CCEAE-Université de Montréal
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le lundi 17 septembre 2018

Table ronde

Le CCEAE et le IRTG “Diversity", Université de Montréal, ont le plaisir de vous inviter chaleureusement à la une table ronde :

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

Défendre la décence dans l’Europe contemporaine : Repenser la démocratie dans une époque autoritaire

Quand : septembre 21, 2018 (vendredi), 14h à16h

When : Friday, September 21, 2018, 2-4 p.m.

Où : Salle Lothar-Baier (525-6), 5e étage du Pavillon 3744 Jean-Brlllant, Université de Montréal (métro Côte-des-Neiges).

Table ronde 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 (Director of Global and European Studies Institute, Université de Leipzig, chercheur invité au CCEAE)

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, US)

Miloš Vec (Chair of European Legal and Constitutional History, Vienna, a 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 right-wing authoritarian parties and a politics of hate is increasingly threatening a culture of civility and decency that are 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 most fruitfully analyze the rise of an authoritarian right ? If democracy requires ample and equal opportunities for participation outside the voting booth, if decency is central to the democratic project, how useful are questions of style, form, and aesthetics ? How should we as citizens, as scholars, as intellectuals respond to “anxieties of democracy,” to indifference and apathy, both in the short- and in the long term.