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Date: 28th-29th March 2019

Time: See below

Speakers: See below

Place: New College of the Humanities


In view of recent global developments, the question of the desired relation between democracy, deliberation, and truth looms large. The conference aims to bring together scholars from various fields who seek to provide concrete answers to this question. It is scheduled to coincide with the official Brexit date, namely March 29th, 2019. Regardless of whether Brexit goes ahead, and indeed of whether one thinks it is a positive or negative development, it is fair to say that there are question marks about both the public debate and the political decision-making surrounding it. Among other things, the conference offers an opportunity to reflect on these and other momentous issues and challenges that face democracy in modern times.


Speakers and Provisional Programme:

Thursday, March 28th
11:00 – 11:15 Welcome Note: Anthony Grayling (Master, NCH)
11:15 – 12:15 Laura Valentini (Government, LSE): ‘On the Responsibilities of a Democratic Audience’
12:15 – 13:15 Christian List (Philosophy, LSE): ‘The Will of the People’
13:15 – 14:15 Lunch Break
14:15 – 15:15 Clemens Puppe (Economics, KIT): ‘Impact and Participation in Voting’
15:15 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:30 Ioannis Votsis (Philosophy, NCH): ‘Informed Voting’
16:30 – 16:45 Coffee Break
16:45 – 17:45 Ulrike Hahn (Psychology, Birkbeck): ‘Why does rational argument matter?’

Friday, March 29th
10:00 – 11:00 Hélène Landemore (Political Science, Yale): ‘Rethinking deliberation in the wild’
11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:15 David Lanius (Philosophy, KIT): ‘Fake News and Public Debate’
12:15 – 13:15 Brian Ball (Philosophy, NCH): ‘Defeating Fake News’
13:15 – 14:15 Lunch Break
14:15 – 15:15 Kai Spiekermann (Government, LSE) ‘The Network and the Forum: Democratic Theory for a Digital World’
15:15 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:30 Philip Kitcher (Philosophy, Columbia): ‘Can Democracy be Resurrected?’
16:30 – 16:45 Coffee Break
16:45 – 17:45 Enzo Rossi (Political Science, Amsterdam): ‘Democratic Legitimacy for Realists’
17:45 – 18:15 Synopsis and Panel Discussion: Chaired by David Mitchell (Philosophy, NCH)


Attendance is open to all but spaces are limited so interested individuals are requested to register (and to do so early) by sending an e-mail to:


Conference Organisers:
Naomi Goulder (NCH)
David Lanius (KIT)
David Mitchell (NCH)
Michael Schefczyk (KIT)
Ioannis Votsis (NCH and LSE)


Funding for the conference is generously provided by the New College of the Humanities as well as the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.