Democracy: the new religion? Struggle, compromise and democratic faith

19th-21st February 2009, University of Melbourne

We have entered a new period of economic and environmental crises. Neo-liberalism has been pronounced dead. What does democracy mean in this context? Does the election of Obama and Rudd represent a new democratic mood? What do the social movements in Latin America signify? Democracy is an ideal in struggles for global justice; it is something in whose name war is waged; it is a code word for capitalism and the market. So does faith in democracy mean blind faith?

We are still taking registrations – please register if you plan to attend, so that we can confirm catering details.

Thursday evening 19th February

Snack food provided
Venue: Prince Alfred Hotel (PA’s), on Grattan St, near Swanston St
This will provide an introduction to the school and a chance to meet speakers & other participants.

Friday and Saturday 20th-21st February

Fully catered
9.00am to 4.00pm Friday, 9.30am to 4.00pm Saturday
Venue: Graduate Centre, 1888 Building
University of Melbourne, Grattan St, near Swanston St

Full program and times available online. Call Lisa on 0418 415 155 for further information.



Rob Sparrow: Deliberative democracy and the ethics of exclusion
Geoff Boucher: Call to Order: On Zizek’s ‘Reinvention of the Category of Emancipatory Terror’ and the Future of the Left
Matthew Sharpe: Hayek and our discontents: what sort of bird is neoliberalism?
Lynda Memery and Lisa Farrance: Co-opting a struggle near you
Jorge Jorquera: Latin America and the dialectics of democracy and revolution

Please note: unfortunately Toula Nicolacopoulos has had to withdraw from the conference due to unforeseen circumstances. However, we trust that you will be as excited as we are about the updated program.

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