ICDD Breakfast Talks

Food for thought (...and stomach)!

Guest scientists and members of the International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD) present and discuss current research or themes of special interest. In addition, participants are invited to a little breakfast buffet with tea, coffee, bread, cheese, jam, fruits etc.

All ICDD members and all interested persons are welcome!

Time: Thursdays (fortnightly during the semester), 8:15 – 9:45 (please use the buffet from 8:15-8:30 mainly)


Kassel: ICDD, Kleine Rosenstr. 3 (5th floor), seminar room

Witzenhausen: Steinstr. 19, H13

If not stated otherwise, the talks are held at the ICDD in Kassel.

31 October 2019

Institutional perspectives on the current 'crisis of democratic capitalism'

Prof. Dr. Martin Kronauer (Berlin School of Economics and Law)

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Martin Kronauer, until retirement in October 2014, is a professor of social science with the denomination structural change and welfare states in international comparison at the Berlin School of Economics and Law. During the professorship at the BSEL he was also visiting professor at the University of Vienna and scientific advisor at the German Institute for Adult Education (member of the Leibniz Association), Bonn. Prior to the position in Berlin: research associate at the New School for Social Research, New York City; senior researcher at the Sociological Research Institute (SOFI) at the University of Göttingen; fellow at the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study; professor in temporary position for sociology and international comparative social science at the University of Göttingen; visiting scholar at the University of Oldenburg. He received his M.A. at the Technical University Darmstadt, his doctoral degree at the Free University Berlin, and his post-doctoral degree (Habilitation) at the University of Göttingen. Research interests: The new social question; social inclusion and social exclusion in international comparison; cities and social inequalities; the transformation of work and employment.

14 November 2019

The rise of the far right and the exhaustion of Merkelism

Dr. Alexander Gallas, Prof. Dr. Christoph Scherrer (ICDD, University of Kassel)

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Alexander Gallas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Kassel, and one of the editors of the Global Labour Journal. He has a PhD and an MA in Sociology, both from the University of Lancaster, and a Magister Artium in Philosophy from the Free University of Berlin. In his monograph The Thatcherite Offensive: A Neo-Poulantzasian Analysis (Chicago, 2017), he analyses the reorganisation of class relations under the Conservative governments in Britain in the 1980s and 90s. He is a founding member of the research committee on labour struggles of the German Association for Critical Social Science Research and of a working group dedicated to conjunctural analysis, which brings together critical political economists and scholars working in the cultural studies tradition. In the 2017 Fall Semester, he was a visiting lecturer funded by the German Academic Exchange Service at Penn State’s Center for Global Workers’ Rights in State College, USA. He has also taught at the Berlin School of Economics and Law, the Bremen University of Applied Sciences, the Humboldt University of Berlin, Liverpool John Moores University, Lancaster University and the Free University of Berlin.

Research areas: The political economy of Western Europe, Global Labour Studies, industrial action and strikes, social and economic inequality, state and class theory, conjunctural analysis.

Christoph Scherrer is Professor for Globalisation and Politics at Kassel University and Executive Director of the ICDD. See his university website for more information on his academic vita.

28 November 2019

Did Modi win Kashmir?

Prof. Dr. Rajnish Rai (Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad)

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Rajnish Rai is faculty in Public Systems Group at Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, India. Rajnish completed his PhD in Management in Business Policy from IIM, Ahmedabad. He holds the degrees of Master’s in Patents Law from National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad, India; Master’s in Public Policy and Management from IIM, Bangalore, India; and B. Tech. from Allahabad University, Allahabad, India.

In his other life, until recently, he was a member of the prestigious Indian Police Service (1992 Batch). He served with the IPS in various leadership positions for more than 25 years, including
Central Bureau of Investigation, Central Reserve Police Force, Principal/Director of national- and state-level police training institutes. As such, he has developed a unique set of managerial, advocacy, and operational skills. He has a proven track record in protecting and promoting human rights. Specifically, he spearheaded several important investigations (e.g., Sohrabuddin encounter case and Tulsiram Prajapati encounter case) and initiated inquiries (e.g., extra-judicial killings by security forces in the North-East) into some of the most egregious violations of human rights in India’s recent history.

Area of Research/Specialization:
Politics of police killings and state violence; temporalities and affects that underlie the police translation of Hindu nationalism into spectacles of violence; politics of dissent and resistance; and inequalities of caste and gender. Value creation and appropriation in inter-firm alliances of simultaneous cooperation and competition

3 December 2019 [TUESDAY]

Institutional change and work in Cuba: Work and workers in the institutional narrative of the transformation of the economic and social model

Prof. Dr. Osnaide Izquierdo (University of Havana)

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Osnaide Izquierdo Quintana is a Doctor in Sociology from the University of Havana, Director of the Department of Sociology of the University of Havana, and Professor of Methodology, Labor and Economic Sociology. His development as a researcher addresses issues related to work and the economy. Among his recent productions, his participation in the authorship and compilation of Decent Work and Society. Cuba from the perspective of socio-labor studies (2017) and Sociology of Labor (2018)

6 December 2019 [FRIDAY; 8:45-10:15]

DIFFERENT LOCATION: H13, Witzenhausen (Steinstraße 19)

Higher education in the Islamic world: The case of Pakistan

Prof. Dr. Iqrar A. Khan (University of Agriculture Faisalabad)

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Dr. Iqrar Khan is a Distinguished National Professor.  He earned his PhD from the University of California, Riverside. He released a potato- and 10 mango varieties in Pakistan, and contributed to the discovery of new botanical varieties of wheat in Oman. He has authored 370 publications, including a 2018 book on Sustainable Agriculture. He drafted Punjab Agriculture Policy. As Vice Chancellor, he revamped UAF academics, research/innovation, outreach and internationalization. UAF had emerged in top 100 universities as ranked by the QS/NTU subject rankings.  He founded five new universities and sub-campuses and a Center of Advanced Studies in Agriculture and Food Security.
He is a recipient of Pakistan civil award Sitara-e-Imtiaz and “Ordre des Palmes Académiques” with the grade of Officer by French Government.

12 December 2019

Ecosocialism - rereading Elmar Altvater
[Elmar Altvater Memorial Lecture]

Dr. Raul Zelik (Berlin)

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Raul Zelik is a writer, translator, political scientist and activist. He lived and worked for long in Latin America and Southern Europe. He was professor for political science at the National University of Colombia and a visiting professor at Kassel University in 2018. His academic work focuses mainly on social movements, postcapitalism and global solidarity. Together with Elmar Altvater, he published the book “Die Vermessung der Utopie. Ein Gespräch über Mythen des Kapitalismus und die kommende Gesellschaft" (Surveying Utopia: A conversation on myths of capitalism and the coming society) in 2015.

16 January 2020

Defiant feminisms: South African gender politics and its international appeals

Prof. Dr. Rirhandu Mageza-Barthel (University of Kassel)

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Rirhandu Mageza-Barthel is a political scientist whose expertise spans the field of gender politics in the global South. Since 2019, she is professor for gender politics at Kassel University. Before she was a research associate at AFRASO (Frankfurt based interdisciplinary Programme on New African-Asian Interactions), a Research Associate for Gender and Postcolonial Studies and a Doctoral Fellow of the DFG-Research Training Group “Public Spheres and Gender Relations. Dimensions of Experience”. She was also a Guest Researcher at the Primedia Chair for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Rirhandu received her doctoral degree in Political Science from Frankfurt University. She completed her graduate and undergraduate studies at the Universities of Cape Town, Rotterdam and Frankfurt.

30 January 2020

Decent work or decent finance? The contradictions of finance and development

Anil Shah (ICDD, University of Kassel)

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Anil Shah is a Research Assistant (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at the University of Kassel, in the Political Science Department, Subdivision 'Globalisation & Politics'. He studied social sciences and economics and holds an M.A. in Global Political Economy. In 2017 he received the Kurt Rothschild Award for Economic Journalism and Research as contributing author of the online learning platform “Exploring Economics”. Shah is a PhD candidate and part of the Graduate Program ‘BangaDyn: Rural-urban Dynamics in Bangalore’, investigating financial flows in the rural-urban interface. He teaches courses in M.A. Global Political Economy and Development and M.A. Labour Policies and Globalisation.

Impressions from Breakfast Talk (December, 2018)