The question of representation is a difficult one, one of which has become a subject matter of reflection for many philosophers in the past centuries. Today, virtually every contemporary democracy is representative, not direct. However, while the concept of democracy has been object of innumerous theories and debates, fewer attempts have been made to work from an analytical point of iew the concept of representation. The Concept of Representation of Hannah Pitkin (1967) opened Pandora's box and since this paradigmatic work other philosophers and political scientists have paid attention to it within the scope and paradigm of democratic government. Principles of Representative Government of Bernard Manin (1997) and Representative Democracy of Nadia Urbinati (2006) transformed theoretical approaches and discussions regarding the concept of representation. However, despite that, there is still a large potential to be explored. As Castiglione and Pollak say in their most recent book Creating Presence (2019), it is necessary to disentangle democracy from representation in order to gain new perspectives about what makes representation democratic. Nevertheless, even this task of expansion of conceptual and imaginative horizon, which allows us to understand recent phenomena of contemporary democracies under a new light, is not free of obstacles. Indeed, one may find at least the unfolding of two perspectives: the representative turn in democratic theory (Nasstrom 2011), which forces us to rethink the relationship between popular sovereignty and legitimacy; and that which focus on operations of representation, i.e., the ways through which representatives and represented constitute themselves as such. (Castiglione, Pollak, 2019: 13). The goal of the II International Meeting of Group of Democratic Studies is to explore the transformations of the concept of representation in a democratic context, as well as its theoretical and practical implications.
Some guiding topics are:
- How has the concept of representation been theorized in the history of political philosophy and political theory, exploring potential links with other areas such as aesthetics, literature, science, etc.;
- The relationship between democracy and representation: what makes of political representation democratic? ;
- The role of representation of the theories of democracy - elitist, agonistic, popular/populist, constitutional, deliberative, participatory, among others.
- Democracy, populism and technocracy
- Representation, democracy and the question of gender
- Representation, democracy and the question of race
We hope with this meeting to explore the theoretical and practical relations between different models of democracy, believing that a new perspective may contribute to a redefinition of the democratic path, offering new impulses for the near future. We have a particular interest in proposals, which focus on the Brazilian context and/or in a comparative perspective between experiences and recent democratic transformations, within South America but also with other continents.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Prof. Alessandro Ferrara (Universidade de Roma Tor Vergata), Prof. Dario Castiglione (University of Exeter), Prof. Marta Nunes da Costa (Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul), Prof. Ester Heuser (Unioeste), Prof. Helena Esser dos Reis (Universidade Federal de Goiás), Prof. Ricardo Pereira de Melo (UFMS).
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Deadline for abstract submissions: April 15 th 2019
Notifications of acceptance: April 22 nd 2019