Conference Day I

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
19:00 – open end, Informal Welcome

Thursday, September 20th, 2012
08:30 – 09:00, Registration & Welcome

INTRODUCTION: APPROACHES TO RE-THINKING DIVERSITY
09:00 – 09:30

Welcome Speech by Michael Zerr, President of Karlshochschule International University, Germany

Introduction: How to re-Think DIVERSITY as a socio-discursive construction and contingency of diverse relational identities.
Andreas P. Müller & Cordula Braedel-Kühner, Karlshochschule International University, Germany

RESEARCH APPROACHES: THE SOCIOLOGICAL POINT OF VIEW
09:30 – 10:30
Joint lecture on age and cultural DIVERSITY, stereotypes and discrimination, on inclusion and exclusion processes in society.
Bureaucratic legitimation and race-, sex- and age discrimination
Vincent Roscigno, Ohio State University, USA
Linking micro and macro sources of inequality at work: Cognitive biases and organizational structures.
Alexandra Kalev, Tel Aviv University, Isreal

10:30 – 10:45
Discussion

10:45 – 11:00
Networking & coffee break

11:00 – 12:00
Presentation of selected contributions and practical examples related to the lecture of A. Kalev and V. Roscigno.

12:00 – 12:45
(re)Th!inking, World Café on the sociological point of view.
Discussion and visualization of the results of the previous panel in the framework of a World café.

12:45 – 13:45
Lunch

NEW METHODOLOGICAL APPROACHES FOR DEALING WITH DIVERSITY
13:45 – 14:15
(re)Th!nking the DIVERSITY-innovativeness relation. A (micro-) political approach.
Renate Ortlieb, University of Graz, Austria

Empirical findings on the DIVERSITY-innovativeness relation are mixed. This speech will shed light on the reasons of these empirical inconsistencies and also point to several theoretical contradictions.

14:15 – 14:30
Discussion

14:30 – 16:00
Panel on the methodological point of view
Presentation of selected contributions and practical examples related to the lecture of Ortlieb.

16:00 – 16:30
Networking & coffee break

ADDRESSING DIVERSITY IN THE PRAXIS
16:30 – 17:15
(re)-Th!inking, discussion of the new methodological approaches, visualization of the results of the day, (Gallery)

17:15 – 18:30
DIVERSITY and innovative urban governance
Cassandra Ellerbe-Dück, Stadtmarketing Mannheim GmbH, Mannheim

Approx. 18:30
Awarding of the certificate “Charta der Vielfalt”

19:15
Optional Event
CULTURAL EVENT AT MAJOLIKA MANUFACTURE