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IDM News   Donnerstag, 30 Januar 2020

CALL FOR PAPERS "Der Donauraum": From Fictional to Functioning Democracy


Thematic issue of the regional journal "Der Donauraum": From Fictional to Functioning Democracy. Developing Concepts and Strategies for an Inclusive and Participatory Europe

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2020

Language: English

Liberal democracy appears to be at risk – both in Europe and abroad. New forms of populist democracies spread, framed by biased political communication through ideological misinformation, hate speech and tribalism. Authoritarian politicians try to turn Europe into an arena, where metaphorically speaking leaders of tribes are fighting each other by any tools to cement their own positions. In parallel with the rise of xenophobia, populism and radicalisation, liberal democratic principles such as checks and balances are gradually eroding. Moreover, the lack of a common public sphere is challenging European integration processes. Decreasing press freedom and increasing mistrust in traditional media pave the way for populists that rely on oligarchic media networks and use the effects of so-called ‘filter bubbles’ and ‘echo chambers’ on social media. Biased (social) media thus creates but a mere individual fiction, the façade of a homogeneous world corresponding to the viewers’ perceptions.

As part of the Jean Monnet Project titled “From Fictional to Functioning Democracy (FIFUDEM)”, carried out by the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) and Danube Rectors’ Conference (DRC), the thematic issue of the journal "Der Donauraum" brings up the problem of fictional democracy - a new form of façade democracy that produces illiberal fictions of democracy. With this publication, the editors Dr. Erhard Busek and Dr. Silvia Nadjivan aim to collect practical visions and scientific approaches for actively committed citizenship in a functioning democracy, embedded in a common and inclusive European Union. Below we present a list of potential (not limited) topics for the thematic issue:

-           Use of Education for Democratic Participation

-           Ways of Political Responsibility for Functioning Democracy

-           Concepts for Interrelations of Civic Engagement and Liberal Democracy

-           New Democratic Forms of (Social) Media Communication

With this Call for Papers we are seeking both junior and senior scholars and practitioners from various disciplines who would like to present their research results on this topic in the upcoming issue. In addition to invited authors, including the panelists of the projects' kick-off conference in January 2020, Vienna, the editors particularly encourage authors from Central East and South East Europe to complement the conference proceedings with their perspectives and ideas.

Please submit your paper (between 20.000-40.000 characters, spaces included) till latest May 31, 2020 with the following information: a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in the publication, c) short biography (not more than 500 characters), d) title of paper, e) abstract.

Further information on Call for Papers and the guidelines for authors can be found here:

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