• CfP: “Democratic Participation” Workshop

    Call for Papers Annual Research Workshop 2018 “Democratic participation: theoretical and empirical perspectives” September 13-14, 2018 University of Zurich, Switzerland Organizers: DemocracyNet and Doctoral Program Democracy Studies (DPDS, University of Zurich) Full Call for Papers and guidelines for application and participation Topic of the Workshop Citizen participation is broadly understood as a constitutive element of democracy. Without people discussing public affairs and voting, representative democracies are hollowed out and decay. While some political actors and commentators lament the low political turnout in ordinary elections and the political disengagement of various groups of citizens (young people, minorities, lower classes), other ones experiment new ways to try and revive the civic flame.…

  • CfP: “Citizenship and Democracy” Workshop

    Call for Papers: Upcoming Research Workshop Research workshop “Citizenship and Democracy” September 11-12, 2017 University of Zurich, Switzerland Organizers: DemocracyNet.eu 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. On the first day, we aim at fostering interdisciplinary academic discussions between DPDS students, members of the DemocracyNet.eu 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. On…

  • Call for Papers: Graduate workshop “Contextualizing Democracy: Culture, Capitalism, Inequalities”

    University of Zurich, June 9-10, 2016 Democratic ideals and norms need to be substantially defined, interpreted, and adapted to actual contexts. Compromises between different actors, and between ideals and practices thus become necessary. This highlights the importance of context for democratic politics: Democracy is always bound to specific cultures, forms of economic organization, and power structures. This observation raises diverse and interrelated questions: Are there contexts in which democratic ideals cannot be realized? Does the realization of democracy require specific shared cultural values? To what extent do democratic norms of self-governance conflict with other norms and ways of life in real-existing democracies? Is a certain level of wealth required for…