PublicationsPolitical Theory
Special Issue: Venice Seminars 2020; Communities and the Individual: Beyond the Liberal-Communitarian Divide This volume gathers the articles presented at the 2020 ResetDOC Venice Seminars, which were held online from May 25 to May 29, 2020. The 2020 Venice Seminars addressed the topic of “Communities and the Individual: Beyond the Liberal-Communitarian Divide” Editors: Alessandro Ferrara, Volker Kaul and David Rasmussen   Download the pdf version here.
Our Initiatives Political Theory
The current political situation in Post-Soviet countries, primarily the Russian Federation, raises questions about the cultural roots of today’s prevailing nationalist political ideologies and behaviours. The international scientific community has to overcome the lack of knowledge about Russia’s Post-Soviet history, also in order to avoid the sheer repetition of old clichés – liberal -western opinions versus a despotic-eastern world
Videos Political Theory
This video is a recording of the 4th panel of the conference “The Divided Society After November 3rd” held on the 23rd and 24th of November 2020 in collaboration with the Centro Studi Americani and the Italian Academy at Columbia University. In contemporary democracies, conflict over the correct policy responses to everything from the Covid-19 pandemic, economic inequality, and ethnic diversity continues unabated. In the United States in particular, this conflict has sown profound divisions between the actors of the staunch two-party system, which are not only political but have taken on a distinctly cultural hue. As the 2020 presidential election results and recent events have clearly illustrated, this divide is deeply entrenched in the political landscape and does not show signs of easing.  
ConveningPolitical Theory
Venice (Italy)
ResetDOC in collaboration with the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice is organizing the 2022 Venice Seminars and Summer School. This year’s theme will address the issues relating to the need to protect the most vulnerable in society against the ravages of Covid-19, climate change and recent financial crises and rising inflation. This precarious context signals the powerful return of the state. After decades of globalization and the ascendancy of markets, multinationals and civil society, national governments have reemerged as critical actors. The state is seen as the last recourse against extreme income inequality and against challenges to individual freedoms emanating from cultural-religious realms.
University of Florida
This conference, organized in collaboration with the University of Florida. will look at whether populism has run its course or whether it’s just waiting on the sidelines for the opportune conditions for its return. The electoral defeat of Donald Trump and his removal as President of the US, as well as the weakening of support for several other populist governments and movements, may well mark a change in the direction of political dynamics globally. However, nothing is yet irrevocably decided.
Paris (France)
Can there be common ground when political narratives and basic truths collide, replacing rationality? With polarized rhetoric on the rise, can democratic degeneration still be reversed? What once seemed like a distant challenge now threatens the stability of our centuries-old institutions. Where political dialogue becomes impracticable, deliberative democracy is imperiled. A concerted effort is needed to guide public discussion and conquer the temptation to retreat or abstain. Through a day-long international conference jointly organized with the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, we aim to define an agenda to craft solutions for overcoming the biggest threats to our public discourse.


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