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News and updates from the WVSA network: October 2017

WVS-7 in the field: 5 countries completed, more to go!

According to the WVSA Secretariat’s information, WVS-7 is fully prepared to take place in 53 world countries/ societies. In 59 more countries implementation of the survey requires additional organizational (or primarily financial) efforts. In total, by the end of 2019 WVS-7 fieldwork is expected to take place in up to 80 countries – which is the set up internal goal of the WVS Association in the current round. WVSA considers new expressions of interest on a regular basis, and invites new research teams to join the WVS-network in round 7 of the WVS program (contact: wvsa.secretariat@gmail.com). All the data will be available in free public access in 2020.

Festive Launch of the WVS-7 Round in Brazil (today!)    


Festive Launch of the WVS-7 round in Brazil in a format of the Conference is scheduled for October, 24 (Tuesday) and will take place at Auditório do Polo UAB/ Campus do Vale - UFRGS. The event will be broadcasted live; page of the event: WVS-Brazil.

Scholars will have the opportunity to discuss academic research with the use of WVS data in the first half of the Conference and, the second half will be dedicated to methodological discussions and challenges of the development of WVS' survey. The event features welcome speeches (by the University leadership and WVSA President Christian Haerpfer), presentations by the WVS-Brazil team (Henrique de Castro, Daniel Capistrano, Carla Mendonca and others), WVSA PIs (Eduard Ponarin – Russia; Hennie Kotze – South Africa; Cristina Paez – Ecuador; Daniel Moreno – Bolivia; Ignacio Zuasnabar – Uruguay; Marita Carballo – Argentina; Alejandro Moreno – Mexico; Andres Casas – Colombia).
 
The Brazilian team also has recently started an online debate channel on YouTube called Zoon Politikón. In this channel, professors and scholars of Political Science, Social Sciences and International Relations will discuss important issues of what's been happening in Brazil and the world. The first video was posted in August 22nd ("Continuities and changes in Brazil"), with a focus in issues like media, institutions, coup and elites (subtitles in English soon).

Grants and Awards

The German Science Foundation (DFG) has granted Christian Welzel, the Vice-President of the World Values Survey Association, the Reinhard Koselleck Award of the amount of one million Euro to conduct research for the project 'The Cool Water Effect: Why Human Civilization turned towards Emancipation in Cold-Wet Regions.' Part of the grant is an additional installment of 220.000,- Euro to Leuphana University. Reinhard Koselleck grants (named after one of Germany's foremost historians in the 20th century) are the German Science Foundation's most prestigious funding program for single researchers.
 

Courses on Comparative Social Research


The first round of teaching courses on Comparative Social Research has been conducted at the University of Almeria on October, 19-20, 2017 with the organizational support of the WVSA Regional Hub for Mediterranean.

International Research and Capacity Building Center WVSA Regional Hub for Mediterranean has been established in June 2017 at the University of Almeria under the leadership of Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee Professor Juan Diez-Nicolas and Professor Pilar Rodriguez. The Center will be offering courses for students and young scholars on comparative social research, survey design and methodology, and analysis of the WVS data.   
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International Workshop “Security in the Mediterranean” 


An International Workshop entitled Security in the Mediterranean will take place on November, 21-25, 2017 at the University of Almeria and is organized by the WVSA Regional Hub for Mediterranean (Southern Europe and Northern Africa). The program of the event features presentations by Seminar Directors Juan Diez-Nicolas and Pilar Rodriguez, WVSA President Christian Haerpfer as well as WVS PIs Munqith Dagher (WVS-Iraq), Fares Braizat (WVS-Jordan), Mhammed Abderebbi (WVS-Morocco), Sokratis Koniordos (WVS-Greece). 

WVS-based Books and Publications

Global Power Transition and the Future of the European Union by B.Yesilada, J.Kugler, G.Genna, O.Tanrikulu. 

The book examines factors behind the decline of the EU relative to the rise of China and other powers in the global hierarchy and what policy options are available for EU leaders to implement in order to compete as a global actor. It analyses determinants of regional integration and key policy challenges the EU faces in its quest for an "ever deeper union," and identifies significant factors (i.e., power relations, economic relations, emergent social values across the EU) that can explain the likelihood of further integration or conflict between EU member states.
V-Dem Users' Working Paper #11: "A Tale of Culture-Bound Regime Evolution: The Centennial Democratic Trend and Its Recent Reversal" by WVSA Vice-President Christian Welzel.
Using a new measure of “comprehensive democracy” derived from V-Dem, this analysis traces the global democratic trend over the last 116 years, from 1900 till 2016, looking in particular at the centennial trend’s cultural zoning.
People’s Values in terms of Thai Politics, Governance, and Social Culture by Thawilwadee Bureekul and Ratchawadee Sangmahamad
This book explains Thai’s values in term of politics, governance, and social culture. The book is based on WVS findings in Thailand in 2007 and 2013 and provides an over-time comparison.
 
The Interaction of Genes and Culture, by Agner Fog. This book offers a new theoretical explanation of changes in social values, attitudes, organization, religion, morals, etc. based on evolutionary psychology. This theory is tested on data from the WVS and other sources for both contemporary and ancient 'primitive' societies. The statistics show excellent agreement between theory and data. The theory has an explanatory power that makes it very useful for strengthening the theoretical basis of research in social values.
 
We invite all scholars to submit the details of your WVS-based publications (articles, conference papers, book chapters, books, online posts etc.) to the WVSA Secretariat for the subsequent inclusion into the WVSA publications data-base.
SUBMISSION LINK
Final reminder: Call for Papers for the WVSA Panels at IPSA-2018
Deadline: October 25 (Wednesday)

 
1) Impact of Values Changes on Future Regional Stability and Integration in Europe https://wc2018.ipsa.org/my-congress/invited-paper/701362

2) Public Attitudes and Popular Support of Federalism
https://wc2018.ipsa.org/my-congress/invited-paper/701323

3) Values, Attitudes and Stereotypes: New Findings from the World Values Survey 7 https://wc2018.ipsa.org/my-congress/invited-paper/701031

4) ¿Adónde ván? Change and continuity of political values and attitudes in Latin America https://wc2018.ipsa.org/my-congress/invited-paper/700470

5) Social and Political Changes in the Middle East: New Approaches and Perspectives for the Long-Term Peace and Prosperity https://wc2018.ipsa.org/my-congress/invited-paper/700644

6) Public Opinions in Times of Rising Populism: Evidence from Asia
https://wc2018.ipsa.org/my-congress/invited-paper/702128

7) Democracy and the Shadows of Populism: the European Experience
https://wc2018.ipsa.org/my-congress/invited-paper/701030

8) Patterns of Political Participation and Voting in Global Perspective: Evidence from Comparative Survey Research https://wc2018.ipsa.org/my-congress/invited-paper/701317

9) Sources of Political Regime Support: Comparative Evidence from Global Barometer Surveys https://wc2018.ipsa.org/my-congress/invited-paper/701322

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