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Making Democracy Safe for an Age of Authoritarianism: Defending Decency in Contemporary Europe

Table ronde au CCEAE le 21 septembre 2018
 
Défendre la décence dans l’Europe contemporaine : repenser la démocratie dans une époque autoritaire

Organisée par Till van Rahden (CCEAE/DLLM)

Quand : le 21 septembre de 14 h à 16 h
Où : Salle Lothar-Baier (525-6)
5e étage du Pavillon 3744, Jean-Brlllant
Université de Montréal
(métro Côte-des-Neiges)

Avec :

Laurie Beaudonnet (Département de science politique, Co-directrice du Centre Jean Monnet de Montréal)

Martine Béland (Directrice intérimaire du Centre canadien d’études allemandes et européennes)

Matthias Middell (Directeur du Global and European Studies Institute, Université de Leipzig, chercheur invité au CCEAE dans le cadre de la collaboration institutionelle entre le Groupe international de formation à la recherche, IRTG Diversity, et le Collaborative Research Centre, SFB 1199, “Processes of Spatialization Under the Global Condition,” Université de Leipzig, Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe and Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography)

Till van Rahden (Département de littératures et de langues du monde)

Augustin Simard (Département de science politique)

Anoush F. Terjanian (History, East Carolina University, directrice fondatrice "Anxieties of Democracy" program, Social Science Research Council, New York)

Miloš Vec (Chair of European Legal and Constitutional History, Vienna, Permanent Fellow at the IWM, chercheur invité au CCEAE)


Résumé :

Liberal democracy is under threat in contemporary Europe. Representative government, the rule of laws, and democracy as a way of life seem to be as fragile and contested as they were in the interwar years. The specter of illiberal and even fascist communitarianism once again haunts the project of democratic sovereignty. The rise of authoritarian parties and a politics of hate is increasingly threatening a culture of civility and decency fundamental to democratic experiences in everyday life as well as high politics.
Focusing on contemporary Europe, the panel explores four questions: How can we conceptualize and account for the fragility of liberal democracy and of representative government? How should we analyze the rise of authoritarian movements? If democracy requires ample and equal opportunities for participation outside the voting booth and, if decency is central to the democratic project, how useful are questions of style, form, and aesthetics? How should we as scholars, as intellectuals, and as citizens respond to “anxieties of democracy,” to indifference and apathy, both in the short- and in the long term?
 
 
 
 
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