This interdisciplinary symposium invites doctoral and postdoctoral researchers working on participatory spaces to come together to generate new and deeper understandings of novel forms of organisation.
We are witnessing the rise of new forms of citizen participation within and beyond state institutions, resulting in a vivid sphere of political activity. This phenomenon is reflected in current academic research. On the one hand, the study of democratic innovations is rich in empirical findings on novel participatory formats all around the world, such as mini-publics and participatory budgeting, sponsored typically by state agencies. On the other hand, research on new social movements, citizens’ initiatives, and unconventional forms of participation such as flash mobs, online protest, and hacktivism, examines practices of collective action in open assemblies, online discussions, smart mobs etc.
However advanced the research in both fields, academic conceptualisations rarely consider both forms of participation in comparison. The notion of participatory spaces is an exception to this rule (Busse 2016, Cornwall 2004, Gaventa 2007). Here state and civil initiatives are conceptualised as invited spaces enabled by governments and claimed spaces generated by citizens. While differentiations are drawn, nevertheless these two broad forms of participation have family resemblances conceptually and practically and there are opportunities for meaningful comparative analysis.
Keynote speaker: Donatella della Porta, Cosmos, Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy
- Graham Smith, University of Westminster
- Dorothée de Nève, University of Giessen, Germany
- Tina Olteanu, University of Giessen, Germany.
- Representation and Identity in Participatory Spaces: From the Politics of Presence to Digital Corporealities by Hans Asenbaum
- Social media activism in non-democratic settings: Eastern Europe and political change by Aliaksandr Herasimenka
- The Role of the Internet in Enabling the Emergence of an Inclusive Public Sphere: A Case Study of Global Debout Facebook and Twitter Pages by Amandine Hostein
- “A democracy of our own devices”? Cultivating the role of citizen participation and open governance in the civic development of the Internet of Things by Declan McDowell-Naylor
- Thinking Sortition: Modes of selection, deliberative frameworks and democratic principles by Dimitri Courant
- The geospatial dimensions of protest: The role of locating in resistance by Doug Specht
- Invited and claimed spaces for the co-governance of the urban commons: Lessons from Italy by Elena De Nictolis
- The collective R.: a case-study of civil disobedience by Sophie Guignard
- Participatory spaces during mass mobilization: The Bulgarian case by Ivaylo Dinev
- Which methods and modes of voice and decision making are employed in the claimed spaces of the Occupy Wall Street Movement in New York City from 2011-2012? by Johannes Diesing
- No strings attached: The concept of representation in deliberative mini-publics by Zohreh Khoban
- Grassroots politics within and beyond institutional and state solutions: Collective action and the re-politicization of everyday life in crisis-ridden Greece by Konstantinos Roussos
- On and Off: How the recursiveness of online and offline engagement practices generates political resonance by Lisa Villioth
- Democracy, inclusion and intersectionality by Marta Wojciechowska
- Digital Democratic Innovations within New European Political Parties: The case of Alternativet by Nikolai Gad
- Motivating and Influencing Factors on E-Participation on Local Level – Who Participates Why? by Sabrina Schoettle
- Participatory democratic institutions: invited spaces and the state by Graham Smith
- Movements of the Squares? Convergencies of Struggles in Late Neoliberalism by Donatella della Porta