Winter Summit 2021

EPoS Winter Summit 2021

We look forward to this networking opportunity on December 17, 2021, to discover together how to profit from our interdisciplinarity in research. You can expect a varied program with keynotes, presentations of the participating centers and groups as well as plenty of time for informal talk. Looking forward to fruitful exchange and lively discussions!


Zoom (Meeting-ID: 964 4299 1782; Code: 337283)

9.00 - 9.30

Welcome & Review of past events
Andrea Hemetsberger

9.30 - 9.45

Introduction Institute for the Sociology of Law and Criminology (IRKS)
Meropi Tzanetakis

9.45 - 10.00

Introduction Research Group Innsbruck Quantitative Social Sciences – IQSS
Andreas Steinmayr

10.00 - 10.30

Research Center Media Studies
Theo Hug

10.30 - 11.00


Coffee Break


11.00 - 11.15

AUSSDA - The Austrian Social Science Data Archive
Dimitri Prandner

11.15 - 12.15

Keynote 1 "Pricing Carbon" Thomas Sterner
Sterner Thomas

The World is finally beginning to take the first small steps in the direction of climate regulation. Economists know that one crucially effective instrument that needs to be included in the mix of instruments involves the setting of prices on emissions. However, such policies are often fiercely resisted – not only by lobbyists from powerful vested interests but also from many other groups in society. In this talk, I will start by discussing when emissions pricing is really most useful. I will then continue by discussing the distributional consequences of such pricing and finally the political resistance, which is often founded on perceived fairness that, in turn, may or may not be related to measurable fairness.

Thomas Sterner is professor of environmental economics at the University of Gothenburg. His main area of work is on discounting and on the design of climate policy instruments. Recent research focuses on issues of acceptability of climate policy, their distributional effects and ways of making efficient instruments such as carbon taxes more acceptable by refunding or using revenues constructively. 

12.15 - 12.45


Lunch Break


12.45 - 13.15

Research Spotlight - Getting a Handle on Sales: Shopping Carts Affect Purchasing by Activating Arm Muscles
Mathias Streicher

13.15 - 14.00










Keynote 2 "Giving Reasons" John Levi Martin
John Levi Martin

The social (or cultural, or human) sciences have long struggled with the question of the puzzling nature of a science of meaning-oriented objects of study.  Returning to Alvin Gouldner, I argue that the central challenge now is not developing an explanatory framework for a class of animals that give their own reasons for their actions, but contextualizing differential facility with this practice against the rise of a certain regime of "reasons-giving" that has eclipsed the idea of "collective will" as the implicit theory of democracy among the educated classes.

John Levi Martin is the Florence Borchert Bartling Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago.  He is the author of Social Structures, The Explanation of Social Action, and Thinking Through Theory, Thinking Through Methods and Thinking Through Statistics.  He is currently working on a book on the development of architectonics for theories of action.

 Encounter new things courageously and openly!

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