Welcome to the International PPE Conference!


Dr. Gudrun Reijnierse

Gudrun Reijnierse is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Language Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. She holds a PhD in linguistics from the University of Amsterdam. Gudrun uses a variety of research methods to conduct her research, which is primarily concerned with the use and effects of metaphor as a framing device. Recent research projects include experimental studies on the effects of metaphorical framing on policy preferences, corpus analyses of various types of metaphors across genres, and eye-tracking studies on metaphor processing. Gudrun’s current research projects mainly focus on the role of (metaphorical) framing and authority in science communication. Gudrun also teaches courses on science journalism, rhetoric, and intercultural communication.

Dr. Viola Nordsieck

Viola Nordsieck is a philosopher and journalist. She holds a PhD from Humboldt University, writes for several newspapers and magazines and is co-editor of transform, an indie mag based in Berlin and Leipzig. She lives in Berlin where she is currently working on a favourite project: an effort in collective writing with a bunch of brilliant academics, artists and activists sketching possible mergers of cultural and political philosophy. She is also a writer who loves to destroy the mood of poetry slams with not-at-all hilarious short stories, a mother of twins and a teacher in training who uses films, cooking and going on demos to make sure her students are sometimes interested enough to learn.

Johannes Hilje

Johannes Hillje works as a freelance political consultant in Berlin and Brussels. He is also a Policy Fellow at Das Progressive Zentrum. Prior to that, he worked in communications at the UN in New York, and as part of the editorial team for ZDF's heute.de. In 2017, he published a book entitled Propaganda 4.0 – Wie rechte Populisten Politik machen. Hillje has a master's degree in politics and communication from the London School of Economics and in political science and journalism from the University of Mainz. 



Dr. Amanda Machin

Amanda Machin is acting Professor of International Political Studies at the University of Witten/Herdecke in Germany. Her research focuses upon the politics of citizenship, nationalism, environment and embodiment and she is particularly intrigued by the implications of the recent diagnosis of the Anthropocene for models and institutions of democracy. Her books include Against Political Compromise: Sustaining Democratic Debate (Routledge 2017, co-authored with Alexander Ruser) Nations and Democracy: New Theoretical Perspectives (Routledge, 2015) and Negotiating Climate Change: Radical Democracy and the Illusion of Consensus (Zed Books, 2013). A new book coauthored with Nico Stehr Society and Climate: Transitions and Challenges will be published by World Scientific later this year. Her keynote is entitled: "framing the climate: constant vs. catastrophe".

Prof. Dr. Dirk Sauerland

Dirk Sauerland received his PhD in Economics from the University of Münster and holds the Chair for Institutional Economics and Health Policy at Witten/Herdecke University since 2008. He is programme director of the bachelor programme in Philosophie, Politik und Ökonomik (PPE) in Witten. In addition, he is faculty member of the Business Department at Danube University in Krems/Austria and member of different advisory boards. Dirk Sauerland is co-author of the German standard textbook on Institutional Economics and has published about a hundred papers. His main focus is research is the sustainable design of a healthcare system for an ageing population. He teaches behavioural economics and the PPE Masters programm at Witten/Herdecke University. In his keynote, he will address wanted andunwanted framing effects in economics.

More speakers to be announced!