Is Democracy Possibl e … Now?9 December 2010, The British Academy

In an era of financial crisis and partial challenges to neoliberal orthodoxy it is vital to interrogate the possibilities and conditions for democracy. What is the role of media institutions in sustaining democracy? What implications for democracy does the intensification of market pressures in the media sector have for democratic politics?

SAGE, one of the world’s leading social science publishers, and Goldsmiths’ Centre for the study of Global Media and Democracy bring together international and national experts to reflect on these questions.

Renowned and controversial US political theorist Jodi Dean (author of Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies Duke UP 2009 and Blog Theory Polity 2010) will give a keynote lecture on the prospects for ‘Democratising Democracy’.

Other speakers include David Babbs (executive director of the online campaigning group, 38degrees), Jayson Harsin (American University of Paris), Dan Hind (author of The Return of the Public) Thomas Meyer (author of Media Democracy and editor in chief of Neue Gesellschaft / Frankfurter Hefte), Nick Couldry, Aeron Davis and Natalie Fenton (Goldsmiths, University of London).

The event is part of a series of celebrations for SAGE’s 45th anniversary year, championing the value and relevance of social science research.

This is a free event

To register, please write by Friday 19 November 2010 to Catherine Layton, SAGE, catherine.layton@sagepub.co.uk.

For general enquiries please contact Sebastian Kubitschko, Goldsmiths, s.kubitschko@gold.ac.uk.

Full programme follows:

1030-1100        Registration, tea/coffee
Welcome
Nick Couldry, Director, Goldsmiths Global Media and Democracy Centre Stephen Barr, Managing Editor, SAGE

1100-1230        Session One: Media as Democracy
Jayson Harsin, American University of Paris
Aeron Davis, Goldsmiths, University of London
Thomas Meyer, formerly Professor of Political Science Dortmund University and editor-in-chief, Frankfurter Hefte/Neue Gesellschaft
Chair: Natalie Fenton, Goldsmiths

1230-1400        Lunch break – PLEASE NOTE LUNCH IS NOT PROVIDED.
Tea/coffee available at BA.

1400-1530        Session Two: Media for Democracy
Natalie Fenton, Goldsmiths, University of London
David Babbs, executive director of 38 Degrees
Dan Hind, author of The Return of the Public
Chair: Des Freedman, Goldsmiths

1530-1600        Tea/coffee/cakes

1600-1800        Session Three: Democratizing Democracy  Keynote speech and discussion
Jodi Dean, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, USA and Erasmus University Rotterdam,
The Netherlands.
Respondents: to be announced.
Chair: James Curran, Goldsmiths