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Prof. Rueyming Tsay
Prof. Rueyming Tsay
Rueyming Tsay ist derzeit Gastwissenschaftler im Projekt A06 „Entwicklung und Diffusion von Familienpolitik in globaler Perspektive“.

Rueyming Tsay, Professor für Soziologie an der Tunghai-Universität in Taiwan und ein führender Experte für Familienfragen, insbesondere des Alterns, ist derzeit Gast im Projekt A06 des SFB 1342. Seine Forschungsinteressen umfassen zudem die Themenbereiche Bildungssoziologie, Lebensqualität und soziale Ungleichheit. Kürzlich hat er an einer vergleichenden Studie gearbeitet, in der die Auswirkungen des familiären und sozialen Engagements auf die Lebensqualität und Gesundheit der Ältesten in Taiwan, China und den USA untersucht wurden. Die Daten wurden von Forschungsteams der Tunghai University und der University of Hawaii in Manoa gesammelt, um den Alterungsprozess von Chinesen in verschiedenen Gesellschaften und über kulturelle Grenzen hinweg zu vergleichen.

Professor Tsay wird bis Juli 2020 in Bremen bleiben. Sein Fachwissen über asiatische Gesellschaften, insbesondere in Bezug auf die Familienkultur, liefert einen wertvollen Hintergrund für die am SFB durchgeführten Forschungsarbeiten.

Länder in Ost- und Südostasien haben sich in den letzten fünf Jahrzehnten in bezug auf Themen des demografischen und sozialen Wandels rasant verändert. Vergleichende Wohlfahrtsstaatsforschung und familienpolitische Forschung in dieser Weltregion sind jedoch trotzdem rar. Es wurde argumentiert, dass Trends in Bezug auf Ehe und Geburtenrate die Spannung zwischen schnellen sozialen und wirtschaftlichen Veränderungen einerseits und begrenzten Veränderungen der familiären Erwartungen und Verpflichtungen andererseits widerspiegeln. Auch die Altersvorsorge in asiatischen Familien ist für die politischen Entscheidungsträger zu einem wichtigen Thema geworden. Die demografische Entwicklung und der asiatische Ansatz in Bezug auf Sozial- und Familienpolitik hängen daher stark von den traditionellen Familienwerten und -praktiken ab.

Eine Gelegenheit, mehr über die Arbeit von Professor Tsay zu erfahren, bietet sich auch, wenn er im Mai im Rahmen der Jour Fixe Reihe einen Vortrag hält.


Kontakt:
Prof. Sonja Drobnič
SFB 1342: Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik
Mary-Somerville-Straße 9
28359 Bremen
Tel.: +49 421 218-66360
E-Mail: sonja.drobnic@bigsss.uni-bremen.de

SFB-Mitglied Ulrich Mückenberger hat auf einer Gedenkveranstaltung in Brüssel die Rechtsgelehrte Éliane Vogel-Polsky gewürdigt. Mückenberger war als Vertreter des europäischen Arbeitsrechts eingeladen.

Ulrich Mückenberger hat am 19. Februar 2020 in Brüssel auf der Gedenkveranstaltung für die große europäische Rechtsgelehrte Éliane Vogel-Polsky gesprochen. Geboren 1926 und gestorben 2015, gehörte Vogel-Polsky zu den Größen des europäischen Arbeitsrechts. Sie war Professorin, Anwältin, Menschenrechtskämpferin, Feminstin und leidenschaftliche Europäerin. Ulrich Mückenberger erarbeitete und veröffentlichte mit ihr u.a. die Schrift "Manifesto Social Europe" (2001).

Die Université Libre de Bruxelles veranstaltete zu ihren Ehren ein Kolloquium mit Freund/inn/en und Mitstreiter/inne/n von Éliane Vogel-Polsky. Mückenberger war als Vertreter des europäischen Arbeitsrechts eingeladen.

Mehr zu der Veransaltung auf den Seiten der Université Libre de Bruxelles.


Kontakt:
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Mückenberger
SFB 1342: Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik, Fachbereich Rechtswissenschaft
Universitätsallee, GW1
28359 Bremen
Tel.: +49 421 218-66218
E-Mail: mueckenb@uni-bremen.de

Dr. Irene Dingeldey mit Studierenden beim Auswärtigen Amt
Dr. Irene Dingeldey mit Studierenden beim Auswärtigen Amt
Mit Unterstützung des SFB 1342 waren Irene Dingeldey und Master-Studierende für drei Tage in Berlin, wo sie an Workshops mit der ILO und dem Auswärtigen Amt teilnahmen.

Zusammen mit Studierenden aus dem Kurs "Collective and Indivdiual Labour Rights" aus dem Master-Studiengang Social Policy ist SFB-Mitglied Irene Dingeldey zum Auswärtigen Amt und zur ILO-Niederlassung in Berlin gereist. Vom 15.-17. Januar haben sie dort an Workshops teilgenommen.

Dabei ging es vor allem um den Austausch zwischen PraktikerInnen und WissenschaftlerInnen, Anwendung von Theorie und empirischen Erkenntnissen auf die Praxis, die Demonstration des Normsetzungs- und Umsetzungsprozesses am Beispiel Deutschlands.


Kontakt:
PD Dr. Irene Dingeldey
SFB 1342: Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik, Institut Arbeit und Wirtschaft
Wiener Straße 9 / Ecke Celsiusstraße
28359 Bremen
Tel.: +49 421 218-61710
E-Mail: dingeldey@uni-bremen.de

Die SFB-Mitglieder Kressen Thyen und Alex Veit haben bei der 14. Pan-European Conference on International Relations den Vorsitz der Section 39.

Call for Papers: "The Politics of Internationalised Welfare" (S39)

European International Studies Association (EISA), 14th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, Msida, Malta, September 16 – 19, 2020

Proposal submission deadline: March 16, 2020
Section chairs: Alex Veit & Kressen Thyen (University of Bremen)

The call for papers is now open for "The Politics of Internationalised Welfare", Section 39 at the EISA-PEC, 16-19 September 2020.
Section 39: The Politics of Internationalised Welfare

In recent years, students of International Relations have increasingly paid attention to internationalised welfare as a relevant field of study. In contrast to the traditional welfare literature, which conceptualises social policy primarily as a domestic issue, this new branch of scholarship emphasises the influence and impact of global dynamics and international actors on social needs and welfare provision. However, different areas of international engagement, such as global health, social protection, or humanitarian aid, are often treated as separate fields of study.
In this section, we aim to bring these fields together and to analyse the fundamental questions linking them: How do international political structures—from colonialism to global governance—impact on welfare states around the globe? What influence do international and transnational actors have on the design, finance and provision of welfare systems? Which ideas and interests drive international involvement in welfare provision?

From the "age of empires" to the contemporary multilateral world, international authorities and actors have addressed social inequality, political grievances and environmental risks in different ways. This section seeks to highlight changes and continuities of internationalised welfare. It is therefore structured in a historical order that connects the past, present, and future.

With this call we are inviting paper proposals in particular relating to the following panels:

  • Imperial, Late Imperial and Post-Imperial Welfare Politics in the Global South
  • Welfare in the Post-colony: Between Popular Contention, Statebuilding and Internationalisation
  • Beyond Capital IR – Studying Social Questions in the Countryside
  • Climate Change and Poverty: Vulnerable Populations, Human Security & Social Justice


A more detailed description of the intended panels follows below.
Please submit your paper proposal through the EISA-PEC online platform. Submission guidelines are available here: https://eisa-net.org/pec-2020-abstract-submission-guidelines/

We look forward to receiving your proposals and to seeing you in Msida!
Alex & Kressen


Imperial, Late Imperial and Post-Imperial Welfare Politics in the Global South
Panel Chair: Roy Karadağ

This panel targets the imperial sources of internationalised welfare. It aims to bring together scholars who investigate and critically reflect upon the ideas, policy measures and practices of empires in identifying, problematizing and dealing with poverty, social crises and contestations from excluded groups across global peripheries. What were the features of this imperial wave of global social policy? Under which conditions did imperial politicians, bureaucrats and academics engage with teaching, healing and nurturing subject populations in colonies and protectorates? In which ways were these policies and practices themselves transformed in the late imperial years after the Second World War? What were the overall consequences for social policy making after decolonisation had finally materialised?
Organised around this set of questions, contributions ideally bridge the gap between themes of dependent development and the politics of empire, on the one hand, and of welfare statism and social policy, on the other hand. In particular, the goal is to theorise what the "imperial" is in "imperial social policy and welfare". Geographically, we invite papers that cover African, Middle Eastern and Asian contexts of imperial rule. With regard to policy fields, papers may cover anything from education, health, food, labour, pensions, housing and social assistance schemes. Contributions may render the multi-sited and multi-causal nature of imperial policy making visible, for example by investigating the various imperial justifications of policies and regulations, and the contestations they produced both within and beyond the respective imperial institutions.


Welfare in the Post-colony: Between Popular Contention, Statebuilding and Internationalisation
Panel Chairs: Kressen Thyen & Alex Veit

This panel interrogates postcolonial welfare states in the Global South as processes and products of entanglement between domestic and transnational political configurations.
On the national level, public welfare connects state organizations and social groups. It may increase state legitimacy, but also trigger new demands. It addresses social inequality, but also manifests group privileges. It symbolises nationhood and provides vision, but also exposes gaps between ambition and implementation. Geographically, welfare bureaucracies embody the state in the most remote village, but also reproduce urban-rural divides. Welfare administrative knowledge is the backbone of planning for the public good, but such data can also be used as a tool of control and repression. In sum, welfare provision creates colourful, often contradictory bonds between states and populations.
At the same time, welfare states of the Global South are transnational configurations. The design, finance, and provision of welfare is a transnational process in which international organisations, bilateral donors, transnational NGOs, religious organisations and expert communities are centrally involved. While such international involvement arguably creates a "global social policy" in its infancy, it also renders concepts of sovereignty, citizenship, democracy, accountability, entitlement, and durability highly precarious. This fundamentally puts into question previous assumptions on welfare state formation.
To address these processes of entanglement between transnational and domestic configurations, we invite papers addressing or relating to the following questions: How can we conceptualise welfare in the Global South? How does internationalisation impact on everyday patterns of legitimation and contestation? In what ways did neoliberalism and structural adjustments disrupt postcolonial welfare politics? Where do countervailing ideas emerge against dominant welfare approaches?


Beyond Capital IR – Studying Social Questions in the Countryside
Panel Chairs: Klaus Schlichte & Anna Wolkenhauer

A lot is going on in the countryside. In recent years, Sociology, Development Studies and Political Science have paid renewed attention to rural areas for a number of reasons. Deteriorating food security, increasingly frequently felt impacts of climate change, and a growing awareness of sustainability issues have put farmers back at the centre of attention.
Practices like land-grabbing, the depletion of natural resources, food insecurity or huge gaps in public service delivery seem to fuel forms of opposition that have hitherto rather been ignored by “capital IR”. This panel aims at interrogating social questions that specifically address rural areas, rural populations and internationalised politics targeting them. This can include social policies, rural development, food policies or other schemes geared by “the will to improve” (Tanya Li). While locally effective, state and non-state policies are embedded in a global system of development initiatives, governance structures, trade rules, and political representation more widely. We are convinced that IR is well-advised not to ignore the connections between rural change and international structures – historical and contemporary.
This panel invites contributions related to the following or related questions: How are structural transformations in the countryside addressed by (internationalised) welfare? How have state retrenchment and a neoliberal redefinition of social policy affected rural areas? How are social and political questions related in the countryside; do welfare and political representation interact? What potential do food security interventions hold for social inclusion and transformation?


Climate Change and Poverty: Vulnerable Populations, Human Security & Social Justice

Panel Chair: Simon Chin-Yee

Climate change plays an increasingly important role in discussions of poverty, human security and socio-economic risks. Vulnerable populations are increasingly susceptible to weather shocks, desertification, sea level rise and conflicts which can lead to poverty traps. Sustained eradication of poverty will depend on many socio-economic conditions, including access to health care, education and economic growth. Climate change impacts on poverty exponentially as vulnerable populations are more exposed to its effects and have less capacity to adapt or react to natural disasters. Additionally, climate change is increasingly seen as a threat multiplier further exacerbating impacts on human security. These are human rights and climate justice issues.
This panel seeks to examine how changing environmental conditions are impacting vulnerable populations with an eye to the future, answering questions such as: How can vulnerable communities avoid falling into the poverty trap? How do populations cope when experiencing negative shocks in multiple channels simultaneously? What responsibility does the global climate regime have to address issues of human rights and vulnerable populations? To what extent are climate related risks addressed by internationalised social policy-making?

Programme
https://eisa-net.org/pec-2020-sections/#topanchor


Contact
Section Chairs are Alex Veit (veit@uni-bremen.de) and Kressen Thyen (thyen@uni-bremen.de), Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS), CRC Global Dynamics of Social Policy, University of Bremen, Germany.

For further information related to the submission process please contact info.pec20@eisa-net.org.


Kontakt:
Dr. Kressen Thyen
SFB 1342: Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik, Institut für Interkulturelle und Internationale Studien
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Tel.: +49 421 218-67488
E-Mail: thyen@uni-bremen.de

Dr. Alex Veit
SFB 1342: Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik, Institut für Interkulturelle und Internationale Studien
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Tel.: +49 421 218-67471
E-Mail: veit@uni-bremen.de