Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy
28 June 2023


An international conference co-organised by AHCD and the Tech Hub explored the evolving legal, generational, and digital frontiers of the demos.

An international conference co-organised by the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy and the Tech Hub, in cooperation with the Global Citizenship Observatory and the Chair on AI and Democracy of the European University Institute, took place from 12 to 14 June with the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation. Conference organisers included Christine Lutringer, Jérôme Duberry and Laura Bullon-Cassis.

This conference gathered over 30 scholars for an exploration of the evolving frontiers of the demos, influenced by various political, social, institutional, and technological factors. Through six panels taking place over three days, the conference specifically focused on three drivers of frontier changes: voting rights, youth participation, and the impact of digital technologies.

By examining innovative political participation practices, particularly those driven by youth, the conference sought to identify commonalities and distinctions among these innovations. As a result, it enabled to identify "weak signals" to guide future research and policy interventions, and work on joint project application.

The Conference’s keynote lecture was delivered on 13 June by AHCD Distinguished Fellow and Research Associate Irene Khan. Watch it HERE.

The conference took place as part of the project Moving frontiers of the demos: Enfranchisement, youth participation, and digital technologies that is supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (scientific exchange project n. 217679).

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