New Year's Reception 2024

On 16 January, the Cluster of Excellence "The Politics of Inequality" welcomed the new year with a variety of programme items. The highlight of the New Year's reception was the presentation of the first In_equality Early Career Research Awards to outstanding early career researchers at the Cluster.

"2024 will be a very exciting year for our cluster," welcomed our speaker, Marius R. Busemeyer, addressing the cluster community. "With the In_equality Conference 2024, set to take place once again at Bodenseeforum Konstanz in April, a highlight of the year is already just around the corner." Another milestone and a significant joint effort await us in August: with the submission of the renewal proposal to the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Cluster is applying for a second funding period starting from 2026. The conclusion of the first funding phase also implies that many projects have reached a stage where they can present valid research results. We eagerly anticipate numerous new findings from inequality research.

This was demonstrated by Principal Investigator Florian Kunze in his scientific lecture as part of the In_equality Colloquium series. He presented the latest results from the 'Integration@work' cluster project, which he and his team recently published in a Policy Paper.

The highlight of the New Year's reception was the presentation of the In_equality Early Career Researcher Award to four outstanding and original academic publications from the field of inequality research. "We had to deal with a large number of high-quality submissions, which made the jury's selection very difficult," emphasized Marius R. Busemeyer. Works from the fields of linguistics (Qi Yu), political science (Viktoria Jansesberger/Susanne Garritzmann and Nadja Wehl), and sociology (Felix Wolter) were honored.