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The CDDGG 10th Anniversary Conversation Series


In 2024 the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, at the University of Canberra, turns 10 years old. In celebration, we are organising a conversation series that is open to all, addressing 10 of the most pressing questions facing deliberative democracy today. Each month we will host a one-hour hybrid conversation featuring two short talks by world-leading scholars and practitioners, followed by a moderated discussion. Events will be filmed and posted on our YouTube channel for wider dissemination.


Please keep checking our upcoming events page for the details and registration of each month’s conversation.

Next event

Can deliberative democracy take root in settler colonial states?

12 March 2024

Dr Justin McCaul, Australian National University, Australia

Dr Emily Beausoleil, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

This event is hybrid. Join on Zoom or at Bldg 24, University of Canberra.

Justin McCaul is a descendent of the Mbarbarum Traditional Owners of far north Queensland. He is a Research Associate at the College of Law, ANU. Before pursuing an academic career, he worked for more than 20 years in Indigenous policy for several non-government organisations including Oxfam Australia. His recently completed PhD examined Indigenous rights, Australia’s native title system, and deliberative democracy.

Emily Beausoleil is a Senior Lecturer of Politics at Te Herenga Waka-Victoria University and Editor-in-Chief of Democratic Theory. She is an Associate Investigator on the ARC grant ‘Democratic Resilience: The Public Sphere and Extremist Attacks’ held at U Canberra and Research Associate of He Whenua Taurikura-Centre for Research Excellence on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism. Her first book, Staging Democracy: The Political Work of Live Performance (De Gruyter) launched a new book series (Critical Thinking and Contemporary Politics) in 2023.

10 Big Questions

20 February 2024


How can deliberative democracy listen to nonhumans?

Prof Danielle Celermajer, University of Sydney, Australia

Frederic Hanusch, Justus Liebig University, Germany

Moderated by Hans Asenbaum

12 March 2024


Can deliberative democracy take root in settler colonial states?

Dr Justin McCaul, Australian National University, Australia

Dr Emily Beausoleil, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Moderated by Adele Webb

9 April 2024


Are mini-publics enough to promote deliberative democracy?

Prof Simone Chambers, University of California Irvine, United States

Hélène Landemore, Yale University, United States

Moderated by John Dryzek

14 May 2024


Does deliberative democracy stand a chance in neoliberal times?

John Dryzek, University of Canberra, Australia

Oliver Escobar, University of Edinburgh

Moderated by Nicole Curato

18 June 2024


Are everyday citizens competent deliberators?

Simon Niemeyer, University of Canberra

Daniel Kübler, University of Zurich

2 July 2024


How should deliberative democracy respond to extremism?

Jordan McSwiney, University of Canberra

John Gastil, Pennsylvania State University

Moderated by Selen Ercan

6 August 2024


How can deliberative democracy challenge macho populism?

Hans Asenbaum, University of Canberra

Maria Esperanza Casullo, Universidad Nacional de Río Negro

Moderated by Jordan McSwiney

24 September 2024


How can we build a global deliberative democracy?

Nicole Curato, University of Canberra

William Smith, Chinese University of Hong Kong

8 October 2024


What can deliberative democracy learn from social movements?

Nicole Doerr, University of Copenhagen

Claire Mellier, Iswe Foundation

Moderated by Selen Ercan

26 November 2024


How deliberative is Australian Democracy?

Selen Ercan, University of Canberra,

Adele Webb, University of Canberra

Carolyn Hendriks, Australian National University

Moderated by Ariadne Vromen

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