Workshop Announcement: Democratic Self-Government in the New Public Sphere

6-7th December 2019 | University of Stirling, Stirling Court Hotel

This event is hosted by the AHRC-funded project Norms for the New Public Sphere, which brings together academic philosophers with media scholars, activists and professionals in order to investigate the opportunities and challenges that new social media pose for the public sphere. This second workshop will focus on  the self-governance norms that can enable a democratic public sphere to flourish.


Friday 6th December (Callandar/Dollar Room)

13.30 – 14.50 Simone Chambers (University of California, Irvine: Political Science)
“Is Fake News Destroying the Public Sphere?”

14.50 – 15.10 Coffee break

15.10 – 16.30 Gavin Phillipson (Bristol, Law)
“Regulating the New Public Sphere”

Saturday 7th December (Lomond Room)

9.50 – 11.10 Natalie Fenton (Goldsmith’s, Media Studies)
“Reclaiming Media, Power and Politics for Progressive Ends”

11.10 – 11.20 Coffee break

11.20 – 13.00 Tom Simpson (Oxford, Philosophy and Public Policy)
“The Political Implications of Interpersonal Trusting Relationships”

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.20 Robert Talisse (Vanderbilt, Philosophy)
“Is Democracy the Problem?”

15.20 – 15.30 coffee break

15.30 – 16.00  Roundtable reflections on democracy in the new public sphere

Places are limited, so please register in advance if you wish to attend. To register, or for further information (including accessibility information), please contact Natalie Alana Ashton: