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NCGS Workshop - Creating Participatory Democracy: Green Politics in Germany since 1983

The NCGS Series will hold a workshop on March 1 on "Creating Participatory Democracy: Green Politics in Germany since 1983." The IAH is a co-sponsor for the NCGS Series.

When Mar 01, 2013
from 08:30 AM to 06:00 PM
Where Hyde Hall
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The North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series Presents

Creating Participatory Democracy: Green Politics in Germany since 1983

Thursday, February 28
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Duke University, The John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies

Friday, March 1
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill, The Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Hyde Hall

In March 1983, the West German Greens became the first new party to enter the Bundestag since the early days of the Federal Republic. This shock to the country's political system changed the debate on how West German democracy could be expanded or reformed. The Greens' significant recent gains in parliamentary representation, which were highlighted by their 2011 electoral victory in the state of Baden-Württemberg, evince the enduring effects of Green politics on German democratic praxis.

Our workshop, which will take place on the thirtieth anniversary of the Greens' entrance into the West German parliament, will use that occasion as an opportunity to raise new questions about the democratic visions and achievements of the Greens and their predecessors in the New Social Movements. Specifically, we will ask how Green politics challenged West German democratic praxis and question whether the Greens' own understanding of democracy changed when they entered parliament in 1983. We will also investigate the Greens' position on Jewish issues and their stance towards Israel. Altogether, these questions will open up a larger dialogue about the possibilities for participatory democracy in post-industrial society. The workshop will foster a rich conversation by bringing together political scientists and historians from Germany and the United States.

The workshop will include a keynote address by Andrei Markovits (University of Michigan), as well as presentations by Christoph Becker-Schaum (Heinrich Böll Foundation), Friederike Brühöfener (UNC-CH), Belinda Davis (Rutgers), Herbert Kitschelt (Duke), Silke Mende (Tübingen), Stephen Milder (Duke), and Saskia Richter (Hildesheim).
For more information, including the complete workshop schedule, please click HERE.
Registration is available at the NCGS website. Please contact Steve Milder ( with any questions.

This event has been made possible due to the generous support of the following sponsors:
-UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities
-Carolina Seminars
-UNC Center for European Studies
-Duke Center for European Studies
-Duke Center for Jewish Studies
-UNC Department of History
-The Heinrich Böll Foundation of North America

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