Well, a bit strange year coming to an end, after commencing on September the 8th 2017: taking it as “year” extended by some days, shortened by some events standing in the way of “routine work” in the office at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy in the Amalienstrasse 33 in Munich, standing in the way of life and living … – still several lucky events as concerts, visits of museums … or events in which I had been lucky enough to be able to do at least to some extent what I wanted to do — following the commitment of a dwarf
standing on the shoulders of giants, and even walking some distance with them, side by side.
It proved another time for me that the real – and really exciting – tension of working in academia is not so much about fundamental and applied research but between research and taking position in the biased debates of our times – the times of past, presence and future.
The list below provides gives a more or less small insight into what I could achieve, not mentioning the endless disputes with universities about references for former students, peer-reviewing (though being hesitant when it comes to accepting this task) and also not mentioning the frequent chats with colleagues becoming friends and …, well and friends becoming colleagues.
– The latter may deserve some explanation. While academic work seems to be in some way impersonal, strictly bound to rule and while this is to some extent actually true, it is important to acknowledge the most fundmental rule: any knowledge has to be aobut the acknowledgment of reality as ultimate point of reference. And reality is not primarily what we learn from textbooks, statistics, legal and administrative regulations – even economists, usually at least, do not look at figures for the sake of the figures. Instead, it is about how people act and interact …, and omit (inter)acting. Of course, it is about specific observations and observations of the specific. Nevertheless, it is also about gathering different perspectives, not those expressed in interviews but those expressed in life, or we may say in “open dialogue”. Of course, this is first and foremost a very vague approach. And as much as it may end in accidental contacts – easily ending in accidents of misjudgments due to not knowing background and context of the other – it is also something that emerges naturally when engaging with people around – and this is equally a source of possible accidents due to the limited outreach of contacts.
– Supposedly, the Brandhorsts, before buying paintings for their collection (which then became the Brandhorst museum in the Arts Areal in Munich), borrowed the pieces of art, kept them for a few weeks in their home where they received guests – the purpose was to gather loosely for some chitchat, together exploring the paintings and getting different perspectives. The end result: a new opinion, not algorithmitically defined, but by allowing something to emerge from the unexpected, also from the unknown. it is abitu to gather, merging to something, coming together.
Chats on the corridor of the institute, Wednesday’s for lunch in the Old Simpel or somewhere else: the Vietnamese restaurant next door, Limoni across the street, or the Bavarian around the corner, of course … – with so different people – I guess all this had been like I imagine those visits in the Brandhorst’s home, or like visits to the Arts Areal in Munich, on my own, with others … – always opening the mind …, and asking only to accept one condition: a mind that is sufficiently open to further unfold – the magnificent blood of the orchards needs at least those burgeons that are ready to unravel, the light, seen somewhere in the background …
The list of what had been done, though still not all being dusted
- The Comedy of Big Data or: Corporate Social Responsibility Today, while Corporations wither away?, in: Tjaša Štrukelj/Matjaž Mulej/Grażyna O’Sullivan (eds.): Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance: Volume 2, The Tools for Practice; Palgrave (in print)
- together with Grinin, Leonid E./Ilyin, Ilya V./Korotayev, Andrey V. (eds.), 2017: Global Evolution, Historical Globalistics and Globalization Studies; Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Global Studies/Russian Academy of Science, Institute of Oriental Studies/The Eurasian Center for Big History and System Forecasting International center for education and social humanity research; Volgograd: Uchitel
- together with Grinin, Leonid E./Ilyin, Ilya V./Korotayev, Andrey V., 2017: Introduction: From the First Galaxies to the 2040s; in: Grinin, Leonid E./Ilyin, Ilya V./Herrmann, Peter/Korotayev, Andrey V. (eds.), 2017: Global Evolution, Historical Globalistics and Globalization Studies; Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Global Studies/Russian Academy of Science, Institute of Oriental Studies/The Eurasian Center for Big History and System Forecasting International center for education and social humanity research; Volgograd: Uchitel: 5-8
- Potentials for Taking a Strategic Role for Sustainable Sociability; in: Grinin, Leonid E./Ilyin, Ilya V./Herrmann, Peter/Korotayev, Andrey V. (eds.), 2017: Global Evolution, Historical Globalistics and Globalization Studies; Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Global Studies/Russian Academy of Science, Institute of Oriental Studies/The Eurasian Center for Big History and System Forecasting International center for education and social humanity research; Volgograd: Uchitel: 349-364
- Csoba J., Herrmann P. “Losers, good guys, cool kids” the everyday lives of early school leavers. Monitoring of Public Opinion : Economic and Social Changes. 2017. No 6. P. 276—293. DOI: 10.14515/monitoring.2017.6.15
- Erinnerung an Paul Boccara; in: Sozialismus. Monatlich Hintergründe, Analysen und Kommentare; Heft Nr. 1 | Januar 2018 | 45. Jahrgang | Heft Nr. 425: 64
- Art, recherché, création et politique; À la mémoire de Paul Boccara; in : Economie & Politique ; Novembre/Décembre 2017 ; no 760/761: 30
- Nationale Entwicklungen im Bereich Sozialer Sicherheit und des Sozialschutzes in Irland. 2017-18 – Jahresbericht
- For Him Art, Research, Creation and Politics Were the Same Thing—In Memory of Paul Boccara; in: CASS: World Review of Political Economy (WRPE)
- Precarity – it isn’t employment, it is the economy, stupid; in: ”Living standards of the population in the regions of Russia”; Moscow, forthcoming
- Precarity – it isn’t employment, it is the economy, stupid – extended version of article mentioned before; forthcoming
- (together withN.Bobkov/I.B. Kolmakov/E.V. Odintsov): Двухкритериальная модель социальной структуры российского общества по доходам и жилищной обеспеченности/Two-Criterion Model of the Social Structure of Russian Society by Income and Housing Security; in: Экономика региона/”Economy of region” (http://www.uiec.ru/zhurnal_yekonomika_regiona/o_zhurnale/); in print
- About You – Bei Strafe des Frageverbots, ob man überhaupt ist; erscheint in Tarantel. Zeitschrift der Ökologische Plattform bei DER LINKEN
- Preparatory work for The Development of the Concept of Universal Human Rights: A Critical Perspective; In: International Human Rights, Social Policy and Global Welfare: Critical Perspectives; eds.: Féilim Ó hAdmaill/ Gerard McCann; Policy Press, forthcoming
- A foglalkoztatás precarity – A tőke felhalmozódásának előfeltétele – A társadalomtudomány szenvedélyessége; in: METSZETEK. Társadalomtudományi folyóirat; Debrecen: Debreceni Egyetem Politikatudományi és Szociológiai Intézet
- Changing the Socio-Economic Formation: New Labour Relations, New Forms of Accumulation, New understanding of Intelligence
- Changing the Socio-Economic Formation: New Labour Relations, New Forms of Accumulation, Artificial Intelligence and Sharing Economy
- Value Theory – is there still any value in it? – is it still worthwhile to talk about it?
- Migration between value and poverty chains
- with Vyacheslav Bobkov: Digitisation and Precarisation – Redefining Work and Redefining Society (with Contributions from Australia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Russia; Springer
- Own Contributions:
* together with Vyacheslav Bobkov: Foreword: Digitisation and Precarisation – Redefining Work and Redefining Society
- Economy of Difference and Social Differentiation. Precarity – searching for a new interpretative paradigm
- Own Contributions:
- Preparatory work, together with Laurinkari, Juhani/Unger, Felix: Documentation of the Symposium of the European Academy of Science and Arts and the Pellervo Society, Helsinki: Digitisation, Artificial Intelligence and Stultification of Society; also contribution: Digitisation – Employment – and What?
- Digitalization, immigration and the welfare state, by Mårten Blix, Cheltenham, UK & Northampton, MA, USA, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017, 186 pp., ISBN 978 1 78643 294 0 (hardback) – European Journal of Social Work; 2018; https://doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2018.1434267
- D’Aprile, Dorothee/Baur Barbara/Kadritzke, Niels (Red.): Chinas Aufstieg. Mit Kapital, Kontrolle und Konfuzius; Berlin: taz Verlags- und Vertriebsgenossenschaf; Edition Le Monde Diplomatique 23/2018; in: im Erscheinen in kritisch-lesen.de
- Greve, Bent: Technology and the Future of Work. The Impact on Labour Markets and Welfare States; Cheltenham/Northhampton: Edward Edgar, 2017; ISBN: 9781786434289
see for some:
- Euromemorandum workshop in Harokopio University, Athens (http://www.euromemo.eu/annual_workshops/2017_athens/index.html)
- Euromemo post conference reflections 2017 (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/320215395_Reflections_on_the_occasion_of_the_Annual_EUROMEMO-Conference_in_Athens_end_of_September_2017)
- precarity and digitisation – it is not just about jobs. Moscow 10/2017 – presentation during the conference Instability of employment: Russian and International Contexts of Changing the Legislation on Labour and Employment; Plekanov university, Moscow, October 2017
- The Particular and the Universal – Indigenous Sports for the Integrity of the Global Village; presentation during the IJHS International Conference of Indigenous Sports Culture: Globalization and Nationalization: Inheritance and Development of Indigenous Sports Culture in Asia; Wuhu, China, October 2017
- RLS-workshop, Berlin: presentation on Political economy of ‘right wing populism’
- Journées de formation en économie politique marxiste, Paris, January 2018; Economie et Politique/PCF
- Wissenschaftliches Gespräch am MPI; WYSIWYG – Also for Big Data?, February 2018
- Digitisation – Challenges between Changing Social Securitisation and Changing the Vita Activa – Symposium of the European Academy of Social Science and Arts, Salzburg, March 2018 (https://www.euro-acad.eu/2018/03/05/festive-plenary-session-2018/)
- Panel Vienna: Presentation of the Euromemo: European Social Policy (http://www.beigewum.at/2018/03/can-the-eu-still-be-saved-the-implications-of-a-multi-speed-europe-presentation-of-the-euromemorandum-2018/ – https://www.oefse.at/en/events/veranstaltung/event/show/Event/can-the-eu-still-be-saved-the-implications-of-a-multi-speed-europe/)
- Big Data – Publicness versus Regulating Quasi-Monopolies – 10/04/2018
- Digitisation – Morals, Politics and Responsibility – 11/04/2018
- Digitisation – Meta-Methodological Reflections – 13/04/2018
- Maynooth (May 2018):
- One Belt – One Road – One World – Digitisation of Life as Chinese Lifestyle?
- One Belt – One Road [OBOR] – One World. From Economy of Comparative Advantage to Socio-Politics of Cooperative Progressing
- Value Theory – is there still any value in it? – is it still worthwhile to talk about it?, Presentation during the Conference The [Re]Birth of Marx[ism]
- Capitalism today – a bit of the socio-cultural dimension of the tragicomedy
- Actuelle Stunde am MPI: Capitalism today – a bit of the socio-cultural dimension of the tragicomedy
- Economic Forum Krynica, September 2018 (http://www.forum-ekonomiczne.pl/?lang=en): Precarity of Employment – Precarity of Capital Accumulation – Helplessness of Social Science
- Actuelle Stunde am MPI: Social Injustice and social (de)legalisation – A hegemony-theoretical perspective on Human Rights (September 2018)
- Symposium of the European Academy of Science and Arts and the Pellervo Society, Helsinki: Digitisation, Artificial Intelligence and Stultification of Society, 18/09/2018: Digitisation – Employment – and What? An attempt to socio-locate the challenges of today’s productivity puzzle
- Phanresia, volume IV, in progress
- Commencing Phanresia I-III audio-access, in progress
- Commedia Della Vita or Pánta Rêi’s Firm Ground – blog entries, trying to inspire thinking – ongoing, usually twice per week
Well, the suitcases are packed … – off tomorrow with some hand-luggage, collecting the large bags on Friday …
and even much later too.
There are two things to remember – and I am still grateful to the people teaching me: I will continue being scared; and I will continue even if, or probably better: because there is a light; and I am grateful for to the person that asked me many questions, allowing me to learn about the value of my freedom; and to those who stayed with me while disappearing
– Thank you – 고마워요! – 谢谢 – Köszönöm – Merci – Danke
It requires a lot of …, well, hard to say: naivety (or is it Bavarian nativity?), stupidity, short-sightedness, self-overestimation … or lack of confidence that makes it necessary for politicians to hide behind ‘public acts’ that may have only one purpose: personal profiling in the sense of putting oneself on stage, perform as hero without becoming aware that they change the stage to a place for dangerous tragicomedies, to a place where clowns and comedians make policy in the name of five stars, one cross and an abyss that is guiding their thinking …
Their problem — but also that of each of us, requiring to condemn … also our own faults ….
The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”
Of course, that, in the case in question, i.e. Mr. Soeder, cannot mean to withdraw from critique – it is about dialectics I guess: accepting the message quoted from John 8.3-11, without following what is stated in Luca 23,34:
“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.
Where is the border between forgiving and civil courage? Surely not in retreating into the individuals’ realms …
I regret and feel very sorry: I would have expected that staff working in academic institutions – while we are writing the date of
Il giorno 20/mar/2018, alle ore 04:54,
apparently have to write
• Email submissions: We regret we are unable to accept references emailed to us
It is all about elementary knowledge, back to the real blackboard
Yes, I would have presumed the ability to deal with simple information technologies instead of uploading the burden on academics who surely have other and better things to do.
What actually is the meaning of it: [s]election – Wahl – [s]elezione?
Reading Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s ‘Wahlverwandtschaften’, the issue came up – in a very succinct way, though at first glance as mysterious obfuscation. Here it is, at the end of chapter five
“The Captain said there might be danger in that, but Eduard exclaimed: ‘You just be careful of the D, my friend! What would B do if C were torn from him?’
‘I would have thought the answer to that was obvious,’ Charlotte replied.
‘It is!’ cried Eduard: ‘It would return to its A, to its A and O, its alpha and omega!’ he cried, leaping up and pressing Charlotte hard against his breast.”
But before, in chapter four, we read about the kernel of the brute:
“It is a metaphor which has misled and confused you,’ said Eduard. ‘Here, to be sure, it is only a question of soil and minerals; but man is a true Narcissus: he makes the whole world his mirror.”
Change is thus to repeating what we did: step by step, following an eternal line …
[By Phil Squattrito – Flickr: Undercarriage, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17586908 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridge#/media/File:Tridge_Undercarriage.jpg%5D
What we have today is in effect a dual system, the official one of the “national economies” of states, and the real but largely unofficial one of transnational units and institutions . . . [U]nlike the state with its territory and power, other elements of the ‘nation’ can be and easily are overridden by the globalization of the economy. Ethnicity and language are the two obvious ones. Take away state power and coercive force, and their relative insignificance is clear.
(Hobsbawm, Eric, The Nation and Globalization; in: Constellations, 5_1.1998: 4f.)