Solidarity in Research and Practice – why now? 15.11.2018

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Launch event of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Solidarity (CeSCoS)

Do our societies need more solidarity? Can solidarity, as an organising principle for policies and institutions, help to address key societal challenges such as the reform of healthcare systems and the increase of social disparities? These questions will be at the centre of a one-day event marking the launch of a new research group at the University of Vienna led by Professor Barbara Prainsack.

The event will consist of two parts: Part I (9.30am-4pm) will take place in English and feature talks by the members of the Research Group, the (external) co-director Professor Alena Buyx, as well as our international Advisory Board, including Professor Carol Gould (CUNY), Professor Linsey McGoey (Essex), Professor David Townend (Maastricht), and Bernard Dichek (documentary maker, Israel). Part II, starting at 4.30pm, will take place in German. The Keynotes will be held by the renowned author and charity expert Dr Auma Obama and the Chairman of the German Ethics Council, Professor Peter Dabrock. The event will be concluded by a reception, ending at 8pm.

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Event details

What: Solidarity in research and practice – why now? Launch event of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Solidarity (CeSCoS)
When: Thu., 15 November 2018 | 9.30-8pm
Where: Saal der Labstelle | entrance: Wollzeile 1, 1010 Wien/Vienna

  • 9.00    Arrival and Reception
  • 9.30 - 12.30    Introductory Talks

    Welcome: Why Solidarity Now?
    Barbara Prainsack, University of Vienna
    Alena Buyx, Technical University Munich

    The Role of Solidarity in Political Theory
    Carol Gould, City University of New York

    Solidarity and Current Political Economy
    Linsey McGoey, University of Essex
  • 13.30 - 14.30    Spot Lights: Solidarity in Research and Practice

    Solidarity and the Law
    David Townend, Maastricht University

    Artists for Art and Artists
    Bernard Dichek, filmmaker and journalist, Israel
  • 16.00    Coffee Break

End of English-speaking part

  • 16.30    Beginning of German-speaking part

    Introductory Words - Vice-Rector Christa Schnabl

    Talks by:

    Auma Obama, Auma Obama Foundation Sauti Kuu
    Peter Dabrock, Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
  • 19.00    Reception
  • 20.00    End of event

Programm as PDF.