Problems of Social Solidarity -seminaari; 12.-13.2.2010, Helsinki

Problems of Social Solidarity
International colloquium

Venue: Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, seminar room, Fabianinkatu 24, Helsinki
Time: 12th -13th February 2010

The seminar is open for all but pre-registration is required. Please book your place by contacting Ms Kirsi Reyes at kirsi.reyes(at)

The notion of solidarity has returned to the focus of both social scientists and philosophers. Many recent publications have suggested different definitions and differentiations of the concept, arguing for its relevance (or irrelevance) in different aspects of moral, social and political life. The theme indeed resonates to various aspects of social life: cohesion, friendship, altruism, religion, social capital, terrorism, to mention a few. The forthcoming expert seminar "Problems of Social Solidarity" will gather together social scientists and philosophers who have discussed problems of social solidarity either theoretically or empirically. All speakers have confirmed their participation. The focus will be both on the concept and the practices of social solidarity. The seminar is organized by Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, which is a multidisciplinary research unit within University of Helsinki. The organizing committee includes Arto Laitinen and Anne Birgitta Pessi.

Each presentation will have a commentator (mostly research fellows from the Collegium) and will be followed by a discussion by participants.


Friday 12 Feburary 2010

09:30 Opening words
10:00-11:00 Siegwart Lindenberg (University of Groningen): The Importance of Weak Solidarity
11:00-12:00 Mikko Salmela (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies): Collective Emotions as the 'Glue' of Solidarity

12:00-13.30 Lunch break

13:30-14:30 Carol Gould (CUNY, Hunter College; Grad Center, Ralph Bunche Institute): TBA
14:30-15:30 Hauke Brunkhorst (Flensburg; Newschool, NY): The Sources of Solidarity in the Neo-capitalist World

15:30-16:00 Break

16:00-17:00 Raimo Tuomela (University of Helsinki; University of Munich): Solidarity and We-thinking
17:00-18:00 Arto Laitinen (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies): Solidarity and Mutual Recognition

Saturday 13 February 2010

10:00-11:00 Pål Repstad (University of Agder, Norway): Social Solidarity, State Welfare, and Religious Commitment
11:00-12:00 Nicholas H. Smith (Macquarie University, Sidney, Australia): Work and Solidarity: A Reassessment

12:00-13:30 Lunch break

13.30-14.30 Bente Nicolaysen (University of Bergen): Volunteering, the Humanitarian Gift to "Distant Suffering" and Solidarity
14.30-15.30 Anne Birgitta Pessi & Arto Laitinen (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies): Solidarity and Helping Behaviour

15:30-16:00 Break

16:00-17:00 Simon Derpmann (University of Cologne): What Is Wrong with Universal Solidarity?
17:00-18:00 Closing Panel