In the year 2015 a unique international conference will be held on the 20th and 21st of November at the banks of Lake Constance. Professors and students teaching or studying interdisciplinary subjects combining disciplines like Philosophy, Sociology, Political Science and Economics from all over Europe will attend a two-day conference at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen to discuss the topic of convergence.
Convergence – in Latin “to incline towards each other” – stands for a broad academic debate that is firmly embedded in the respective disciplines. We will try to bring these different perspectives together and foster a fruitful exchange, hopefully raising a lot of interesting questions and excite riveting debates. Can a convergence of values and norms be observed on a global scale? Is there a convergence in living standards and a divergence through rising inequality? East and west, developing and developed countries – are these ceasing categories in a converging world?
Besides the academic discourse, there will be a focus on a personal and program related exchange. How are the different programs structured, what is their approach towards academic disciplines? Can a convergence or divergence be observed between the different academic perspectives of the programs? Which actual careers are alumni of PPE/SPE programs pursuing and what kind of graduate programs are suitable after the multior interdisciplinary bachelor’s programs?
The conference’s conception will be carried out according to the core idea(l) of the SPE/PPE academic programs: not hesitating to ask grand questions in a complex and interdependent world where overarching and easy answers are rarely given! We are convinced that the conference and this concept will result in two days of fruitful exchange, lively debates and an enriching time out from academic daily routine.