Call for Papers, Proposals, and Events: Pathways to a Basic Income


14th BIEN Congress, Munich
14th to 16th September 2012

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for submissions has now expired. No further proposals can be submitted!

The debate about an unconditional basic income has attracted public attention in a number of countries in recent years. Financial, debt, and ecological crises are causing growing numbers of people to look for political alternatives to the existing economy and the way income is distributed within it. With the debate entering this crucial phase, the 2012 BIEN congress will discuss possible pathways and barriers towards establishing and implementing Basic Income. This year, the Network Basic Income Germany (Netzwerk Grundeinkommen Deutschland) is organizing the congress.

We propose that the congress focuses on the following questions:

  • What could a specific roadmap to Basic Income look like, nationally and internationally? What contribution could pilot projects make towards the implementation of Basic Income? Which reforms would need to be prioritised? What barriers need to be overcome, and how?

  • Is there evidence for broader public support for a basic income? What are current Basic Income debates and social movements focusing on? What political and civil society alliances are possible and potentially productive?

  • How do Basic Income debates relate to the current financial and debt crisis? Could a Basic Income contribute to combating the effects of this crisis and prevent future crises? What criteria would the concept of Basic Income have to meet to make such a contribution?

  • How does Basic Income relate to the ecological crisis? How could it contribute to an alternative, more sustainable economy and way of life? Which conceptual design would be most appropriate from that perspective?

  • Which versions of Basic Income are viable (with respect to the ecological, social and economic crises), affordable, and politically feasible?

  • What is the normative justification for Basic Income, and what goals does it aim to achieve? How do these goals respond to current economic, environmental and social problems?

The congress aims to present an opportunity for an open, interdisciplinary discussion of the problems and questions surrounding Basic Income. The above questions are not intended to set strict boundaries, but to facilitate open and thematically wide-ranging discussions.

We invite all interested groups and individuals, both advocates and critics of Basic Income, to submit abstracts for presentations, workshops, and posters. Subject to constraints on space, film-screenings and readings will also be possible. Proposals of up to 300 words should be submitted here in German or English by May 6th 2012.

The congress programme will be compiled from all submissions by 20th May 2012. All those who have made a submission will receive a message shortly afterwards. If you have any questions please contact us at

Further information on the congress fee, accommodation and travel can be found here.

Kind Regards,

Academic Advisory Group for the 14th BIEN congress:

Prof. Dr. Claus Offe, Dr. Milena Büchs, Dr. Ingmar Kumpmann, Dorothee Schulte-Basta, Ronald Blaschke

Berlin, 3. Februar 2012