Report on our symposium

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July 24 - 26, 2017


Großer Senat, Tübingen (Neue Aula)






“Social Cohesion”, “Diversity” and “Pluralism” have become normative central guiding principles in democratic societies. However, the practical implementation of how to define social cohesion, deal with diversity and act in pluralistic societies is rather contested. Not least in the light of the alarming shifts to non-democratic populism in Europe and the USA there is an urgent need to re-debate those concepts. Following the spirit of the “Tübingen approach” of an application-oriented ethics, this conference aims to encourage a broad interdisciplinary discussion on “social cohesion”, “diversity” and “moral pluralism” in contemporary societies.



Prof. Dr. Marcus Emmerich, Tübingen University, Germany

Prof. Dr. Arlie Russel Hochschild, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Prof. Dr. Veronika Lipphardt, University College Freiburg, Germany


Panel "Human Diversity, Social Cohesion and the Media"

Prof. Dr. Tanja Thomas (Institute of Media Studies, Tübingen University)

Tom Law (Ethical Journalism Network, London)

Lillian Ikulumet (Journalist, Munich)



Session I: Education

Session II: Governance

Session III: From Literature to Neuroscience

Session IV: From Discourses to Institutions

Session V: Sustainable Development

Session VI: Social Cohesion in the Face of Diversity