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Democracy and Its Futures is a conference and public discussion designed to put different traditions of democracy from around the world in conversation with one another. This event will focus on forms and practices of democracy as they exist today and may develop in the future, exploring connections and asking:


  • What are the major problems facing democracies and how can we respond?
  • How can we make sense of the rise of nationalism or populism and what are appropriate ways to address it?


The event is part of a two year project supported by the European Union entitled: Europe Dialogue on Democracy: Democratic Deficit and the Rise of Populism in Europe. This project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and the University of Victoria. It brings together leading scholars from Europe, the United States, and Canada who will tackle the contemporary challenges to democracy from a wide variety of perspectives and disciplinary approaches.


We are pleased to welcome the following visiting speakers:

Chantal Mouffe University of Westminster

David Owen University of Southampton

Antje Wiener Universität Hamburg

Jeanne Morefield University of Birmingham (Incoming)

Robin Celikates Universiteit van Amsterdam

Karuna Mantena Yale University (TBC)

Fonna Forman UC San Diego

Lasse Thomassen Queen Mary, University of London

Anoush F. Terjanan East Carolina University

Joshua Nichols University of Alberta


These guest researchers will join the following UVic scholars:

John Borrows (Law)

Jeremy Webber (Law)

Peymen Vahabzadeh (Sociology)

Heidi Stark (Political Science)

James Tully (Political Science and Law)

Oliver Schmidtke (Political Science and History)

Pablo Ouziel (Political Science)

Together, they will address different forms of ‘democracies’ including state-based representative government, Indigenous democracy, community-based democracy, democratic contestation, global democracy, and earth or Gaia democracy of all living beings.

The event format is designed to encourage speakers, workshop participants, and guests to engage in critical dialogue and explore perspectives.


Tsartlip Elder, May Sam, will welcome everyone and share her stories with us.


This event is free and open to the public. To avoid disappointment, an RSVP is required.

The event will be filmed.


Schedule overview:

  • 1:45 - 2:15 pm Welcome
  • 2:15 – 4:00 pm Session One: Moderated Discussion Circle: A Critical Dialogue on the Challenges and Futures of Democracy
  • 4:00 – 4:20 pm Health Break
  • 4:20 – 6:00 pm Session Two: Debating the Future of Democracy - A Multilogue conversation with the Public


For a detailed schedule of the conference and public discussion please click here.

For a description of the conference themes please click here.

To learn more about the Canada-Europe Dialogue on Democracy please click here.


Democracy & its Futures organizing team:

Oliver Schmidtke - Professor of Political Science and History, Director of Centre for Global Studies

Pablo Ouziel - Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Political Science and Centre for Global Studies

James Tully - Emeritus professor of Political Science and Law

Rebeca Macias Gimenez - PhD candidate in Law and Society, Centre for Global Studies Fellow

Keith Cherry - PhD candidate in Law and a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholar

Rebeccah Nelems - PhD candidate in Sociology/CSPT, Centre for Global Studies Fellow and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Scholar

Ryan Beaton - PhD candidate in Law and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Scholar

Karen Yen - Resident Graphic Designer and Associate of the Centre for Global Studies

Beate Schmidtke - Project Manager and Communications Officer for EUCAnet.ca

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