Le Grand Syllabus 2016/2017
MAX PLANCK SCIENCES PO CENTER (MAXPO)
The Max Planck Sciences Po Center (MaxPo) is the fruit of several years’ collaboration between Sciences Po and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. The MaxPo Center was created in October 2012 by the Max Planck Society and Sciences Po in order to raise the proﬁle of Franco-German scholarship in the human and social sciences and to provide a complementary perspective to that of the Anglo-American literature on questions of social, economic and political instability in Western societies. As numerous studies have demonstrated, since the end of the 1970s the social role of families, collective actors and political and administrative systems has been steadily displaced by more individualized actors, largely disconnected entities, and ﬁnancial markets. The historical causes and subsequent development of this phenomenon have been mostly studied and described using common concepts like “commodiﬁcation”, “ﬂexibilization”, “deregulation”, “and “liberalization”. However, very few studies have ever explored how individuals, governments, and western societies more broadly cope with this growing insecurity and maintain order in the private and public sectors. How are societies dealing with the fact that their social fabric is being frayed by the precariousness and instability resulting from increasing liberalization, technological progress and cultural shifts? What is the impact of these developments on individuals, families and organizations? How are politicians and governments responding to these developments? How are organizations defending their interests? How are different segments of the population coping with the changes? How are individuals continuing to defend their rights? In attempting to shed light on these questions, the MaxPo Center proposes to analyze social change and explore the relations between economic, cultural, and social forces through the comparative study of Germany and France, as well as the United States and the United Kingdom. This initiative is part of the Max Planck Society’s policy of internationalization, which has already seen the creation of twelve International Max Planck Centers. The MaxPo Center is the ﬁrst academic partnership between the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies and Sciences Po and represents an innovation in Franco-German institutional collaboration in the social sciences. MaxPo’s organizational structure: The Center, ﬁnanced jointly by the Max Planck Society in Munich and Sciences Po for ten years, is directed by two research group leaders: Olivier Godechot, professor of sociology, holder of the AXA Chair in Economic Sociology and CNRS research professor at the OSC, and Jenny Andersson, professor of political science and CNRS research professor at the CEE. Each research group is composed of three doctoral students, recruited throughout the course of the project. Every year, the center hosts visiting professors and doctoral students who take an active part in the center’s activities. The MaxPo Center thus strives to ensure continuous collaboration among international researchers, through research workshops, seminars, conferences and summer schools. An academic committee composed of four members, representatives of the MPIfG and Sciences Po, supervises MaxPo’s activities.