Conference: Referendums and Democratic Politics

An international conference organized by the NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) with the support of the NYU Board of Trustees

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Thursday, November 3, 2016Friday, November 4, 2016

New York University Provost Katherine Fleming (Onassis Professor of Hellenic Culture and Civilization and Director of The Remarque Institute), together with NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies Director Larry Wolff (Silver Professor of History), cordially invite you to the international conference Referendums and Democratic Politics, which will take place on Thursday, November 3—Friday November 4, 2016 at the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute (20 Cooper Sq., 7th Floor, New York, NY).
Referendums and Democratic Politics is organized by the NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) with the support of the NYU Board of Trustees. The conference is co-sponsored by The Remarque Institute at NYU, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, and Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. Referendums and Democratic Politics will bring together an international group of specialists and practitioners from the academic and public sectors in order to foster discussion and learning about a range of questions concerning referendums, including:
How do referendums, in principle the expression of direct democracy concerning very particular issues and decisions, reshape democratic political fields? How do they give rise to particular styles of political mobilization, sometimes yielding important reforms, consensus, and legitimacy, but also sometimes producing patterns of polarization, populism, and unpredictability with destabilizing effects on national and international politics? How does such a quintessentially democratic procedure paradoxically sometimes encourage anti-democraticpolitical currents? What does the Brexit referendum of June 2016 suggest about the ongoing impacts and implications of referendum politics in Europe and America?
Please find attached the full conference program. Kindly note that given space limitations and security requirements, RSVP is strictly required for each panel and the invitation is nontransferable. As the conference is off the record, transcripts will not be available. Thank you for your understanding.
Please follow this link to RSVP for the panels you would like to attend.  
We look forward to welcoming you to what promises to be an intellectually enriching exchange. If you have any questions, please contact CEMS as 212.998.3838 or


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Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
20 Cooper Square
New York City, NY United States


Center for European and Mediterranean Studies (NYU)