Sources of Democracy: Citizenship, Social Cohesion and Ethical Values

Venice Seminars
May 23rd-25th, 2019 | Giorgio Cini Foundation, Mominoun Foundation and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice



Giorgio Cini Foundation

Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore



Thursday, 23 May


9.15 am – Welcome Coffee

9.30 am – 10.00 am


Pasquale Gagliardi | Secretary-General Giorgio Cini Foundation

Giancarlo Bosetti | Chairman Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations

10.00 am – 10.45 am

Yael TamirThe Nationalism of the Vulnerable

10.45 am – 11.00 am, Coffee break

11.00 am – 12.30 pm

Jon ElsterCompensating the Losers from Globalization

Patrick Deneen: In Praise of Populism

12.30 pm – 1.45 pm Lunch

1.45 pm – 3.00 pm

Dilek KurbanWhen Authoritarian Regimes are Mis-labelled as Democracies: Lessons Learned from Turkey’s Experience with Europe

Micheline IshayAgainst the Current: Human Rights in the West and the Levant

3.00 pm – 4.30 pm

Mona SiddiquiReligious Pluralism: Essential or Challenge to Liberal Democracy

Karen BarkeyContemporary Turkey and the Discourses of Religious Pluralism

4.30 pm – 4.45 pm Coffee break

4.45 pm – 5.30 pm

Alan PattenMajority Rights


Friday, 24 May


9.30 am – 11.00 am
Albena AzmanovaProsperity, Equality, and Nature: The Trilemma of Democratic Capitalism

Sheri BermanThe Decline of the Left and the Rise of Illiberal, Populist Politics

11.00-11.15 am, Coffee break

11.15 am – 1.15 pm

Mohsen KadivarDemocracy and Ethical Values from an Islamic Perspective

Tahir Abbas: Islamophobia as Racial Biopolitics in the Global North

Mounir KchaouThe Political Culture of the National Liberation Movement and the Change Toward Democracy: The Case of North Africa

1.15 pm – 2.30 pm Lunch

2.30 pm – 4.00 pm

Daniel A. BellSocial Cohesion without Electoral Democracy: The Case of China

With Comments by Pei Wang

Sean Golden: How to Construct a Common and Consensual Multicultural Civic Discourse

4.00 pm – 4.15 pm Coffee break

 4.15 pm – 6.00 pm

Hussain Shaban: The Issues in Modern Democracy and the Challenges Yet to Come

Giulio AzzoliniMediated Politics, between the Revolt of the Masses and that of the Elites

Michel Wieviorka: Populism… and After


Saturday, 25 May


 9.30 am – 10.15 am

Paolo Costa: Masters of Our Own House. What’s the Matter with Democratic Sovereignism?

10.15 am – 11.50 am

ROUNDTABLE: Ethics, Ideology, Religion: Sources or Dangers for the Liberal State

Speakers: Giuliano Amato, Sheri Berman, Mohsen Kadivar, Yael Tamir, Michel Wieviorka

11.50 – 12.00 am, Coffee break

12.00 am – 1.00 pm

Presentations of the Summer School Workshops

1.00 pm

Closing Remarks

Tiziana Lippiello | Vice Rector Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Giancarlo Bosetti | Chairman Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations


Participants: Tahir Abbas • Fiona Adamson • Mohamed Al-Ani • Giuliano Amato • Albena Azmanova • Giulio Azzolini • Karen Barkey • Daniel A. Bell • Sheri Berman • Giancarlo Bosetti • Marina Calloni • José Casanova • Paolo Costa  • Patrick Deneen • Jon Elster • Alessandro Ferrara • Pasquale Ferrara • Patrizio Fondi • Seán Golden • Andrea Graziosi • Micheline Ishay  • Mohsen Kadivar  • Volker Kaul • Mounir Kchaou • Dilek Kurban • Jonathan Laurence • Tiziana Lippiello • Alan Patten • David Rasmussen • Abdel Hussain Shaban • Mona Siddiqui  • Marcella Simoni • Yael Tamir • Francesca Tarocco • Pei Wang • Michel Wieviorka




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