23 / CRISIS OF REPRESENTATION

Democracy, Law and Aesthetics

8 – 12 April 2019        Send to printer


Course directors

Dragica Vujadinović, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Hauke Brunkhorst, European university of Flensburg, Germany
Gerard Raulet, Maison des sciences de l homme, France
David Rasmussen, Boston College, United States
Joseph Bien, University of Missouri, Columbia, United States


Course description:

Representative democracy is under attack. Technocratic Self-Transformation challenges the system of parliamentary representation from within, and right wing populist movements challenge the system from without. Can parliamentary democracy survive the twofold challenge? The course will discuss this problem not only from practical and empirical but also from conceptual points of view. From the latter it is striking that „representation“ strongly was criticized and deconstructed throughout the 20s Century in philosophy and aesthetics. However, in politics and democratic theory the affirmative use of representation prevailed, and criticism was rare. In constitutional theory and public law one of the rare exceptions is the work of Hans Kelsen. But there might be others in law, political theory and political aesthetics. A broad discussion of problems of representation in politics, law and aesthetics and beyond is welcomed.


Course lecturers

Dragica Vujadinović, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Nenad Dimitrijević, Central European University, Hungary
Nenad Zakošek, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Cristina Lafont, Northwestern University, United States
Axel Muller, Northwestern University, United States
David Rasmussen, Boston College, United States
Gerard Raulet, Maison des sciences de l homme, France
Gertrud Koch, Freie Universitat, Germany
Hauke Brunkhorst, European university of Flensburg, Germany


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