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Global Challenges to Liberal Thought

  • Kde: Knihovna Václava Havla, Ostrovní 13, Praha 110 00
  • Kdy: 31. leden 2020, 14:00 – 1. únor 2020, 17:15

From West to East, the spread of populist and authoritarian regimes is challenging the liberal order and undermining its core values. What are the causes of this phenomenon? And how can they be addressed? To answer these questions Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations and Václav Havel Library are convening a two-day forum (four panels and two roundtables) with some of the world’s foremost political scientists and philosophers for a comparative examination of the diverse perspectives on liberalism in contemporary political cultures.

Confirmed speakers include Albena Azman, Giancarlo Bosetti, Craig Calhoun, José Casanova, Liu Chunrong, Anna Elisabetta Galeotti, Steven Hanson, Ivan Krastev, Sebastiano MaffettoneAvishai Margalit, Jiří Přibáň, Karel Schwarzenberg, Abdel Hussain Shaban, Ananya Vajpeyi, Diego Von Vacano, Michel Wieviorka and Michael Žantovský.

Event is organised in cooperation with Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations.

The conference is held with the support of the Sekyra Foundation.

Admission is free on the basis of registration until capacity has been met.


FRIDAY, January 31

14.00 – 14.30  Introductory Remarks: Michael Žantovský & Giancarlo Bosetti

Session The Erosion of the Liberal Order

(chair: Enrico Biale)   

14.30 – 15.45 Panel I

  • Craig Calhoun, Degenerations of Democracy
  • Albena Azmanova, Populism as Inverted Liberalism

15.45 – 17.00 Panel II

  • Chunrong Liu, Spontaneous Order and Pluralistic Unity
  • Anna Elisabetta Galeotti, Do Fake News and Social Dissemination Erode the Liberal Order?

17.00 – 17.15  Coffee break

17.15 – 19.00  Roundtable The End of Liberalism and the Populist Revolutions

(chair: Michael Žantovský)

Albena Azmanova, Ivan Krastev, Karel Schwarzenberg, Luděk Sekyra

SATURDAY, February 1                                 

Session The Spread of Illiberal Democracies

(chair: José Casanova)

9.30 – 10.45 Panel I

  • Stephen Hanson, On Patrimonial Internationalism: The Evolution of the New World Disorder
  • Ananya Vajpeyi, The Crisis in India's Democracy: From Secular Citizenship to Hindu Majoritarianism

10.45 – 11.00 Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.15 Panel II

  • Ivan Krastev, Liberalism and the Imitation Imperative
  • Jiří Přibáň, No Liberalism Without Constitutionalism: On Political Risks of Illiberal Democracy and Liberal Authoritarianism

12.15 – 13.15 A dialogue on A New Liberal Deal

(chair: Jonathan Laurence)     

Markéta Adamová Pekarová & Beate Meinl-Reisinger

13.15 – 14.45 Lunch

Session Challenging Authoritarianism, a Liberal Approach

(chair: Alberto Saravalle)

14.45 – 16.00 Panel I

  • Hassan Shaban, Liberalism and Neoliberalism: A Critical View
  • Tomáš Sedláček, Easternalization of the West

16.00 – 17.15 Panel II

  • Sebastiano Maffettone, The Global Face of Populism
  • Michel Wieviorka, Populism as a myth. What happens when the myth doesn't work anymore? 


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