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14.09.2023 - 16.09.2023 | Leipzig

Social Cohesion as a Global Guiding Concept

This year's annual conference of the Research Institute Social Cohesion (RISC) examines social cohesion from a global perspective and explores how social cohesion and its discursive production vary historically and regionally.

In recent years, “social cohesion” has become a central buzzword in political and academic debates. At the same time, different actors use it to refer to very different things and mobilize very different intellectual traditions. The Research Institute Social Cohesion (RISC) investigates this highly political and volatile phenomenon in more than 80 research and transfer projects. After three years of research, the conference will provide answers to the question of how social cohesion and its discursive production vary historically and regionally: Why have so many different interpretations been gathered under this (emerging) basic social concept? What current transformations of regional and national, transnational and transregional scope are addressed by this concept, and how do actors within and between societies come to an agreement on what their social cohesion should look like?
This year’s annual conference of the RISC will take place

from Thursday, 14 September to Saturday, 16 September 2023
at Hotel Felix
Augustusplatz 1-3, 04109 Leipzig (Germany).

The conference will be framed by keynotes by Stefanie Schüler-Springorum (Technical University Berlin) and Matthias Middell (University of Leipzig) on Thursday and by Ursula Lehmkuhl (University of Trier) and Olaf Groh-Samberg (University of Bremen) on Saturday. These keynotes will discuss from a historical and internationally comparative perspective how the concept of “social cohesion” has gained prominence in recent years and experienced a remarkable ascent to become a basic social concept.

On Friday, the conference is dedicated to discussion in parallel panel sessions. The topics in these panels range from the diffusion of the concept of social cohesion in political, social and discursive networks to social cohesion in the Francophone space and the question of cohesion in times of ecological transformation.

On Saturday, there will also be a panel discussion with three representatives of the RISC Practice Council: Anna Hoffmann (ZEIT Foundation), Matthias Schulze-Böing (Commissioner for Special Tasks of the City of Offenbach am Main) and Gerhard Timm (Managing Director of the Federal Association of Independent Welfare Organizations). This discussion will revolve around the question of the extent to which the RISC lives up to its claim of making research findings usable in practice and adopting inputs from society on the subject of social cohesion.

The keynotes and several of the panel sessions will be held in English. The panel discussion and the remaining panel sessions will be held in German. The keynotes and the panel discussion will be streamed live on the RISC YouTube channel. Online participation in the panels via Zoom is possible.

Hinweise zur Teilnahme:
You can register for digital participation until September 10 at:


14.09.2023 ab 13:30 - 16.09.2023 13:00




Hotel Felix
Augustusplatz 1-3
04109 Leipzig






Geschichte / Archäologie, Gesellschaft, Kulturwissenschaften, Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaften, Politik


Konferenz / Symposion / (Jahres-)Tagung




Sarah Lempp


Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit

Veranstaltung ist kostenlos:




URL dieser Veranstaltung:

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