15th January 2017
By Tom Law

Human Diversity, Social Cohesion and the Media

internationales zentrum für ethik in den wissenschaften tübingenOn July 26, 2017 the EJN’s Director of Campaigns and Communications took part in conference at International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences at the Universität Tübingen in Stuttgart, Germany.

Tom participated in a panel discussion on Threatened Diversity & Media chaired by Dr. Regina Ammicht Quinn. Other panellists included Tanja Thomas from the Institute of Media Studies at Tübingen University and Lillian Ikulumet, a Ugandan journalist now based in Munich.

According to the Symposium:

“Social Cohesion”, “Diversity” and “Pluralism” have become normative central guiding principles in democratic societies. However, the practical implementation of how to define social cohesion, deal with diversity and act in pluralistic societies is rather contested. Not least in the light of the alarming shifts to non-democratic populism in Europe and the USA there is an urgent need to re-debate those concepts. Following the spirit of the “Tübingen approach” of an application-oriented ethics, this conference aims to encourage a broad interdisciplinary discussion on “social cohesion”, “diversity” and “moral pluralism” in contemporary societies.


Panel “Human Diversity, Social Cohesion and the Media”

  • Prof. Dr. Tanja Thomas (Institute of Media Studies, Tübingen University)
  • Tom Law (Ethical Journalism Network, London)
  • Lillian Ikulumet (Journalist, Munich)


  • Session I: Education
  • Session II: Governance
  • Session III: From Literature to Neuroscience
  • Session IV: From Discourses to Institutions
  • Session V: Sustainable Development
  • Session VI: Social Cohesion in the Face of Diversity