BSS 2011

Dates: July 17 – 29, 2011


The Berlin Summer School 2011 attracted internationally renowned scholars as well as Berlin-based social scientists.


The distinguished lecturers in the first week have been:


Michèle Lamont (Harvard University)

The keynote address was given by Michèle Lamont, Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies and Professor of Sociology and African and African American Studies at Harvard University. She is an internationally acclaimed expert on social science theory and knowledge production, organization, and evaluation. She is currently a visiting professor at Science Po in Paris and has published extensively on the above-mentioned topics, most notably and recently ‘How Professors Think: Inside the Curious World of Academic Judgement’ (Harvard University Press 2010), an edited volume with Charles Camic and Neil Gross ‘Social Science in the Making’ (Chicago University Press: forthcoming), and with Patricia White ‘The Evaluation of Systematic Qualitative Research in the Social Sciences (National Science Foundation 2008).


Gary Goertz (University of Arizona)

Gary Goertz is professor of political science at the University of Arizona. He took the lead on the module on concept-building. He is an internationally renowned expert on research methodology and has won the prestigious Giovanni Sartori Book Award of the Qualitative Methods Section in 2007 from APSA with his ‘Social Science Concepts. A User’s Guide’ (Princeton University Press: 2005). Among his most well-known publications are co-edited volumes with Jack Levy on ‘Explaining War and Peace: Case Studies and Necessary Condition Counterfactual' (Routledge 2007), and with Amy Mazur on ‘Politics, Gender, and Concepts: Theory and Metodology (Cambridge University Press, 2008). He is currently working on a book manuscript with James Mahoney entitled ‘A Tale of Two Cultures: Contrasting Qualitative and Quantitative Paradigms’ (Princeton University Press, forthcoming).


John Gerring (Boston University)

The module on causation was led by John Gerring, Professor of Political Science at Boston University. He has widely published and taught on topics of Methodology and Comparative Politics. He has just finished the second, revised and expanded edition of ‘Social Science Methodology. A Unified Framework’, which comes with Cambridge University Press and which serves widely as an introductory textbook. Moreover, John Gerring has prominently pushed forward the ongoing international debate about case studies, social mechanisms and the general question of causality and we are very pleased to confirm his attendance at the Berlin Summer School.


Klaus Eder (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

The module on linking micro- with macro-perspectives was held by Klaus Eder. He is Professor for Comparative Structural Analysis at the Institute of Social Sciences, Humboldt University Berlin and since 2009 Director of the BGSS. Previously, he was Professor of Sociology at the European University Institute Florence and was a research fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Starnberg. His research focuses on sociological theory, political sociology, and public spheres. Among his numerous publications are “Geschichte als Lernprozess? (Suhrkamp, 1985), “The New Politics of Class” (Sage, 1993), “The Social Construction of Nature” (Sage, 1995), “Kulturelle Identitäten und Utopie” (Campus, 2000) and co-editorships with Oxford University Press of “European Citizenship” (with B. Giesen, 2001), and “Citizens, Markets, and the State (with C. Crouch and D. Tambini, 2001).


Dietrich Rueschemeyer (Brown University)

Dietrich Rueschemeyer, Professor of Sociology emeritus and Charles C. Tillinghast Jr. '32 Professor of International Studies emeritus at Brown University, provided a summary of the problems discussed in the first week and will focus on the main theme of the Berlin Summer School: how to link theory with empirical data. His research areas cover social science theory, comparative historical analysis, and the political economy of development. He has recently published a renowned and widely discussed book ‘Usable Theory. Analytic Tools for Social and Political Research’ (Princeton University Press: 2009). In 2003, he co-edited a highly influential volume with James Mahoney that takes a closer look at the time dimension and the historicity of social phenomena, both at the micro- and macro-levels (‘Comparative Historical Analysis in the Social Sciences’, Cambridge University Press 2003).


Craig Calhoun (New York University/ BGSS Einstein Fellow)

Craig Calhoun is the BGSS-Einstein Fellow (2010-2011). He is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute of Public Knowledge at New York University as well as President of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). His areas of research cover social, political, and cultural theory as well as general issues of individual and collective action. Among his most important contributions to the field are ‘Nations Matter’ (Routledge, 2007), ‘Critical Social Theory’ (Basil Blackwell, 1995), ‘Neither Gods nor Emperors’ (University of California Press, 1994), his textbook ‘Sociology’ (McGraw-Hill, 71996) and the editorship of the ‘Dictionary of the Social Sciences’ (Oxford University Press, 2002). As the president of the SSRC, Craig Calhoun has been one of the most prominent advocates of public contributions by the social sciences. He argues that social sciences need to engage with public concerns and should not abstain from this dialogue. This explicit view on the mandate and duty of social sciences makes his participation in the Berlin Summer School particularly valuable.


Lecturers in the second week included:


Thematic Area 1: Democracy and Democratization

Ellen M. Immergut (BGSS), Wolfgang Merkel (BGSS/WZB), Dieter Ohr (Free University Berlin), Britta Weiffen (University of Konstanz)

Moderators: Andreas Schäfer (BGSS) and Johannes Gerschewski (BGSS/WZB)


Thematic Area 2: Social Inequality

Joshua Dubrow (Polish Academiy of Sciences), Martin Kroh (BGSS/German Institute for Economic Research, DIW), Reinhard Pollack (WZB)

Moderators: Jennifer Shore (BGSS) and Jan Paul Heisig (WZB)


Thematic Area 3: Civil Society

Helmut Anheier (Hertie School of Governance, Berlin), Adalbert Evers (University of Gießen), Ansgar Klein (Bundesnetzwerk Bürgerschaftliches Engagement, Berlin), Christian Lahusen (University of Siegen)

Moderator: Matthias Freise (University of Muenster)


Thematic Area 4: Politics, Economy, and Society in a Globalizing World

Craig Calhoun (New York University), Markus Jachtenfuchs (BGSS/Hertie School of Governance, Berlin), Uwe Schimank (University of Bremen)

Moderator: Sebastian Botzem (WZB)