The Ends of Democracy

This multi-day conference runs from November 7-9.

The rise of populist movements in recent years raises questions about the challenges for liberal democracy and its basic institutional forms. For instance, what are “the ends” of democracy in a double sense: what are the ends of democracy, that is, its purposes and promises, but also, what is the possibility of a collapse of democracy as a specific political form of government or an ideal for existing forms? What meaning, if any, can be given to popular sovereignty during this time, and how does it relate to prevalent ideas of populism? Following the spirit of the critical approach formulated by the Frankfurt generation of Critical Theory, this conference brings together philosophers, sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists and psychoanalysts from a range of countries to address the need for a reactualization of critical theory in light of present political challenges. Hosted by the Universidade de São Paulo Department of Philosophy in collaboration with UC Berkeley, it is the second meeting of the conference cycle of the International Consortium of Critical Theory Program (ICCTP) funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Conveners are Vladimir Safatle (Universidade de São Paulo), Natalia Brizuela (UC Berkeley), and Judith Butler (UC Berkeley)

Speakers include Paula Biglieri (Universidad de Buenos Aires); Wendy Brown (UC Berkeley); Natalia Brizuela (UC Berkeley); Susan Buck-Morss (CUNY Graduate Center); Monique David-Ménard (University Paris-Diderot); Rodrigo de la Fabian (Universidad Diego Portales); Christian Dunker (Universidade de São Paulo); Zeynep Gambetti (Boğazici University); Rahel Jaeggi (Humboldt Universität); Suely Rolnik (Universidade Católica de São Paulo); Vladimir Safatle (Universidade de São Paulo); Eduardo Viveiros de Castro (Museu Nacional da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro).