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Deliberative Democracy Summer School The Deliberative Democracy Summer School brings together the world’s most influential scholars and an international cohort of PhD students specializing in the field of deliberative democracy. It is a three-day event, held in February to mark the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance’s move to the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra. The summer school is now held every eighteen months, moving between Canberra and Åbo/Turku in Finland. The 2020 summer school was held from 5-7 February at the Ann Harding Conference Centre, University of Canberra. The event was generously supported by the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, the Faculty of Business, Government and Law, Australian Research Council, and Journal of Deliberative Democracy (formerly Journal of Public Deliberation). 3

The Class Nothing stopped forty-four participants of 2020 from fourteen countries from coming to Canberra. Not the wildfires, not the hailstorm, not the Corona virus. 4


The Class Mohammad Abdul-Hwas, University of Canberra of 2020 Nardine Alnemr, University of Canberra Jane Alver, University of Canberra 6 Hans Asenbaum, Potsdam University André Bächtiger, University of Stuttgart Pierrick Chalaye, University of Canberra Thais Choucair, Federal University of Minas Gerais Wendy Conway-Lamb, University of Canberra Nicole Curato, University of Canberra Roger Davis, University of Canberra John Dryzek, University of Canberra Madeleine Egan, University of Canberra Selen Ercan, University of Canberra Dannica Fleuß, Helmut-Schmidt-University Alexander Geisler, University of Geneva Saskia Goldberg, University of Stuttgart Gabriella Hauber, Federal University of Minas Gerais Carolyn Hendriks, Australian National University Souvidhya Khadka, Australian National University Meos Holger Kiik, Tallinn University Cristina Lafont, Northwestern University Rhea Ledersma-Gumasing, University of the Philippines Marina Lindell, Åbo Akademi University Li-Chia Lo, University of Melbourne Franziska Maier, University of Stuttgart Justin McCaul, Australian National University Nicole Moore, University of Canberra Filipe Motta, Federal University of Minas Gerais Lala Muradova, University of Leuven Simon Niemeyer, University of Canberra Kei Nishiyama, Doshisha University PerOla Öberg, Uppsala University Jonathan Pickering, University of Canberra John Rountree, University of Houston-Downtown Matheson Russell, University of Auckland Wendy Russell, DoubleArrow Consulting Emerson Sanchez, University of Canberra Jensen Sass, Australian National University Jane Suiter, Dublin City University Darielle Talarico, University of British Columbia Nivek Thompson, University of Technology Sydney Francesco Veri, University of Canberra Julien Vrydagh, Vrije Universiteit Brussel Mark Warren, University of British Columbia

The Modules The summer school aims to foster an interactive, supportive, and joyful atmosphere among scholars and students of deliberative democracy. The format of modules reflects these aims. 7

Keynote Presentation. Brown Democracy Prize winner Jane Suiter (Dublin City University) delivered the keynote presentation on the state of the art of deliberative democracy. Chaired by Jonathan Pickering. 8

In Conversation. John Dryzek talked to Cristina Lafont about her latest book Democracy without Shortcuts, with emphasis on the normative standing of micro-deliberative forums in democratic life. Theory Roundtable. Hans Asenbaum (Potsdam University), Selen Ercan (University of Canberra) and Jonathan Pickering (University of Canberra) discussed the latest developments in deliberative theory including the so-called ‘shifts’ in the focus of the theory from speaking to listening, discursive to embodied, from human to non-human. Chaired by Nicole Curato 9

Methodology Roundtable. André Bächtiger (University of Stuttgart), Nicole Curato (University of Canberra), Simon Niemeyer (University of Canberra) and Mark Warren (University of British Columbia) reflected on methodological debates on how to study deliberative practice, what debates are settled, and which ones deserve more attention. Chaired by Carolyn Hendriks. 10

Frontiers of Deliberative Democracy Panel Discussion. Carolyn Hendriks (Australian National University), Marina Lindell (Åbo Akademi University), and PerOla Öberg (Uppsala University) identified emerging trajectories in deliberative democracy research. Chaired by Simon Niemeyer. Concluding Reflections. An all-star line-up of early career scholars offered thoughtful reflections on key insights that emerged in the summer school. Featuring Dannica Fleuß (Helmut-Schmidt-University), Kei Nishiyama (Doshisha University), John Rountree (University of Houston Downtown) and Francesco Veri (University of Canberra). Chaired by Selen Ercan. 11

Mentorship Students were paired with a discussant to provide extensive feedback on their paper presentations and a mentor to provide advice on the complexities of managing life during and after a PhD in deliberative democracy. 12

Feedback from Participants Gabriella Hauber Federal University of Minas Gerais The Deliberative Democracy Summer School was a unique opportunity for my still short academic trajectory. As a young researcher interested in deliberative democracy, there would be no better space to share my research, exchange experiences and listen to experienced and young researchers discuss the challenges, boundaries and state of the art of Deliberative Democracy. From the panels and paper presentations to the conversations in the breaks, the Summer School program was perfect for inspiring meetings. I have never met so many people, from different parts of the world, with similar research interests. I left Canberra with promises to keep in touch with other PhD candidates and looking forward to the next Summer School! 13

Feedback from Participants Julien Vrydagh Vrije Universiteit Brussel The Deliberative Democracy Summer School is a first-class event for PhD students working on deliberative democracy. It gathers leading international scholars in addition to the Research Centre’s brilliant researchers. This provides a unique opportunity to receive immensely valuable feedback on your research and to meet eminent scholars during the break. The PhD students also come from all over the world, which creates a vibrant and inclusive atmosphere among all participants. Furthermore, the diversity of topics presented during the conference gives an excellent overview of the state of the art in the field. Hence, the Summer School is a remarkable experience that will boost your enthusiasm for research and deliberative democracy. 14

Feedback from Participants Jane Alver University of Canberra The beauty of the summer school is the access PhD students get to the world’s leading deliberative democracy scholars as discussants giving feedback on papers presented, in the meal breaks to network, and to learn from both their lectures and one-on-one mentoring sessions. The summer school is an invaluable experience in which students are made to feel very much part of the global scholarly community. Building on this in future years will continue to build this cohort of scholars worldwide for collaboration, publishing and development. 15

Feedback from Participants Cristina Lafont Northwestern University The deliberative democracy summer school is an extraordinary event. It offers a unique opportunity to share your work with the highest concentration of experts doing cutting-edge work in the field of deliberative democracy one can find anywhere in the world, as well as with younger colleagues, practitioners, and students who are passionate about deliberative democracy. You get inspired with tons of new ideas and leave fully energized for the rest of the year! 16

From participants to mentors Summer School alumni Hans Asenbaum and Kei Nishiyama are back in Canberra, this time to serve as featured speakers in roundtable and panel discussions. Hans attended the summer school in 2015 as a PhD student at the University of Westminster. He is currently a research fellow at Potsdam University and joining our Centre as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow later in the year. Meanwhile, Kei has never missed a summer school in Canberra. He attended the first and second summer schools as a PhD student at the Centre. Kei was recently appointed as an Assistant Professor at Doshisha University. 17

What’s on Twitter? 18


The Social Scene The Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance has a proud tradition of hosting awesome parties. This year, the summer school started with a Book Harvest – a celebration of recently published books by Centre staff members. Cheers to Jean-Paul Gagnon and Pierrick Chalaye for their Academy Awards- quality hosting, and to Wendy Conway-Lamb for debuting her deliberative democracy anthem. 20


The Old Parliament House was the venue of the Summer School Dinner – the home of the Australian Citizens’ Parliament the Centre convened over a decade ago. John Dryzek toasted to the ghosts of the Parliament House and to participants for travelling all the way to Canberra. 22


Stay in touch Address Ann Harding Conference Centre, Building 24, University of Canberra, Bruce, ACT 2617, Australia Email Please direct all queries to [email protected] Website Twitter @DelDemUCan

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