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Junior Researcher Conference - Authoritarianism & Democracy - Transnational and Multiscalar Perspectives on Power and Spaces of Contestation

Authoritarianism & Democracy - Transnational and Multiscalar Perspectives on Power and Spaces of Contestation
When Mar 17, 2021 12:00 AM to
Mar 19, 2021 12:00 AM
Where Zoom-Meeting
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Authoritarianism & Democracy - Transnational and Multiscalar Perspectives on Power and Spaces of Contestation

(in cooperation with the Africa Centre for Transregional Research, https://www.arnold-bergstraesser.de/en/africa-centre-act)

The conference on Authoritarianism & Democracy is expected to be held 17.-19. March, 2021, in a digital format. The conference seeks to understand the relationship between democracy and authoritarianism beyond the boundaries of the nation-state. It explores both the authoritarian turn in democratic settings as well as the prevention of democracy through actors like China, thereby assessing the mentioned phenomena from two perspectives.
The main idea of the conference is based on the fact that there are important, yet unexplored reasons for an authoritarian turn, beyond a preference to maintain political stability through authoritarian rule instead of dealing with the challenges of democracy, as observed in some regions (e.g. Middle East, East and Central Asia).
The conference acknowledges and foregrounds the complex processes of mutual interconnection and constitution engrained in the history of political struggle within and between the Global South and Global North. It does so by focusing both on format and content: First, it makes innovative, if overlooked approaches visible by bringing together scholars in different stages of their careers and from different disciplines. Second, the conference explores the convergence between democracy and authoritarianism in terms of their cross-border and multiscalar dynamics, while encouraging case- and context sensitive discussions.
Hence, the conference design is guided by two principles: (1) collective feedback and (2) multidisciplinary dialogue along three themes which will foster in-depth discussions on the rise of authoritarian elements in and despite democratic systems.

 

Organizers:

  • Julia Gurol, University of Freiburg
  • Cita Wetterich, University of Freiburg
  • Dr. Benjamin Schütze, University of Freiburg/ Arnold Bergstraesser Institute
  • Dr. Alke Jenss, Arnold Bergstraesser Institute
  • Dr. Fabricio Rodríguez, University of Jena

Speakers:

  • David Tyfield
  • Tobias Zumbrägel
  • Hugo Fanton
  • Ruben Gonzalez Vicente
  • Manuela Boatcă
  • Clemens Hoffmann
  • Antulio Rosales
  • Rosa Lehmann
  • Koenraad Bogaert
  • Evelina Gambino
  • Anne Engelhardt
  • Sara Cufré
  • Aleksandra Piletić
  • Wiebke Keim
  • Koray Saglam
  • Katharina Nicolai
  • Sharri Plonski
  • Antje Missbach
  • Ayşegül Can
  • Hassan Ould Moctar
  • Cemal Burak Tansel

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