Call for Papers: Upcoming Research Workshop

Research workshop “Citizenship and Democracy”
September 11-12, 2017
University of Zurich, Switzerland

Organizers: and Doctoral Program Democracy Studies (NCCR Democracy)

Full Call for Papers and guidelines for application and participation

General information

The objective of this research workshop is twofold.

  • First, we aim at fostering interdisciplinary academic discussions between DPDS students, members of the network, and other junior researchers interested in the study of citizenship and democracy. Each participant to the workshop will have the opportunity to present a research project or a working paper, and receive feedback from other junior or senior scholars on their current research.
  • Second, we aim at fostering collaboration and team-work among junior researchers by exchanging ideas, strengthen a network of researchers in the field, and sharing knowledge to initiate new research and knowledge transfer projects.

The research workshop is part of the Doctoral Program Democracy Studies (DPDS), and is open for DPDS members, members of the Swiss PhD network DS and other interested PhDs and Postdocs. Doctoral students will be awarded 1 ECTS for successful participation, and 2 ECTS for participation and presentation.


Please specify what you would like to present during the workshop sessions and send a short description of your research project and your personal details to Lea Heyne ( by June 15, 2017.

We acknowledge receipt of all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week’s time, you should assume we did not receive your proposal.

Registration information

The workshop is free of charge. Please get in contact as soon as possible if you require any grants for travel or accommodation costs.


 11. May 2017 is one of the 23 institutions supporting Denknetz and the Seminar for Sociology at the University of Basel for the Congress Reclaim Democracy. The congress will take place from February 2-4, 2017 at the University of Basel, Switzerland.

The aim of the congress is to bring together academics and practitioners andrd_flyer_vorderseite discuss how democracy and human rights can be defended against economic imperatives, xenophobia and authoritarianism. This will be done in five plenary sessions and over 50 workshops. Keynote speakers include Alberto Acosta, Jodi Dean, Srécko Horvat and Gurminder Bhambra. The topics of the congress will rage from theoretical foundations of democracy, globalization, capitalism, nationalism, racism, ecology, Buen Vivir, democratic movements to the future of party politics.

One of our members, Lukas Peter, will lead a workshop on the topic “Demokratie und Commons.”
Colleagues from the research program NCCR Democracy, Daniel Kübler, Christian Ewert and possibly Sandra Lavenex, will lead a workshop on the topic “Denationalisierung und Demokratie”.

Further information on the congress can be found here:


 5. December 2016

The event series “Democracy: Bridging facts and Norms” has come to an end!

Thanks to the financial support of a Graduate Campus Grant from the University of Zurich, six public and academic events took place between November 2015 and October 2016. Please find a recap of the entire series as well as videos and reports of each event here:

The organizers of this series, Alice el-Wakil, Lea Heyne and Lukas Peter, are also extremely grateful to all the speakers who took part of in this year, to Karima Bousbah, Antoinette Scherz, Rebecca Welge and Doreen Spörer-Wagner for encouraging them to prepare this events series, to Daniele Caramani and Francis Cheneval who supported their application, to Lisa Brun for her administrative support, to Christoph Laszlo who designed the poster, to all their colleagues, families and friends who helped them planning, designing, and advertising our events, to Institut Zukunft and Denknetz who cooperated with them on two events, to the NCCR Democracy and the Centre for Democracy Studies in Aarau for diffusing their events, to all the University of Zurich staff who helped us with organizational and technical matters, and to the many people who joined us for the workshops and public events. Thank you!

Knowledge Transfer Award 2016 is very happy to announce that the organizers of the fotoseries were awarded with the NCCR Democracy Knowledge Transfer Award for “Democracy: Bridging Facts and Norms”. This award recognizes special achievements in transferring knowledge gathered in NCCR research into society, targeting non-academic groups.

The organizers of this series want to thank the NCCR Democracy for this award, which would again not have been possible without the help of all the people mentioned above.

Upcoming activities

While the event series is over, the podcast channel “Democracy: Bridging Facts and Norms” will continue to be updated.

Many future projects are currently in preparation – stay informed about’s projects and activities by registering to our mailinglist!

 22. November 2016