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Fernand Braudel Senior Fellows 2017-2018

Jolanta Aidukaite (Vilnius University)

Jolanta AidukaiteJolanta Aidukaite (PhD in sociology from Stockholm University, Sweden) is Senior Research Fellow at the Lithuanian Social Research Centre and Professor at Vilnius University, Faculty of Philosophy, School of Social Work. J. Aidukaite has published extensively on the topics of social policy, family policy, housing policy, community mobilization. Examples of her publications include “The role of leaders in shaping urban movements: a study of community mobilisation in Lithuania” (East European Politics, 2016), “The Formation of Social Insurance Institutions of the Baltic States in the Post-socialist era” (Journal of European Social Policy, 2006), “Transformation of welfare systems in the Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania” (in Post-Communist Welfare Pathways: Theorizing Social Policy Transformations, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), “Welfare Reforms and Socio-economic Trends in the Ten New EU Member States of Central and Eastern Europe” (Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 2011). During my four months stay at the EUI, I will explore the variety of systems of support to families with children in the modern world, comparing selected OECD countries of Central and Eastern European and East Asian regions, identifying the underlying problems and best practices. The emphasis will be placed on the measures which facilitate the labour market participation and child rearing functions for parents. The particular attention will be paid to the analysis of the existing systems of support to families with children (such as parental/maternity/paternity leave policies, child care benefits, child benefits, child care arrangements) and whether they coincide with the gender role attitudes in the countries under investigation.

Period of Stay: March - June 2018

Office: BF-265

Tel. + 39 055 4685 635 (int. 2635)


François Foret (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

Francois ForetFrançois Foret is Professor of political science and Director of the Centre d’Etudes de la Vie Politique (Cevipol) at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He was recently a visiting scholar at UCLA, Sciences Po Paris, Waseda University and the University of Cambridge. His research interests are the symbolic dimensions of politics; comparative politics; the legitimization of the EU; interactions between culture and politics; religion and politics. Among his last publications are: Religion and politics in the European Union. The Secular Canopy, Cambridge, Cambridge UP, 2015; (ed.), Religion at the European Parliament and in European multi-level governance, London, Routledge, 2015.The research developed at the EUI will focus on the European strategy against radicalization, as an example of the way European multi-level governance deals with religion.

Period of Stay: March - June 2018

Office: BF-191

Tel. + 39 055 4685 635 (int. 2635)

Nancy J. Hirschmann (University of Pennsylvania)

Nancy J. Hirschmann is professor of Political Science and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Her books include the award-winning The Subject of Liberty: Toward a Feminist Theory of Freedom and Gender, Class, and Freedom in Modern Political Theory as well as the co-edited volumes Civil Disabilities: Citizenship, Membership, and Belonging and Political Theory Meets Disability. She has also published many articles on feminism, disability, freedom, and obligation. She is spending the fall 2017 semester as a fellow at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina, U.S., and will be at the EUI on an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship. At the EUI she is completing work on her newest book, Freedom, Power, and Disability: An Ecological Theory. Disabled people are often considered by definition as extremely limited in their freedom because they are supposedly unable to do a wide variety of things. Examining political theories of freedom from the seventeenth century to the twenty-first and comparing them to concrete experiences of disability written by scholars in a wide range of disciplines, Prof. Hirschmann argues that disability facilitates a re-imagining of what freedom means on a variety of levels, from what counts as an obstacle or barrier, to how desires are constructed, produced, and expressed, to the role of the body in the formation of the will. How relations of power shape the complex real-life experiences of disability is key to understanding the concept of freedom.

Period of Stay: January - March 2018

Office: BF-195

Tel. + 39 055 4685 653 (int. 2653)

Anna Wojciuk (University of Warsaw)

2017-2018 Anna Aleksandra Wojciuk_SMALLProfessor Anna Wojciuk works at the Institute of International Relations, Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Warsaw. Graduated from the University of Warsaw (MA in international relations 2004 cum laude; MA in philosophy 2006; Ph.D. in international relations 2010 cum laude). Anna Wojciuk was a Visiting fellow at Harvard University (2008/2009), Columbia University in New York (2008), Cornell University (2016), and at  CERI Sciences-Po in Paris (2009). Since 2017 Member of the Governing Board of the European International Studies Association and Treasurer of International Political Sociology section of International Studies Association. Anna Wojciuk is a winner of the scholarship of the Polish Minister of Science for outstanding junior scholars. Her research interests include: the notion of power in international relations, international relations theories (including especially institutionalism and meta-theoretical issues), international dimensions of education, science, and R&D. 

During her fellowship she will be working on her new research project: Between normative threat and soft power: institutional diffusion from the perspective of international relations discipline. Its main research objective is to trace mechanisms through which an encountered foreign model of institutional organization ceases to be perceived as a normative threat and becomes a source of attraction up to a point when an actor wants to imitate the setup originating from outside (soft power starts to operate). The project builds on research on diffusion of institutional models between states. It further analyses the above mentioned phenomena and fills in the existing theoretical gap between normative threat and soft power from the perspective of the discipline of international relations.

Period of Stay: November 2017 - February 2018

Office: BF-193

Tel. + 39 055 4685 499 (int. 2499)

Wouter Ultee (University Nijmegen)

Wouter UlteeWout Ultee, born 1946, defended a Ph. D. on Progress and Stagnation in Sociology in 1977 at Utrecht University, and held from 1987 to 2011 the chair of general and theoretical sociology at the Radboud University Nijmegen. During his career he developed the idea that cohesion, inequality and rationalization form sociology’s main questions, showing which theories answer them, and how they fare in research. By way of archival documents, administrative statistics, secondary analysis of stacked-cross-sectional data-sets and newly-collected quantitative life-histories, he studied topics ranging from suicide as influenced by individual religion and the religious composition of a person’s place of residence, differences between Dutch municipalities in the percent of Jews who survived World War 2, career peaks, education as a positional good, educational mobility over three generations, who marries whom as far as education and religion goes, leaving church in the Netherlands, and religious upbringing and acceptance of evolutionism as an adult.

In the envisaged book Paradigms and Problem Shifts in Sociology I reflect upon 40 years of research and teaching. I address the sorry state of contemporary sociology as described by Goldthorpe, Hedström and Swedborg, and go beyond offering strategies for integration of theory and research. I do so by displaying older and recent changes in sociology’s three main problems (cohesion, inequality and rationalization), and by presenting several multilayered propositions, that is, various theories rich in content that solve these overarching problems and answer their sub-questions.

Period of Stay: April - June 2018

Office: BF-195

Tel. Tel. + 39 055 4685 443 (int. 2443)

Jan Van Bavel (KU Leuven)

Jan VanBavelJan Van Bavel (°1971) is full professor of demography and sociology of population at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven). After heading the Interface Demography research unit of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) for six years, he joined the Centre for Sociological Research and the unit for Family and Population Studies of the University of Leuven in 2011. His research addresses long term trends in fertility, family formation, and union dissolution, from the nineteenth into the twenty-first century. In 2012, he obtained a Starting Grant from the European Research Council for a five year project to study the implications of the reversal of the gender gap in education for family dynamics. During my three month stay at the European University Institute, I will synthesize findings from my ERC funded GENDERBALL project and start exploring new grounds for explaining newly emerging sociodemographic patterns. The project addresses the reversal of the gender gap in education: while men have always received more education than women in the past, this gender balance in education has turned around. For the first time in history, there are more highly educated women than men reaching the reproductive ages and starting a family. This is affecting patterns in union formation and household dynamics, including divorce and fertility. Findings from the GENDERBALL project so far suggest that male characteristics may become more important for childbearing decisions. In contrast with the situation where paid work and childrearing belonged to “separate spheres” of husbands and wives respectively, the new female demand for male partner characteristics may give men more leverage in affecting fertility and childrearing decisions. We therefore need to develop theories that account for the evolution of families towards a model that involves pooling, bargaining, and combining rather than strict specialization along gender lines. During my stay at the European University Institute, I will start doing so by integrating theories about the evolution of mate selection and mate preferences and reproduction.

Period of Stay: March - June  2018

Office: BF-184

Tel. + 39 055 4685 299 (int. 2299)

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