Internationales Zentrum für Ethik in den Wissenschaften (IZEW)

The Value of [Not] Being Diverse

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