Antrittsvorlesungen im FSS 2018

In den vergangenen Semestern nahmen zwei neue ProfessorInnen ihre Arbeit an unserer Fakultät auf. Um allen Studierenden und MitarbeiterInnen die Gelegenheit zu geben, die neuen Gesichter aus der Nähe zu betrachten und einen ersten Einblick in die Forschung der neuen Fakultätsmitglieder zu bekommen, stellen sie sich und ihre Arbeitsschwerpunkte in einer Antrittsvorlesung vor.

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Prof. Dr. Jochen Gebauer
Heisenberg-Professur für Kulturvergleichende Sozial- und Persönlichkeitspsychologie

Titel der Antrittsvorlesung:
"Das Selbstkonzept: Semantik, Valenz, Bias"

, den 16.05.2018, 17:15 Uhr in A5, 6 Raum B144

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Prof. Annelies Blom, Ph.D.
Professur für Methoden der Empirischen Sozialforschung,
insbesondere Internet Panel Surveys

Titel der Antrittsvorlesung:
"Data Collection and Data Analytics in a Digital World"

, den 23.05.2018, 17:15 Uhr in A5, 6 Raum B144

Since 2003, when I started my career in a small social survey agency in London, the research landscape has changed dramatically, augmenting and enriching, but also complicating and confusing the empirical toolbox of social researchers. In 2003, the first round of the European Social Survey (ESS) had just been fielded and the Survey of Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) was still on the drawing board. Both studies have since immensely influenced the social data collection and analysis landscape presenting rigorously-collected comprehensive cross-national data to social scientists free of charge. Today, it is difficult to imagine ever having conducted research without these or similar data sources. However, when we consider ESS, SHARE and their likes today, they can feel archaic to us.

Ubiquitous are now much faster, more flexible and exciting data sources. Commercial online survey providers promise fast and cheap access to people’s attitudes and behavior, and claim general population representativeness. Twitter, Facebook and Xbox data are explored by political scientists, economists and sociologists alike, in the hope of gaining insights into voting behavior, economic risk taking or social isolation.

At the same time, our analytical tools have expanded under the umbrella of the new field of data science. We are now able to implement algorithms that are so complex that the human brain fails to understand what they are doing, but which allow us to predict with great precision how people will act. The recent Cambridge Analytica / Facebook scandal has shown us the ethical dangers of such analytics, but also its potential power.

My talk will reflect on changes in the research landscape of recent years and shed some light on the opportunities for and limitations of data collection and data analytics in a digital world.

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