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History and Democracy #6: Is another democracy possible?



History and Democracy #6: Is another democracy possible?

Sixth event in our series History and Democracy – Is another democracy possible?

A talk with Caterina Froio and Camila Vergara – Moderated by Andrea Mammone

This interdisciplinary series of seminars, hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute in London, curated by Royal Holloway, University of London’s historian Andrea Mammone, challenges the many superficial and demagogic readings of our complex contemporary era. It offers, instead, some more rounded interpretations of recent events, placing them in a global and long-term perspective. Following the very successful History Talks in 2017, this year’s topics include Euroscepticism, the health (and welfare) system, education, the role of religion, radicalisation, capitalism and neo-liberalism, the future of social democracy, corruption, and the media, among others.

Western democracies are facing one of their worst crises since 1945 with the rise of nativism, xenophobia, and supremacist ideologies hand in hand with popular apathy towards traditional political elites. Our History and Democracy seminar will focus on how to counter anti-liberal policies, build a new type of “trust” between citizens and institutions, and think about structural changes to representative democracy. Political scientist Caterina Froio (Lille) and political theorist Camila Vergara (Columbia University), in conversation with historian Andrea Mammone, will discuss the nature of representative government, the relation between liberty and political participation, digital activism, populism, and the concept of the inassimilable “other” in our contemporary multi-ethnic societies.


Caterina Froio is Associate Professor in Political Science at the European School of Political and Social Sciences (Catholic University of Lille), and research associate at the C-Rex (University of Oslo) and at the CEE (Sciences Po Paris). Her research interests are broadly in European politics with a special emphasis on political parties and their transformations, agenda-setting dynamics, e-politics, and the relations between extremism and democracy. Since 2016 she is joint convenor of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Standing Group on Extremism & Democracy.

Camila Vergara is a journalist and historian, writing her doctoral dissertation in political theory at Columbia University. Based on the thought of Machiavelli, Condorcet and Hannah Arendt, her work proposes to reimagine the republic as a mixed constitution that needs to incorporate popular anti-oligarchic institutions to keep the regime free from corruption and domination. She recently co-edited the book Machiavelli on Liberty and Conflict (University of Chicago Press, 2017), and contributed an article for the forthcoming volume 'The People': Democracy, Populism, and the Constituent Popular Sovereign (Edinburgh University Press, 2019).


Data: Gio 22 Mar 2018

Orario: Dalle 19:00 alle 20:30

Organizzato da : ICI London

Ingresso : Libero


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