Democracy in Times of Crisis

International Conference
Charles University in Prague

November 14 – 15, 2013

Keynote Speaker
(University of Westminster)








The Conference Concept

The global economic crisis of 2008 immediately followed by the European sovereign debt crisis provoked a lively debate about the relationship between political and the economic spheres, or between democracy and capitalism, as well as critical reflections on the current state of democracy itself. Some authors argue that the current economic crisis was caused primarily by the neoliberal policy of deregulation of financial markets on both national and global level. In this context, the economic crisis may be considered as a mere consequence of a deeper political crisis – the crisis of democracy. The signs of this crisis include the impotence of democratic institutions in the face of the powers of global capital, privatisation of public space, as well as depoliticisation of the decisions affecting the public affairs.

Nonetheless, the main symptom of the present crisis of (liberal) democracy is the perceived lack of a viable alternative to the neoliberal paradigm, which, in spite of having been shaken by the crisis, still maintains its hegemonic position. The sense of helplessness in the quest for the way out of the present crisis is apparent both in academic discourse and in political practice. The economic crisis has also instigated an increased interest in public affairs, or a revival of civil society, giving rise to such movements as Occupy or Democracy Now in the United States, the Indignados movement in Spain, or the Syntagma Square movement in Greece on one hand, and right-wing populist movements such as American Tea Party Movement, Finish True Finns Party, or Hungarian Jobbik on the other. Unlike the former, these populist parties and movements possess the will to pursue their share of governmental power through party politics. This may also explain why they are, at least from a certain perspective, politically more successful. This disconcerting situation faces us with the question of the role of civil society, or the potential and the limits of “non-political politics”.

The Democracy in Times of Crisis conference, jointly organised by the Institute of Political Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Institute of Political Science of the Faculty of Arts at Charles University, aims to contribute to the debate about the current state and future perspectives of (liberal) democracy. The conference is open to researchers from the fields of political theory, political science, as well as other social and human sciences.

This Conference constitutes an output of PRVOUK Project No. 17 – Vědy o společnosti, politice a médiích ve výzvách doby [Sciences of Society, Politics, and Media under the Challenge of the Times], Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Political Studies & Faculty of Arts, Institute of Political Sciences.

Conference Venues

Chantal Mouffe's Keynote Speech will be held at Charles University Faculty of Arts Building.
Address: Náměstí Jana Palacha 2, Praha 1.

All other panels will be held at Charles University Social Sciences Campus.
Address: U Kříže 8, Praha 5.

How to get there:

Charles University Faculty of Arts Building is located next to Staroměstská Metro station. (See Map)

If you travel from the Airport, take Bus No. 119 to Dejvická station, where you transfer to Metro (A line), which will take you directly to Staroměstská station.

Charles University Social Sciences Campus is located about three minutes walk from Jinonice Metro Station.

To get to the campus from the metro station:
Walk about 120 meters along V Zářezu St. until you hit pedestrian crossing. Cross the street and climb the stairs. Walk through a passage way between the two buildings until you hit a small plaza, where the main entrance is located.
(See Map).

If you travel from the Airport, take Bus No. 100 to Zličín station, where you transfer to Metro (B line), which will take you directly to Jinonice Metro station.

To get from the Charles University Faculty of Arts Building to the Charles University Social Sciences Campus.
The best way is to take metro from Staroměstská Metro station (A line) and go one stop to Můstek Metro station and change there to B line that goes directly to Jinonice Metro station. The transport usually takes about 25 minutes.

More information on public transport in Prague could be found here.

Registration and Conference fees

Conference participants will be able to register and pay the conference fee (CZK 800,-) on spot. The registration desk will open 30 minutes prior to the beginning of Thursday afternoon session and will remain open throughout the duration of the conference. The registration desk will be located at Charles University Social Sciences Campus in Jinonice. Please note that the conference fee can only be paid in cash. 

Summary of Important Information

Keynote Speaker: Chantal Mouffe

Publication Plan: Selected papers will be published in a special issue of Acta Politologica journal. The deadline for the submission of full conference papers is October 15, 2013.

Duration of the oral presentation: Each participant will be given 25 minutes to present his paper.

Conference Languages: English

Conference Fee: CZK 800 (approx. 30 €)

Organizers: Jakub Franěk (, Jan Bíba (

For non-academic queries, please contact: Daniela Tůmová (

Email for the submission of abstracts and papers:

Conference Webpage:

Paper Abstracts Submission Deadline: June 17, 2013

Full Papers Submission Deadline: October 15, 2013

Instructions for the Submission of Manuscripts for Acta Politologica Journal

Authors submit their manuscripts through an automated web-based system located at:

By submitting their manuscripts, the authors confirm that the submitted manuscript is their original work and that they are the sole copyright owners.

Apart from the manuscript, the authors have to submit an abstract and keywords.

The submitted manuscripts have to be anonymised. Nonetheless, authors name, institutional affiliation, and position, as well as full address of the authors' institution(-s) have to appear in a footnote on the first page of the manuscript. In the same footnote, you should also clearly state that the submitted manuscript is intended for publication in the special December 2013 issue.

Maximum length of a manuscript is 25 standard pages, i.e. 45,000 characters including spaces.

All manuscripts are to be submitted electronically in MS-Word format.

Typesetting rules:

  • Page format: A4
  • Margins: 2.5 cm
  • Line Spacing: 1.15
  • Paper Title font: Calibri 16 pt bold
  • Subtitles: Calibri 14 pt bold
  • Body Text: Calibri 12 pt normal
  • Abstract: Calibri 12 pt italic
  • Key words: Calibri 12 pt italic
  • First line offsetting: The first line in the first paragraph of the paper or a chapter should not be offset. First lines of all other paragraphs should be offset.

Citations rules:

  • Citations and bibliographical references should follow the ISO 690-2:1997 standard.


In-text citations:
Foucault 1984a: 83.       or  Foucault 1984a: 83-85.

FRANKLIN, B.; HAMER, M.; HANNA, M. et al. (2005). Key Concepts in Journalism Studies. 1st ed. London: SAGE. 362 s. ISBN 0-7619-4482-6.
SCHMIDT, V. A. (1999). European “Federalism“ and its Encroachments on National Institutions. Publius. Vol. 29, no. 1, s. 19-44. ISSN 0048-5950.

For a detailed explanation of the citations format used by Acta Politologica, consult the journal's webpage:

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