Research Network "Cultures of Compromise"

Upcoming Events



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Daniel Bar-Tal: Public Lecture, Book Presentation and Workshop

22-25 January 2024

From 22 to 25 January 2024, Prof. em. Daniel Bar-Tal (School of Education/Tel Aviv University) will present his new monograph at the University of Münster and hold a workshop at the University Essen, offering further exchange concerning his research.

Daniel Bar-Tal is distinguished for his research on the socio-psychological foundations and dynamics of intractable conflicts. Furthermore, he developed a conceptual framework for understanding children's political socialization and for peace education. He is concerned with the Israeli-Arab-Palestinian conflict and has presented comprehensive socio-political psychological analyses of its emergence, persistence and maintenance. He has received numerous awards for his work in the field of international relations.


Preliminary schedule:

Monday, 22 January 2024, approx. 4:00-6:00 p.m., University of Münster


Wednesday, 24 January 2024, 6:00-8:00 p.m., University of Münster

Public book launch (Lecture hall F5, Fürstenberghaus, Domplatz 20-22)

Thursday, 25 January 2024, 1:00-3:00 p.m., University of Duisburg-Essen

Workshop with the "Cultures of Compromise" research network (Campus Essen)


Bar-Tal, Daniel: Sinking Into the Honey Trap of the Intractable Conflict: The Case of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, translated by Barbara Doron, Washington, DC: Westphalia 2023, ISBN: 978-1637237168

International Workshop“Compromise in Plural Worlds. Japan and Europe in Comparison”

7-8 March 2024

Organisation: Jan-Hendryk de Boer, Mariko Jacoby (both University of Duisburg-Essen) and Manon Westphal (University of Münster)

The workshop “Compromise in Plural Worlds. Japan and Europe in Comparison” on 7 and 8 March 2024 in Essen will deal with forms of conflict regulation in Japan's history and its present-day society. In particular, the role of compromise in Japan, a society where consensual agreements are highly valued and open conflict is not welcome, will be discussed. A comparison with Europe will be also focused on working out specifics and commonalities. Interdisciplinary researchers from Tokyo, Hiroshima, Osaka, Leiden, Sheffield and Frankfurt am Main will hold lectures during this workshop.

The evening lecture on 7 March 2024 will be given by Prof. Dr Masaki Taguchi (Legal History, University of Tokyo).

A detailed programme and further information will follow soon.



Public LectureMartin Kobler: "Compromise at any cost?" – An Account of Practical Experience

26 October 2023, 6:00 p.m.,
College for Social Sciences and Humanities (Lindenallee 39/41, 45127 Essen)

In his lecture, former diplomat Martin Kobler provide insights into dealing with compromise in the diplomatic service. During his distinguished career, Kobler has served as the UN special envoy to Libya (2015-2017), as well as to Afghanistan (2010-2011), Iraq (2011-2013), and Congo (2013-2015). Most recently, he was the German Ambassador to Pakistan (2017-2019). Since 2020, Kobler has been a guest lecturer at the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College in Hamburg.

Interview with Jonathan FloydPublic Political Philosophy And Its Uses for Thinking About Compromise

In his lecture on May 10, 2023 on "Public political philosophy in theory and practice", Dr. Jonathan Floyd (University of Bristol) presented his approach to public political philosophy. It addressed the question of what it means to do political philosophy not only for the academic sphere, but also for the general public

Mathis Knospe, a student in Comparative Public Governance and European Studies at the University of Münster and a student assistant in the research network "Cultures of Compromise", met Jonathan Floyd for an interview.

You can find the full interview here.


International Conference of the association "Cultures of Compromise"

In three keynote lectures and twelve presentations, the phenomenon of compromise will be examined from theoretical and a historical perspektive.

Program details and further information about registration can be found here.


May, 2023Articel "Cultures of Compromise in Britain and Germany after 1945" published

The German Historical Institute London published "The Genius of Parliament: Cultures of Compromise in Britain and Germany after 1945" - Bulletin GHIL, vol. 45 (2023), no. 1, 3-38 - by Prof. Dr. Constantin Goschler.

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June, 2022Radio Interview

During the opening event, our team member Stefanie Segieth interviewed personal investigators and scientists for CampusFM Radio at the University of Duisburg-Essen.



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June, 2022: Opening Event

On June 2, 2022 at 6 p.m., the interdisciplinary research network "Cultures of Compromise" invites you to its festive kick-off event at the Glaspavillon.

In addition to greetings from the university administrations of the participating University of Duisburg-Essen, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster and Ruhr-Universität Bochum as well as the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia, Veronique Zanetti will give a lecture.


Colloquium and Courses in the Summer Term 2022

The research association organizes an accompanying colloquium during the course of the project. In addition to theoretical basics, the colloquium also provides insights into current research projects. We are looking forward to interesting lectures and exciting discussions.

You can find more information about our upcoming events here.


March, 2022: Interview with Prof. Dr. Ulrich Willems

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Willems of the Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität-Münster, spoke with Liane Unteregger of the magazine sprich! about compromises. Under the guiding question of what makes a good compromise and where it reaches its limits, Ulrich Willems explains that compromises are perceived very differently depending on culture and era.

The entire interview is available free of charge.