By exploring how ideas and practices of publicness and democracy are being constituted, enacted, related and reconfigured in different settings, this workshop aims to investigate the modes of public action and democracy being invoked, imagined and struggled over around the world. That there is a relationship between publicness and democracy has often been taken for granted. However, at this time of widespread instability, political upheaval and experimentation, when publics are increasingly being called upon to act, it is sometimes in the name of democracy, but not always.
This initiative is a collaboration organised by: The Publics Research Programme at The Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance at the Open University; The Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster; The Centre for Global Media and Democracy at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
We put out a call for papers for this workshop earlier this year – to follow-on from the (June 2011) Creating Publics workshop but also as a kind of public creation experiment designed to open out and develop possibilities for collaboration in the process of developing this line of research. We’ve had a brilliant response to the call and the programme for this years workshop has been designed to bring together and into relation a diverse and exciting sample of different research-in-progress and emerging perspectives on this timely theme.
You can access the programme for ‘Creating publics, creating democracies’ here.