Society

Society

FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Recent Events

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Populism + Immigration

May 29, 2018

This Workshop examines the political economy of immigration and integration, the role of partisanship, and how immigration is perceived as both diversity and an economic and cultural threat.

SGS Summer Film Festival: "Force Majeure" (2014, dir. Ruben Östlund; Swedish)

May 18, 2018

Force Majeure is a 2014 Swedish film directed by Ruben Östlund. A model Swedish family is on a holiday in the French Alps.

From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia

April 9, 2018

We have reached capacity for CEMEX Auditorium and are no longer accepting RSVPsWatchMichael McFaul, former US ambassador to Russia and director of Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for...

Digital transformation of democracy? Challenges and Opportunities

February 20, 2018

In this talk we will discuss the challenges and opportunities of various digital initiatives and their potential to affect democracy.

Conference | The Communist Century: New Studies in Revolution, Resistance and Radicalism

February 1, 2018

Conference Agenda:Friday, February 9, 20189:00am - 5:30pmStanford Alumni Center, Fisher Conference Center, 326 Galvez St.9:00-9:30 am: Breakfast9:30-9:45 am: Introductory Remarks9:45-10:45 am:...

Keynote | Communist Century: New Studies in Revolution, Resistance and Radicalism

February 1, 2018

Keynote: Thursday, February 8, 20186:00pmStanford Alumni Center, Fisher Conference Center, 326 Galvez St.

Partnering & Parricide: Establishment reactions to new political parties, and their electoral effects

January 19, 2018

For a democracy, a necessary condition is openness to new political ideas. New ideas are often carried by new political parties.

Meduza: Doing New Media in a Perfect Storm

September 19, 2017

Headquartered in Riga, Latvia, Meduza.io is the world’s number one independent source for professional reporting on Russia.

The Vanishing Middle Class

March 9, 2017

This workshop is part of the Economic History Workshop series in the Department of Economics and is co-sponsored by The Europe Center.

US Ambassador to Poland, Paul Jones

February 14, 2017

          The Ambassador's remarks will address:U.S. military deploymentsPoland’s regional and global relations with the European Union, NATO and the United States  Poland’s current domestic...

The Haves and the Have-Nots: Exploring the Global History of Wealth and Income Inequality"

December 9, 2016

Few topics have captured mass, political, and scholarly attention as consistently as income inequality and the distribution of wealth.

Reformations: Stanford CMEMS Primary Source Symposium (Day 2 of 3)

November 1, 2016

The third annual Stanford Primary Source Symposium commemorates the 500th anniversary of the so-called Protestant Reformation by reflecting broadly on social, institutional, political, and...

Reformations: Stanford CMEMS Primary Source Symposium (Day 1 of 3)

November 1, 2016

The third annual Stanford Primary Source Symposium commemorates the 500th anniversary of the so-called Protestant Reformation by reflecting broadly on social, institutional, political, and...

Reformations: Stanford CMEMS Primary Source Symposium (Day 3 of 3)

November 1, 2016

The third annual Stanford Primary Source Symposium commemorates the 500th anniversary of the so-called Protestant Reformation by reflecting broadly on social, institutional, political, and...

Book Talk: "The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century" with Walter Scheidel

October 27, 2016

DUE TO THE OVERWHELMING RESPONSE FOR THIS EVENT, WE ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED AND UNABLE TO TAKE FURTHER RSVPS. Are mass violence and catastrophes the only forces that can seriously decrease economic...

Joan Wallach Scott: Theorizing the Relationship between Gender and Politics

October 24, 2016

Lecture by Joan Wallach Scott, Harold F.

The Current Social and Political Challenges in Catalonia: An Unprecedented Process

October 7, 2016

The social and political process that a significant part of Catalan society is engaged in needs to be explained analyzing its origins some ten years ago and its current state of development.

"Nagorno-Karabakh: Is a Solution Visible?" A Lecture by Minister Edward Nalbandian

August 12, 2016

The people of Nagorno-Karabakh have long strived for the recognition of their right to self-determination.

* Cancelled * Seminar with Daniel Stegmueller

May 16, 2016

This workshop talk has been cancelled. Daniel Stegmueller is a Professor of Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences at the Graduate School of Social and Economic Sciences, University of...

Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall of Russian Media — a talk by Ilia Krasilshchik

April 1, 2016

Despite the increasing state control over free speech, the Russian media market is still alive — and huge.

The Tsar of Love and Techno--A Reading by Anthony Marra

March 25, 2016

Author Anthony Marra will read from and discuss his collection of interlinked stories from his new book.

Heritage Bureaucracies: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives (Day 1)

February 18, 2016

This conference aims to further our understanding of the institutional cultures, funding schemes and power structures underlying transnational institutions, with a particular focus on heritage...

Travelling Shots: Families Beyond Boundaries (Stanford, Day 2)

November 8, 2015

The 5th annual Romanian Film Festival, themed "Travelling Shots: Families Beyond Boundaries," will be held on different dates at Stanford University, UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University...

Understanding Russia's New Tsar: a lecture by Steven Lee Myers

November 3, 2015

This event is now full.  Please contact khaley@stanford.edu if you would like to be added to the wait list.Russian President Vladimir Putin is not the cipher he is sometimes thought to be.

People

Condoleezza Rice Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Political Science, Professor, Management, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Karl Eikenberry Karl Eikenberry Professor of the Practice Fellow, S-APARC, Core faculty, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC
Norman M. Naimark Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, History, Professor, by courtesy, German Studies, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution
Photo of Anna Grzymala-Busse Anna Grzymala-Busse Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Timothy E. Josling Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Food Research Institute, Emeritus
Richard Saller Professor, Classics and History
Russell A. Berman Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Comparative Literature, Professor, German Studies, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution
James J. Sheehan Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, History, Emeritus
Robert Harrison Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, French and Italian
Roland Hsu Affiliate