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".

Place
Unicom building
Room: 7.1020
Mary-Somerville-Str. 7
28359 Bremen
Time
2.15 pm - 3.45 pm
Contact Person
Lecture Series
Jour Fixe
Semester
WiSe 2022/23

States seek to expand their infrastructural power over society through surveillance. Citizens have an interest in protecting their privacy, but they also they also desire security. States therefore draw on narratives of threats from violent crime, terrorism, migration or disease to rationalize surveillance programmes. In this talk, I examine how the Chinese state communicates about the Social Credit System (SCS)—a vast information collection and behaviour steering scheme covering all individuals and organizations—on the social media platform Sina Weibo.

I identify a dominant social anomie narrative that is most actively promoted by state-affiliated accounts and is most prone to generate user attention. It portrays the SCS as an effective solution for allegedly pervasive problems of social disorder. By punishing minor legal and norm transgressions, the SCS is depicted as a civilizing force that helps protect society from itself. Drilling into the most attention-generating posts, I discern how state-affiliated accounts piggy-bag on high-profile incidents to associate the SCS with norm-breaking phenomena that have high popular salience. Potential counter-discourses of state control and privacy are scarce, censored when they generate traction, and often out of sync with the empirical reality of the SCS.

This indicates that the Chinese state enjoyed notable success in mobilizing problems of social anomie, which are rooted in problems of governance, for deepening its penetration into society. The Social Credit System is part of a wider “civilizing” endeavour with which the Chinese Communist Party is trying to strengthen its moral legitimacy, by addressing long standing popular concerns over anti-social behaviour.

About H. Christoph Steinhardt

H. Christoph Steinhardt is associate professor at the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna. His research focuses on state-society relations in China, covering popular protest, information, social trust, civil society and public opinion. He is principal investigator of a project on the Social Credit System funded by the European Research Council, in which he studies the popular perception of social credit and privacy, state justification strategies as well as the wider population of Chinese social engineering programmes.

Place

Room: tba
Mary-Somerville-Str. 7
28359 Bremen
Time
2 pm - 4 pm
Organiser
Teilprojekt B09: SFB 1342, Universität Bremen
Contact Person

The lecture by Caitlin Ryan is part of the Online Lecture Series "Rural Development & Welfare in Africa" of our B09 project Social Policy and Rural Development in Africa.

The lecture will be held in-person and online via Zoom:
https://uni-bremen.zoom.us/j/6733655074

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Other dates and speakers: 

9 February 2023, 14.00 (CET), online & in-person
Iva Peša (Groningen University)
Resource extraction, rural trajectories and responses to environmental change: Johannesburg, the Zambian Copperbelt and the Niger Delta compared

16 February 2023, 14.00 (CET)
William Moseley (Macalaster College)
Decolonizing African agriculture: food security, agroecology, and the need for radical transformation

2 March 2023, 12.00 (CET)
Catherine Boone (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Territorial Rule and Regionalization of Politics in Postcolonial Africa

02.02.2023 Workshop (not open to the publ

Hands-on Workshop on Annotating Healthcare System Legislation

Teilprojekt A04 (2022-25): SFB 1342, Universität Bremen
Place
Unicom building
Room: 3.4110
Mary-Somerville-Str. 3
28359 Bremen
Time
1.30 pm - 4.30 pm
Contact Person
Lecture Series
Internal Events

07.02.2023 Online lecture

From Fraternity to Solidarity

Prof. Carol Gould, PhD (City University of New York)
Place


Bremen
Time
3.15 pm - 4.45 pm
Organiser
Partic. Organisation
SOCIUM Forschungszentrum Ungleichheit und Sozialpolitik, Universität Bremen; Sonderforschungsbereich 1342 "Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik", Universität Bremen
Lecture Series
Jour Fixe
Semester
WiSe 2022/23

Place
Haus der Wissenschaft
Sandstraße 4/5
28195 Bremen
Time
9 am - 4 pm (Wednesday); 9 am - 4 pm (Thursday)
Contact Person
Lecture Series
Internal Events

Wednesday
09:00 Opening and Welcome
09:15
Session I: On Generosity, inclusiveness, and Scope of Benefits
10:45
Wrap Up
11:00
Coffee Break
11:15
Session II: Types of benefits
12:45
Wrap Up
13:00
Lunch
14:30
Session III: Social Groups
15:15
Wrap Up
15:30
Closing Day 1
18:00
Dinner

Thursday
09:00 Opening and Welcome
09:15
Session IV: Fragmentation
10:45
Wrap Up
11:00
Coffee Break
11:15
Session V: Data Quality
12:45
Wrap Up
13:00
Lunch
14:00
Session VI: (How Many) Worlds of Welfare – Joint Book Project
15:00
Wrap Up
15:30
Closing Day 2

15.02.2023 Lecture

Old-age provision in Iran

Mehran Haji Mohammadian (Bielefeld University)
Place
Unicom building
Room: 7.1020
Mary-Somerville-Str. 7
28359 Bremen
Time
2.15 pm - 3.45 pm
Organiser
Teilprojekt B01 (2022-25): SFB 1342, Universität Bremen
Contact Person

Mehran Haji Mohammadian is a doctoral researcher at the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS) at the Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University. His dissertation project focuses on old age protection, retirement and pension policies in Iran. His research interests include social policy, the history of work and workers, welfare, inequality and informality. He has recently published a book "Piri" (2019) an ethnographic study of older people in Tehran (in Persian). In 2016 he also published an article "Gender in a Justice-Centered Society: A Review of Abu-Hamid Ghazel's Ethical Views" (in Persian).

Mehran Haji Mohammadian is member of the CRC 1342 country expert network and is mainly cooperating with project B01.

Place


Bremen
Time
2 pm - 4 pm
Organiser
Teilprojekt B09: SFB 1342, Universität Bremen
Contact Person

The lecture by William Moseley is part of the Online Lecture Series "Rural Development & Welfare in Africa" of our B09 project Social Policy and Rural Development in Africa.

The lecture will be online via Zoom:
https://uni-bremen.zoom.us/j/6733655074

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Other dates and speakers: 

March 2023, 12.00 (CET)
Catherine Boone (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Territorial Rule and Regionalization of Politics in Postcolonial Africa

 

02.03.2023 Online Lecture

Territorial Rule and Regionalization of Politics in Postcolonial Africa

Prof. Catherine Boone, PhD (London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE))
Place


Bremen
Time
11.59 am - 1.30 pm
Organiser
Teilprojekt B09: SFB 1342, Universität Bremen
Contact Person

The lecture by Catherine Boone is part of the Online Lecture Series "Rural Development & Welfare in Africa" of our B09 project Social Policy and Rural Development in Africa.

The lecture will be online via Zoom:
https://uni-bremen.zoom.us/j/6733655074

24.06.2023 Open day

Open Campus

Place
Campuspark
Bibliothekstraße
28359 Bremen
Time
11.59 am - 7.00 pm

The OPEN CAMPUS is an interactive public event in the Campus Park of the University of Bremen. With an information and entertainment programme for prospective students, pupils, families with children and the general public. The CRC 1342 will presumably present itself and its research topics in a pavilion and with presentations.