Cluster Opening Conference

October 9 - 11, 2019

We are very pleased to announce that on October 9 - 11, 2019, our Cluster of Excellence will hold its opening conference at the University of Konstanz, to kick off our work on "The Politics of Inequality".

On October 9, we will start the three-day event with a public lecture by Marcel Fratzscher (DIW Berlin), at the Konstanz Konzil building followed by a round table discussion and reception.

On October 10 - 11, we will meet in three thematic sessions at the University, oriented along the lines of the Cluster's three research areas: perceptions, participation, and policies. Each session will open with a keynote by a member of the Cluster's scientific advisory board.


Oct 9 Konzil, Konstanz (evening event in German only)
6:00 p.m. Entry
6:30 p.m. Welcome by Marius R. Busemeyer (Speaker Cluster of Excellence "The Politics of Inequality")
  Public Lecture by Marcel Fratzscher (President DIW Berlin): "Ungleichheit in Zeiten von Umbruch und Wandel"
  Round Table Discussion with Marcel Fratzscher, Bettina Kohlrausch, Florian Ranft, and Friedrich Breyer; Moderator: Claudia Diehl (Co-Speaker Cluster of Excellence "The Politics of Inequality")
Oct 10 University of Konstanz Y Building
8:00 a.m. Registration open  
9:00 a.m. Welcome by Marius R. Busemeyer and Kerstin Krieglstein (President of the University of Konstanz)  
9:15 a.m.

Session I "Perceptions"

Chair: Miriam Butt

Keith Payne:
"Income Inequality and Subjective Status: Why Economic Inequality Is More Than Economics" (Keynote)

Katrin Auspurg & Thomas Hinz:
"Perceptions of Labor Market Expectations and the Gender Wage Gap"

Paula England:
"Gener Inequalities, Visible and Invisible: Which Lead to Mobilization?"

Chris Reed:

12:30 p.m. Lunch  
1:30 p.m.

Session II "Participation"

Chair: Nils Weidmann

Leslie McCall:
"The Supply-Side of Political Participation"

Christina Zuber:
"The Promise of Status Improvement: How Nationalists Attract Working-Class Votes"

Lars-Erik Cederman:

Susanne Strauß:
"Multiple Engagement: The Relationship Between Informal Caregiving and Formal Volunteering Among Europe’s 50+ Population"

Aina Gallego:
"Public Attitudes Towards Technological Unemployment"

7:00 p.m. Speakers' Dinner - Isle of Mainau - Invitation only  
Oct 11 University of Konstanz Y Building
8:00 a.m. Early Career Breakfast


9:00 a.m.

Session III: "Policies"

Chair: Katharina Holzinger

Christian Joppke:
"Between Welfare Chauvinism and Neoliberal Depletion: On the Diminishing Rights of Citizenship"

Marius R. Busemeyer:
"A Loud, but Noisy Signal? Public Opinion and the Politics of Education Reform in Western Europe"

Ulf Mörkenstam:

Christian Breunig:

Moritz Kuhn:

12:00 p.m. Final Discussion and Farewells  
12:30 p.m. Lunch  

Please find more information in the program available for download here.

A map to the University of Konstanz campus showing the path to the conference venue can be found here.

The papers by the speakers can be found in our paper library here (login required; still awaiting papers).

Invited guests for our Speakers' Dinner can find more information here.

Contact the Organizers