2020: World-scale justice - beyond Global North & Global South?
Is the Global North – Global South concept still relevant? Does it explain inequalities and dependencies in our modern world? Who is going to carry the burden of climate change? Is development aid morally justifiable?
We critically analysed the divide between the so-called Global North and Global South, raising questions around world-scale justice and responsibility. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the PPE Conference was held - for the first time - as a digital conference.
We had great success with this new format as 211 students, young scholars and professors from 40 different countries registered!
Our interdisciplinary participants created a truly international atmosphere and thought-provoking discussions during the keynotes, workshops, paper presentations and during the digital social activities.
2019: [re]framing reality
The way of perceiving, organizing and communicating about reality is called “framing” and its role in the modern world – and in particular in the fields of politics, philosophy and economics – is what the PPE Conference 2019 at the Universität Witten/Herdecke focused on.
► Dr. Eric Wallis talked about the use of framing in politics and journalism. He works with Greenpeace and the regional RAA centre for democratic culture against right-wing extremism and right-wing populism.
►Dr. Gudrun Reijnierse gave a talk on the linguistic aspects of framing, covering the basic forms of framing, as well as focusing on metaphors and how they shape the way we perceive the world.
► Dr. Amanda Machin gave a talk on the relevance of framing in the climate change debate.
The student paper presentations were truly the heart of our conference. The topics were as diverse as the participants themselves, ranging from the biases of internet algorithms to the awareness of different frames in the work of occupational therapist with young people from disadvantaged communities.
2018: The Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Growth & Degrowth
Blessed by the first sunny, warm weekend of the year, around 70 students from 17 different countries participated in the conference, giving this event a truly international, interdisciplinary and diversified perspective.
This intense thought-provoking, action-inspiring weekend was enriched by the contribution of experts in degrowth, sustainable development and finance, but most importantly by student presentations.
►Mladen Domazet introduced the participants to the conference theme by explaining the basis from which to explore planetary energy transformations, diversity of life, cultural roots of growth veneration and sedimentation of expertise maladapted to the end of Cheap Nature.
►On Saturday, Jörg Rocholl highlighted the arguments in favor of sustainable and inclusive economic growth and illustrates its necessary requirements.
►Following, André Reichel outlined a political economy of postgrowth.
►On Saturday evening, Mar Michelle Häusler created a bridge between theory and practice by talking about her personal life journey, experiences and choices. How do we represent the change that we want to see in the world?
2017: Transformation - Knowledge, Power, Wealth
The 2017 International PPE Conference was filled with 15 student paper presentations that explored the links between knowledge, power and wealth and showed how rewarding it is to go after one’s own questions.
The conference was framed by 4 Keynote Lectures that gave valuable input on power-relations in the corporate as well as the academic world, on the evil nature of time and those who exploit our boredom and on the relevance of an historical embeddedness of economic theory.
The fish-bowl discussion format enabled all participants, experts and young scholars to engage debates and share their knowledge and thoughts.
Once again the lively exchange of students and scholars attending the conference showed the value of bringing together different perspectives and continuing to build the PPE network.
The conference was made possible by the support of many individuals but most importantly the Witten/Herdecke University once again showed their commitment to student research and initiatives. Sponsoring from INET (Institute for New Economic Thinking) enabled us to invite keynote speakers from afar and ensured that we could reach our objective; providing a diverse and top-class academic experience for students from around the world.