Call for Abstracts: “How do democracies die?” The 6th Navigating Knowledge Landscapes’ Annual Conference, University of Vienna

The Centre for the Study of Contemporary Solidarity (CeSCoS) at the University of Vienna would like to invite you to submit abstracts for the 6th Navigating Knowledge Landscapes‘ Annual Conference: “How do democracies die?”.

Conference details:

When: 5 May 2022

Where: Alois-Wagner Saal, C3 Centre for International Development, Sensengasse 3, 1090 Vienna, Austria

In the last decades, countless books, articles, and reports have speculated, or even diagnosed, deep crises of democracies throughout the world. Although it could be argued that the Covid-19 pandemic has fuelled a crisis of government, rather than a crisis of democracy, in most places, it has doubtlessly increased political polarisation and exacerbated inequalities across and within societies. How democracies die, and what roles digital practices and technologies play in this process, stands in the centre of this one-day multidisciplinary conference. We welcome contributions that shed light on these questions in empirical and conceptual ways. We would be particularly excited about empirical studies showing the dynamics by which democratic values and processes are hollowed out in ways that involve digital tools and practices beyond the “hot topics” of fake news and misinformation.

Submission details:

  • Participants are welcome to submit abstracts to
  • Deadline for submission is January 15th 2022
  • Please insert ‘The NKL Annual Conference’ in the e-email’s subject line.
  • The proceedings of this conference will be published on the NKL webpage
  • The authors of submitted abstracts will be informed of their participation by February 15th 2022

You can find more information here.