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Invitation to the
13th International Symposium in Konstanz, July 25-26, 2019

Moral Competence:
Its Nature, Relevance, and Education


University of Konstanz, Germany, Room F 0425

Topic & Aim:


Discussion Theater:

The symposium will bring together international scholars and educational practitioners who are interested in the nature, relevance and education of moral competence.

Symposium program here.

You are also invited to participate for free in the Discussion Theater performance on Thursday morning (July 25th) from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. in the building of the "Katholische Studentengemeinde Konstanz," Werner-Sombart-Str. 11 in Konstanz. For this you need to register until July 14th by writing to Georg.Lind [ät]


Guests are welcome. No fee. Please register with Georg.Lind [ät]


Recommended reading
July 2019, 2nd edition in preparation, Logos Publisher, Berlin.

C = 20.0. The critical level of moral competence for a democratic society

Research on moral competence

KMDD & Discussion Theater



1.00 pm - Opening by apl. Prof. em. Dr. Georg Lind (University of Konstanz).
Long version: Why do we need to foster moral competence and how?

1.15 pm - Welcome by Prof. Dr. Malte Drescher, vice-rector for teaching of the University of Konstanz.

1.30 - 2.15 pm - Invited lecture by Dr. Marcia Schillinger (University of Weingarten):
Moral Competence Development in Higher Education: A Cross-Cultural Perspective.
Co-Authors:Prof. Dr. Daniel Tello (University of Concepción, Chile) and Christoph Lindenfelser (University of Weingarten).


Short presentations (15 min)

2.45 - 3.00 pm - Invited presentation by Prof. Roma Kriaučiūnienė (University of Vilnius, Lithuania):
Application of Konstanz Method of Dilemma Discussion (KMDD) in Foreign Language Teaching at Universities

3.00 - 3.15 pm - Invited presentation by Dr. Kay Hemmerling (Arbeit und Leben e.V., Dresden, Germany):
How Teachers Should be Trained to Be Able to Foster Moral Competence (working title)


3.45 - 4.00 pm - Aida Mofhakami (Allameh Tabataba`i University, Teheran, Iran): Denied visa, presentation read by Georg Lind; received visum and will present herself.
The Effect of Moral Competence on Conformity Behavior.

4.00 - 4.15 pm - Asli Akin (Medical School Berlin; Germany):
Religious Education and Moral Development: The Influence of a Religious Childhood on Moral Orientation and Competence


4.45 - 5.00 pm - Dr. Kay Hemmerling (Arbeit und Leben e.V., Dresden, Germany):
How the Konstanz Method of Dilemma-Discussion Could Help Criminals to Solve Conflicts Without Using Violence and Deceit.
(working title)

5.00 - 5.30 pm - Dr. Malgorzata Stec (Ignatianum University, Kraków, Poland):
The Discussion Theater by Georg Lind and the Theater of the Oppressed by Augusto Boal (
working title).

notker7.00 - 10.00 pm - Dinner and live music by Notker Homburger in the restaurant "Wessenberg Cafe", across the cathedral in the old town of Konstanz.
How to get there: Bus lines 9A, 9B, 12, 2, 1, Bus stop "Schottenplatz" (first stop after crossing the river Rhein bridge). By car: parking structure "Untere Laube", then cross street "Untere Laube" and walk into Old Konstanz toward cathedral.
Notker Homburger is a well-known singer and song-writer. He combines old tunes with new music, local lyrics with own humouresque texts.


9.00 - 9.45 Invited lecture by Prof. Dr. Ewa Nowak (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland):
Constitution or Political Arbitrariness? With or Without the EU? MCT Survey with Law Students in Six Countries (2019)
In collaboration with Tomasz Bekrycht (Lodz), Birden Güngören (Istanbul), Yulia Khvatsik (Minsk), Roma Kriauciuniene (Vilnius), Ilija Manasiev (Skopje), Pawel Mazur (Poznan), Lukasz Pohl (Szczecin), Natalia Danilkina (Groningen), Renetta Bos (Utrecht), Malgorzata ?bikowska (Szczecin).


Short presentations (15 min)

10.00 - 10.30 am - Nick Surdel (University of Florida, USA)
Why do American University Students Have Low Moral Competence? Impact of Culture or Education?

10.15 - 10.30 am - Prof. Dr. Susana Otero (Buenos Aires, Argentina): - cancelled -
Emotions in Learning Moral Competence. Theory and Practice in Education and Mental Health.

10.30 - 10.45 - Daniel Garcia (Universidad Veracruzana, Veracruz, Mexiko):
Moral competence in emerging adults of engineering and psychology and the influence of first person presented dilemmas.


11.00 - 11.30 am - Dr. André Schmiljun (Berlin und Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Polen):
The Turing Triage Test – A Moral Dilemma for Machines?

11.15 - 11.30 am - Mikel Garcia (Universitat Jaume I, Castellón, Spain): - cancelled -
Research on Moral Trauma and Peace to Design Work Strategies with Groups


12.00 - 13.00 Reflection on the symposium by all participants. Outlook for 2020.

13.00 End of the 13th International Symposium


13.00 - 14.00 Lunch in the mensa of the university.

16.00 - 17.00 Meeting for preparing a new association (Verein): "Fostering Moral-Democratic Competence" (MoDeCo). Topics: Discussing a draft of the bylaws; planning next steps: letting a layer and the bureau of revenues check the bylaws, becoming a supportive member and setting the time line for the foundation of the association. Language: German.
Interested? Please contact me for the location: lindgeorg[ät]


(Note: Reviews have all been open for both sides so that they could have exchange.)

Asli Akin MA, Medical School Berlin.
Friederike Felske, Konstanz, Germany
Prof. Dr. Lei Kang, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
, Guangzhou, PR China
Prof. Marina Klimenko PhD, University of Florida, USA
Prof. Dr. Roma Kriaučiūnienė, University of Vilnus, Lithuania
Aida Mofakhami M.Sc., Allameh Tabataba`i University, Teheran, Iran
Prof. Jairo Ordonez
, Universidad Santo Thomás, Bogota, Colombia
Prof. Dr. Pučėtaitė Raminta, University of Kaunas, Lithuania
Dr. Marcia Schillinger, University of Education, Weingarten, Germany
Prof. Daniel Tello, University of Concepcion, Chile

Prof. Shaogang Yang PhD, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
, Guangzhou, PR China

Tourist Information Konstanz




Please book accommodation as early as possible! (If necessary, cancel in time.)

Konstanz is a beautiful city, surrounded by an inviting country-side (Lake of Constance, Swiss Alps, mediaeval monasteries and castles etc.), all easily accessible by walking, by bike and by public transportation (bus, train, ship). Switzerland, Austria, France, and Italy are nearby.

Accommodation can be found through Konstanz Tourist Information and Google or other internet services ( Expedia, Traveladiser etc).

Nearby Airports with train connection to Konstanz, distance in hours:
Zürich (1 hr), Basel (1,5 hr), Friedrichshafen (1 hr), Baden-Baden/Karlsruhe (2 hr), Frankfurt (4 hrs), Munich (4 hrs.)
. Check whether a cheap Flixbus to Konstanz is available. All times are approximately.

Trains run usually every hour. The airports are well connected. For schedules and prizes click here.

Buses: The university can be reached with bus lines #9A and 9B from the railroad station and #11 from Wollmatingen. Bus run about every 15 minutes.

A bike-rental is next to the train station: kultur-rädle.

Program coordination   Georg Lind (georg.lind [ät]
  • Call for papers: March 31, 2019 - closed
  • Final program: April 30, 2019
  • Confirmation of presentation: May 5th, 2019
  • Confirmation of the symposium: May 5th, 2019
  • Registration for the symposium: June 30, 2019
  • Symposium: July 25 - 26, 2019



In order to allow many presentations, sufficient time for discussion, and a good basis for future contacts with colleagues, we will restrict most presentations to 15 minutes, and four slides. These may be titled, for example, as (1) Question(s), (2) Method(s), (3) Finding(s)/Discussion. (4) References.

These slides should be readable (minimum font size: 18), and not contain too much information or abbreviations.

In addition, we require each presenter to bring along a handout of 1 - 2 pages handout (double-sided) which contains the slides (in reduced size) plus on its back side abstract and contact information (see example).

The online journal "ethics in progress" invites all presenters to submit the full paper to this journal. In order to help you writing a contribution I offer some guidelines in the paper "Art of Experimental (Moral) Psychology." See also my poster which summarizes the findings from studies on the relevance of moral competence for living together in a democracy. For more in-depth search of relevant studies for your topic, see the lists posted here in the left column.

Note: Before the symposium I will also offer a KMDD-Workshop (July 22 - 26, 2019) which includes this symposium. If you attend the workshop, no extra registration for the symposium is necessary.

Copyright © by Georg Lind. Last revision: July 22, 2019.