Events

In a number of event formats, the CRC "Global Dynamics of Social Policy" presents and discusses new findings in social policy research. Usually these events are public.
The internal events of CRC 1342 are aimed to facilitate the exchange between the participating researchers and to promote their work on the research questions of their projects. Occasionally we report on the results of these internal events on the page "News".

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DAY 1: CAUSAL MECHANISMS BETWEEN COLONIALISM AND SOCIAL PROTECTION I
FRIDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER 2020, 2:00-5:05PM (GMT+2)

2 pm: Welcome and introduction by Carina Schmitt

2:10 pm: Keynote: "Research on Colonialism from Different Perspectives"
by Gurminder Bhambra (30min + 10min discussion)

2:50 pm: Break (5 min)

2:55 pm: Panel 1A, Role of different actors as "transmission belts"
Expert input: Caroline Authaler (10 min) + Michele Mioni (10 min)
Discussion (40 min) – chair: Amanda Shriwise
- Role of colonial administrations, economic actors, international actors (e.g. ILO), and societal actors (e.g. missions)
- Actors operating at local, colonial, and transnational level

3:55 pm: Break (10 min)

4:05 pm: Panel 1B, Role of colonialism for different social policy areas
Expert input: Jessica Lynne Pearson (10 min) + Marlous van Waijenburg (10 min)
Discussion (40 min) – chair: Amanda Shriwise
- Function of health and education services within colonial systems (e.g. to realize economic interests, to secure settlers + colonial administration and their families)
- Function of family policy and pension schemes (e.g. compensation for military, civil servants)

5:05 pm: End of online workshop day 1

 

DAY 2: METHODOLOGICAL AND EPISTEMOLOGICAL ISSUES
FRIDAY, 2 OCTOBER 2020, 3:00-5:05PM (GMT+2)

3:00 pm: Panel 2A, Concepts and measurement of colonialism
Expert input: John Gerring (10 min) + Matthew Lange (10 min)
Discussion (40 min) – chair: Bastian Becker
- Concepts of colonialism
- Measurements of colonialism

4:00pm Break (5 min)

4:05 pm: Panel 2B, Methods to analyze colonial effects on social protection
Expert input: Johan Fourie (10 min) + Steffi Hamann (10 min)
Discussion (40 min) – chair: Bastian Becker
- Quantitative methods
- Qualitative methods
- Possibilities and limitations

5:05 pm: End of online workshop day 2

 

DAY 3: CAUSAL MECHANISMS BETWEEN COLONIALISM AND SOCIAL PROTECTION II
THURSDAY, 8 OCTOBER, 3:00-5:00PM (GMT+2)

3:00 pm: Panel 3A, Role of colonialism over time
Expert input: Zophia Edwards (10 min) + Daniel Künzler (10 min)
Discussion (40 min) – chair: Judith Ebeling
- Interference of colonialism with other independencies such as trade relations, membership in international organizations, aid patterns
- Role of transnational events (World Wars, decolonization, Cold War)
- Changes and continuities between pre- and post-independence era

4:00 pm Break (5 min)

4:05 pm: Panel 3B, Summarizing discussion and concluding remarks
Chair: Carina Schmitt

5:00 pm: End of online workshop day 3

 

PARTICIPANTS

  • External experts: Caroline Authaler (University of Heidelberg); Gurminder Bhambra (University of Sussex); Zophia Edwards (Providence College); Johan Fourie (Stellenbosch University); John Gerring (University of Texas at Austin); Steffi Hamann (University of Guelph); Daniel Künzler (University of Fribourg); Matthew Lange (McGill University); Michele Mioni (University of Bremen); Jessica Lynne Pearson (Macalester College); Marlous van Waijenburg (Harvard Business School)
  • University of Bremen: ERC Starting Grant Project "Colonial Legacies of Social Protection" (COLSOC) with four participants, and CRC 1342 "Global Dynamics of Social Policy" with ca. 20 participants
30.09.2020 - 02.10.2020 Internal Workshop

Text Analysis - Quanteda (+)

Prof. Kenneth Benoit, PhD (London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)); Prof. Stefan Müller, PhD (University College Dublin)
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Bremen
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10 am - 5 pm (Friday 10 am - 2.30 pm)
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Sonderforschungsbereich 1342 "Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik", Universität Bremen
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Internal Events

Day 1 - Sept. 30th - 10am to 5pm (roughly) - Overview of Text Analysis

The first day will combine a comprehensive overview of quantitative text analysis with an introduction to the structure, logic, and syntax of the quanteda text analysis package. Topics will include:

  • an introduction to quantitative text analysis and its workflow
  • a comprehensive map of quantitative text analysis including the main techniques used in political and social science
  • an overview of quanteda and how to use it to create core objects for textual analysis.


Day 2 - Oct. 1st - 10am to 5pm (roughly) - Describing, comparing, and scaling texts

The second day will use a few running examples including:

  • identifying key words based on statistical association measures
  • identifying multi-word expressions via collocation analysis
  • computing and interpreting textual statistics for comparing texts
  • using bootstrapping to measure uncertainty in texts
  • computing similarities and distances for identifying clusters of similar texts.

 

Day 3 - Oct. 2nd - 10am to 2:30pm (must end before Colonialism workshop) - Advanced text analysis

The final day will cover advanced methods including:

  • feature weighting and feature selection for textual matrices;
  • supervised and unsupervised document scaling for measuring ideological positions;
  • supervised machine learning for document classification; and
  • topic modelling.
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Bremen
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10 am - 12:01 pm

Armin Müller presents his habilitation project.

Attendance at the lecture is possible in person on site and via zoom. If you are interested, please contact Claudia Herold by e-mail to register for participation.

The lecture room resp. zoom-link will be sent to all registered participants shortly before the event.