Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)

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Applications open for "Global Health and Poverty" Summer School in Göttingen


Applications close 31 January 2018

From 28 May to 8 June 2018, the University of Göttingen will host up to 20 advanced international students (Masters or PhD level) working in global health or development economics at the "Global Health and Poverty" summer school.

Organised by CeMIS/ Department of Economics Professor Sebastian Vollmer, the school will address the central health challenges of the world today, focusing particularly on their many intersections with poverty. To do this, participants will look at the complex interplay of a person’s health status and economic prosperity or deprivation in the context of low- and middle-income countries.

The program is broken down into four main sections: Global Health Today, Selected Topics on Health and Poverty, Communicable Diseases and Non-communicable Diseases.

Professors taking the program include Rifat Atun and Lindsay Jaacks (both of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health), Till Bärnighausen (University of Heidelberg), Justine Davies (King’s College London), Uwe Gross (University Medical Center Göttingen), and Stephan Klasen and Sebastian Vollmer (both of the University of Göttingen).

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Development economists win Outstanding Publication by Junior Researchers award

Christian receives award



Christian Bommer, Esther Heesemann und Vera Sagalova from the Development Economics group here at CeMIS received the University of Göttingen's Foundation Council Award for "Herausragende Nachwuchspublikation" ("Outstanding Publication by Junior Researchers") on Friday 8 December. The trio received the prize for their article on The Global Economic Burden of Diabetes: A Cost-of-Illness Study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology earlier this year. In the article, they estimate that diabetes treatment as well as diabetes related production losses account for $US1.3 trillion globally, equivalent to 1.8 percent of global GDP. In India, diabetes costs about 1.04 percent of the national GDP. The article has received enormous international academic and media attention.

Photo: Christian Bommer receives the award from Prof. Dr. Barbara Ischinger, a member of the University of Göttingen's Foundation Council.

Official press release (German only)


Time and Money: Themes in Labour Relations

The International Workshop Time and Money: Themes in Labour Relations was held at the Historische Sternwarte in Göttingen on 18 and 19 December.

Organized by the International Centre for Advanced Studies "Metamorphoses of the Political" and the Unviersity of Göttingen, the workshop was designed to consider two central themes of work relations: labour time and wage payments. The regulation of the working-week, working-day, and working hour on the one hand, and the varying modes of remuneration of work on the other, have been the source of major struggles within capitalist production relations. They have impinged upon the everyday lives of workers, and shaped both working and managerial practices at the point of production. Working hours and wage-payments can be understood both as separate forces shaping worlds of labour, and also in terms of their links with each other.

This conference sought to stimulate discussion on both of these dimensions of time and money in working lives and work structures. Labour-time and forms of remuneration vary widely, across different kinds of agricultural, industrial, and service work, as well as between formal and informal-sector labour. The conference was intended as an exploration of "time and money" across the full range of work regimes and experiences in modern and contemporary societies.

Click here to download the workshop programme.


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