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Multidisciplinary Workshops by Max Weber Fellows 2017-2018

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The core of the Max Weber Programme’s multidisciplinary activities are the  Thematic Research Groups . These Groups are organized on an interdisciplinary basis and bring together Fellows from different disciplines who are working on a similar range of issues.

The Groups have the opportunity to organize one or two workshops each (either two half days or one full day), either in conjunction with a MW Lecturer (Master Classes) or another visiting expert (Multidisciplinary Workshops -MW- by MW Fellows). 

Upcoming workshops

 trolls and green menFears of Trolls and Little Green Men:
Does Hybrid Warfare Work, for Whom, and When?

4 May 2018, 10:00-17:30
Badia, Emeroteca

Keynote Speech:
'Eastern Threats, Western Resilience, and the Cyber Domain'
Brandon Valeriano
(Donald Bren Chair of Armed Politics, Marine Corps University)

Organisers: Paul van Hooft (MWP-SPS), Stefano Marcuzzi (MWP- RSC), Akisato Suzuki (MWP-SPS)


Hybrid warfare has become a buzzword for scholars, policymakers, and journalists to describe Russian intervention in Ukraine.

The use of online misinformation, cyberattacks on infrastructure, the covert insertion of forces, and so on, seemed highly successful tactics to accomplish Russian goals of destabilization. Given that new prominence, scholars and policy analysts have hotly debated how we can define hybrid warfare to establish the analytical leverage of the concept, or whether hybrid warfare is new after all (Giles 2016; Renz and Smith 2016).

However, little has been discussed so far regarding whether hybrid warfare, understood as the blend of multiple conventional and unconventional methods to fight, is in fact an effective strategy and, if so, for whom and at which level.

Can states accomplish more than short-term gains, such as undermining the legitimacy and cohesion of adversaries, or conversely strengthening domestic support (Chiozza and Goemans 2011)? Or is possible to achieve long-term strategic goals?

In short, how much should we fear online trolls and little green men?

Understanding what goals hybrid warfare can effectively achieve is therefore crucial.This workshop brings expertise in warfare and security studies with multidisciplinary perspectives, including strategic studies, military history, and political science, thereby shedding new light on the hotly topic of hybrid warfare with analytical and empirical rigor.

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List of MW events by Max Weber Fellows for the academic year 2017-2018

  • 1- 2 March 2018, time tbc 
    Picking up after Brexit: Explaining and assessing the British exit from the European Union’
    Badia, Emeroteca 
    Organizers: Aydin Yildirim, Robin Markwica, Marina Henke
  • ‘Regulatory Governance Colloquia’ – seminar sessions (VIlla Paola, Seminar Room, 14:00-16:00): 
    16 April 2018, Cedric Ryngaert (Universities of Utrecht and Leuven)
    25 April 2018, Anton Hemerijck (EUI-SPS) POSTPONED to 6 June 2018
    8 May 2018, Colin Scott (University College Dublin)
    22 May 2018, Alessandra Arcuri (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
    31 May 2018, Amy Cohen (Ohio State University)
    Organizers: Bernardo Rangoni, Matthew Canfield, Ioanna Hadjiyianni, Marta Morvillo, Gemma Scalise
  • 20 April 2018, 9:45-17:45
    ‘Trust Matters’
    Badia, Emeroteca
    Organizers: Raquel Barradas de Freitas, Sergio Lo Iacono, Marta Morvillo, Carolin Schmitz
  • 2 May 2018, time tbc
  • 'European Security in an Age of American Restraint'
    Organizers: Marina Henke, Paul van Hooft
  • 4 May 2018, all day
    ‘Modern Readings of Epicureanism - Political Receptions and the Politics of Reception’
    Badia, Theatre
    Preparatory seminar sessions: 
    12 March , Villa Paola, Seminar Room , 14:00-16:00 POSTPONED to 5 April
    5 April (same venue and time)
    Organizer: Jared Holley, Mirjam Dageförde, Jamil Mouawad, Federico Testa (AEUFAI-HEC)
  • 4 May 2018, 10:00-17:30
    ‘Fears of Trolls and Green Men: Does Hybrid Warfare Work, for Whom, and Where?’
    Badia, Emeroteca
    Organizers: Stefano Marcuzzi, Akisato Suzuki, Paul Van Hooft
  • 24 May, 9:00-18:00
    'What is corruption?'
    Badia, Seminar Room 4
    Organizers: Chiara Destri, Tine Gade, Vivian Gerrand, Tatyana Zhuravleva
  • 28 May 2018, time tbc
    ‘Taxation and Fiscal Policy’
    Badia, Emeroteca
    Organizers: Per Andersson, Alexandra Fotiou, Hanna Kleider, Andrea Papadia, Tomasz Zawisza, Zbigniew Truchlewski
  • 1 June 2018, time tbc
    ‘Peace from Locals’
    Badia, Emeroteca 
    Organizers: Akisato Suzuki, Tine Gade, Vivian Gerrand
  • 12 June 2018, time tbc
    ‘National Political Communities and International Institutions’
    Badia, Emeroteca
    Organizers: Leon Castellanos, Madeleine Dungy 
  • 5 July 2018, time tbc 
    ‘The Role of  Image-Making in the Prevention of Violence’
    Badia, Emeroteca 
    Organizers: Vivien Gerrard, Saeed Bagheri, Tine Gade

Go to the past abstracts of the MW Fellows workshops 2011-2016


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