14. - 15. Oktober 2016

The Multiple Directions of Social Progress

Meeting of the “International Panel on Social Progress”

The WZB invites interested researchers to participate in the workshop “The Multiple Directions of Social Progress” on October 14 and 15, 2016, co-organized with our French cooperation partner FMSH. 

The workshop brings together leading academics of the “International Panel on Social Progress” (IPSP) that seeks to develop research-based and multi-disciplinary solutions to the pressing challenges of our time. The panel report will be published in spring 2018 and discusses the following leading questions in 22 different chapters:

  1. What is the current situation and what are the historical and prospective trends?
  2. What direction of change can be inspired by the search for social justice?
  3. What are the drivers and barriers for such a change?

The aim of the workshop is to synthesize the overarching themes, dilemmas and unresolved issues surrounding social progress of the panel report in the concluding chapter. Leading authors of this chapter are Eric Olin Wright and Nancy Folbre. Eric Olin Wright is Vilas Distinguished Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a research focus on class relations in capitalist societies. Nancy Folbre is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her research focusses on family economics and economics of care.

Interested researchers have the chance to meet the chapter authors and contribute to their work. If you would like to participate, please contact Friederike Molitor (friederike.molitor [at] wzb.eu) or Susanne Beer (susanne.beer [at] wzb.eu) by Monday, October 10, 2016 (places are limited).