Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard|
The Elusive Demos: Democracy in the Digital Age
April 20, 2016, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Democratic societies are caught up in unprecedented political upheavals that are questioning some long-established principles of representative government. Do political parties matter? Are compromise and civility necessary for governing well? Do interests and identities take precedence over other bases for solidarity, including the ties of nationhood? All four countries represented on this panel—US, UK, Israel, India—are confronting these challenges in unique ways. In each, new digital technologies are centrally implicated in turning conventional democratic processes on their heads. Our discussion will be led by four of the most provocative and knowledgeable voices contributing to democratic theory today, all with specific insights into the realignment of politics and political subjectivities in the digital age. Video of this lecture is located here.
Gerstein Family Professor Emeritus of Political Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Professor, Science and Technology Policy, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex
Professor and Vice Dean, Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal University
Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, Harvard Kennedy School
Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies
Co-sponsored by the Harvard University Center for the Environment, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Yaron Ezrahi is Gerstein Family Professor Emeritus of Political Science at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is known for his work on the relations between modern science and the rise of the modern liberal democratic state and the political uses of scientific knowledge and authority.
Andy Stirling is Professor of Science and Technology Policy at the University of Sussex. He has served on the UK Government’s Advisory Committee on Toxic Substances and GM Science Review Panel as well as the European Commission’s Expert Group on Science and Governance.
Shiv Visvanathan is an Indian public intellectual and social scientist best known for his contributions to the field of Science and Technology Studies, and for the concept of cognitive justice. He is Professor and Vice Dean of Jindal Global Law School at O.P. Jindal Global University in Sonepat.
Jane Mansbridge is Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is the author of Beyond Adversary Democracy, and the award-winning Why We Lost the ERA. She was President of the American Political Science Association in 2012-2013.