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Registration for the International Symposium

Moral Competence Education and
Global Democracy

Date, Time


July 26 - 27, 2012

Konstanz, University of Konstanz





The moral ideal of democracy is very vivid. Regardless of nation, culture and religion. People all over the world desire to live in a democratically ruled society and not in a tyranny. This ideal creates strong movements, which, however, show that it is often easier to overthrow a tyranny than to build a democratic society in which conflicts are solved not through power and violence but through thinking and peaceful, rational discussion.
Hence, for creating a truly democratic community we need not only to change the political and legal institutions of government, but also, and foremost, to learn how to live together in a global world, and how to foster this competence in all citizens, not only of a particular nation but world-wide.

This symposium series is to bring together scholars and practitioners from different backgrounds to explore the possibilities of a common understanding of research findings across the different paradigms and language uses, and for promoting effective methods of moral-democratic education.

The symposium is international and interdisciplinary. It speaks to researchers as well as to educational practitioners. The main language is English. Assistance for translation into and from German will be provided.

Konstanz is an beautiful, old city, surrounded by an inviting country-side (Lake of Constance, Swiss Alps, medieaval monestries and castles etc.), all easily accessible by public transportation (bus, train, ship), bikes, and hiking. do not forget to bring your swimming suit along, and your passport. Switzerland, Austria, France, and Italy are nearby. See Google map


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Thursday, 26 July 2012
14.00 - 14.15
2.00 p.m. -


Lectures with discussion
14.15 - 15.15   "Moral-Democratic Competence Education for a Global Democracy"
Georg Lind, Prof. em., Dept. of Psychology, University of Konstanz, Slides
15.45 - 16.45  

"Theory and Practice of Democracy"
Sven Jochem, Prof., Dept. of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Konstanz, Abstract

17.15 - 18.15  

"Moral-Democratic Competence and Dictatorship -- The case of bioethics in former East Germany"
Andrea Quitz, Doctoral student, Medical School, University of Erlangen. Abstract & Contact

20.00   No-host dinner at the Restaurant "SeeRhein" (on the Rhine, Reichenaustraße, Konstanz) with performanc: Notger Homburger sings Bodensee Blues and Jug Serenades. You can bring guests along. No fee.
Friday, 27 July 2012
9.00 - 9.45  

"Factors of Chinese Adolescents' Moral Competence Development. Findings from Hubei Province" (change of title)
Zhang Jing, Ass. Prof., Guangdong University of Foreign Studies,VR China, Abstract

9.45 - 10.30

Change of topic!

  "Democracy begins in the minds: Developing democratic personality worldwide"
Ewa Nowak, Prof., Institute of Philosophy, University of Poznan, Poland Abstract
11.00 - 11.45   "The Complementarity of the Discussion of Dilemmas with the Theoretical Reading for an Effective Intervention in the Moral Judgment", Abstract | Slides
Victor Robles, Prof., Department of Art and Enterprise, University of Guanajuato, México
11.45 - 12.30
"Teaching values in Turkey" Abstract
Meliha Köse & Nurhayat Tuncel Taninmis, Turkey
12.30 - 13.15  

Panel discussion: "Moral Competence? Global Democracy?"
Panelists: The presenters of the symosium

19.00 - 22.00   Vorbereitendes Treffen für die Gründung eines "KMDD-Vereins" im Biergarten-Restaurant "Costa del Sol " (Sankt-Johann-Gasse 9, Konstanz)
(Preperatory meeting for the founding of a KMDD-Association; in German / English)

(c) Georg Lind; last revision: July 21, 2012 .