Author Archives: David Soucek

Klaudia Wegschaider

Migration and the Demos – Redrawing the Boundaries of Political Mambership Note: This project is still at an early stage. I will be conducting some preliminary fieldwork this summer. It is likely that things will have evolved by the time we meet. Controversial debates over whether the right to vote ought to be extended to …
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Omar Sadr

Interrogating Intellectual Activism and Democracy in Afghanistan The proposed presentation attempts to identify and examine the role of intellectual social activism in expanding and furthering the democratic sphere in a society undergoing conflict. It does so by analyzing and understanding the role of intellectual activism in redefining the post-2001 public sphere of Afghanistan. Conflictual society …
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Ambika Roy Bardhan

Bangladeshi Migration to India: Impact on the Demographic and Socio-Economic Conditions in the Border Districts of West Bengal The history of the region i.e. present-day Bangladesh and West Bengal is related to that of larger area of Bengal that dates back four millennia. British political rule over the region began in 1757 when the last …
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Elena Rodina

Mediated images of terrorists in Western democracies The project I am focusing on is the study of mediated images of terrorists in Western democracies. More specifically, I am looking into two case studies: the terrorist attack during the Boston marathon in the U.S. in 2013, and the 2018 attack that occurred near Operá in Paris. …
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Christoforos Pavlakis

Creating Safety, Finding Voice and Remembering: Local NGOs Work Towards Dealing with Cambodia’s Legacies Through Non-Judicial and Social Processes of Dialogue and Restoring Cultural Memory This proposal attempts to examine the ways in which local non-state actors and institutions influence memory mechanisms and reconciliation encounters in post-conflict settings through a detailed study of the work …
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Pablo Ouziel

Democrary Here and Now: The exemplary case of Spain As the economic crisis began in Spain, representatives of the state did not hesitate to set aside democratic and legal institutions in order to exercise authoritarian power. This power-over state repression was aimed at protecting the status quo and the programs of austerity being imposed on …
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Vasil Navumau

The peculiarities of “grassroots” populisms in the Post-Soviet countries (Russia, Belarus, Ukraine) and digitized public sphere Summary. The project seeks to explore the connection between social media and populist discourse during mass protests, occurred within the last 8 years in three Post-Soviet countries – Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. In particular, the project measures the populist …
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Somabha Mohanty

Patterns of political participation by the urban poor in India My dissertation project analyses patterns of political participation by the urban poor in India, specifically asking how electoral strategies of political parties – namely clientelistic exchanges with individual voters, and ‘votebank politics’ targeting specific demographic groups – shape political mobilisation by the urban poor through …
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Liam Mayes

The Broken Hermeneutics of American Poverty Despite poverty’s persistence, the poor are disappearing. At least since the Industrial Revolution and through the first half of the twentieth century, there was little mystery as to who was poor and who wasn’t. Oliver Twist, Jean Valjean, Little Dorrit, the children looking up into Jacob Riis’ camera; the …
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Soumaya Madjoub

The Global Compact for Migration and Malthus’ persisting influence The Marrakech Pact continues to be at the center of political/public debate, characterized by an apocalyptic tone of mainstream politicians and commentators. This cooperation framework, although non-binding and initially only opposed by the USA, will not be joined by several other countries, instigating a debate that …
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