April 27-28: Colloquium - "Illiberal democracy? Reconciling Liberalism and Democracy Today"

Around the globe, authoritarian and “illiberal” trends are on the rise – both in fragile and seemingly robust democracies. There is growing concern about how this relates to processes of globalisation. In a three-panel colloquium, international scholars from a variety of disciplines will address the tensions between liberalism and democracy. They will explore such “illiberal” models in different parts of the world, and address their theoretical and historical background and the structural relationships between them.
How does the perceived failure of liberal policies and institutions in one region impact the global standing of liberal democracy? Is there an identifiable set of ways to stem the rising tide of “illiberal democracy”? The panels will reflect on the experience of the Arab Spring and its impact on established views of democratisation, and will also focus on the current state of liberalism and democracy in the North-Atlantic world. 

Organized by Bard College Berlin in collaboration with the Hertie School of Governance

27 April, 12.30pm
Location: Hertie School of Governance, Friedrichstrasse 180, Berlin-Mitte - Forum, 1st floor (map)

Prior registration required: events@hertie-school.org

Keynote: Claus Offe (Hertie School)
The liberal ‘democracy cube’ under the onslaught of populist politics
Welcome remarks & introductions by Mark Hallerberg (Hertie School)
Comment from Boris Vormann (Bard College Berlin) and discussion together with Claus Offe, moderated by Kerry Bystrom (Bard College Berlin)
Followed by a reception

For more information about the keynote, please visit Hertie School's website

28 April, 10.00am - 5.00pm
Location: Bard College Berlin - Lecture Hall, Platanenstr. 98a, Berlin-Pankow

No prior registration required


Catherine Toal (Bard College Berlin)

10.15 - 11.45am
Session 1 - Conceptual and Historical Perspectives
Chair: Ewa Atanassow (Bard College Berlin), Anna-Bettina Kaiser (Humboldt Universität), Ira Katznelson (Columbia University), Christine Landfried (Universität Hamburg/Hertie School)

12.00 - 1.00pm

1.00 - 2.30pm
Session 2 - North Atlantic Comparisons: The United States and the European Union
Chair: Boris Vormann (Bard College Berlin), Jonathan Hopkin (London School of Economics), Christian Lammert (Freie Universität), Elena Stavrevska (Bard College Berlin)


2.45 - 4.15pm
Session 3 - ‘Illiberal Democracy’ and the Middle East: Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Syria
Chair: Michael Weinman (Bard College Berlin), Yassin Al-Haj Saleh (Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin), Amr Hamzawy (Stanford University; via videoconference), Nil Mutluer (Humboldt Universität)

4.15 - 5.00pm

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