Workshop: Can We Be Democratic?

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: Engelska parken Geijersalen 6-1023
  • Organiser: Department of Literature
  • Contact person: Mats Rosengren
  • Seminarium


A conversation between Paula Diehl, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Yannis Stavrakakis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Ola Sigurdson, University of Gothenburg och Mats Rosengren, Uppsala University. 

The discussion will be held in English. 


In the early 1980s, the political philosopher Cornelius Castoriadis spoke of the growing lack of meaningfulness as the greatest threat to the radical democratic project he devoted his entire work to explaining and defending. He saw such impoverishment in all Western liberal democracies and he asked himself: Is political as well as subjective autonomy and democracy even a possibility for us, as individuals as well as collectives? Can we be democratic? 

These questions are again urgent and point to a need for a thorough examination of how democratic societies deal with education and, in a more general sense, the shaping of the individuals who become the citizens who will sustain these societies.

An activity within the DoHu-program.