The international conference was held at the University of Victoria in March 2020 just before the COVID-19 lockdown. It was led by the EUCAnet Initiative and the Centre for Global Studies, with the support of the Cedar Trees Initiative and the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria.
While the grant of the European Union awarded to Oliver Schmidtke, the Centre for Global Studies infrastructure and the SSHRC Connection grant secured by Jeremy Webber allowed for the base funding of this event, the contributions of the Cedar Trees Institute, the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Victoria as well as the support of ELTE University and University of New South Wales were crucial for its success.
The conference report allows the participants and other readers to reflect on the topics that were brought up by scholars from around the world just before the COVID-19 lockdown forced the international exchange into the digital world at the end of March 2020. Find all the abstracts in our conference Report II for moe details. A fully accessible video archive is available on YouTube documents the video interview series What Are The Biggest Challenges Democracy Is Facing Today? led by Beate Schmidtke, EUCAnet Co-Lead and Benjamin Perrier, CFGS Fellow.