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?

The 5th International PPE Conference offers an academic platform to approach these questions and critically analyse the divide between the so-called Global North and Global South, raising questions around world-scale justice and responsibility.

This will be achieved in the first place by questioning the linguistics, the history and the academic use of the Global North-Global South concept. Subsequently, the general drivers of world-scale inequality will be examined together with their relevant causes and implications. In particular, those regarding some key challenges, such as climate change, migration and development aid, will be deeply investigated in relation to the core topic.

We promise that the program of the PPE Conference 2020 is going to be as diverse as its participants!

The following elements will ensure that you will get the chance to approach the topic of world-scale justice and responsibilities from diverse perspectives and through different formats:

  • keynote speeches
  • workshops 
  • panel discussion
  • student paper presentation & student paper award
  • networking hours & world café

We are happy to already present four of our keynote speakers who will provide the participants with academic background knowledge about the historic, political and economic perspective of the Global North-Global South devide.

Dr. Nina Schneider

Dr. Nina Schneider is a Senior Research Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21) at the University of Duisburg-Essen. 
She holds a PhD in History from the University of Essex, UK, and was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR, 2012), Marie-Curie Fellow at the Zukunftskolleg at the University of Konstanz (2013-2015), Visiting Scholar the National University of Brasília (UNB, 2015), and Senior Research Fellow  at the Global South Studies Center (GSSC) at the University of Cologne (2015-2018).

She is the author of ‘Between Promise and Skepticism: the “Global South” and our Role as Engaged Intellectuals’, The Global South 11(2) (2017): 18-38. Her research focuses on the history of human and social rights; authoritarian regimes and their legacies, global movement(s) against child labour, Global History, Theories from the 'South', and the 
Engaged Intellectual

Prof. Darrel Moellendorf

Darrel Moellendorf is Professor of International Political Theory and Professor of Philosophy at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main. Before working at Goethe Universität he held positions at San Diego State University, University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg), Cal Poly Pomona, and Riverside Community College.

He is a political and environmental philosopher/theorist working on normative issues. His current research concentrates on the topics of climate change and justice, the meaning and normative significance of the Anthropocene, and hope. He is the author of Cosmopolitan Justice (2002), Global Inequality Matters (2009), and The Moral Challenge of Dangerous Climate Change: Values, Poverty, and Policy (2014).

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Magdalene Silberberger

Magdalene Silberberger holds a Junior Professorship (Assistant in Intl Context) in Development Economics at the Witten/Herdecke University. After having completed her Economics studies at the University of Wuppertal and at the University of Panthéon-Sorbonne I Paris, she was a PhD student and teaching assistant at Ruhr-University Bochum. She has also formerly participated as a consultant in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Trade and Economics Branch, and has worked as a scientific collaborator for the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Energy and Environment.

Prof. Silberberger’s research mainly deals with the empirical evaluation of trade policies, environmental regulations and other forms of governance, with an additional focus on the role of international institutions in the development of so-called “Global South” countries.

Dr. Kai Koddenbrock

Dr. Kai Koddenbrock holds the professorship for International Relations at Witten/Herdecke University and mainly researches in fields of global inequalities, power relations and political economy. His research targets the historical emergence of the gap between Global North & Global South analysing the effects of such an socio-economic divide on societies, economies and governments. 

In the course of his keynote speech, Dr. Koddenbrock will link the historical power relations resulting from colonisation to the current practice of humanitarian aid raising general questions about the role of institutions, global governance and world-scale inequalities.