International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW)

On the connection between populism and education

The increasing influence of right-wing populist parties in Europe concerns both the sciences and the general public. In a cooperation between staff responsible for interdisciplinary ethics teaching at the University of Tübingen and the Department of Philosophy Didactics, as well as representatives of the Department of Education and Training of Teachers in Tübingen, we want to question the connection between populism and education in various respects. A scientific conference will provide input for dialogue and the development of new approaches to teacher training and school education. . At this workshop at the IZEW, representatives of various scientific disciplines will present their research results for discussion.


Thursday, 13 Feb, and Friday, 14 Feb 2020,
IZEW, Verfügungsgebäude, Wilhelmstr. 19,
Room 0.01
Please register with uta.muellerspam until Jan 17 2020!

Further information (German only)

Project Management

Supported by the PODESTA project team



  • Dr. Daniel Frank (Lehrstuhl für Ethik in den Biowissenschaften, Universität Tübingen)
  • Dr. Giovanni Panno (Lehrbeauftragter für Philosophiedidaktik, Universität Tübingen)

  • Prof. Erik Müller (Seminar für Ausbildung und Fortbildung der Lehrkräfte Tübingen: Bereichsleitung Gesellschaftswissenschaften)

  • Dr. Christof Schilling (Seminar für Ausbildung und Fortbildung der Lehrkräfte Tübingen: Fachleitung Philosophie/Ethik)

Workshop: Populism and education

The following questions shall be discussed at a workshop on Feb 13 and Feb 14 2020 in Tübingen:

  1. Can the strengthening of populist movements in Europe in general and the antipluralist moment of right-wing populist movements in particular be understood as the result of some kind of educational failure? If so, in which concrete areas and in which respects has education failed in that respect?
  2. Which aspects of the development of populism are taken up by the (social) sciences in their research? How can the findings of the sciences be constructively taken up in discourse with various social actors?
  3. How do these communication strategies function in different media? Which forms of (media) education appear promising in order to expose them and enable a differentiated distance from populist communication?

Further intentions

The aim of the aformentioned workshop is to gain direct input for new ideas and concepts in teacher training. Following the event, a course on populism will be developed at the IZEW for the module "ethical competences in the teaching profession". Furthermore, a joint workshop is planned at the Seminar for Training and Further Education of Teachers Tübingen for trainee teachers in the fields of Social Sciences and Philosophy/Ethics.