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New Forum: The Last Time I Saw Them-on the uses and disadvantages of historical comparisons for life.
Harassment of New University in Exile Consortium Member Teng Biao Must Stop
“Endangered Scholars Worldwide calls attention to and condemns in no uncertain terms the daily public harassment of the courageous and repeatedly attacked Chinese human rights activist and professor, Dr. Teng […]
HOPE AND REAL HUGS FOR 2021!
In a year like 2020 we must honor what has kept us going: our community of dedicated and relentless people who have continued to do amazing work despite so many […]
ONLINE | Kurds and Democracy: in Conversation with Saleh Moslem
Thurs., December 10th, 11:00AM to 1:00PM (EST)REGISTER HERE If jihadism and dictatorships are the most treacherous obstacles to democratization of the Middle East, their resistance against both make the Kurdish […]
ONLINE | The U.S. Elections and the Future of Democracy: Perspectives from Abroad
Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 11:00AM (EST)WATCH THE VIDEO RECORDING OF THE PANEL HERE. How are the U.S. elections and their results seen from outside the country? The panel will offer […]
ONLINE | The Deep and Broad Social Dimensions of the Protests in Belarus
Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 11:00AM to 12:15PM (EST) WATCH THE VIDEO RECORDING OF THE PANEL HERE. The nation-wide peaceful protest taking place in Belarus includes a broad spectrum of citizens: workers, pensioners, students, football fans, nouveau-riche entrepreneurs, […]
ONLINE | The U.S. Election and the Future of Democracy: Political Science Perspectives
Thursday, November 5th – 12:30PM (EST) WATCH THE VIDEO RECORDING OF THIS PANEL HERE. The panelists will engage in a free-flowing conversation about the meaning of the November 3rd election, as this can […]
ONLINE | Book Talk: I Am the People: Reflections on Popular Sovereignty Today
WATCH THE VIDEO RECORDING OF THE PANEL HERE. Friday, November 20, 2020, 12:00PM to 2:00PM (EST) The aim of this webinar is to discuss the global rise in populism in order to understand how the populist form of […]
ONLINE | Remembering Gender: Recovering Lives, Reshaping Intellectual Histories
WATCH THE VIDEO RECORDING OF THE PANEL HERE. Thursday, November 12, 2020, 11:00AM to 12:00PM (EST) Join Ellen Freeberg, Associate Dean at The New School for Social Research, and Elzbieta Matynia Professor of Sociology and Liberal Studies and Director of the […]
ONLINE | Book Talk: Me, the People: How Populism Transforms Democracy
Friday, October 16, 2020, 11:00AM to 1:00PM (EDT) WATCH THE VIDEO RECORDING OF THE PANEL HERE! The aim of this webinar is to discuss the relationship between populism and democracy, starting from Nadia Urbinati’s new book, Me, the […]
WEBINAR | Narrating Conflicts in Post-Truth Era: Facing Revisionist Russia
Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 11:00AM to 1:00PM (EDT) WATCH THE VIDEO RECORDING OF THE PANEL HERE! The Narrating Conflicts in Post-Truth Era, Facing Revisionist Russia: Ukraine and Georgia in comparative perspective webinar will address the instrumentalization of the historical […]
We’re All in the Same Boat: A Democracy Seminar Update
by Jeffrey C. Goldfarb, Michael E. Gellert Professor of Sociology, New School for Social Research The Democracy Seminar, our worldwide committee of democratic correspondence, has moved to Zoom. Before the […]
Securing the November U.S. Election: The Urgent Task for All Democrats
by Jeffrey C. Isaac, Indiana University, Bloomington, and senior editor, The Democracy Seminar “To support the Ins when things are going well; to support the Outs when they seem to […]
Chinese Young Nationalists amid The COVID-19 Pandemic: A Rap against A “Diary”
by Chang Liu, MA Student, The New School for Social Research Sixty-five-year-old Fang Fang’s diary on living in and through the pandemic in China has recently triggered an antagonistic debate […]
Democracy & the Pandemic: Contributions from the May 2020 Conference of the Democracy Seminar
The pieces below are working papers – contributions to the Democracy & the Pandemic Mini-Conference of the Democracy Seminar on May 20-21, 2020. How are the responses to the pandemic […]
State of Emergency for All? Power Relations and Challenges to Democracy in Georgia during the Pandemic
by Malkhaz Toria, Graduate program is Sociology, New School for Social Research (NSSR), and Coordinator of the Memory Studies Group at the New School Georgia government’s measures to cope with […]
COVID-19 and the Curtailment of Municipal Power in Hungary
by Kristóf Szombati, Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle On March 30th, Hungary’s parliament passed a law giving the Orbán government the right to rule by decree […]
Human Rights in the Times of Emergency
by Kálmán Petőcz, independent political and human rights analyst. In the last decade, the Slovakian human rights discourse has almost entirely been dominated by themes of so-called culture or value […]
Hong Kong: Pandemic, Protests, and Protecting “National” Security
by Mark W. Frazier, Professor, New School for Social Research The annual June 4 candlelight vigil in Hong Kong to commemorate those who died in the 1989 suppression of peaceful […]
ONLINE | Elections 2020: Democracy After the Polish Vote
Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 12:00PM to 1:00PM (EDT) WATCH THE VIDEO RECORDING OF THE EVENT HERE! Dr. Jacek Kucharczyk, president of The Institute of Public Affairs, Warsaw, Poland, in conversation with Elzbieta Matynia, Professor of Sociology at The New School […]
Democracy “As If“
by Dagmar Kusá, Assistant professor, Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts, Slovakia More than a century ago, Hans Vaihinger formulated his philosophy “as if” to describe our willing choice to […]