Max Weber Lecture by Peter Katzenstein (Cornell university)
9 December 2015, Badia Fiesolana
Summary Brief by MW Fellow Nadav Kedem (RSCAS 2015-2016)
Katzenstein deals with some of the deepest conceptual challenges cutting across the social sciences and humanities as a whole: power, civilizations, ideas, practices, risk, uncertainty etc. He tries to draw a map that enables some pattern recognition, rather than clinching an argument as most research does. In doing so, he is able to create synergy between philosophy, history, political science, sociology and economics. He talked to us about the latest in his three-book project (so far) on civilizations as well as his forthcoming work on power.
Max Weber Lecture by Silvana Patriarca (Fordham University)
Badia Fiesolana, 18 November 2015
Summary brief by MW Fellow Katharina Lenner (RSCAS)
Silvana Patriarca’s lecture focused on the continual racial construction of the nation in post-war Europe through the story of mixed race children born in Italy during or after World War II. These ‘brown babies’ – a term used at the time by African Americans to avoid the racial term ‘Mulattini’ (little mulattos), and adopted by Patriarca – were mostly children of European women and non-white allied soldiers.
With an exciting and timely lecture titled “Why is the Economics of Climate Change so Difficult and Controversial?” Professor Martin Weitzman opened this academic year’s Max Weber Lectures at the European University Institute on 21 October 2015.