Democracy Rebooted: Deliberative Responses to Planetary Challenges?

This is the second edition of the Democracy Rebooted webinar series, this time under the title ‘Democracy Rebooted: Deliberative Responses to Planetary Challenges?’ The series is hosted by the ECPR Standing Group on Democratic Innovations, APSA Democratic Innovations Related Group, Red de Politólogas, and the PSA Participatory and Deliberative Democracy Group. 

Throughout October, these weekly webinars will feature a prominent scholar in conversation with early or mid-career researchers. These virtual seminars are designed to critically question the role of democratic innovations in responding to planetary challenges like growing autocratization; the current racial contract; the ecological crisis; and the exclusion of nonhuman animals from decision-making spaces. 

Participants are encouraged to take part in the conversation as well.

  1. Participatory/deliberative Authoritarianism? October 5th – 3pm CET

Chair: Yanina Welp (Red de Politólogas)


María Isabel Puerta Riera: Adjunct professor at Valencia College and an associate researcher at GAPAC. Her research focuses on democratic backsliding and authoritarianism in Latin America, in particular, Venezuela’s transition to participatory democracy and its current institutional crisis. 

Su Yun Woo: Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Zurich and an advisor at the Social Equity and Participation Center in Chengdu. Her research focuses on the use of public deliberation in China and the emergence of democratic innovations in authoritarian settings.


  1. Decolonizing Deliberative Democracy (APSA-Participedia) – October 12th, 4pm CET

Chair: Edana Beauvais (APSA)


Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj: Visiting Professor at Stanford University, Maya-K’iche’ academic, journalist, poet, and indigenous right activist. Her research has played a key role in the prosecution of sexual slavery and crimes against humanity in post-conflict Guatemala. 

Melisa Ross: Melisa Ross is a PhD candidate at Humboldt University. Her research focuses on postneoliberalism, participation and deliberation in Latin America.


  1. Global challenges, Western responses? Deliberating the climate transition with(out) affected communities (ECPR) – October 19th, 3pm CET

Chair: Azucena Morán (ECPR)


Ólufemi Ó. Taiwó: Philosophy professor at Georgetown University. His research focuses on reparations and the intersections of climate justice and colonialism, and draws liberally from the Black radical tradition, contemporary social science, histories of activism and activist thinkers, German transcendental philosophy and contemporary philosophy of language.

Ariadne Collins: Lecturer at the University of St. Andrews. Her work focuses on processes of racialization and histories of colonialism, and their challenge to the successful enactment of forest governance policies in the Global South.


  1. Non-Human De/Liberation – PSA – October 27th, 11am CET

Chair: Hans Asenbaum (PSA)


Eva Meijer: Artist, writer, philosopher and singer-songwriter. Her work focuses on interspecies democracy and nonhuman animal languages, and has been translated into over 20 languages. 

Lucy Parry: Senior Research Associate at the University of Canberra. Her research focuses on deliberative democracy, democratic innovations, and animal ethics. 


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