The Populist Upsurge and The Decline of Diversity Capital
Giorgio Cini Foundation
In a context of mass migrations and refugees’ crisis, we are witnessing not only the upsurge of nationalism and populism, but at the same time new forms of violent polarization of the political discourse which are threatening one of the essential aspects of democracy: its capacity to deliberate through moderate contrasts and to manage conflicts, reducing the risk of radicalizing and delegitimating the competing political wings.  These new trends are putting at risk some core assumptions of the liberal model, based on tolerance, respect of cultural diversity, pluralism, and what we could call “diversity capital” of democratic societies. These same years have seen the failure of the Arab Springs and the extension of the authoritarian rule in the MENA area, a change that has crushed many hopes and promises of a democratic and pluralistic future.

After a phase of strong economic globalization and of expansion of cultural cosmopolitanism among liberal elites and in the public sphere of many societies, are we living a season of illiberal backlash which is putting the deliberative capacity of democratic systems under threat?

The Reset-DoC Seminars 2017 will be held in Venice on 8th-10th June 2017 in partnership with Ca Foscari University, Giorgio Cini Foundation and Bilgi University and will try to answer to these urgent questions, offering a platform for a global network of intellectuals and young scholars.

Speakers, Faculty and Participants: Kiku Adatto, Giuliano Amato, Lisa Anderson, Albena Azmanova, Akeel Bilgrami, Murat Borovali, Giancarlo Bosetti, Cemil Boyraz, Michele Bugliesi, Giorgio Cesarale, Lucio Cortella, Hamid Dabashi, Sara De Vido, Alessandro Ferrara, Pasquale Ferrara, Nina zu Fürstenberg, Manlio Graziano, Amr Hamzawi, Volker Kaul, Jonathan Laurence, Tiziana Lippiello, Stephen Macedo, Yves Mény, Lea Nocera, Claus Offe, Nancy Okail, David Rasmussen, Carol Rovane, Adam Adatto Sandel, Michael Sandel, Luigi Tarca, Roberto Toscano.


The Seminars are free and open to all.
Registration is required, in order to register please click here. 


Welcome Address and Introduction
2.30 pm – 3.00 pm

Pasquale Gagliardi, Secretary General of Giorgio Cini Foundation
Michele Bugliesi, Rector of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Giancarlo Bosetti, Director of Reset DOC: Introduction

3.00 pm – 4.15 pm
Michael Sandel: Populism, Nationalism, and the Future of Liberalism
Chair: Giancarlo Bosetti

4.30 pm – 6.40 pm
Tiziana Lippiello: The Paradigms of Religious and Philosophical Plurality: The Return of “the Sacred” in the Globalized World and the Chinese Example
Alessandro Ferrara: Can Political Liberalism Help Us Understand Populism?
Cemil Boyraz: Neoliberal Populism at Work: The Foundation of “Public Relations and Communication” Centers in Turkey
Chair: Albena Azmanova



9.30 am – 11.10 am

Luigi Tarca: The Right to Be Right: Recognizing the Reasons of Those Who Are Wrong
Adam Adatto Sandel: What Is an Open Mind?
Chair: Murat Borovalı

11.20 am – 1.20 pm
Yves Mény: Back to ‘Basics’: Populist Primitivism in Modern Societies
Akeel Bilgrami: What is this ‘Populism’?
Chair: Volker Kaul

2.20 pm – 4.00 pm
Murat Borovalı
: Ad Hominem Argumentation in Politics
Stephen Macedo: Liberalism, Social Solidarity, and Diversity in a Globalizing World
Chair: Sara de Vido

4.10 pm – 5.40 pm
ROUNDTABLE: Populism in Europe and the United States
Giuliano Amato, Lisa Anderson, Akeel Bilgrami, Manlio Graziano, Michael Sandel
Chair: Roberto Toscano



9.30 am – 11.10 am

Albena Azmanova: The Populist Catharsis
Claus Offe: Referendum vs. Institutionalized Deliberation
Chair: Alessandro Ferrara

11.20 am – 12.20 pm
Hamid Dabashi: Are there any People in Populism?
Chair: David Rasmussen

12.20 pm – 1.00 pm
Presentations of the Summer School Workshops (1) Solidarity, Diversity, and Globalization, (2) From the Crisis of Politics to the Rise of Religions, (3) Populism and Democracy

2.00 pm – 3.45 pm
Lisa Anderson: Bread, Dignity and Social Justice: Populism in the Arab World
Chair: Lea Nocera

4.00 pm – 5.20 pm
ROUNDTABLE: Global Authoritarianism and the Future of Democracy
Hamid Dabashi, Jonathan Laurence, Claus Offe, Nancy Okail, David Rasmussen
Chair: Pasquale Ferrara


Workshops are conducted by Manlio Graziano (From the Crisis of Politics to the Rise of Religions), Volker Kaul (Populism and Democracy) and Stephen Macedo (Diversity, Solidarity, and Globalization)

The Seminars are free and open to All.
Registration is required, in order to register please click here



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