Democracy & its Futures

Ceremonial Hall, First Peoples House, University of Victoria - Registration required here 

March 22, 2019 | 1:45 - 6 pm

Scholars from Europe, Canada and the United States of America engage in a comparative and critical dialogue oriented to reciprocal elucidation, mutual understanding and democratic ways forward along the following questions:

What are the major problems facing democracies? What are the connections between these problems? What are the democratic ways to resolve these problems and reconcile all affected by them?

The dialogue will take place over two days. Initially among the invited scholars, then with graduate students, and then with the wider public. We hope this will serve as an exemplar of how to address these problems democratically and non-violently. ‘Democracies’ include state-based representative government, Indigenous democracy, community- based democracy, democratic contestation, global democracy, and earth or Gaia democracy of all living beings.

Guest speakers:

Chantal Mouffe Professor of Political Theory, University of Westminster

David Owen Professor of Social and Political Philosophy, University of Southampton

Antje Wiener Professor of Political Science & Global Governance, Universität Hamburg

Jeanne Morefield Professor of Politics, University of Birmingham (Incoming)

Robin Celikates Associate Professor of Philosophy, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Karuna Mantena (TBC)  Associate Professor ofPolitical Science, Yale University

Fonna Forman Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of UCSD Center on Global Justice, UC San Diego

Anoush F. Terjanian Visiting Fellow at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GPSIA/ÉSAPI), University of Ottawa

Lasse Thomassen Reader, School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary, University of London

Joshua Nichols Associate Professor of Law, University of Alberta

Johnny Mack Assistant Professor of LawUniversity of British Columbia

UVic Speakers:

Val Napoleon Associate professor and Law Foundation Professor of Aboriginal Justice and Governance

John Borrows Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law

Jeremy Webber (TBC) Professor of Law

Peyman Vahabzadeh Professor of Sociology

Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark Associate Professor ofPolitical Science

James Tully Emeritus professor ofPolitical Science and Law

Oliver Schmidtke Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for Global Studies

Pablo Ouziel Post-Doctoral Fellow of Political Science and Centre for Global Studies



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Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union; Centre for Global Studies; Vice-President Research;  



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