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Conference "How to dis/agree like friends"

The conference aims to examine the contemporary diagnostic thesis of a brutalization of the culture of debate and, by bringing together perspectives from the history of ideas, philosophy, and democratic theory, to contribute to the understanding and further development of a civil culture of debate in liberal democracies.

We ask what basic political concepts (e.g., civility, respect, trust, friendship, community) the history of political ideas has in store to organize the current approaches of normative democratic theory, to understand and evaluate recent developments in the practice of democratic debate, and to develop impulses for its further development and improvement.

By combining perspectives and approaches from the history of ideas, philosophy, and democratic theory, the conference aims to contribute to methodological innovation in the study of political thought: Focusing on the topic of democratic debate culture, the contours of an applied theory of democracy, based on political philosophy and the history of political ideas, are to be developed. 

To attend the conference, please send an email to ricarda.wuensch@ur.de by June 5.

Organizers: Prof. Dr. Eva Helene Odzuck; Prof. Dr. Daniel Eggers; Prof. Dr. Dr. Manfred Brocker; Dr. Sarah Rebecca Strömel; Ricarda Wünsch, M.A.

Location: Haus der Begegnung, Hinter der Grieb 8, 93047 Regensburg

Please find further information about the upcoming conference in the program.


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Speakers and Chairs

Overview of Speakers and Chairs for the Conference "How to dis/agree like friends: Historical insights, philosophical roots, and fresh perspectives on the current state of debate culture in liberal democracies".


Prof. Dr. Marie-Luisa Frick

Professor of Philosophy - University of Innsbruck

Prof. Dr. Eva Marlene Hausteiner

Professor of Political Theory and History of Political Ideas - Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg

Prof. Dr. Marcus Llanque

Professor of Political Theory - University of Augsburg

Dr. Erica Benner

President of the European Society for the History of Political Thought - Berlin

Prof. Dr. Peter Schröder    

Professor of History of Political Ideas - University College London

Dr. Samuel Garrett Zeitlin

Lecturer in Modern Intellectual History -  University College London

Prof. Dr. Annalisa Antonia Ceron 

Professor of History of Political Thought - University of Milan

Prof. Dr. Oliver Hidalgo     

Professor of Political Theory and History of Political Ideas - University of Passau


Prof. Dr. Dr. Manfred Brocker

Professor of Political Theory and Political Philosophy - Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Prof. Dr. Daniel Eggers

Professor of History of Philosophy - University of Regensburg

Prof. Dr. Frank-Lothar Kroll          

Professor of European History of the 19th and 20th century - Chemnitz University of Technology

Prof. Dr. Eva Helene Odzuck   

Professor of Political Philosophy, Political Theory and History of Political Ideas - University of Regensburg

Dr. Sarah Rebecca Strömel

Assistant Professor of Political Theory - University of Regensburg

Travel information

Regensburg is situated in the south-eastern part of Germany and easily accessible by train and plane. With the Albrecht Dürer Airport in Nuremberg and the Franz Josef Strauß Airport in Munich, two of Germany’s biggest airports are only about a one hour-train ride away (the train ride from Frankfurt Airport is a little longer, approx. 3,5 hours in total.). Regensburg train station is served by both ICE and local trains and located 1km from the conference venue.

Conference venue

The conference will not take place on the university campus but in a beautiful old building of the 14th century called “Haus der Begegnung” which is closer to the hotels and the restaurants we plan to attend. The address of the conference venue is: Hinter der Grieb 8, 93047 Regensburg.



There are several reasonably priced hotels in Regensburg. The following ones are all located within walking distance from the train station and the conference venue:

Hotel am Peterstor, Fröhliche-Türken-Str. 12 

Hotel-Restaurant Wiendl, Universitätsstr. 9 

Hotel Kaiserhof, Kramgasse 10-12 

Some of these hotels also offer family rooms. Moreover, there are two hostels in Regensburg which offer both dormitory beds and family rooms/apartments and a private guesthouse which offers apartments.

Hostel am Ostentor, Ostengasse 12 (https://www.hostel-am-ostentor.de)

Youth Hostel Regensburg, Wöhrdstr. 60 (requires membership in the International Youth Association) (https://www.jugendherberge.de/jugendherbergen/regensburg-262/portraet/

Ferienwohnung Schmid, Silberne Fischgasse 6 (https://www.schmid-regensburg.de

  1. Fakultät für Philosophie, Kunst-, Geschichts- und Gesellschaftswissenschaften
  2. Institut für Politikwissenschaft