Welcome to the Radical Democracy website. We are a group of public intellectuals from around the world interested in exploring the concept of radical democracy in all its manifestations. Originally emerging out of a joint class held at Columbia University and The New School in New York City, our project has evolved into an annual conference and a radical democracy working group based here in New York.
We have received some questions about the livestream videos from the 2015 conference. Sadly we only had a free Livestream account, so they do not provide dedicated storage, so they videos were only up for about a month. We have low-res copies of the stream sessions, as well as some better quality of the keynote with Michael Hardt and others, which we are working on uploading and will post here once done. Sorry to everyone looking for those videos at the moment...please bare with us!
We want to thank everyone that came out for the 5th Annual Radical Democracy conference at The New School for Social Research. Once again, we had a great series of panels and discussions, as well as a great roundtable and keynote talk. If you missed something, the event videos can be watched either on our youtube channel, or the livestream archives. We are slowly adding higher quality versions of some of the main events to our YouTube channel, but all the events can be seen in the two livestream archived, all of which is posted under our Videos link the main menu (also here). As a special thank you, here's a solidarity photo which we took during the afternoon of one of the event to support the Maagdenhuis student occupations.
We're excited to announce the final schedule is now ready for our 5th Annual Radical Democracy Conference at The New School for Social Research (NSSR). Below is the schedule for Friday and Saturday. You can also download a pdf copy here [Schedule PDF].
(* Schedule was updated on 4/7)
Friday, April 10
10am: Registration (Wolff Room)
10:30am: Opening Remarks - Andreas Kalyvas, NSSR (Wolff Room)
11am: Panel I (A & B)
Session A: Councils, Commune(-ism) and Radical Democracy (Wolff Room)
“Radical Democracy in the French Revolution” - Nicolai Von Eggers Mariegaard, Aarhus University
“Inaugural Investigations: Revolutionary Councils and Radical Democracy” - Benjamin Ask Popp-Madsen, University of Copenhagen
“The concept of politics in Badiou and Castoriadis” - Gerasimos Karavitis, NSSR
Discussant. Andreas Kalyvas, NSSR
Session B: Embodying Discarnate Narratives (Room: 1108) ...continue reading
The CFP is now closed for submissions. The RD review committee is evaluating all proposals, and will be in touch in the coming month with responses to all submissions. Once we have a final schedule of the panels, and a draft conference agenda, we will post both here. Thanks to everyone who submitted a paper or panel proposal.
We are also considering the possibility of live-streaming the keynote talk by Michael Hardt, and possibly other sessions, depending. Stay tuned for more updates.
Fifth Annual Radical Democracy Conference
The New School for Social Research, New York City
April 10 and 11, 2015
Keynote: Michael Hardt
Professor of Literature and Italian Studies at Duke University
Paper and Paper Abstracts Deadline: January 25, 2015
Full Papers Deadline: March 1, 2015
Download CFP (pdf)
The Fourth Annual Radical Democracy Conference
The New School for Social Research
6 E 16th St, Wolff Conference Room, #1103
Friday, March 14
10 am Registration
10:30 am Opening Remarks by Andreas Kalyvas
11 am Panel I: Radical Democracy in Practice
1 pm Lunch
2 pm Panel II: Radical Epistemologies: Time, Space, and the Visual
4 pm Coffee
4:30 pm Keynote Address by Drucilla Cornell, Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University -- “The Ethics and Politics of Democratic Socialism: A Critique of Laclau and Mouffe's Radical Democracy”
6:30 pm Reception
Saturday, March 15
11 am Panel III: Anarchism and Democracy
1 pm Lunch
2 pm Panel IV: Rupture and Law: Irreconcilable Elements of Radical Democracy?
4 pm Coffee
The Fourth Annual Radical Democracy Conference will be taking place at The New School for Social Research in New York City from March 14 and 15, 2014. Stay tuned for a schedule of the conference schedule and more details.
The Department of Politics at The New School for Social Research is sponsoring the Fourth Annual Radical Democracy Conference – a graduate student conference interrogating the concept, history, practices and implications of radical democracy. We strive to assess its legacy from ancient to contemporary radical democratic theory, as well as explore the work of theorists such as Abensour, Arendt, Badiou, Castoriadis, Laclau, Mouffe, Negri, Rancière, and Wolin. We invite you to submit abstracts on any theme pertaining to the history, meaning, development, application, or critique of the concept of radical democracy; we also encourage discussions about methodology and the study of radical democratic movements.