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Democracy Seminar Conference: April 29th, 2022

Democracy Seminar is a forum for scholars, policy makers, journalists and activists who support democracy against the global threat of authoritarianism. It is an outgrowth of the international, initially clandestine, informal and improvised, “Democracy Seminar” of the 1980s and ‘90s, which was formed by New School professors in collaboration with activists and journalists in Poland, Hungary and elsewhere in Eastern and Central Europe. The seminar has been revived in the shadows of the attacks on democracy of recent years. A “worldwide committee of democratic correspondence” was established four years ago. Our first face to face meeting of the seminar was held before the Covid pandemic, in 2019. Since then, we have been conducting our business in Zoom meetings and organizing Webinars on topics ranging from the Trumpist challenges to American democracy, to the political consequences of anti-gender politics in Central Europe and beyond, to the struggle to maintain a democratic alternative to the Taliban in Afghanistan, to, most recently, the war in Ukraine. Our primary activity has been publishing written contributions on our online platform on a broad range of common concerns.

The goal of this conference is to take stock of our work to date and to extend our deliberations. We will focus on two themes: de-democratization and re-democratizations, i.e. exploring the possibilities of democratic innovation in these very hard times. The background of the discussion at the conference will be the series of papers the seminar participants have been publishing on our platform. The discussion will then move from those contributions to an examination of our two themes.

Mdozturk, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Human_Rights_Mural.JPG

By Elçin Aktoprak

April 21, 2022

9 mins read

By Leonardo Avritzer

April 29, 2022

19 mins read

Photo: “Election in Turkey,” taken on 5 June 2011. Source. Author Modris Putns

By Utku Balaban

April 1, 2022

7 mins read

By Maria Bucur

April 26, 2022

8 mins read

By Krzysztof Czyżewski

April 26, 2022

9 mins read

Photo: Monument in Pere LaChaise Cemetery Paris. From

By Daniel Dayan

April 28, 2022

15 mins read

By Patrick Gilger

March 17, 2022

19 mins read

By Jeffrey Goldfarb

April 4, 2022

16 mins read

Photo: Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room of the Palace of Nations, Geneva (Switzerland). It is the meeting room of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Author: Ludovic Courtès. Source: Wikicommons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:UN_Geneva_Human_Rights_and_Alliance_of_Civilizations_Room.jpg

By Shireen Hassim

April 25, 2022

7 mins read

By Jeffrey C. Isaac

April 25, 2022

27 mins read

Photo: Today, I met with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw. I thanked him and the people of Poland for opening their homes and hearts to their neighbors in need. And we discussed our shared commitment to support the people and government of Ukraine. Office of the President of the United States, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. Source: https://www.facebook.com/POTUS/posts/404297165030586.

By Jacek Kucharczyk

April 21, 2022

10 mins read

Photo: Flags (European Union and Ukraine) at the Stadtweinhaus on Prinzipalmarkt in Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Dietmar Rabich / Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:M%C3%BCnster,_Stadtweinhaus,_Beflaggung_Ukraine_und_EU_--_2022_--_0219.jpg

By Michał Matlak

April 29, 2022

7 mins read

By Elzbieta Matynia

April 26, 2022

37 mins read

Protesto a favor de Jair Bolsonaro em Londres Date 7 October 2018. Source: Flickr via WikiCommons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Protesto_pr%C3%B3-Bolsonaro_em_Londres.jpg Author R4vi:

By Daniel Peres

April 20, 2022

8 mins read

By Enrique Peruzzotti

April 20, 2022

12 mins read

Photo: Sunflower field. Author: Audrey. Source: WikiCommons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sunflower_Field_(7848036314).jpg

By Marci Shore

April 27, 2022

9 mins read