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The uniqueness of the German academic system: my insider and outsider perspective, Part III — The Priesthood

On January 9, 2013, I gave the keynote talk at the “Meet the Female Faculty” Event at the Ruhr-University of Bochum. The Equal Opportunities Office and the Internal Continuing Education Office at Bochum team up to offer a special program for women scientists to meet each other and talk about their careers. I’ll present the […]

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The Time-and-Possessions Equation: or, why hire help?

When we’re not working, are we still working? That is to say, is paid work the only work there is? Of course not. Unpaid work — in the form of caregiving, kinkeeping, and maintaining home, body, and relationships – is essential for life. These tasks tend to be invisible until they come in conflict with […]

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Intercultural Communication Expert Alexia Petersen visits

Alexia Petersen, intercultural communication expert from Aachen, Germany, was a guest in my seminar “Work and Family in Japan and Germany” on January 24, 2012. Alexia took questions from the students and presented a fascinating look at Japanese culture using  pictures taken on her many trips there and a detailed explanation of important terms and […]

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Christmas as kin work — and its opposite

write this Blog in honor of all those who spend this Christmas in the active, exhausting, important work of “kinkeeping” and also those who spend, for any reason, this most sacred “family time” of the year alone. My students were shocked at first when I introduced the concept of kinkeeping or kin-work as a third […]

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Effective solutions to make universities in Germany more family-friendly

The theme of family friendliness is hot. Somewhere along the line, western contemporary societies started recognizing the twin facts that (a) a lot of talent is in women, and (b) not every person lives within the constellation of a well-paid male breadwinner and stay-at-home female who cares for life’s details and next generation. In fact, […]

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Tampere, Finland: Community, Work, and Family Conference

From May 19-21, about 200 scientists from all over the world – over 80 of whom were from Finland – and multiple disciplines came together to think and talk about the future of work and family in context at the fourth international Community, Work and Family Conference in Tampere, Finland. This conference series started in […]

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Work-Life: Cross National Conversations in Paris

On May 17, 2011, about 80 scholars from disciplines in the social sciences, business, and management gathered at the Paris Executive Campus of the Rouen Business School. Our purpose was to develop concrete suggestions for what to consider or how to proceed to improve the use of context, especially national context, in research on work-life […]

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Baden-Württemberg Science Ministry wants science and parenthood to fit together better

The State Ministry for Science, Research, and Art in Baden-Württemberg organized a conference on April 11, 2011 in Stuttgart to discuss strategies for combining science and parenthood. Ministerial-director Klaus Tappeser opened the session. I gave two keynote presentations in the morning, one on how Americans combine Family and Career, and the other entitled “Women in […]

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RWTH Aachen becoming a Family-Aware Workplace

The structure of higher education creates a tension: funding is organized around short term research projects which offer young scientists jobs which get them started in science. On the other hand, these short term funding sources offer very little long-term security. In some national contexts, young people assume they’ll piece together short-term contract work for […]

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Where is Europe headed in terms of spatial mobility, social relations and family life?

urope is likely to see rising, not declining, mobility in the foreseeable future. How Europe chooses to adapt itself, structurally, socially, and ideologically, will have a big impact on whether this mobility is detrimental or helpful to the social and environmental fiber of the continent. There are a number of reasons to believe that mobility […]

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