Picture contest: Reimagining democracy

The PDD Picture Contest Reimaging Democracy is open to Graduate/PhD students and Early Career Researchers who are PSA members.

DEADLINE EXTENDED to Friday 30th October 2020

Recent crises have exposed the fragility of our democratic institutions, amid growing populistic tendencies, emergency legislation and increasing state surveillance. Entrenched inequalities have been laid bare and can no longer be ignored. Democracy is at a crossroad facing existential challenges like climate crisis but also new opportunities to build cohesive action to make governments at all levels more open and responsive to citizen participation and drive more radical socio-economic transformation. Can we reimagine democracy? What could it look like?

We invite all PSA members who are either graduate or PhD students or Early Career Researchers (PhD gained no later than 5 years ago) to submit an image representing your vision of democracy, whether global, national, local, in the community, or in the family. This could be a photo or a picture of your painting/drawing. This image should be accompanied by a short commentary of up to 200 words explaining how the image represents democracy and contributes to its reimagination. In order to participate you also have to be a registered member of the PSA.

Three winners will each receive £150 in book vouchers. The prizes will be awarded by a jury consisting of Chantal Mouffe, Michael Saward, Sonia Bussu, Anastasia Deligiaouri, Dannica Fleuß and Hans Asenbaum.

These prizes will be awarded according to the following assessment criteria:

  • Originality*
  • Creativity and innovative thinking
  • Overall artistic impression
  • Adherence/Appropriateness to theme
  • Well written and insightful commentary

All images should be submitted to psademocracy@gmail.com by Friday 30th October 2020. Please submit your file as .jpeg/.jpg or .png, and the commentary in a separate Word file. Winners will be announced by the end of November 2020.

All images submitted will be published on the PDD website and will be part of our very first online democracy art gallery. Winners will also be featured in PSA News.

We are grateful for the support of the PSA and the PSA Early Career Network.

*We do not take responsibility for copyright violations.

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