21.06. – 23.06.

International Conference: History and Theory of Compromises

Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI), Gartensaal, Goethstr. 31, 45128 Essen

Compromise is omnipresent, but little researched in the academic field. The interdisciplinary collaborative project “Cultures of Compromise” of the University of Duisburg-Essen, the University of Münster and the Ruhr University Bochum is addressing this research gap. From 21 to 23 June 2023, the project will host the international conference “History and Theory of Compromises” in Essen.

In three keynote lectures and twelve presentations, the phenomenon of compromise will be examined from a theoretical and a historical perspective, casting compromise as an essential cultural technique for regulating tangible as well as latent and smouldering forms of conflict. A compromise is an agreement in which the participants nevertheless hold on to their original claims. Therefore, a compromise demands concessions to the other side’s point of view. Through these often-painful concessions, a compromise allows two or more parties to overcome a situation that is considered problematic. During the conference, the premises, conditions, and consequences of compromise will be explored in theory and through historical examples from Europe, Africa, and Asia.

The three keynotes are public and will also be broadcast via Zoom. The conference itself will take place in person at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen.


21 June, 6-8 p.m., Essen Campus, Bibliothekssaal

Alin Fumurescu, University of Houston

The Shame of Compromise? The Politics of Education and the Education of Politics


22 June, 6-8 p.m., Essen Campus, Bibliothekssaal

Elizabeth Anthony, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC

The Compromise of Return: Viennese Jews after the Holocaust


23 June, 11-12.30 a.m., KWI, Essen, Gartensaal

Yusuke Hirai, University Tsukuba

Compromise in Civic Education: Applicability to the Japanese Context