I Social Inequality

Jianghong Li

Jianghong Li, Ph.D., is a senior researcher at the WZB Social Science Center Berlin, Germany. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Curtin University and Honorary Research Associate

Telethon KIDS Institute, The University of Western Australia in Western Australia.  Her research interests revolve around social, economic, psychological, biological determinants of child health and development. Her current research focuses on the impact of parental employment status, work hours, and work schedules on children’s health and development. Currently, she is investigating the impact of national cultural traits and level of social inequality on the pandemic severity at the macro-level and the work-family interface under the Corona crisis in Germany, with a focus on parenting stress, parental health, and gender and social inequality at a micro-level.

II Extremist Tendencies and Conspiracy Theories

Niklas Vögeding

Niklas Vögeding studied sociology and social theory. He works for Cultures Interactive e.V. in the prevention of right-wing extremism and is mainly concerned with the question of how to work preventively with (young) people who hold anti-democratic and anti-human beliefs. As a member of the Fachstelle Rechtsextremismusprävention (Office for the Prevention of Right-Wing Extremism), he trains specialists and designs practice-oriented handouts as well as contemporary offers in the field of prevention work. In recent years, he has increasingly focused on the phenomenon of conspiracy ideologies and, in particular, their relationship to antisemitism. Since the beginning of this year, Niklas Vögeding has been advising the private and professional environment of conspiracy-believing people with veritas – Beratungsstelle für Betroffene von Verschwörungserzählungen (Veritas Counseling Center) trying to reduce their suffering while having a stabilizing effect on the conspiracy-believing persons themselves.

Andreas Peham

Andreas Peham, born in Linz in 1967, studied political science and a combination of subjects including contemporary history, development policy and sociology at the University of Vienna between 1990 and 2000. Since 1996 he has worked at the Documentation Center of Austrian Resistance (DÖW), in the area of right-wing extremism research. Peham is also a founding member of the research group Ideologies and Politics of Inequality (www.fipu.at). Since the mid-1990s, he has been active in teacher training and in the context of political education in schools (prevention of extremism, educational work critical of racism and anti-Semitism). He has published numerous articles on the topic (also under the author name Heribert Schiedel) (e.g. “Der rechte Rand. Extremistische Gesinnungen in unserer Gesellschaft,” Vienna 2007; “Extreme Rechte in Europa,” Vienna 2011). “Kritik des Antisemitismus” will be published by Schmetterling Verlag in 2021.

III Political and social activism


Swen Hutter is Lichtenberg-Professor in Political Sociology and Vice Director of the Center for Civil Society Research, a joint initiative of Freie Universität and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. https://www.swen-hutter.eu/


Prof. Dr. habil. Sigrid Kannengießer is a substitute professor for communication and media studies with a focus on media society and a member of the artec Research Center for Sustainability at the University of Bremen as well as a member of the Institute for Protest and Movement Research.

IV Political Communication


Dr. Tobias Rothmund is Professor for the Psychology of Communication and Media Use at the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena. His research focuses on the psychological underpinnings of political attitudes and social injustice and the pitfalls of political online communication.

Panel Discussion


Jule Specht is a Professor of Personality Psychology at Humboldt University in Berlin and Research Fellow at the German Institute for Economic Research. Her research interests include personality development, personality in politics, and social cohesion.


Ronja Weil has been press spokesperson for “Ende Gelände” since 2020.


Dr. Kai Unzicker, Senior Project Manager at the Bertelsmann Foundation, where he is responsible for the topic of “Social Cohesion”. Since 2011, he has been using the “Social Cohesion Radar” to examine how community life in Germany and in international comparison has changed. He is one of the spokespersons of the “Alliance for Social Cohesion”, an alliance of ten foundations whose work focuses on social cohesion in Germany in various ways. In 2018, he was project manager of the Reinhard Mohn Prize on the topic “Living Diversity – Shaping Society“.

Before joining the Bertelsmann Stiftung, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Conflict and Violence Research at the University of Bielefeld from 2004 to 2011. Prior to this, he studied sociology, psychology and philosophy at the Philipps University of Marburg.



Tilman Krakau is a communication trainer from Berlin. As a passionate trainer of non-violent communication, his vision is to create frameworks in which people meet and enrich each other in an open and unbiased way. His extensive experience in participatory youth education contributes to this. His concern is to design seminars in such a way that an interactive and stimulating learning atmosphere is created. Insights from his studies in business education and educational science contribute to this experience.

Adriana Poppe

Adriana Poppe studied sociology and social research at the University of Cologne. She works for the pmv research group at the University Hospital of Cologne. Her research interests are health care research, social inequality and social determinants of health. Currently, she is working on socio-economic impact assessment in innovative forms of care as well as on an integrated data model to support policy-making processes and integrated services in Estonia.

Janani Mohan

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