16 ottobre 2018



Last days to apply to the international symposium on democratic innovations organised by the Centre for the Study of Democracy, at the University of Westminster on May 4-6. The symposium is open to doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to participate.

Keynote speaker: Donatella della Porta, Cosmos, Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy

Other speakers:

Graham Smith, University of Westminster
Dorothée de Nève, University of Giessen, Germany
Tina Olteanu, University of Giessen, Germany.


Subject areas for abstracts

Papers may focus on participatory spaces within and/or beyond state institutions and/or interrelations between these spaces. Theoretical and empirical, qualitative and quantitative contributions from all disciplines addressing the following questions, will be discussed:

  • Decision making

Which methods and modes of voice and decision-making are employed in invited and claimed spaces? What are the implications of these different methods and modes? How are communication and decision-making processes organised? Facilitation, mediation, different phases, input from external experts?

  • Hierarchies

How do invited and claimed spaces deal with social hierarchies and facilitate inclusion of marginalised groups like women, sexual and ethnic minorities, the young, old, and people with disabilities? How do invited and claimed spaces address internal hierarchies between followers and leaders, experts and laypersons, moderators and participants?

  • Technologies

Which tools and techniques do invited and claimed spaces employ to enable communication and decision making? In which spaces does communication take place? How are online technologies employed? How do online and offline modes of communication interrelate?

  • Representation

Which modes of selection, representation and identity construction do invited and claimed spaces employ? How are identities constructed in both physical and virtual space?


Please send an extended abstract of around one page in length no later than 17 February 2017 to h.asenbaum@westminster.ac.uk and address any questions to this email.

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