2nd Workshop on “Social Mechanisms” (7-8 Nov 2014 at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf)

 

“Social Mechanisms – Methodological Challenges, Empirical Applications & Modeling Techniques”

The 2nd workshop (in English) took place 7-8 Nov 2014 at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Haus der Universität).

 

Program

Friday (7 Nov.): Establishing social mechanisms in quantitative statistical approaches

10.00‐10.15
Dominik Becker & Ulf Tranow (Düsseldorf): Welcome and Introduction

10.15‐11.00
Jürgen Friedrichs (Cologne):
Mechanisms in urban research reconsidered

11.20‐12.00
Johannes Kopp, Nico Richter (Trier):
Social mechanisms and empirical research in the field of sociology of the family: the case of separation and divorce

12.00‐12.40
Carl Berning (Mainz), Elmar Schlüter (Gießen):
The dynamics of radical right-wing populist party preferences and perceived group threat:
A comparative panel analysis of three competing hypotheses in the Netherlands and Germany

12.40‐13.10
Alexandra Nonnenmacher (Siegen) as discussant and plenary discussion

14.30‐15.10
Dominik Becker, Tilo Beckers, Simon Franzmann (Düsseldorf) & Jörg Hagenah (Köln):
Does the cognitive consonance effect on quality paper readership persist over time? A random effects APC analysis of German Media Analysis data 1978-2009

15.10‐15.50
Heiner Meulemann (Cologne) & Ilona Relikowski (Bamberg):
Equality of opportunity and Achievement in Social Change

16.10‐16.50
Robert Birkelbach (Cologne):
Using the intergenerational closure mechanism to explain differences of
school achievements of immigrant children in Germany and the Netherlands

16.50‐17.20
Volker Stocké (Kassel) as discussant and plenary discussion

 

Saturday (8 Nov.): Social mechanisms, agent‐based modeling and integrative approaches

09.00‐09.40
Clemens Kroneberg & Hanno Kruse (Cologne)
Academic performance and social status among adolescents in Europe

09.40‐10.20
André Grow & Jan Van Bavel (Leuven)
Developing hypotheses about the future of educational assortative mating in Europe:
an agent-based modelling approach

10.40‐11.20
Michael Mäs & Dirk Helbing (Zürich):
The structural effects of randomness on the emergence of social norms

11.20‐12.00
Simon T. Franzmann & Johannes Schmitt (Düsseldorf):
Mechanisms in politics: how institutional veto points affect party system stability

12.00‐12.30
Thomas Grund (Linköping) as discussant and plenary discussion

13.15‐13.55
Michael Baurmann (Düsseldorf) & Jürgen Friedrichs (Cologne):
The methodology of Elinor Ostrom

13.55‐14.35
Jörg Stolz (Lausanne):
Analytical sociology and mixed methods research – for a sociological alliance

14.55‐15.35
Ingo Rohlfing & Christina Zuber (Bremen):

Causality and explanation in the social sciences

16.05‐16.20
Tilo Beckers (Düsseldorf):
Mechanisms and levels of analysis: summary and outlook

 

Call for Papers, submit until 10 August 2014; e-mail: mechanisms@phil.hhu.de

We would like to bring together researchers doing advanced quantitative empirical survey research (e.g. multilevel and/or moderation/mediation models) and those applying agent-based modeling (simulation studies). Both directions of applying social mechanisms can be integrated to elaborate more appropriate models. The applications of social mechanism- and theory-based explanations presented at the workshop may cover a range of different substantial fields where mechanisms are discussed and elaborated. One objective of our workshop will be to discuss whether ‘substantial’ mechanisms such as mechanisms of social and/or educational inequality, stereotype and prejudice building, preference building, etc. can be traced back to a more fundamental grammar of generative mechanisms such as risk aversion, cognitive dissonance reduction, rational imitation etc.

We invite presenters of papers addressing four different domains:

(1) Methodological aspects of social mechanisms: explanatory status and potential

(2) Quantitative empirical applications of social mechanisms

(3) Agent-based modeling of social mechanisms

(4) Intertwining techniques: combining social mechanisms in quantitative models with agent-based modeling

 

You will find a more detailed description in the Call for Papers below:

CfP_Social Mechanisms_Düsseldorf_7-8 Nov 2014_final

 

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