Society in a Material World

IMPRS Summer Conference
The Summer Conference on Economy and Society is an integral part of the curriculum of the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE). Since 2006, the summer conferences bring together reknowned scholars and graduate students in political economy, economic sociology, and related fields from a network of partner institutions that now include Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Northwestern University, Sciences Po, Columbia University, and the European University Institute. [more]
Recent scholarship on wealth inequality has paid close attention to the extreme concentration of wealth at the very top of the distribution. [more]
MAX CPE is a new online seminar series in Comparative Political Economy which aims to foster exchanges, connections, and conversations in the global community of scholars of Comparative Political Economy (CPE) and beyond. [more]

The Fictions of Modern Social Theory

MPIfG Lecture
  • Date: Oct 6, 2021
  • Time: 17:00 - 18:30
  • Speaker: Gurminder Bhambra
  • University of Sussex
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The consolidation of modern social theory, in the writings of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim, coincided with the height of European empires and global war between them. Yet, empire lay outside the purview of mainstream social theory except as a phenomenon associated with earlier historical periods and civilizations. [more]

Political Entrepreneurs and Populism

MPIfG Lecture
  • Date: Nov 24, 2021
  • Time: 17:00 - 18:30
  • Speaker: Catherine De Vries
  • Bocconi University, Milan
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The rise and fall of populist parties across Europe has attracted much attention. But is this a new phenomenon? In her talk, Catherine De Vries suggests not. [more]

New Gilded Age in a Broken World? The Super-Rich, Urban Life, and City Politics

MPIfG Lecture
  • Date: Dec 8, 2021
  • Time: 17:00 - 18:30
  • Speaker: Rowland Atkinson
  • University of Sheffield
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The extent of social inequalities was well known before the pandemic arrived. Poverty and staggering wealth had already reappeared at levels not seen since the gilded age of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. [more]

Identity Switching in Disruptive Organizations: The Microfoundations of Transnational Activism for Economic Justice

MPIfG Lecture
  • Date: Jan 12, 2022
  • Time: 17:00 - 18:30
  • Speaker: Duncan Wigan
  • Copenhagen Business School, Department of Organization
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How do entrepreneurs create organizations intended to disrupt an environment? And how do they stabilize them as organizations once they have made their mark? This talk provides a framework for understanding how issue entrepreneurs propel disruptive organizations by switching identities between different network domains. [more]
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