S1E10: Democ­ra­cy from Below: What Real Utopias Can We Build on?

Cit­i­zens have a cru­cial role to play in polit­i­cal life and can have tremen­dous pow­er, as they come togeth­er in asso­ci­a­tions and social move­ments. To close this first sea­son, Pro­fes­sor  Mary Kaldor (Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics) lends us her expe­ri­ence as both an aca­d­e­m­ic and an activist in the peace and human rights move­ments to dis­cuss what role civ­il soci­ety plays in keep­ing democ­ra­cy alive and healthy, and what real utopias we can build on.

For futher reflec­tions and thoughts on Mary Kaldor’s notion of ‘Hor­i­zon­tal Democ­ra­cy’ read Jens Adam’s blog ‘Civ­il Soci­ety Revis­it­ed: Democ­ra­cy and Grass­roots Author­i­tar­i­an­ism’.


Shalini Randeria

Shalini Randeria is Rector and President of the Central European University (Vienna/Budapest). Before, she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna from 2014 to 2021. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.