Meeting Einstein: Craig Calhoun

New forms of political participation?

Keynote and public debate with Craig Calhoun, Einstein Visiting Fellow and director-elect of the London School of Economics and Political Science

Stuttgart21, Occupy Wall Street, or the emergence of the Pirate Party – around the globe people feel excluded by traditional political institutions and decision-making processes. Alternative forms of participation are gaining more and more importance. What are the reasons? How does this affect our political systems? What dangers and opportunities exist herein? Einstein Visiting Fellow Craig Calhoun discusses the possibilities and limits of alternative participation processes.


  • Andrea Fischer // Former Federal Minister of Health
  • Martin Haase // University of Bamberg, Member of the Pirate Party Germany
  • Claus Offe // Hertie School of Governance Berlin
  • Michael Zürn // Social Science Research Center Berlin

Craig Calhoun

Craig Calhoun is a prestigious sociologist and advocate of using social science to address issues of public concern. He is president of the Social Science Research Council, Professor at New York University, Director of NYU's Institute for Public Knowledge and director-elect of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Since October 2010, he is Einstein Visiting Fellow at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.