You are cordially invited to attend the next seminar session with
Prof. John Meyer (Stanford University, USA)
On Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 14:15-15:45 (refreshments from 14:00)
University main building (Unioninkatu 34), Auditorium XIV.
The discussant is Prof. Henri Vogt (University of Turku).
Changes in world culture create contextual conditions increasing
cross-national diffusion and structuring its character. Scientization
disciplines the natural and social environments. Human empowerment and
rights norms create a population of actors with much (standardized) agency.
And an expanded (and standardized) educational system now at the center of
social stratification everywhere links empowered humans with a common
action frame. As a consequence, collective mobilizations of attitudes,
opinions, and actions occur on an increasingly global scale.
Institutionalized, this turns into a global expansion of formal
organization in both domestic and international society. Both conflict and
cooperation can readily shift to a global scale.
John W. Meyer is Professor of Sociology (and, by courtesy, Education),
emeritus, at Stanford. He has contributed to organizational theory,
comparative education, and the sociology of education, developing
sociological institutional theory. Since the 1970s, he has studied the
impact of global society on national states and societies. More recently,
he completed a collaborative study of worldwide science and its national
effects and a project on the impact of globalization on organizational
structures. He now studies the world human rights regime, world curricula
in mass and higher education, and the worldwide expansion of formal
Please see the seminar website for the full biography of Prof. Meyer:
As refreshment will be served, you are kindly asked to confirm your
participation by sending an email to the seminar coordinator: Caroline