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The Role of Practices at the Intersection of Civic Rights and Democracy

Location Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia
Date 23 - 24 March 2018
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The Role of Practices at the Intersection of Civic Rights and Democracy will be the 1st workshop from a series of 3 from COST Action CA16211 RECAST.

The workshop series starts from the hypothesis that the paradigm of social mobilisation and politicisation has shifted in ways that affect liberal representative democracy in its core institutions and disrupt the mutually fruitful relation between civic (i.e. political and what is often referred to as civil) rights claims – and representative liberal democracy.

The workshop would like to explore this shift in practices – social, political, legal, formal and informal: from inclusive, opening more space for civic rights claims and actions towards more exclusionary, closing up practices. The focus of the current workshop is on exploring the observed shift in practices from civil rights movements that enhance democracy, to populist and other mobilisations with a potential to undermine it.

The suggested focus of the next two workshops will be 1. on the potential of social, political and legal, formal and informal, practices to reinvent and reinvigorate democracy at the national and European level, and 2. on discussing policy suggestions for concrete measures to enhance the potential of beneficial practices.

The following questions will serve as a guideline for submissions for the first workshop:

• Which forms and/or cases of social mobilisation exemplify this shift in politicisation? How have these shifts evolved in social, political, legal and other – both formal and informal – practices across European democracies?
• Which of the diverse practices observed in the last couple of decades in European democracies privilege an exclusionary anti- civic -rights discourse? How are they functioning? And what are their effects on liberal representative democracy?
• Are there formal and/or informal practices that go against the identified above current and do they have the potential to revitalise democracy and re-establish its mutually beneficial link with civic rights?

Please, submit an abstract for a position paper of no more than 300 words before Friday, 2 February 2018 to both conveners,   The abstract should exemplify the case and practice you are going to analyse and should indicate a position on (one or more of) the above mentioned questions.

More information about this COST Action can be found here 

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