Welcome to the International PPE Conference!


Justifying Power and Decisions in the 21. Century: Rethinking Legitimacy from a PPE perspective

The 1st International PPE Conference offered three paper sessions (à two panels) combining student presentations with group work to facilitate discussions between participants, peer reviewers and presenters. A diverse programme framed an enriching, thought-provoking and abundant weekend with students and experts from all over the world. The aim of the conference was to give students working in the fields of politics, philosophy and economics an opportunity to present their research, receive feedback for work in progress and build a PPE network.

Around 40 students from 10 different countries (UK, Russia, Czech Republic, Nigeria, Lithuania, Switzerland, Ghana) and 15 different university came together, solidifying a fast growing network of PPE students. In addition to the conference program the FutureLab acted as a catalyst for new possibilities, ideas and projects to be developed.

The conference took place from May 6th to 8th on the Campus of Witten/Herdecke University in Germany.

Click here to see the full Conference Programme.

Conference Theme

Under the theme of the conference the following questions were looked at:
How can political science, economics and philosophy contribute to shedding light on the current discussion of legitimacy in the 21st century?

What are the latest research topics and hotly debated issues – and what is currently missing on the agenda?
More information on the theme can be found in the Call for Paper.





Conference Organisation Team


From left to right: Batya Blankers, Julian Römer, Laura Bickel, Ludwig Evers, Katharina Pfeil, Anselm Houswitschka, Lea Diederichsen