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REDEM - (Re)thinking Democracy

Contact person: Michael Strange
Responsible: Tina Askanius, Derek Hutcheson and Michael Strange
Funding: Fakulteten för kultur och samhälle
Timeframe: 2019-01-01 -- 2021-12-31
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Culture and Society
Subject: Samhällsvetenskap

We live in a time of democratic paradoxes. Several democratically elected leaders in the world challenge basic democratic norms and institutions – and subvert the language of democracy to legitimize their actions. A younger generation may be less likely to vote; yet they often engage with political issues more than older generations.  Corporations have gained greater rights to counter public interest regulations, but we also see new forms of consumer participation and shareholder activism. Democracy is traditionally tied to the nation state, but more and more issues seem to require transnational and/or local action.


The ‘Rejuvenating democracy?’ (REDEM) research platform explores these puzzles from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.  It combines the disciplines of political science, history of ideas, cultural studies, media studies, linguistic studies and urban studies to bring more dynamism to the study of democratic interplay.  There is a focus on different levels from global to local, and a future-oriented component of cultural and communicative practices.


Four core themes are combined to achieve this:


1)    A Political Representation Crisis? examines new ‘representation gaps’ arising from migration, transnational citizenship, linguistic exclusion and New Public Management practices.

2)    Extra-institutional Democracy and Everyday Public Spheres looks at democracy in the everyday sphere. It focuses on traditional and social media, and economic activity as a means of contesting social and political configurations.

3)    Conviviality – Conceptual Ambiguities and Envisioned Futures addresses the presence of the stranger and the radically new double demand on democracy for equality and social justice and for the recognition of difference. The lenses of three inter-related concepts – Cosmopolitanism, Conviviality and Creolization – are used.

4)    The Global Diffusion and Reversal of Counter-norms to Liberal Democracy investigates the dynamics of the global spread of the rhetoric of illiberalism, using analytical tools as theories of diffusion of political ideas, political rhetoric and discourse analysis.


REDEM is a platform and launchpad for addressing critical and open-ended questions related to the history of democracy, the crisis (multiple crises) of liberal and electoral democracy, the future of democracy and possible ways of ‘rejuvenating’ democracy and civic engagement. With this research platform, we bring together scholars from different disciplines across the Faculty of Culture and Society (KS) at Malmö University, drawing on a wide range of perspectives from Political Science, History of Ideas, Anthropology and Cultural Studies to Media and Communication Studies, Communication for Development, International Relations, Linguistic Studies and Urban Studies.

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