Sturm & Drang | Rethinking democracy in times of crisis

Activiteit van Duitsland Instituut Amsterdam

Datum: vrijdag 1 juli 2022 om 14:00 uur
Locatie: Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179, Amsterdam / Online
Informatie: Voertaal: Engels
Toegang: Gratis. Aanmelden via dia@uva.nl
Sturm & Drang | Rethinking democracy in times of crisis
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Het lijkt erop dat westerse democratieën in een permanente staat van crisis verkeren. De Corona-pandemie, klimaatverandering en de opkomst van autoritarisme vormen een diepgaande uitdaging voor democratische normen, concepten en instellingen. Moeten we opnieuw nadenken over hoe democratieën kunnen functioneren? In Pakhuis de Zwijger spreken wij hierover met historica Hedwig Richter en socioloog Willem Schinkel. Moderatie: Mario Daniels

It seems that Western democracies are in a permanent state of crisis. The Corona pandemic, climate change and the rise of authoritarianism deeply challenge democratic norms, concepts and institutions. Do we need to re-think how democracies are organized and how they function? Do we have to reconsider the way we conceptualize, for example, equality, democratic representation or institutional reform? Does a close look at the history of democracy offer us ideas for tackling our current problems? How new, exactly, are they? Was there ever a time when democracy was not facing a crisis? Are challenges perhaps even a boon for democracies?

We will discuss these and more questions with two eminent scholars who are among the leading thinkers of the history, sociology and philosophy of Western democracy: the historian Hedwig Richter (München) and the sociologist Willem Schinkel (Rotterdam). They won’t offer simple recipes for solving problems, but they will help us to figure out how to think about democracy in times of crisis. Moderation: Mario Daniels (DIA)

After the conversation, we will invite the audience to play a game with us. It is part of the travelling How to Survive a Democracy pop-up Museum and engages with the recent history of dictatorships in Europe. With your help, we will reflect on the dynamics of populism and the values of democracy today. 


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