Visiting Scholar Seminar: A talk with Mauro Magatti


Location: 2108 Eck Hall of Law

Mauro Magatti, professor of sociology at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, will be giving a lunch time talk on A Weberian Approach to the European Crisis. Why “Spirit” Matters.

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Italy, The failure of the ‘second republic’ and the difficult path to the future (Word Document, 79.5 kb)
A weberian approach to the European crisis. Why ‘spirit’ matters (Word Document, 61.5 kb)

Lunch will be served on a first come, first served basis.

Sponsored by the the Program on Law and Human Development at the Notre Dame Law School and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. Part of the Nanovic Institute’s Visiting Scholar Seminars.



Mauro Magatti, PhD, is full professor of Sociology at the Catholic University of Milan, where he is Dean of the Faculty of Sociology. His main scientific interests are focussed on the relationship between economy and society, the role of civic society and on globalization and cultural and social change. His approach is informed by the deep empirical grounding of his theoretical elaboration and on wideranging fieldwork experience. During his career he has worked for the European Science Foundation, the European Union, the Italian Ministry of University. He has been member of the K. Polanyi Insitute at the University of Montreal and of the Global Studies Association of the Metropolitan University of Manchester. In 2006-07 he was visiting professor at the Ecoles des Hautes Etudes in Paris, in 2007-08 at the Catholic University of Buenos Aires.

In the last years, he has directed two large national research on urban suburbs and on italian working class and its transformation. He is the scientific coordinator of Genius Loci. L’archivio della generatività italiana focussed on a collection of “generative”, a project based at at Istituto Sturzo in Rome, collecting and analyzing best practices among firms, associations policies aimed at identifying the institutional and moral elements for a realistic reformation of italian society.

Among his most recent publications: Il potere istituente della società civile, Laterza, Bari 2005; I nuovi ceti popolari, Feltrinelli, 2006 (with M. De Benedittis); La città abbandonata. Dove sono e come cambiano le periferie italiane, (a cura di) Il Mulino, 2007; Libertà immaginaria. Le illusioni del capitalismo tecno-nichilista, Feltrinelli, 2009, The city of flows. Territories, agencies and institutions, (eds, with L. Gherardi) 2010 and La grande contrazione. I fallimenti della libertà e le vie del suo riscatto, Feltrinelli, Milano, 2012