New Political Imaginaries and Models in the 21st Century: A Global and Transnational Analysis

Conveners: Yves Sintomer (Paris 8 University), Yunyun Zhou (St Antony’s College, University of Oxford), Cécile Laborde, (Nuffield College, University of Oxford)
Scientific organization: Jules Novat-Braly (Paris 8 University)


8: 45. Welcoming of participants
9:00. Opening words by Frederic Thibault-Starzyk (Director of the Maison Française d’Oxford), and Agnès Alexandre-Collier (Maison française d’Oxford)
9:15. Presentation of the conference Yves Sintomer (University of Paris 8), Yunyun Zhou (St Antony’s College), Cécile Laborde (Nuffield College)
9:30-11:15 Panel 1. Past political imaginaries and models in the present Chair: Florence Faucher (Science Po Paris) Samuel Hayat (CNRS/Lille University), “Democracy past and present” Emma Hunter (The University of Edinburgh), “African history, Global history” Zoé Kergomard (German Historical Institute Paris), “ ‘Well-ordered’ or ‘constrained’ democracy? How current debates inform our view of Western European democracies in the first post-war decades.” Silke Mende (Marc Bloch Center), “European models of representation and democracy since the 1970s” Discussion

11:15 Coffee break

11:30-13:25 Panel 2. New political imaginaries and models in the 21th century — The Global North Chair: Desmond King (Nuffield College) Laurent Jeanpierre (Paris 8 University), “The return of small scales. Contemporary social movements, radical democracy and the decentralising political imaginary” Kalypso Nicolaïdis (St Antony’s College), “The third democratic revolution: transnationalism, demoicracy and the horizontal turn” Archon Fung (Harvard Kennedy School), “Wide Aperture, Low Deference Democracy: Our Interregnum” Graham Smith (Westminster University), “Designing democracy for the long-term” Discussion

13:25. Lunch break

14:25-16:15 Panel 3. New political imaginaries in the 21th century — The Global South Chair: Emilie Frenkiel (Paris Créteil University) Debora Rezende de Almeida (Federal University of Brasilia), “Competing political projects and the challenges for participatory governance in 21st Century Brazil” Niraja Gopal Jayal (Jawaharlal Nehru University), “India’s Journey from Civic to Cultural Nationalism A New Political Imaginary?” Thomas Heberer (Duisburg University), “China’s Disciplining and Civilizing State: A Modernizing Model?” Discussion

16:15 Coffee break

16:30-18:30 Panel 4. Dissimilarities and common trends Chair: Agnès Alexandre-Collier (Maison française d’Oxford) Daniel Bell (Shandong University), “China’s Political Model: Political Meritocracy, Democracy, or Both?” Demin Duan (Peking University), “Teaching Locke and Mill in China: Experiences and Models” Oleg Kharkhordin (European University at St Petersburg), “Classical Republicanism and Common Gaia: Res Publica and the Challenge of the Climate Change” Ralph Schroeder (Oxford Internet Institute), “Comparing Populisms – East and West” Discussion

19:15 Dinner


8.45. Welcoming of participants.
9:00. Opening words by Cécile Laborde (Nuffield College)
9:15 Introduction of ANR-DFG project: “New political imaginaries and models in the 21st century: A global and transnational analysis (Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, United Kingdom)” by Yves Sintomer
9:30-11:30 Panel 1. Notions and concepts: political imaginaries, political models, democracy past and present Chair: David Miller (Nuffield College), Nabila Abbas (Sciences Po Paris), “Political imaginaries – a useful concept for the empirical research on democracies?” Dario Castiglione (University of Exeter), “Representative Politics: The making and unmaking of a modern paradigm” Jean-Paul Gaudillière (INSERM/EHESS), “Between regional politics and alternative globalization: the Kerala ‘model’ and its uses” Maxime Lepoutre (Nuffield College), “Remodelling Political Speech” Discussion

11:30 Coffee break

11:45-13:15 Panel 2. Methodological issues: case selection, internet research, qualitative discourse analyses Chair: Mirjam Dageförde (Marc Bloch Center/ Sciences Po Paris) Mariana Borges Martins da Silva (Nuffield College), “Everyday talk and Political Imaginaries” Pu Yan (Oxford Internet Institute), “Online consumption of hyper-partisan media: A transnational analysis” Discussion

13:15. Lunch break

14:15-16:15 Panel 3. Transnational comparisons. Combining Global studies and Area studies? Combining a minimal universalism with “prudential vernacularization”? Chair: Stéphanie Tawa-Lama (CNRS/EHESS), Samuel Bagg (Nuffield College): “The View from Democratic Theory” Cécile Laborde (Nuffield College), “Towards a new secularism: comparing India and the West” Pei Wang (Fudan University), “Social Cohesion without Electoral Democracy? The Case of China” Laurence Whitehead (Nuffield College), “Global and area studies” Discussion
16:15 Concluding remarks Yunyun Zhou (St Antony’s College)

16:30 End of the conference