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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.

2015 posterWe'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 [RD Schedule 2015 PDF].

2015 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, April 10

10am        Registration

10:30am    Opening Remarks

11am        Panel I

A: Councils, Commune(-ism), and Radical Democracy (Wolff)
B: Embodying Discarnate Narratives (#1108)

1pm        Lunch

2pm        Panel II

A: Democratic Potential of Time and Technology (#1108)
B: De/Post-Colonial Strategies: Politics and Possibilities of Resistance (Wolff)

4pm        Coffee

4:30pm        Keynote Address: Michael Hardt, Duke University (Wolff)

6:30pm        Reception
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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.

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

Download Agenda [PDF]

Download Poster [PDF]

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.