The new CIVICA Research Project, entitled “Democracy and Its Discontents. A Historical Examination of the Current Predicament of Democracy,” offers a thorough historical investigation capable of defining a genealogy of the current democratic malaise.
CIVICA is a pan-European collaborative of leading universities jointly seeking solutions to European and global social, economic, and political challenges—from climate change to aging populations and slowing economies—via Europe-wide teaching, civic engagement, and research. It unites eight universities with a total of 50,000 students and 10,000 faculty members. CEU is a founding member, along with Bocconi University, European University Institute, Hertie School, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Sciences Po, Stockholm School of Economics, and The London School of Economics and Political Science. The CEU Democracy Institute is forging research and teaching collaborations with a number of CIVICA partner institutions as well as extending opportunities to researchers, teachers and students.
“Democracy in Europe faces major challenges, so it’s essential for universities to work together,” Christian Freudlsperger, postdoctoral researcher at the Hertie School said in a podcast, hosted by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Divided into four thematic groups, CIVICA’s Work Package 6 (WP6) focuses on joint research activities. With key topics for our time, the themes—Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century; Societies in Transition and Crises of Earth; Europe Revisited; and Data-Driven Technologies for the Social Sciences—will be implemented by a design team consisting of scholars from across the alliance.