Headline: Crisis and Futures of Democracy: A discussion with Charles Taylor and Patrizia Nanz

Modern Western democracy is undergoing a significant crisis. Public spheres and political communities are highly fractured. Right-wing populism is on the rise. Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor and German political scientist Patrizia Nanz will discuss the past, present, and future of the democratic subject, the ‘Homo Politicus’, and the shivering normative foundations of modern democracies. What institutional and social scenarios can be envisioned for the future?


Crisis and Futures of Democracy

A discussion with Charles Taylor and Patrizia Nanz

The discussion is moderated by Barbara Muraca.


Charles Taylor is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He has held honorary positions at the universities of Princeton, Berkeley, Frankfurt a. M., and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He was Professor of Social and Political Theory at the University of Oxford, and is currently in Potsdam as Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS).


Patrizia Nanz is Scientific Director at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam and Professor of Transformative Sustainability Studies at the University of Potsdam. Together with Claus Leggewie, she co-authored Die Konsultative. Mehr Demokratie durch Bürgerbeteiligung [The Consultative. More Democracy through Citizen Participation].


Barbara Muraca is Assistant Professor of Environmental and Social Philosophy at Oregon State, USA, and Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS). She was a Senior Researcher at the University of Jena and has published on degrowth research, process philosophy, sustainability theory and political ecology.


When: Monday, 11 December 2017 from 6 to 8 pm

Where: IASS, Ballroom of the Kleist Villa, Berliner Straße 130, 14467 Potsdam

Please register for the symposium here.


Section 1: Democracy and Crisis 

Section 2: Symptoms and causes - what has gone wrong? Why populism? 

Section 3: Social Media and the crisis of the public sphere 

Section 4: Revitalizing Democracy - Future Imaginaries 

Section 5: Drivers and Agents of Change