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Demcon 2005 Conference:
Supranational Political Community: Substance? Conditions? Pitfalls?

September 30 to October 2, 2005
University of Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia

What is Necessary to Sustain Supranational Political Community?

What are the Pitfalls of Supranational Political Community?

The second annual Demcon 2005 conference focuses on the objective of supranational political community and it does so in the specific context of the European Union's constitutional development.

We will address the following questions:

A) What should be the substance of supranational community (Habermas's project of constitutional patriotism?  Democratic engagement?  Rights guarantees?  A European cultural project?)?

B) The relationship of that project to cultural and legal pluralism within societies, both generally and in the specific context of Europe.

And from that:

C) How does one deal with the potential for homogenization, for imposition, in supranational community?  Are there models of supranational community, internationalization or globalization that escape the imperial label?

This topic will tie into crucial issues about democratization, rights guarantees, harmonization, and pluralism in the EU, but also will intersect with issues about the substance of citizenship (democratic? rights-defined? cultural? some combination?), supra-national political community e.g. in the context of indigenous peoples' incorporation into states, multinational federations, and forms of globalization.

The organizing committee consists of Jeremy Webber (Law; chair of the organizing committee); Andrew Harding (Law); Rebecca Johnson (Law); Martha O'Brien (Law); Oliver Schmidtke (History and Political Science); James Tully (Political Science, Law, Philosophy and Indigenous Governance); and Amy Verdun (Political Science, Jean Monnet Chair).

The 2005 Demcon conference is jointly sponsored by the Consortium on Democratic Constitutionalism and the European Institute at the University of Victoria.


The first Annual Conference took place October 1-3 2004.







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