The purpose of this conference is to encourage comparative analysis on participation, contest and contestation, as well as on phenomena such as adaptation and self-appropriation which characterise the exchange and transfer of ideas that can be observed in the different national contexts of the English-speaking world.
It aims at providing an overview and assessment of current research on new and innovative forms of participation in the English-speaking world, both in the contemporary period and in history, with an emphasis on alternative and critical approaches to power.
In this exploration of the meaning and practice of “contested democracy”, possible fields to be addressed, from either a historical or contemporary vantage point:
- local sphere, civil society
- political parties, social movements, associations
- communications, networks, new social media
- cultural diversity, identity politics and mobilisation
- governance and influence of public-private actors
- sources of social cohesion in pluralist societies …
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