Democracy and Dissent: Theorizing Political Agency from Sites of Difference

Professor Alessandro Ferrara (Rome Tor Vergata), Dr. Mihaela Mihai (Edinburgh)
Event date
2 Jun 2017 to 3 Jun 2017
Event time
9:00 - 15:30
Department of Politics & International Relations
Manor Road Building
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Join us at the University of Oxford for two days of great panels and keynote addresses. For the full conference program and more information, check our conference website.

This graduate conference will probe the tension between democratic theory’s egalitarian promise and the patterns of exclusion that it must negotiate in particular socio-cultural contexts — between what democracy ought to offer citizens from diverse social positionalities and ethical perspectives and what it does make available when instantiated according to formal models. This problem of ethical diversity and democratic dissent is of increasing urgency for political thinkers concerned with the contemporary challenges of deliberative exclusion and domination that traverse societies and define ‘multiple modernities.’ What does it mean, in the contemporary conjuncture, to speak from and inhabit the political sites of ‘deep difference’ and of ‘dissent’?