The Democracy Seminar is a project convened by publisher and founding editor Jeffrey Goldfarb and senior editors Elzbieta Matynia and Jeffrey C. Isaac, this world-wide discussion among pro-democracy intellectuals and activists addresses the political, social and cultural obstacles to democratic governance; investigates the rise and appeal of illiberal philosophies and practices; and explores ways for rolling back autocratic politics. Read about the first DS international meeting here.
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New Forum: The Last Time I Saw Them-on the uses and disadvantages of historical comparisons for life.
The Democracy Seminar Launches Its New Website
The Democracy Seminar (DS) has a NEW website – where you will find all their published pieces, videos from public panels, information about upcoming and past events, and more. Visit the new website for […]
ONLINE | Book Talk: Political Junkies – with Author Claire Potter
Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 11:00AM to 12:30PM (EDT) Author Claire Potter will talk about her new book, Political Junkies: From Talk Radio to Twitter, How Alternative Media Hooked Us on Politics and Broke Our Democracy, with guests: Helena Chmielewska-Szlajfer, David Greenberg, and Nicole […]
ONLINE | Feminism and Democracy: Gender Studies in Romania
Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 11:30AM to 1:00PM (EDT) This event brings together two scholars with a deep interest in how civil society, feminist scholarship, and democratic practices have developed in both inter-related and disparate ways in post-communist […]
Applications are now open for the 2021 Democracy & Diversity Summer Institute!
29th Democracy & Diversity Graduate Summer Institute This year ONLINE | July 6-20, 2021 We very much hope that you will be able to join us.
Announcing the 29th Democracy & Diversity Graduate Summer Institute
This year ONLINEJuly 6-20, 2021 Reinventing Our Future We are very pleased to announce that the 29th annual Democracy & Diversity Summer Institute, organized annually by the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies of the New School […]
ONLINE | Book Launch: Gender, Pleasure, and Violence, with author Agnieszka Kościańska
Join us for a discussion with the author Agnieszka Koscianska about her book Gender, Pleasure, and Violence: The Construction of Expert Knowledge of Sexuality in Poland, recently translated into English. The book recounts the non-linear […]
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 […]