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Jun 18 2024

CDDGG 10th Anniversary Series: Are everyday citizens competent deliberators?

This event is online only. Join us on Zoom.For Daniel Kübler, the role of citizen competence in democracy is a controversial issue. Empirical studies find that citizen incompetence is astonishingly widespread but crucially depends on elite cues in public debates related to decision-making processes.  A realistic approach thus needs to acknowledge the context in which citizen participation and deliberation take place and understand how this context fosters (or does not foster) citizen competence.Meanwhile, for Simon Niemeyer, the longstanding debate concerning everyday citizen competence draws on outdated models of individual rationality applied to a problematic democratic stage. If we instead understand human deliberative capabilities as evolved in dynamic group settings a dramatically different picture emerges — one that exposes deep injustice, in terms how we understand citizen competence and how that failure in many democratic traditions has served to undermine it.Join the conversation on the competence of everyday citizens as deliberators with Simon Niemeyer and Daniel Kübler moderated by Lucy J Parry.This event is part 5 of a 10-part seminar series on 10 Big Questions on Deliberative Democracy convened by Dr Adele Webb. SpeakersSimon Niemeyer is a Professor and co-founder of the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. His research in deliberative democracy includes conceptualising the nature of deliberative reason and understanding the conditions that support it. Daniel Kübler is a Professor of Political Science and co-directs the Center for Democracy Studies at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. His research focuses, among others, on citizens’ opinion formation in direct democratic voting, as well as on participation in citizen assemblies.ModeratorLucy J Parry is a Research Associate at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance. Seminar Convener: Adele WebbOnline floor manager: Ferdinand SanchezAll Centre seminars are recorded. To access the recording of our seminar series and other events, visit our YouTube channel.

18:00 - 19:00
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Jul 2 2024

CDDGG 10th Anniversary Conversation Series: How should deliberative democracy respond to extremism?

This event is hybrid. Join us on Zoom or at Building 24, University of Canberra.How should deliberative democracy respond to extremism?Far-right extremism threatens democracy by spreading exclusionary and anti-democratic ideals, such as white supremacy. How can deliberative democracy help us understand the roles of the media and political leaders in responding to the harms caused by extremist actors? What pragmatic solutions can deliberative processes offer, especially in countering extremism's personal and emotional appeals? You are invited to join this conversation featuring Dr Jordan McSwiney (University of Canberra) and Prof John Gastil (Penn State University). This seminar will be chaired by Prof Selen Ercan. This event is part 6 of a 10-part seminar series on 10 Big Questions on Deliberative Democracy convened by Dr Adele Webb. About the speakersJordan McSwiney is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. He researches the far right, with a focus on the organisation and communication of far-right parties and movements. He is the author of Far-Right Political Parties in Australia: Disorganisation and Electoral Failure (Routledge). John Gastil is a Professor at Penn State University. He has studied political psychology and democratic innovations for thirty years, and some of the reforms he has proposed became law. He received major funding to study attitude formation and how people revise their beliefs when invited into more deliberative political institutions and experiences. ModeratorSelen Ercan is the Director of the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. Seminar Convener: Adele WebbOnline floor manager: Ferdinand SanchezAll Centre seminars are recorded. To access the recording of our seminar series and other events, visit our YouTube channel.

11:00 - 12:00
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Aug 6 2024

CDDGG 10th Anniversary Conversation Series: How can deliberative democracy challenge macho populism?

This event is hybrid. Join us on Zoom or at Building 24, University of Canberra.How should deliberative democracy respond to extremism?Can deliberative democracy challenge macho populism? For Hans Asenbaum, the field of deliberative democracy may have come a long way in recognising female marginalisation, but it has so far neglected cisgender, heterosexual, masculinities. Only when deliberative democracy recognises such hegemonic identities can it challenge the heterosexist domination underpinning macho populism.María Esperanza Casullo has a different take. For her, deliberative democracy can challenge macho populism by upholding the value of the most basic of human activities: talking. Macho populism seeks to define the simple act of talking as unproductive, decadent, in sum, feminine. It has a clear preference for supposedly masculine performances of aggression. Therefore, the act of deliberation itself has the potential to become the grounds for resistance. Join the conversation with Hans Asenbaum and María Esperanza Casullo, moderated by Jordan McSwiney. This event is part 7 of a 10-part seminar series on 10 Big Questions on Deliberative Democracy convened by Dr Adele Webb. About the speakersHans Asenbaum is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. His research interests include radical democracy, queer and gender studies, digital politics, and participatory research methods. Hans is the author of The Politics of Becoming: Anonymity and Democracy in the Digital Age (Oxford University Press, 2023). The book draws on queer theory to make sense of identity transformation in democracy. His work has been published in the American Political Science Review, Politics & Gender, and the Journal of Gender Studies.María Esperanza Casullo is an Associate Professor at the National University of Rio Negro and a researcher at CONICET in Argentina. She obtained a PhD in political theory from Georgetown University. She has published extensively on democratic theory and populism. Her last published paper is "The populist body in the age of social media: A comparative study of populist and non-populist representation" in Thesis Eleven, in co-authorship with Rodolfo Colalongo. ModeratorJordan McSwiney is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra.Seminar Convener: Adele WebbOnline floor manager: Ferdinand SanchezAll Centre seminars are recorded. To access the recording of our seminar series and other events, visit our YouTube channel.

10:00 - 11:00

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