Welcome to the International PPE Conference!

Call for Submissions

Fourth International PPE Conference Call for Submissions “[Re]Framing Reality”

When: 5-7th April, 2019

Where: Witten/Herdecke University, Germany

Submission of abstracts: Open now until 20th January, 2018


The International PPE Conference at Witten/Herdecke University is a student-led initiative that brings together Bachelor, Master and PhD students as well as scholars from diverse backgrounds to share and discuss their ideas and knowledge related to global problems that affect the governance of our contemporary societies.

Rooted in the science of Cognitive Psychology, framing plays an important role in the way we perceive, organize and communicate about reality. In today’s discourse, be it about political or economic issues, it is an ever present tool used on all sides to garner certain reactions, behaviors or opinions.

In recent years, framing has played a pivotal role in elections and everyday politics all around the world. Particularly in times of resurging populism in Europe and the United States of America, it becomes a crucial strategic question to have a second look at how issues are framed. What is the role of framing when discussing economic and political issues such as health care, equality, education or environmental policy? How does social media play into the formation of frames in people’s minds? To which extent do politicians use frames consciously to influence voters’ decisions? And how can these trends be judged through the lenses of various philosophical theorems? These, among many others, are the questions concerning framing that will be discussed during the conference and in particular during the student-led sessions.

The student paper and poster sessions are the heart of our conference. By presenting your academic research, you are playing an important part in shaping our conference and making it the interactive, student led event that it has grown into over the course of the last three years. Moreover, both poster and paper sessions provide you with the unique opportunity to present your research in front of a diverse audience of experts and students, making it great practice for any career you are aspiring towards, but especially one in scientific research.


With best wishes,

The Organising Team

Submission Deadlines

Abstract Submission31st of January (extended)

Notification of acceptance: 7th of Februray

Paper and Poster Submission: 28th of February

Poster Submission Guidlines: Size A0, single sided and in colour (In case youu need the poster to be printed on site, please contact us via e-mail until the 24th of March.)