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2014

16/12/2014 Sebastian Kohl awarded dissertation prize image description

On 21 November 2014, the Franco-German University (FGU) awarded Sebastian Kohl the 2014 Dissertation Prize for his remarkable Franco-German dissertation in the field of sociology. His work is titled “Homeowner Nations or Nations of Tenants? How Historical Institutions in Urban Politics, Housing Finance and Construction Set Germany, France and the US on Different Housing Paths”.
Sebastian Kohl, is a graduate student from the dual PhD degree between Sciences Po and the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE).
The prize for the best Franco-German dissertation is targeted at post-docs who have earned their doctoral degree through an individual Cotutelle de thèse process (binational PhD programme) or have successfully completed a Franco-German doctoral training programme. His research was supervised by Jens Beckert at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne (MPIfG) and Pierre François at the Centre de sociologie des organisations at Sciences Po.

10/12/2014 Eileen Keller awarded doctorate image description

Eileen Keller was awarded her doctorate in political science from the Humboldt University Berlin on 10 December 2014. Her dissertation "Negotiating the Future of Banking" investigated financial reform in France and Germany after the crisis, in particular regulation concerning the funding sources for the real economy. Eileen Keller spent the spring semester 2013 at MaxPo under the supervision of Cornelia Woll. She is currently a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence.

01/10/2014 New doctoral students Francesco Findeisen
 
Pablo Zamith

MaxPo is starting its third year of activities and is pleased to announce the arrival of Francesco Findeisen and Pablo Zamith as new doctoral students within the program. Both are enrolled in Sciences Po's PhD program in sociology. Francesco Findeisen studied Sociology, Political Science, and Philosophy at Humboldt University Berlin, New York University (NYU), and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Pablo Zamith holds a Bachelor in economics from the University of Lausanne and an interdisciplinary Master degree in social sciences from the EHESS and Ecole normale supérieure. Further information about their background and research interests is available here.

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2013

06/12/2013 Stéphane Guittet awarded doctorate image description

Stéphane Guittet was awarded his doctorate in political science from Sciences Po Paris in December 2013. His dissertation investigated financial reforms after the crisis by studying over-the-counter derivative market regulation in the US and the EU. A member of an Otto Hahn Research Group directed by Cornelia Woll, Stéphane Guittet spent the fall of 2010 at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne and subsequent stays at the London School of Economics and Columbia University in New York. His thesis received a "mention très honorable".

28/11/2013 Anne van der Graaf graduated from
University of Edinburgh
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MaxPo's doctoral student Anne van der Graaf graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Master of Science in Research Sociology. Since September she has been enrolled in Sciences Po's PhD program in sociology. Further information about Anne's background and research interests is available here.

01/10/2013 Olivier Godechot appointed as
new co-director
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MaxPo is delighted to announce the appointment of Olivier Godechot as its new Co-Director. A CNRS research fellow, he is joining Sciences Po in October 2013, in all likelihood through an affiliation with the Observatoire sociologique du changement. He succeeds Marion Fourcade as the holder of the AXA-Sciences Po Chair of Economic Sociology.


An economic sociologist, his primary research interests are in finance, labor markets, academia and network sociology. He has studied the division of labor and ordinary rationalities within a trading room and compensation mechanisms within the financial industry. Extending his interest in labor markets to academia, he has also examined university hiring, in particular the impact of networks on recruitment. He has published five books on finance, labor markets and traders, most recently Working Rich. Wages, Bonus and Appropriation of Profits in the Financial Industry (Chicago University Press, forthcoming).


At MaxPo, he will direct a research group on the issue of financialization in modern societies, with a special interest in mobility in financial labor markets and their effects on broader inequalities.


Olivier Godechot also serves as deputy director for the master’s degree Sociology and Statistics at ENS-EHESS. Previously, he was a member of the Centre Maurice Halbwachs from 2005 to 2013 and an associate member of the Quantitative Sociology Laboratory (LSQ-CREST) from 2006 to 2013. A former student of École normale supérieure, he holds a master’s degree from ENS-EHESS, a PhD in Sociology from the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (2004) and a Habilitation from Sciences Po (2013). In 2013, he was awarded a CNRS Bronze medal for his research.


30/09/2013 New doctoral students image description
 
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MaxPo is starting its second year of activities and is pleased to announce the arrival of Anne van der Graaf and Troels Magelund Krarup as new doctoral students within the program. Both are enrolled in Sciences Po's PhD program in sociology. Further information about their background and research interests is available here.

22/07/2013 MaxPo Discussion Papers:
New publication series
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In July 2013 the Franco-German Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (MaxPo) published the first paper in its MaxPo Discussion Paper series, which presents research in economic sociology, political economy, economic history, and related fields. In MaxPo Discussion Paper 13/1, "Moral Categories in the Financial Crisis," Marion Fourcade, Philippe Steiner, Wolfgang Streeck, and Cornelia Woll offer different perspectives on the role of moral judgments in the economy and call for broader and more systematic scholarly engagement with this issue. The contributions build on a roundtable discussion held at the opening of MaxPo last November.


17/05/2013 MaxPo cited as a successful example of Franco-German research cooperation image description

On May 7, 2013 Germany and France celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Franco-German Financial and Economic Council. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble and French Minister of the Economy and Finance Pierre Moscovici issued a joint political declaration stating: “France and Germany agree that stability, competitiveness and growth in the Economic and Monetary Union are of crucial importance for the future of our two countries and the European Union.” Additionally, they committed themselves to promoting scientific cooperation between France and Germany, citing the MaxPo Center as a successful example of this type of cooperation (paragraph 37).


18/04/2013 MaxPo Newsletter -
First issue spring 2013
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The Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (MaxPo) is offering its scholars and students, and the interested public, a new service: the MaxPo Newsletter. From Spring 2013 onwards a the MaxPo Newsletter will provide information on people and upcoming events at MaxPo. It is published three times a year.


You can download the MaxPo Newsletter from our website, or subscribe to it by email by writing to info@maxpo.eu.


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2012

29/11/2012 MaxPo's official inauguration ceremony image description

The Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (MaxPo) officially opened its doors on November 29, 2012. The opening ceremony of the Center at Sciences Po in Paris was followed by a reception at the residence of the German Ambassador. A panel discussion on “Moral Categories in the Financial Crisis“ rounded off the ceremony. The panelists included Marion Fourcade, MaxPo, Philippe Steiner, University of Paris-Sorbonne, Wolfgang Streeck, MPIfG, and Cornelia Woll, MaxPo. The discussion was chaired by Christine Musselin, Center for the Sociology of Organisations.

01/10/2012 Research begins at MaxPo image description

Culminating many years of collaboration in research and teaching between the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) in Cologne and Sciences Po in Paris, the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (MaxPo) will open its doors at Sciences Po on October 1, 2012. In jointly founding the Center, the MPIfG and Sciences Po, a university specializing in the humanities and social sciences, are taking a major step toward working together more closely. At MaxPo, they will investigate the impact of increasing liberalization, technological advances, and cultural change on industrialized Western societies.

03/05/2012 Call for Applications: Doctoral seminar "Sociology of Markets"

From January 7–11, 2013, a week-long PhD seminar on the "Sociology of Markets" will be held at Sciences Po Paris. Taught in English by Professor Jens Beckert (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne) and Professor Pierre François (Sciences Po Paris), the seminar is open to PhD students currently enrolled in a PhD program at a French or German university.

Participating students must have prior knowledge in the field of economic sociology or adjacent fields (such as economic history, political economy or economic anthropology).

24/04/2012 Fourcade and Woll to head MaxPo research groups

The Franco-German Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (MaxPo) has succeeded in recruiting two outstanding international scholars for its faculty, the sociologist Marion Fourcade and the political scientist Cornelia Woll.

Fourcade and Woll will each head a research group at the Center as of fall 2012 and be instrumental in launching the Center's research program. Run jointly by Sciences Po Paris and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne the Center's research concentrates on investigating how individuals, organizations and politics are coping with the new forms of instability that have developed in Western societies during the last forty years. MaxPo is located in Paris.

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2011

15 and 16/11/2011 MPIfG and Sciences Po: Conference on Instability in Market Societies image description

At a joint conference in Paris on December 15 and 16, 2011, the MPIfG and Sciences Po presented the subjects that will be investigated at the future Franco-German Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies. The Center will study how Western societies are handling the growing instability of their economies. Markets are increasingly dominating many areas of life, which has led to a culture of individualization that is destabilizing traditional social structures.

How can states, organizations and individuals cope with increasingly unstable economic, social and political environments? The Center, which is being run jointly by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne and Sciences Po, will be located in Paris. Currently two research groups are being set up.

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