For the past 20 years, the question of social inequality has been a dominant feature in descriptions of post-war societies by humanists and social scientists. Even during this short time span, working conditions have undergone further significant changes and new forms of insecurity have developed despite a smoothly functioning welfare state. At the same time, social ties in families and communities have shifted considerably and appear to be loosening. New forms and functions are emerging. Terms such as “solidarity”, “risk society”, “exclusion” and “vulnerability” are used to describe these changes. Are they still applicable? What role do social inequalities play in today’s society and the way it is perceived? How can they be defined within the framework of the welfare state? How can they be measured when personal outcomes are influenced by individual choices? This Forum Z aims to provide unorthodox solutions (developed by Bachelor students) that will encourage thinking outside the box and reflection on the individual’s role in society. The students of the Uelzecht-Kanal in the Lycée des Garçons in Esch-sur-Alzette created a clip to investigate the associations of their fellow classmates when talking about social inequality.
Keynote by Professor Dr. em. Hartmut Kaelble: "Soziale Ungleichheit in Europa"
Round table moderated by David Angel (Woxx, OGBL)
with the participation of
Nicolas Schmit, Minister of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy
André Roeltgen, President of OGBL
Anik Raskin, Leader of the Conseil National des Femmes au Luxembourg
Charel Schmit, President of Caritas Accueil et Solidarité asbl and Vice-President of Caritas Luxembourg
Dr Sophie Schram, Historian
Prof. Dr Antoine Fischbach, Université du Luxembourg, LUCET Acting Director