III deliberative democracy summer school, 27–29 June 2018 Turku Finland

Finnish Centre for Democracy Research at the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University is hosting the third deliberative democracy summer school in Turku, 27–29 June 2018. The summer school is held in collaboration with the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. The three day summer school focuses on implementation of citizen deliberation as a democratic practice in relation to representative and direct democracy. The full program can be found here: http://findem.fi/summer-school/.

Keynote speakers include

27 June 9:30–11:00 am
David Farrell, University College Dublin
“The Irish experience of mixing representative and deliberative democracy”

28 June 9:30–11:00 am
John Gastil, Penn State University
“How to make direct democracy more deliberative”

29 June 10.00–11:30 am
John Dryzek, University of Canberra
“Directions in deliberative theory and practice”

All keynote lectures are open to the public. No registration required.

Upcoming FinDem seminar: Dr. Heino Nyyssönen

This week, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Heino Nyyssönen from the University of Turku to give a presentation concerning the release of his new book “Tasavallan loppu? Unkarin demokratian romahdus” at the political science research seminar at University of Turku. The book describes what went wrong in the democratization process in Hungary, why the anti-EU sentiments have been on the rise and what these recent developments mean in the context of the whole of Europe after Brexit.

Heino Nyyssönen is a political scientist and a historian, who works as a university lecturer in the Department of philosophy, contemporary history and political sciences. He has been surveying political developments in Hungary for over a quarter of a century.

Time and place: June 2nd, 14.15, Publicum, 2nd floor, sh. 299.


Upcoming FinDem seminar: Post Doctoral Fellow Savitri Jetoo and Doctoral student Marco La Rosa

We are pleased to welcome Post Doctoral Fellow Savitri Jetoo from McMaster University, Canada and Doctoral student Marco La Rosa from Åbo Akademi University to give their presentations at the General research seminar for political scientists at Åbo Akademi University.

Dr. Jetoo’s topic will be “Governance as a driver of change in the North American Great Lakes basin” while Mr. La Rosa’s presentation is titled “Representing Europeans? A MEP-centered study on representation and European integration”.

Time and place: March 23rd, 3pm, ASA House, A stairs, 4th floor and room A 402 (Demos)


Upcoming seminar and course: Futures of Democracy

The department of Philosophy, Contemporary History, and Political Science and Finland Futures Academy are hosting a seminar on Futures of Democracy.

Time and place: March 22nd, 10.00 – 14.45, Edu 2, Educarium, Assistentinkatu 5, Turku.

The seminar is in Finnish and is open for audience! For a complete program and further information, please see here.


The seminar is part of the course Futures of Democracy. For more details and instructions on how to register for the course (in Finnish), please see here. The registration is open until March 10th.

FinDem’s Opening Seminar

Finnish Centre for Democracy Research arranges an opening seminar on 15th of April at the University of Turku (Educarium’s lecture hall 3, address Assistentinkatu 7).


10:00 Opening words chair person of the board professor Maija Setälä
10:10 Key note professor Lars Vinx (Bilkent University): Militant democracy
11:00 Panel discussion: The current state of democracy research in Åbo/Turku
11:45 Buffet lunch (only for the enrolled) and poster display

Enrolment closed.

Examination of a dissertation (Daniel Weyermann)

Examination of an academic dissertation (philosophy)

Daniel Weyermann: “Political Legitimacy and Ethnocultural Justice. Essays on Public Reason, Democratic Citizenship, and the Rights of Cultural Minorities.”
Examinator: Prof. Sune Laegaard ( Roskilde University)
Lecture Hall 2 Publicum, University of Turku
March the 19th, 12 .00