Meta-study of democratic deliberation workshop

Mon 10 February 2020

10:30am - 16:30pm

The Dryzek Room, Building 22, University of Canberra

This workshop is convened by Simon Niemeyer. 


This workshop aims to update co-investigators of the status of the project, get feedback on work-in-progress papers related to the project, and discuss the next phase of the project and future grant applications. This event is by-invitation only. 

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Book workshop
The Greeks and the rational: The discovery of practical reason

Tue 13 November 2018

9:30am - 3:00pm

Room 5 and 6, Level B, Building 23, University of Canberra


  • Josiah Ober (Stanford, Political Science), ‘Introduction: Greek games’

  • Chapter 1 ‘Gyges’ expectations: A folk theory of practical reasoning’

Discussant Nicholas Southwood (ANU, Philosophy)

  • Chapter 2 ‘Glaucon’s dilemma: The origins of social order’

Discussant Geoffrey Brennan (ANU, Philosophy)

  • Chapter 3 ‘Deioces’ ultimatum: How and why to choose a king’

Discussant Robert E. Goodin (ANU, Philosophy)

  • Chapter 4 ‘Solon’s web: Constitutional bargaining among citizens’

Discussant Ana Tanasoca (UC, Centre for Deliberative Democracy)

  • Chapter 6 ‘Melos’ prospects: Rationality and its limits in interstate relations’

Discussant Ned Dobos (UNSW Canberra, Humanities & Social Sciences)

Methods Workshop: Assessing Deliberation

Wed 18 July 2018

9:30am - 5.00pm

The Dryzek Room, Building 22, University of Canberra

Assessing Deliberation aims to showcase innovative methodological approaches in studying deliberative democracy within and beyond mini-publics. The workshop encourages participants to put forward preliminary ideas or solicit feedback on future directions for already published work. Wild ideas are welcome.


This workshop is a collaboration between the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra (Nicole Curato and Selen Ercan), Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster (Hans Asenbaum) and MARGEM: Research Group on Democracy and Justice at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Ricardo Mendonça).


The first methods workshop was held last year for the Centre’s PhD students, co-hosted by Nicole Curato and Sofie Marien (KU Leuven).


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Deliberation, Culture, and Context

Thu 7 December 2017 to Fri 8 December 2017

Room 5 and 6, Level B, Building 23, University of Canberra

This workshop is convened by Jensen Sass. 


Intensive and informed public deliberation is essential if democratic institutions are to be legitimate and effective. Unlike voting, deliberation features in all human societies and may thereby be seen as the foundation on which to build an account of democratic rule that is universally acceptable. But the character of deliberation varies enormously across societies. As such, the first task in forming a universal theory of democratic rule is to understand the different forms deliberation takes, and the different significance accorded to this practice in different societies. Deliberation, Culture, and Context draws together leading political theorists to begin this undertaking. 


Speakers include:  

  • Mark Warren (University of British Columbia)

  • Stephanie Lawson (Macquarie University)

  • Melissa Williams (University of Toronto)

  • Emanuel Ani (University of Ghana)

  • Vijay Rao (World Bank)

  • Arabella Lyon (University of Buffalo)


This workshop is part of John Dryzek’s Australian Research Council Laureate project on ‘Deliberative Worlds.’

Download the workshop flyer here.

Beyond voice: Prospects and challenges of listening in democracy

Mon 30 October 2017

Ann Harding Conference Centre, Building 24, University of Canberra

This one-day interdisciplinary symposium is jointly convened by Selen Ercan (UC), Kerry McCallum (UC) and Tanja Dreher (UNSW)


Democracy is commonly associated with finding a voice, speaking up and out, making oneself heard. The crucial role of listening in this process is often neglected or merely given lip-service. Listening is important for voice to operate not only as speech but as communication. It is an important theme in both democracy and media studies particularly in a time characterised by increasing opportunities for communication in both online and offline settings. This interdisciplinary workshop brings together scholars from both fields to explore the prospects and challenges of listening in contemporary democracies. It seeks to examine political listening in diverse settings and policy contexts such as environmental politics, identity politics and Indigenous affairs. Using case studies from these and other policy areas, the workshop will respond to the following questions:


  • What are the normative and practical conditions for effective listening in a democracy?

  • Can a digital media environment realise its promise to foster political listening? 

  • How do marginalised communities innovate to encourage political listening?

  • What are the theoretical and empirical issues that media and democracy scholars face when studying the prospects for listening in a democracy? 

  • Are there political contexts or issues when listening is not suitable, desirable, too difficult?

  • How can we listen to those with no voice (for example nonhuman nature, future generations)?


Speakers include:

  • Emily Beausoloeil (Massey University)

  • Romand Coles (Australian Catholic University)

  • Nicole Curato (University of Canberra)

  • Tanja Dreher (University of New South Wales)

  • John Dryzek (University of Canberra)

  • Selen Ercan (University of Canberra)

  • Carolyn Hendriks (Australian National University)

  • Kerry McCallum (University of Canberra)

  • Cate Thill (University of Notre Dame Australia)


Download the symposium flyer here.                   

Download the symposium program here.

Ecological democracy: Always greener on the other side?

Mon 20 February 2017 to Tue 21 February 2017

University of Sydney, Australia

This workshop is convened by David Schlosberg (University of Sydney), Karin Backstrand (Stockholm University) and Jonathan Pickering (University of Canberra)


The role of democracy in the face of global environmental threats has been subject to intense scholarly debate over the past four decades. At times, ecological democracy has had a bright future ahead of it. Yet the ideal of ecological democracy continually faces challenges both to its conceptual foundations and to its practical realisation on national and global scales. This workshop will seek to focus on new considerations and directions for ecological democracy, while looking back to examine the impact and viability of its founding texts as well as empirical studies of the relationship between democracy and sustainability. The aim of the workshop is to critically explore the tensions and synergies between democracy and sustainability on local, national and global levels. The workshop will contribute to the work of the Task Force on the Conceptual Foundations of Earth System Governance, coordinated by the Earth System Governance Project. 


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The workshop will be accompanied by public event on 20 February: ‘Ecological Democracy – Looking Back, Looking Forward’.’


Follow @DelDemUCan for updates.

The epistemic value of deliberation: Theory & practice

Thu 1 December 2016 to Fri 2 December 2016

Room 5 and 6, Level B, Building 23, University of Canberra

This workshop is convened by Ana Tanasoca.


Our intention is to bring into dialogue political theorists and social scientists interested in this topic from various angles. Drawing from recent academic debates and experiences in the field, the conference will serve as a platform for productive discussion and exchange of ideas that can further advance understanding of the subject and establish the basis for future collaborative work.

While a rich scholarship has grown up around the epistemic potentials of democracy, it has heretofore focused primarily on the epistemic benefits of one mode of decision-making (voting) to the neglect of another (deliberation). The aim of this conference is to encourage a more balanced account that sets deliberation squarely alongside majority rule as another key component of epistemic democracy.


Speakers include:

  • Michael Fuerstein (St. Olaf College)

  • Robert E. Goodin (Australian National University)

  • Hélène Landemore (Yale University)

  • Robert B. Talisse (Vanderbilt University), virtual presentation

  • Daniel Weinstock (McGill University)


This workshop is part of John Dryzek’s Australian Research Council Laureate project on ‘Deliberative Worlds.’


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Crisis of democracy: Which crisis? Which democracy?

Thu 13 March 2014 to Fri 14 March 2014

University of Canberra, Australia

Re-establishing democratic legitimacy in an age of distrust and disengagement: Problems and prospects

Thu 19 March 2015 to Fri 20 March 2015

Seminar Room 1, Building 24, University of Canberra

This workshop is convened by Selen Ercan, Paul Fawcett and Wolfgang Merkel 


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Deliberative systems workshop

Thu 20 February 2014 to Fri 21 February 2014

Australian National University


  • Andre Bächtiger (University of Lucerne) 

  • Nicole Curato (The Australian National University) 

  • John Dryzek (The Australian National University) 

  • Selen Ecan (Univesity of Canberra)

  • Andrea Felicetti (The Australian National University) 

  • Kimmo Grönlund (Åbo Akademi) 

  • Julia Jennstål (Uppsala University) 

  • Simon Niemeyer (The Australian National University/Uppsala University) 

  • PerOla Öberg (Uppsala University) 

  • Maija Setälä (University of Turku) 


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Democracy and justice workshop

Thu 8 August 2013 to Fri 9 August 2013

Australian National University

Speakers include:

  • John Dryzek

  • David Estlund

  • Charles Girard

  • Bob Goodin

  • Niko Kolodny

  • Catherine Lu

  • David Schlosberg

  • Nicholas Southwood

  • Anna Stilz

  • Adam Swift

  • Laura Valentini 


This workshop is co-hosted with Centre for Moral, Social and Political theory.

Analysing collaborative and deliberative forms of governance workshop

Fri 14 November 2008

Australian National University

Theory and practice of deliberative democracy

Thu 7 February 2008 to Fri 8 February 2008

Australian National University