Norm Conflicts in Pluralistic Societies

Lecture Series Cluster of Excellence "The Formation of Normative Orders"

Cultural diversity is just as characteristic ofmodern pluralistic societies as differences in lifestyle, sexual orientation and worldview. The question no longer is whether homogenization or increased heterogeneity is desirable (Appadurai), but rather how plurality can be managed and conflicting norms be negotiated. In the social sciences and humanities the possible effects of social pluralization (desolidarization, hybridization, new forms of community formation) are discussed just as controversially as the possible measures to counteract these developments (tolerance, recognition, agreement on shared values). Conflicts currently center primarily on religious and gender norms (such as the head-scarf and caricature debates) in order to justify inclusions and exclusions and to construct collective identities. The lecture series will introduce and discuss new theoretical approaches and empirical findings on norm conflicts in pluralistic societies, particularly with respect to their potential to initiate normative change and the new ways they may socially integrate difference.


28 October 2015

Prof. Dr. Alison Dundes Renteln (University of Southern California)
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Prof. em. Dr. Rudolf Steinberg (Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main)
Toleranz und religiöse Pluralität am Beispiel von Kopftuch und Burka

25 November 2015
Dr. Nargess Eskandari-Grünberg (Dezernat XI - Intergration, Frankfurt am Main)
Chancen und Herausforderungen einer diversen Gesellschaft

2 December 2015
Prof. Dr. Olivier Roy (European University, Florence)
When and Why does a Religious Norm Become Unacceptable in the Public Space?

16 December 2015
Prof. Dr. Marie-Claire Foblets (Max-Planck-Institut für ethnologische Forschung, Halle (Saale))
Accommodating Islam within the framework of Western Legal Thinking. An Impossible Mission?

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Prof. Dr. Kabir Tambar (Stanford University, California)
Brotherhood in Dispossession: State Violence and the Minority Question in Turkey

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Prof. Dr. Yüksel Sezgin (Syracuse University New York)
Democratizing “Shari’a”: How Liberal Democracies Apply and Regulate Muslim Family Laws

Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main
Campus Westend, Hörsaalzentrum, HZ 10

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Organisation: Prof. Dr. Susanne Schröter

Presented by:
Cluster of Excellence "The Formation of Normative Orders"

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