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! - Justice and Democracy workshopPoster Event 3As the event series “Democracy: Bridging Facts and Norms” will come to an end on October 20, 2016, we are eager to start planning new activities, new workshops, and to foster new collaborations among democracy researchers with the association!

We are thus organizing a

on October 20, from 11.00 until 16.00, at the University of Zurich

and would be glad to include new members in these projects! is an association for researchers and practitioners with a strong interest in democracy studies and democratic practices. It offers its members a light structure that enables them to organize academic workshops, more practice-oriented workshops, or public events. The overarching aim of the association is to create spaces in which the multidisciplinary exchange between researchers is fostered and communication between academics and the wider public is made possible.

The kind of projects that IMG_4250Foto 2-1could be developed thus include organizing new academic workshops, new events series, panels at conferences, or publications.

Attendance is free of charge, registration before October 1, 2016, is mandatory.
For registration and questions: Contact


The workshop “Contextualizing Democracy: Culture, Capitalism, Inequalities,” the second of two workshops organized within the “Democracy: Bridging Facts and Norms” events series, took place at the University of Zurich on June 9-10, 2016.


10 speakers (PhDs and Postdocs) presented their work and obtained feedback from our four discussants, Alex Demirovic (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt), Silja Häusermann (University of Zurich), Urs Marti (University of Zurich), and Stefanie Walter (University of Zurich). The discussions were inspiring – and useful! – thanks to our speakers’ and discussants’ engagement through all three panels.

Please find the report of this workshop with the abstracts of the presentations here.

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