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

The fourth and final public event of the series “Democracy: Bridging Facts and Norms” took place on October 20, 2016, at the University of Zurich.

An audience of about 180 persons followed the engaged discussion about the role of academics and science in democratic societies between Katja Gentinetta, Svenja Goltermann, Michael Hermann and Thomas Widmer. Moderating the debate, the journalist Peer Teuwsen invited our participants to focus, among other things, on the following questions: Should academics participate in public debates, and if so, when and how? Can social sciences and humanities offer objective contributions to democratic discussions? And what is the impact of becoming a ‘public intellectual’ on one’s academic career?

For those who couldn’t make it to the event,

We thank Graduate Campus UZH for their financial support for the entire “Democracy: Bridging Facts and Norms” series.

 25. October 2016