Rokkan Lecture, Prize Giving Ceremony, and Main Conference Reception (Wednesday, 5.30 pm)


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Mainz City Hall (c) wikipediaThe venue for the Rokkan Lecture, prize giving ceremony and main reception is the Council Chamber at Mainz City Hall. City Hall is a spectacularly modernist building designed by Danish architect Arne Jacobsen in the mid-1960s. Its stark mass is perched above the river. Everything from its forbidding facade to the colour and design of the chairs inside is part of Jacobsen's master plan. The Gesamtkunstwerk may not be altered without the consent of his estate.

City Hall is located in the city centre, just a short bus ride from the university. Catch a 54, 55, 56, 57, or 68 bus frBus Stop Rheingoldhalle/Rathaus to City Hallom "University" (stop A, buses arrive every four to five minutes). Buses 54, 55, and 68 also stop at "Friedrich-von-Pfeiffer-Weg" (campus side, about two minutes earlier). Get off at the "Rheingoldhalle/Rathaus" stop.

From the bus stop, take the stairs leading up to the bridge (Rathausbrücke), cross the bridge and enter City Hall (click on the image for a larger view).There will be student helpers wearing their blue T-shirts at the Rathaus/Rheingoldhalle stop who will help you find your way.

Travel time is approximately 15 minutes (depending on traffic), so you should be on the bus no later than ten minutes to five to leave enough time for finding your seat in the chamber. Accordingly, workshops will end at 4.30 this afternoon. Click here to flag up your participation on facebook.


Rokkan Lecture

The 2013 Stein Rokkan Lecture will be given by Professor Dr Jürgen W. Falter, who is Senior Research Professor at the University of Mainz. Before coming to Mainz, he held chairs at the Freie Universität Berlin and at the University of the Armed Forces at Munich. He also was a Kennedy Memorial Fellow at Harvard, Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins (Bologna), Visiting Professor at the University of Minnesota, and Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin.

falterHe has widely published (inter alia) in the field of contemporary political history. Currently, he is working on a project that looks into the social roots of the Nazi Party.

Abstract: Political Cleavages in the Weimar Republic and the Rise of National Socialism

I will try to reconstruct from aggregate data:

(a) the social foundations of Weimar voting behavior with a special emphasis on the rise of National Socialism at the polls;

(b) I will attempt to shed some light on voting patterns looking at variation both within and across cleavage groups using a special brand of ecological regression analysis, again with a particular  emphasis on voter fluctuations towards and from the NSDAP;

(c) using inividual membership data from the NSDAP master file, I will take a closer look on where the NSDAP party members came from, i.e. I will examine the hypothesis that the NSDAP recruitment of new party members was particularly succesful in non-catholic and non-working-class surroundings.
The results of these closely intertwined social-historical analyses may be interpreted as both an application and a re-examination of Stein Rokkans concept of cleavage structures.

Main Conference Reception

We are grateful for support from the state government of Rhineland-Palatinate and the City of Mainz, who are hosting and sponsoring the main conference reception.