December 3 & 17: Helen Margetts and Martha Nussbaum at the Munich Talks

Talks on technology, society and politics

Prof. Helen Margetts (left) and Prof. Martha Nussbaum (right).
Prof. Helen Margetts (left) and Prof. Martha Nussbaum both will hold Munich Talks in December. (image: T. Muntinga / Oxford Internet Institute (l.) ; N.N. / University of Chicago)


Munich Talks is the signature event of the Technical University of Munich's (TUM) Bavarian School of Public Policy. In December, Helen Margetts and Martha Nussbaum, renowned scientists in their fields each will hold talks at TUM. The goal of the Munich Talks is to make interactions between new technologies, politics, and society accessible to a general public.

Dec. 3: Political Turbulence and the Democratic Landscape – Helen Margetts

As people go about their daily lives, they are invited to undertake 'tiny acts' of political participation (liking, sharing, tweeting, and so on) which extend the ladder of participation at the lower end. These micro-donations of time and effort can scale up to large mobilizations – most fail, but some succeed rapidly and dramatically through a series of chain reactions. When deciding whether to participate, people are exposed to web-based social influence, such as social information about the participation of others, and visibility. How does the changing use of social media affect politics? In her Munich Talk, Helen Margetts will discuss the implications for political science research and the future of the modern state.
Helen Margetts is Professor of Society and the Internet at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford and Programme Director for Public Policy at the Alan Turing Institute, the UK's national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. Her research investigates political behavior and institutions in the age of the Internet, social media and data science. She has published over one hundred books, articles and major research reports in this area. Helen Margetts is also the first recipient of the Friedrich Schiedel Prize for Politics & Technology at the Technical University of Munich.

  • Monday, December 3, 2018, 4 PM
    Hochschule für Politik München, Piazza
    Richard-Wagner-Str. 1
    80333 Munich

Dec. 3: Sexism and Misogyny: Poisons for Democratic Politics – Martha Nussbaum

Fears of many kinds have unsettled today's democracies and fueled the rise of populism. One key area in which we see this happening is gender relations, where resistance to women's increasing outspokenness in politics, employment, and the home often takes an ugly form. In her Munich Talk, Martha Nussbaum examines the roots of today's misogyny, arguing that it has its roots in fear, but through three different intermediate emotions, all rooted in fear: anger, envy, and disgust.
Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at The University of Chicago’s Law School and Philosophy Department. She has taught at Harvard University, Brown University, and Oxford University. From 1986 to 1993, she was a research advisor at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, Helsinki, a part of the United Nations University. She has received honorary degrees from sixty colleges and universities around the world, is a member of several academies, and has received numerous prizes and awards. She is an Academician in the Academy of Finland, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.

  • Monday, December 17, 2018, 5 PM
    Hochschule für Politik München, Piazza
    Richard-Wagner-Str. 1
    80333 Munich

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