The Group of Democratic Studies was formed at the end of 2016 and its main purpose is to develop research that focuses on the concept and practices of democracy. The First Meeting of G.E.D. aims, on the one hand, to bring together the researchers, associate members and students linked to the group, in order to expose the projects being developed; on the other hand, to invite researchers and undergraduate and graduate students from all national and international institutions to present their work within the framework described below, establishing a critical dialogue with tradition from the perspectives of Reasons, Passions, Utopias. Some of the regulatory issues of this Meeting are: how does the predominance of reason (or 'giving reasons') over passions contribute to contemporary democratic crises? Can we talk about a reason or several reasons? How to defend democracy in the context in which this model and ideal seems to be under attack on the various continents? What role do the passions play in building the democratic project? What is the relationship between democracy and utopia? We want to put the Democracy in question, to problematize and to think new possibilities for a common democratic project.

Above all, it is intended that the First Meeting of G.E.D. is an invitation to share conceptions and formalizations of contemporary problems about democracy, in order to promote its renewal, with particular emphasis on the Brazilian case.

 Portuguese, Spanish and English will be the working languages ​​of the First Meeting.

 Confirmed speakers / researchers: Alessandro Pinzani (UFSC), Helena Esser dos Reis (UFG), Yara Frateschi (UNICAMP), Emiliano Acosta (Vrije Universiteit Brussel / Ghent University), Jorge Alvarez Yaguez (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Verlaine Freitas UFMG), Marta Nunes da Costa (UFMS).

 Summaries of up to 500 words and 5 key words are accepted for the following lines of research:

1. Criticism of Capitalism

The aim of this line of research is to explore the relationship between democracy and capitalism, from a critical look at modern and contemporary authors such as Marx, Weber, Lukacs, Simmel, Polanyi, Habermas, Harvey, Boltansky, Hardt and Negri, Jameson , among others.

2. Democracy and the gender issue

The purpose of this research line is to explore the relationship between democratic ideals and the way they are or are not updated by women. It seeks to identify the conditions that lead to the perpetuation of injustices and a logic of male domination that is necessarily male and masculinized. It is intended to deconstruct the discourses that are said to be democratic; but which contribute to the strengthening of the status quo of injustice, inequality and discrimination.

3. Democratic Justice

The aim of this line of research is to identify the ways in which the conception of the bond between freedom, equality and fraternity affects and transforms the concept and practices of justice. Considering that our irreducible starting point is, like Rawls, the democratic perspective, we want to analyze part of Rawls' criticisms, especially those directed by second and third generation authors of the Frankfurt school.

4. Democratic Theories and Practices

The aim of this line of research is to look at the articulation between theory and practices of democracy, from specific national contexts and comparison between them. Special attention is given to the invention of participatory and deliberative mechanisms and to the way in which the three democratic dimensions of representation, participation and deliberation relate and manifest themselves.

5. Democracy and Civil Disobedience

The purpose of this line is to reflect how the history of philosophy and political theory can help us to understand the dynamics of contemporary democracies, marked by a generalized context of a representative crisis, lack of participation and diffusion of political actors in a transnational order that often forces us to question the limits and conditions of possibility of the democratic project.

Please include name, email, and institution in resume submission. It is estimated that the presentations should take 20 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of debate.

Proposals are accepted until 15 September 2017. Authors will be notified within one week.


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