Transregional Center for Democratic Studies

ONLINE | Democracy in a Time of Plague: Challenges & Opportunities in the Struggles Against Authoritarianism, Covid-19 and Racism

Join us on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 12:00PM to 2:00PM (EDT)

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In recent months, democrats have been confronted with multiple crises. In a situation in which democratic “guardrails” have long been eroded, and many countries have been dominated by xenophobic and authoritarian governments, the onset of the coronoavirus presented fundamental challenges to public health, civic commitment, and democratic governance. Citizens in liberal democracies worried about how “social distancing” would limit the ability of citizens to assemble and organize to ensure public accountability. Others were confronted by aggressive authoritarian leaders using the pandemic to extend their rule. And then the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis precipitated a protest movement against racism that has gone viral, and spread like wildfire throughout the U.S. and then throughout the world. How do the coronavirus and the viral protest movement interact? How do the protests face particular challenges given the pandemic, and in what ways do the protests represent unique opportunities to strengthen democracy even in the face of the pandemic?

This webinar will bring together a range of scholars associated with the Democracy Seminar to discuss these questions
Date: Tuesday, July 14th, 2020 
Time: 12 – 2PM (Eastern Time)

This event is FREE and open to the PUBLIC. You will receive a link to the ONLINE event after you register here

Nazan Bedirhanoglu, Freedom Project Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Science, Wellesley College, Fellow of the New University in Exile Consortium, USA 
András Bozóki, Professor of Political Science, Central European University, Budapest and Vienna; served as Hungary’s Minister of Culture between 2005 and 2006 
Maria Bucur, John V. Hill Professor of history and gender studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
Jeffrey C. Isaac, James H. Rudy Professor of Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
Shireen Hassim, Professor/ Canada 150 Research Chair, Carleton University, Canada, and University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa 
Dagmar Kusá, Assistant professor, Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts, Slovakia
Paweł Marczewski, Head of the research unit Citizens, Batory Foundation, Warsaw, Poland
Elzbieta Matynia, Professor, Sociology, New School for Social Research & Director of the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies
Daniel Peres, Professor, Federal University of Bahia-Brazil, Brazil 

The panel will be moderated by: 
Jeffrey C. Goldfarb, Michael E. Gellert Professor of Sociology, New School for Social Research, USA

Please join us!


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