Symposium Jürgen Habermas (recipient of the 2013 Erasmus Prize)

Symposium – The Future of Democracy

Date: Tuesday 5 November 2013
Venue: Tinbergenzaal, Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
Moderators: Prof. Maria Grever (Erasmus University Rotterdam), prof. Ed Jonker (Utrecht University), dr. Joel Anderson (Utrecht University)
Registration: KNAW
Due to overwhelming interest, it’s no longer possible to register. The symposium will be broadcasted via live streaming. More information will follow in due course.

Symposium organised by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation and the Huizinga Institute Graduate School for Cultural History.

For more than fifty years, the German philosopher Jürgen Habermas has been one of the leading thinkers in the fields of philosophy, sociology, and politics. Central to his thinking are deliberative democracy and commitment of citizens. He believes in open rational debate as a vital resource of politics and in the equality of all human beings as a foundational value underpinning democracy. Critical about the way political elites are dealing with the European crisis, driven by unrestrained financial markets, Habermas pleads for a more fully integrated, democratic European Union.

This symposium is organised on the occasion of the Erasmus Prize 2013 that will be awarded to Jürgen Habermas on Wednesday 6 November. The symposium offers a select group of invited Research Master students and PhD researchers an opportunity to enter into discussion with Jürgen Habermas and other speakers, on a range of philosophical, historical, sociological and political topics. The idea is that this dialogue will be fuelled by on-going research of the students and PhD researchers.

Participants are welcome to attend the discussion of Jürgen Habermas with the other speakers and the Research Master students and PhD researchers.

Programme

10:30 a.m.

  • Welcome  by Pim Levelt, former President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Introduction by Maria Grever, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Deliberative democracy and political crisis, by Jürgen Habermas, recipient of the Erasmus Prize 2013

Discussion moderated by Maria Grever

Break

01:30 p.m.

  • Introduction by Ed Jonker, Utrecht University
  • Enlightenment and the limits of equality, by Siep Stuurman, Utrecht University

Discussion moderated by Ed Jonker

Tea

  • Introduction by Joel Anderson, Utrecht University
  • Democracy and economic crisis, by Ingrid Robeyns, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Discussion moderated by Joel Anderson

05:00 p.m.

  • Conclusions and drinks

Registration is required. You can apply with the on line registration form. Please note: only a limited number of seats are available. We will inform you about your participation before 15 October 2013.
Due to overwhelming interest, it’s no longer possible to register. The symposium will be broadcasted via live streaming. More information will follow in due course.

Participation is free, but lunch is not included. In the surroundings of the Trippenhuis are many lunch facilities.