Contesting Liberal Citizenship (Research Group Conference)

Mon, 06/07/2009 to Thu, 09/07/2009


An IIAS-ISF Workshop



Mario Sznajder, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Luis Roniger, Wake Forest University


The workshop will bring together experts on citizenship in Latin America and scholars with a record in comparative research to reflect on the challenges affecting liberal democracies. Some if the issues to be addressed include the shift from corporatism to neoliberal citizenship, the increasing recognition of group rights and multiculturalism as evidenced by the strong rise of new indigenous movements, the emergence of participatory forms of anti-politics in situations of policy ineffectiveness and insitutional collapse, the increasing use of plebiscitary democracy as a means of attaining political legitimacy, and the persistent challenge of mass citizen mobilization to existing forms of limited democracy. These topics are at the forefront of the current debate on the capacity of democratic systems to become consolidated and on the diversification of contesting avenues in that direction.



Robert Albro, American University
Leonardo Avritzer, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Judit Bokser Liwerant, UNAM, Mexico
Mauricio Domingues, IUPERJ, Brazil
Shmuel N. Eisenstadt, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Carlos Forment, New School for Social Research
Wolfgang Knöbel, Georg-August University
David Lehmann, University of Cambridge
Claudio Lomnitz, Columbia University
Raanan Rein, Tel Aviv University
Luis Roniger, Wake Forest University
Carlos Sandoval García, University of Costa Rica
Saskia Sassen, Columbia University
Leonardo Senkman, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Maria Rosaria Stabili, University of Rome
Rodolfo Stavenhagen, El Colegio de México
Mario Sznajder, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Carlos de la Torre, FLASCO-Ecuador & Woodraw Wilson International Center for Scholars
Laurence Whitehead, University of Oxford
Deborah Yashar, Princeton University
Leon Zamosc, UC San Diego