Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies 2012

Seminar and panel discussion with Professor Michael Mann and others.

- A seminar on Monday 30 July, 10.00 - 16.00.

- Oslo Summer School anniversary lecture on Tuesday 31 July, 15.30.

- A panel discussion on Wednesday August 1, 15.00 - 18.00.

A seminar on British, Norwegian and U.S. traditions in the comparative historical study of state formation and international hegemony.

Monday July 30
10.00 - 16.00
Location: Harriet Holters Hus, Blindern campus

The starting point for this seminar is the qualitative models developed by Stein Rokkan (1921-1979) in his analyses of state formation and national building in Western Europe. (The main relevant writings are available in S. Rokkan, State Formation, Nation-Building and Mass Politics in Europe, Oxford 1999.) A main question is whether similar models can be developed for other areas of the modern world. At this seminar, four contributions will consider this question with reference to research on Eastern Europe, East Asia, the Middle East, and Africa (each of these will be 30 minutes, followed by a 20 minutes discussion and a 10 minutes break). A final contribution will comment on these sketches, introducing themes for a final discussion on traditions in British, U.S. and Norwegian comparative historical social science.

Each presentation, 30 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of discussion, 10 minutes break:

10.00: Arne Kommisrud (Political science, University of Tromsø): Eastern Europe in a Rokkan perspective.

11.00: Kristen Nordhaug (Sociology, Oslo & Akershus University College of Applied Sciences): East Asia in a Rokkan perspective.

12.00: Stein Sundstøl Eriksen (Political science, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs): State formation in Africa (Zimbabwe, Botswana), with reference to Barrington Moore and Stein Rokkan.

13.00: LUNCH

14.00: Kristian Berg Harpviken (Sociology, PRIO, Peace Research Institute Oslo): The US and the greater Middle East.

15.00: Michael Mann (Sociology, UCLA). Introduction to general discussion of British, U.S. and Norwegian traditions in comparative historical sociology.

Oslo Summer School 20th Anniversary Lecture

Tuesday July 31, 15.30
Location: Auditorium 1, Eilert Sundts hus
Professor Michael Mann, UCLA, USA
Title of lecture: The Future of Capitalism

Panel discussion on The Sources of Social Power, Vol IV: Globalization 

Wednesday August 1
15.00 - 18.00
Location: Auditorium 7, Eilert Sundts hus

Michael Mann published The Sources of Social Power in 1986 (Volume 1) and in 1993 (Volume II). This year, Professor Mann has completed the two final volumes of this historical sociology of power. Volume III is entitled Global Empire and Revolutions, 1890-1945, and Volume IV is entitled Globalization. Both volumes will be published by Cambridge University Press late this year or early next year. This panel discussion will provide a first few glimpses into this major work. Five social scientists provide brief presentations and comments of selected chapters from Vol. IV, Professor Mann responds and a panel discussion carries this discussion further.

This arrangement is open, no advance registration is needed.

15.15: Andrew Bennett (Political science, Georgetown University): Mann’s analysis of the US, the USSR and the American Empire at the turn of the 21st century (Chs. 2, 5, 7, 10).

15.35: Lars Mjøset (Sociology, University of Oslo): Mann’s analysis of neoliberalism (Chs. 6, 11).

15.55: Sjur Kasa (Sociology, Hedmark District College): Mann’s analysis of climate change as global crisis (Ch. 12).

16.15: BREAK

16.30: Ole Johnny Olsen (Sociology, University of Bergen): War and revolution in the age of USA hegemony.

16.50: Fredrik Engelstad (Sociology, University of Oslo): Mann’s analysis of power as a contribution to sociological theory.

17.10: Michael Mann (Sociology, UCLA): Response to comments. Panel discussion.

18.00: End of panel discussion.

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Tags: Political Science, Comparative Social Science, Comparative Politics, Professor Michael Mann, Sociology
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