S08E03: Dilip Gaonkar on the “Degen­er­a­tions of Democracy” 

This episode explores con­tem­po­rary fears about the decline of democ­ra­cy. Is the cur­rent down­ward spi­ral actu­al­ly part of a rhyth­mic oscil­la­tion of democ­ra­cy? And giv­en its cen­tral­i­ty to mod­ern polit­i­cal life, can democ­ra­cy real­ly be erad­i­cat­ed? Lis­ten to hear about how the chang­ing forms of the demo­c­ra­t­ic project must be under­stood with ref­er­ence to his­tor­i­cal dynam­ics and log­ics of capitalism.

Guest fea­tured in this episode:

Dilip Gaonkar is a Pro­fes­sor of Rhetoric and Pub­lic Cul­ture at North­west­ern Uni­ver­si­ty, Chica­go, where he directs the Cen­ter for Glob­al Cul­ture and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion.
His main fields of inter­est are the intel­lec­tu­al tra­di­tions of rhetoric and the polit­i­cal impact of glob­al moder­ni­ties. Dilip has edit­ed sev­er­al books on glob­al cul­tur­al pol­i­tics, such as Glob­al­iz­ing Amer­i­can Stud­ies, Alter­na­tive Moder­ni­ties, and Dis­ci­pli­nar­i­ty and Dis­sent in Cul­tur­al Stud­ies. And he has co-edit­ed sev­er­al impor­tant spe­cial issues for jour­nals, includ­ing on Laclau’s Pop­ulist Rea­son, one on Cul­tures of Democ­ra­cy for Pub­lic Cul­ture in 2007 and Tech­nolo­gies of Pub­lic Per­sua­sion with Eliz­a­beth Pavinel­li in 2003. In 2022, Dilip co-authored thevol­ume, Degen­er­a­tions of Democ­ra­cy, with Charles Tay­lor and Craig Calhoun,


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.