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Summer School in Iceland
Democratic Constitutional Design:Negotiating Civic Engagement, Institutional Control and the Common Good
First International Summer SchoolBifröst, Iceland, 20-26 July 2019
Application deadline – 25 March 2019
One of the greatest challenges of contemporary politics is how to face new authoritarian tendencies in many new democracies, and deepening distrust and polarization in countries that for decades – even centuries – have played leading roles in cultivating and developing democratic governance. The Summer School looks at democratic constitutional design as a political project that can engage citizens in reimagining the fundamental contract of society. During one week of lectures, discussion and team work students will explore the role, nature and structure of constitutions.
The Icelandic constitutional experiment 2009-2013 will be studied, in which an elected Constitutional Council created a draft constitution using a fully open, inclusive and transparent process, thereby permanently affecting dominant ideas about constitutional design. Recent work in deliberative and epistemic democratic theory will be discussed as well as emerging ideas of democratic crowdsourcing and crowdlaw. Special attention will be paid to democratic transitions – failed and successful – and to attempts to create methodologies for direct democratic control through mini-publics, public assemblies etc.
The School is organized by the Department of Political Science at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow) and the School of Humanities at the University of Iceland (Reykjavík). The academic directors of the School are Sergei Medvedev (NRU HSE) and Jón Ólafsson (University of Iceland). The School is part of the international educational project Escapes from Modernity (see also Facebook).
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The School will be held at the campus of Bifröst University located 100 km from Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. Students will have an opportunity to enjoy the unique environment of Bifröst, which is located in the middle of a lava field created in a local eruption around 1600 BC. The area is excellent for hiking and many kinds of outdoors activity.
Students of any academic level and any university are welcome to apply. The participation costs are partly covered by the organizers of the School. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out the cost of participation and submit your application. An application must include the applicant’s full name, institutional affiliation (university, department, program, year of study) and contact details (E-mail, phone number). Application deadline is 25 March 2019.
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