Till van Rahden


Canada Research Chair in German and European Studies, Centre Canadien D‘Études Allemandes et Européennes, Université de Montréal

Visiting Fellow
(May – July 2016)


Forms, Style and Manners: Democracy as a Way of Life

We are all democrats now. Yet concerns over the future viability of democracy pervade scholarly and public controversies. To date, the humanities have contributed comparatively little to our understanding of democracy’s fragile and contingent nature in the past and in the present. The focus of my research project is the democratic content of aesthetic forms, styles, and manners. Is it possible to identify which forms and styles stimulate, sustain and revive democracy as a way of life?