Webinar The permanent crisis of democracy | 23 April 2021

An online webinar with Jens Hacke (Universität der Bundeswehr München), Martin Conway (Oxford University) and Nadia Urbinati (Columbia University) and junior researchers.

Considering the large number of books and articles with ‘Crisis’ and ‘Democracy’ in its title, published since the end of the nineteenth century until the present day, it is clear that after democracy became unavoidable, it nevertheless remained contested. In this seminar we aim to reflect on this apparent permanence of the crisis of democracy. How to explain the constant consternation? Were there moments democracy was not in crisis?  Is it always and everywhere the same crisis? Are there patterns or regularities in its (re)emergence? What are characteristics of the current crisis (crises?) of democracy?

The seminar consists of two parts. In the first section, these general questions are discussed with a panel of three prominent scholars in the history and theory of democracy. In the second part, junior researchers will present their research related to the central topic of the crisis of democracy. In each section, there is room for other participants to join the discussion.

The webinar is open to all researchers connected to the APH, RSPH, Dutch universities and the European Institute at Columbia. Other interested researchers can participate upon request.

Call for Papers & Panels | International APH Conference 2021

Layers and Connections of the Political

Politics has changed a lot, in the last half-century – and so has political history. The boundaries of the political have been redrawn. The large social and political bodies of the mid-twentieth century have grown weaker or have dissolved. Public institutions have become both less insulated from society and less effective in controlling and guiding it. Therefore, defining what is political has become more difficult. Political historians have confronted this challenge, and in the process have gained a deeper understanding of their object of study, have enlarged their scope and refined their methodologies, and have entered into closer dialogue with the “other” histories and the social sciences.

PhD programme at the European University Institute

Webinars on the Department of History and Civilisation

The call for applications for the European University Institute’s funded PhD programme is opening on 1 November 2020 (deadline is 31 January 2021). The EUI Department of History and Civilization offers exceptional opportunities to study global connections within early modern and modern European history.

The Department of History and Civilisation is organising a series of live interactive webinars in which prospective applicants will be able to find out more about the PhD programme, by talking directly to its faculty and its researchers. After a short introduction to the EUI and the department, participants will be able to discuss and ask questions regarding the PhD, life at the EUI and Florence and more.

  • 29 October at 11:00 CET with Professors Giorgio Riello and Lucy Riall (in English and Italian)
  • 4 November at 15:00 CET with Professor Regina Grafe (in English and Spanish)
  • 25 November at 15:00 CET with Professor Glenda Sluga (in English and Polish)
  • 14 December at 15:00 CET with Professors Giancarlo Casale, Pieter M. Judson and Corinna Unger (in English and German)


For any question about the PhD programme, grants, requirements, application and selection procedures, please contact the EUI Admissions Office – Email:  applyres@eui.eu 

For any question about the webinar series, please contact Fabrizio Borchi – E-mail: fabrizio.borchi@eui.eu