Tuesday, March 19th | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM PST
Live: Sunset Labs | 401 Herald Street | Victoria BC | map
This event addresses the issues of public debate and the role of academia with a focus on the discussions on democracy and its futures. Experts from academia and various civil society communities come together and discuss the challenges of sharing knowledge supporting the core idea that democracy rests on the process of decision making through procedures of free and equal public deliberation. Yet, contemporary Western democracies suffer from declining trust in the political process and massive disinformation in particular in social media.
The panel discussions will address the conditions under which civic dialogue and democratic deliberation can be effective in a political environment increasingly shaped by populist rhetoric and deep divisions in the public sphere.
Panel 1) 6:30 - 7:30
Ben Isitt, University of Victoria and Victoria City Councillor
Tom Junes, HSSF Sofia
Laurel Collins, Victoria City Councillor
Dennis Pilon, York University
Moderator: Oliver Schmidtke, Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria
This panel will focus on the question of What role can academia and the media play in facilitating processes of public deliberation as the cornerstone of democratic practices?
7:30-7:35 pm - Video Contribution
Boaventura de Sousa Santos, University of Coimbra
James Tully, University of Victoria
Panel 2 ) 7:35 - 8:30
Pablo Ouziel, University of Victoria
David Owen, University of Southampton
Antje Wiener, Universität Hamburg
Moderator: Rebeccah Nelems Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria
This panel will focus on the question of What do distinctive democratic traditions offer to the debate?
Join us for the discussion: What form should and could the public debate take? What role can academia and the media play in facilitating processes of public deliberation as the cornerstone of democratic practices? And what does this mean when addressing issues from a comparative transatlantic perspective ?