29 June−5 July 2020
The Theme: Thirty-one years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, walls are back in the business of excluding ‘otherness‘. While insurmountable barriers are being raised at the behest of neo-authoritarian leaders, walls as internal defenses keep individuals, organizations and societies not only from dealing with the disruptions caused by migrants but also from coping with changes raised by the innovations of ‘others‘. The Berlin Wall as a symbol reminds us so far to the futile attempt to keep off people from getting into contact with the unwanted and incomplete coming from the other side. To progress, we open the walls within and take up relations to the other.
ISPSO’s 2020 Annual Meeting in Berlin is dedicated to examining these walls within as defenses against otherness. We welcome you 30 meters away from the former Berlin Wall between Checkpoint Charlie and the Jewish Museum. The Russians are coming. And the Americans, the French and the British hopefully, too. The Planning Committee on behalf of the ISPSO Board is pleased to invite ISPSO members and non-members from all countries to participate in discussing ideas, issues and questions raised by the challenges that they present.