Profile: Sigrid Quack

Sigrid Quack is head of the research group “Institution-building across borders” at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne.
Her research focuses on the problem solving capacity of different forms of transnational governance, and in collaboration with other members of the group she is currently comparing standard setting in the fields of accounting, labour, copyright and environment.

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The Origins of Modern Christmas

The holiday season seems a good moment to explore the contradictory nature of Christmas as a holiday that has become nearly globally observed while at the same time still being considered deeply nationally entrenched in many countries.
Take Germany, for example: Considered as the homeland of Weihnachtsstimmung (Christmas mood), Christmas trees and Christmas markets, few would doubt that there is something a like a really true deutsche Weihnacht. Across the Atlantic, Americans equally claim to have their American Christmas, which, by the way, is the only federal holiday in the United States with a religious connection.

Category: History

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