International Sociological Association (ISA) World Forum, Day 4: John Urry; Public Sociology

On the fourth, final day, of the ISA World Forum, John Urry gave a talk on “Sociology and Climate Change” and there was a concluding debate on public sociology.

International Sociological Association (ISA) World Forum, Day 2: My presentations

Video-Presentation: Christian Fuchs “Critical Theory in the Age of the Internet”

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International Sociological Association (ISA) World Forum: Day 2: Alain Touraine, Manuel Castells, Craig Calhoun

The main feature of the second day at the ISA conference was a debate between Alain Touraine, Manuel Castells, and Craig Calhoun on the first’s recent book “Penser Autrement” (Think Differently).

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International Sociological Association World Forum: Day 1, Sociological Research and Public Debate

I attended the First World Forum of the International Sociological Association (ISA) that took place in Barcelona from September 5-9, 2008. There were approximately 2500 participants. The overall topic of the conference was “Sociological Research and Public Debate”. So the issue was how sociology can best influence political debates in the public sphere.

General Elections in Austria: Income Distribution and Corporate Domination are Neglected Issues

General election will take place on September 28, 2008 in Austria. The topics that the competing parties have thus far presented are superficial and neglect the actual problems that people are facing in their everyday lives, such as income inequality and corporate growth at the expense of the income of the masses.

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Iron and Wine performing at the Frequency Festival 2008

My second encounter with Iron and Wine was today, August 15 2008, at the Frequency Festival in Salzburg. Theodor W. Adorno once wrote: “Writing poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric,” (Kulturkritik und Gesellschaft 1: p. 303).

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Frequency Festival Day 1

The Frequency is an Austrian alt rock festival that attracts approximately 50 000 guests. It takes place near Salzburg It is not the greatest of all rock festivals – given the facts that: this year the headliners at Lollapalooza (USA) are among others Radiohead and Cat Power, the Benicassim f2008 estival (Spain) featured Leonhard Cohen, [...]

Always hate first of all the place where you come from

This is a place called Myrafälle (Myra Falls) in Lower Austria, the part of Austria I originally come from. I think one should always be critical of any sort of origins, sometimes you have to emancipate yourself from them in order to develop. This is especially true in Austria because it is the country that [...]

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Why (not) to have a blog?

I have thought about a bunch of reasons why to create my own blog or why not to create it.   What speaks against it: * So many people have blogs, the whole Internet is a flood of information and attention economy management, there is too much of it, nobody will ever notice single blogs. [...]