5th Annual International Conference on Democracy as Idea and Practice

8th - 9th January 2014

Democracy as Idea and Practice - An Interdisciplinary Research Programme at the University of Oslo

 

Scholars are invited to submit proposals regarding workshops for the conference or papers for one of the workshops listed below.

Proposals for workshops should be sent to: harald.baldersheim@stv.uio.no.

Paper proposals to be sent to contacts listed under each workshop.

 

Conference theme:

Democratic Innovations, Democratic Crises: Is There a Connection?

 

1st Plenary: Professor Lauri Karvonen, Åbo Academy: Democratic Innovations in Contemporary Europe

2nd Plenary: Political crises and crisis management  (to be confirmed)

Proposed workshops so far:

 

Themes* & workshop chairs

1.

 

 

Crisis, innovation/experimentation

and the governance of European integration

(John Erik Fossum and Andreas Føllesdal)

 

2.

 

Do Constitutions matter?

(Bjørn Erik Rasch and Eivind Smith)

 

3.

 

After the Crisis:

Influences on Mediated Debates and the Public Sphere

 (Tina Figenschou)

 

4.

 

 

 

Comparative Perspectives on Social Media

 in Political Communication

(Anders Olof Larson)

 

5.

 

The Norwegian Constitution in historical perspectives.

Joint sessions with ‘Grunnlovsprosjektet’

(Hilde Sandvik)

 

6.

 

Small states in turbulent times

 (Michael Keating and Harald Baldersheim)

 

*Details on workshop themes below

 

 

 

Workshop 1

 

Crisis, innovation/experimentation and the governance of European integration

 

Europe is currently undergoing the worst crisis in the EU’s history. Crises may cause breakdowns; they may also generate innovation and spur experimentation. The EU is then also frequently considered a major experiment in the world of political governance, not the least because it is the world’s first major attempt at establishing democracy at the supranational level. What has the crisis done to the democratic character of the multilevel constellation that makes up the European Union? One important player has noted that “the democratic credibility of European integration has suffered enormously from the manner in which the euro crisis has been dealt with to date…”(European Parliament 2011). This workshop will discuss the democratic implications of the crisis.

 

The workshop will also focus on innovative aspects of the process of integration, not the least because democratization must accompany polity formation. It is not a matter of democratizing an already established and existing system, but of establishing and democratizing a supranational system at the same time. The long-held assumption is that the two processes proceed in parallel. The question is whether that continues to apply in the context of crisis. The workshop will discuss whether the innovative features of the integration process offer distinct democratic prospects.

 

Full papers to be submitted not later than 2nd of January, 2014.

Abstracts and paper proposals (in PDF format, file labeled with the first authors last name) to be sent within 1st of November to John Erik Fossum and Andreas Føllesdal:

j.e.fossum@arena.uio.no; andreas.follesdal@nchr.uio.no

 

 

Workshop 2

 

Do constitutions matter today?

 

Full papers to be submitted not later than 2nd of January, 2014.

Abstracts and paper proposals (in PDF format, file labeled with the first authors last name) to be sent within 1st of November to Bjørn Erik Rasch and Eivind Smith: b.e.rasch@stv.uio.noeivind.smith@jus.uio.no

 

 

Workshop 3

 

After the Crisis: Influences on Mediated Debates and the Public Sphere

 

With the 2011 Oslo terror attacks in mind, this workshop invites empirical analyses and theoretical reflections that focus on the effects of sudden, extraordinary events on democratic, communicative institutions. Comparable events and effects are known from other countries and regions, and the workshop encourages comparative perspectives and insights. Thus, we are not limiting contributions to solely issues that have to do with the Oslo terror.

 

The range of possible topics of interest is broad, including: crisis communication management through political communication, the generation of epistemic knowledge and popular responses, access to information and problems of information control in particular conflicts and crisis situations, digital media as a particular means of channeling crisis communication, and citizen interventions. Analyses can focus on media discourses, public sphere issues or political communication perspectives, for instance on sources and source strategies, source-journalist interaction or social media (citizen communication, moderator logics etc.).

 

One important line of inquiry will be how violent, traumatic and sudden events change the orders and logic of media discourses concerning free speech, with regard to both mainstream media, online media (including forms of social media), and more closed online forums (for instance extremist discussion sites). Papers can thus emphasize the regulation of online forums, the changing role of moderators, studies of participants in online debates, the op-ed editors in traditional mass media, the topical emphasis and dominant sources in the wider immigration debate, and the debate on multiculturalism.

 

The workshop also welcomes papers that address these issues from the perspective of legitimacy problems and democratic accountability control in the construction of political discourse within various public spheres and spaces of communication. This includes the application of new methodologies and research tools from a comparative perspective.

 

Full papers to be submitted not later than January 2nd 2014.

Abstracts and paper proposals (in PDF format, file labeled with the first authors last name) to be sent within 1st of November to Tine Ustad Figenschou:

tineuf@media.uio.no

 

 

Workshop 4

 

Comparative Perspectives on Social Media in Political Communication

 

Social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are increasingly used to communicate about societal issues by politicians, journalists and citizens alike, This workshop invites scholars to present research on social media in connection with different political contexts, across regions and national borders. While an important area of this type of research deals with the uses of services like these during democratic elections, the workshop also welcomes papers that analyses the employment of social media by politicians and political parties, social movement groups and journalists, as well as ordinary citizens also outside of such recurring parliamentary events. One workshop panel will be devoted to recent research from the Norwegian elections, taking place on September 9th, 2013..

 

Beyond the above listed topics, scholars working on related issues are more than welcome to submit an abstract. For instance, the roles of journalists could be approached, posing questions such as if social media is becoming an ambiguous platform for source communication and source-journalist interaction, where the lines of front- and backstage communication is often hard to draw. Also, we welcome research that from a more aesthetic point of view, reflect on how the forms of social communication opens up for inclusions and representations of the ordinary, the popular and everyday life of politicians and political institutions.

 

Full papers to be submitted not later than 2nd of January, 2014.

Abstracts and paper proposals (in PDF format, file labeled with the first authors last name) to be sent within 1st of November to Anders Olof Larsson:

a.o.larsson@media.uio.no

 

 

Workshop 5

 

The Norwegian Constitution in historical perspectives

 

Joint sessions with ‘Grunnlovsprosjektet’. Sessions coordinated by Hilde Sandvik.

 

Contact:  hilde.sandvik@iakh.uio.no

 

 

Workshop 6

 

Small states: Policies of sustainability in turbulent times

 

The number of small states has been growing since the 1960s, and especially so since the shake-up of the international landscape following 1989 and the fall of the Berlin Wall. The number of small states is likely to continue to grow. For example Scotland or the Faroe Islands may be set on the road to independence fairly soon. Still, most theorizing on state behaviour is based on observations of large states. Some scholars have tried to rectify this with research that is specifically aimed at understanding the behaviour of small states. As the international environment as well as the national setting of many states is changing the need is more pressing than ever to gain a better understanding of small states. The purpose of the workshop is to bring together scholars with an interest in small states in order to explore the policies pursued by small states for sustainability in turbulent times, such as those which Europe are enduring at present.

 

Full papers to be submitted not later than 2nd of January, 2014.

Abstracts and paper proposals (in PDF format, file labeled with the first authors last name) to be sent within 1st of November to Harald Baldersheim:

harald.baldersheim@stv.uio.no

 

 

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