Period of stay: March, 1 – April, 7, 2015
Evaluation sheet for Guests of the IWM
- What would you consider to be the major benefits of your stay at IWM?
The major benefit of my stay was the possibility to work on my personal research agenda in a very concentrated way. I enjoyed very much to combine the silence of academic work with the liveliness of interesting encounters and discussions at IWM.
- Was the event programme of the IWM attractive and interesting for you?
The event programme during my stay was characterized by sometimes very special issues outside my own intellectual fields of knowledge and experience. Nevertheless there were extraordinary interesting talks (e.g. on Hungarian media politics) and seminars enriching the body of my sociological knowledge. My personal highlight of an event during my stay was the lecture given by Prof. Jürgen Kocka because his lecture on capitalism and democracy directly refers to my own sociological field of research.
- Do you have any criticisms of any aspect of the Institute’s program and operations?
No, I don’t. Program and operations at IWM are excellent.
- Please provide a brief report on your activities and what you have accomplished during your research stay.
The main activity during my stay at IWM was determined by successful efforts to enlarge my research agenda on “refeudalization” to an analysis of paradoxical modes of social change in general. Furthermore, I gave three lectures during my research stay: the monthly lecture on “burnout” at the IWM, a lecture on refeudalization of social inequality at the University of Innsbruck and a talk on sociological dimensions of “failure” at the Literaturhaus Stuttgart. In preparing my monthly lecture at IWM I could engross my sociological analysis of exhaustion. The lecture will be published in the next issue of “Transit”, a short version in the next “IWMpost”.