Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy
14 September 2021

Democracy Week 2021

Distinguished guests from the fields of politics and academia will gather in Geneva this October under the theme “Democracy in transition”

Every year, the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy is actively involved in the “Democracy Week” (Semaine de la démocratie) that is promoted by the Geneva Chancellery of State.

This series of events, which seeks to foster debate on a range of themes relating to democratic practices, is part of the UN’s annual celebration of democracy which takes place every September 15 in some 100 countries.

This year, the Geneva Democracy Week celebrates its seventh edition by welcoming distinguished guests from the fields of politics and academia under the theme “Democracy in Transition”.

Save the date and join us for the following events – either in person or online:

04 October 2021, 18:30 – 20:00

Safeguarding democracy during the last U.S. presidential election
With Gabriel Sterling, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer at Georgia Secretary of State, United States


05 October 2021, 18:30 – 20:00

Democracy and Transitional States: Civilian experiences of the Ugandan State


  • Keith Krause, Graduate Institute (moderator)

  • Didier Péclard, University of Geneva

  • Dennis Rodgers, Graduate Institute

  • Rebecca Tapscott, Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy, Graduate Institute[LC1] 

  • Karen Zamberia, Kofi Annan Foundation


06 October 2021, 12:15 – 14:00

Film screening and debate: “A Thousand and One Martian nights”


  • Patricia Spyer, Graduate Institute (moderator)

  • Karen Strassler, Queens College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York

  • Tintin Wulia, HDK-Valand/Academy of Art and Design, University of Gothenburg


06 October 2021, 18:30 – 20:00

Work in transition: Digital economy and its implications for democracy


  • Azita Berar Awad, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) and Global Labour Organization (Keynote speaker)

  • Simone Baglioni, University of Parma

  • Samuel Brülisauer, UNRISD

  • Filipe Calvao, Graduate Institute

  • Alexandre Hedjazi, University of Geneva

  • Maria Mexi, Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy (moderator)

  • Kostas Papadakis, International Labour Organization (ILO)


07 October 12:15 – 13:00

The Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy’s annual “meet and greet”

A networking event to introduce our Centre to the Graduate Institute’s community


Please note that a valid COVID certificate is required to access our events in person.

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