Markus S. schulz
Social Scientist, Futures Thinker / Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies / Website
Markus S. Schulz is a sociologist whose research engages with social theory, globalization, digital technologies, social movements, and future imagination. He is a Fellow at the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies.
Markus completed his PhD at The New School for Social Research’s (NSSR) Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science, following studies at the Freie and the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany.
He is a passionate teacher who has taught a wide range of subjects across humanities and social science disciplines at the Bauhaus University of Weimar, The City University of New York (CUNY), New York University (NYU), Virginia Tech, University of Illinois (UI) Urbana-Champaign, and NSSR. In addition, he was visiting researcher at FMSH in Paris, France, University of Oxford in the UK, and UNTREF’s Interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Studies in Buenos Aires. He has given lectures in dozens of countries around the world.
Markus also served as the International Sociological Association’s Vice-President for Research (2014-18) and President of the Third ISA Forum of Sociology and WebForum. Prior to this, he served as President of the ISA’s Research Committee on Futures Research (2006-2014). His latest book Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World: Towards the Futures We Want is now available on SAGE.
From Future Shock to the Futures We Want
Alvin Toffler taught some of the first courses on “The Sociology of the Future” in the mid-1960s at The New School in New York City. Starting with reflections on his and Heidi Toffler’s futurist oeuvre, this talk addresses sociological research perspectives on the future and their relevance for the contemporary politics of design.