Doing mini-publics: the translocalisation of politics
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Project C3 within Collaborative Research Center SFB 1265 at Technische Universität Berlin’s Department of Sociology
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Since around 1970, “deliberative mini-publics” have spread across the globe. Part of a larger movement to innovate democracy, this model is based on moderated processes of deliberation among a group of representatively sampled citizens, seeking to realize Habermas’ theory of communicative action. Our research project Doing mini-publics: the translocalisation of politics takes this model of organizing citizen participation as a case study for addressing larger questions: What is the relevance of ‘knowledge spaces’ for late modern politics? How do expert-led articulations of policy models actually shape political reality? How do certain models that describe what politics is and how it is to be done circulate? How are citizen-selves and imaginaries of politics (re)produced by these models and their enactment?
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Fabrikation von Demokratie (The
Manufacture of Democracy)
Conference, December 5th and 6th 2019, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Campus Duisburg
The project team
Prof. Dr. Jan-Peter Voß 
Dr. Jannik Schritt  (Research Associate)
Volkan Sayman  (Research Associate)
Clara Neff  (Research Assistance)
The collaborative research centre “Re-figuration of spaces”
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The research project Doing mini-publics: the translocalisation of politics is part of the larger collaborative research centre (CRC) SFB 1265 “Re-figurations of spaces” . The interdisciplinary research centre brings together researchers from sociology, architecture, urban planning and geography to study the fundamental transformations that the organization of the social through space has undergone in the last few decades. With its interdisciplinary approach to analysing spatial structures and new spatial knowledge, the CRC offers an integrative perspective on the analysis of the current refigurations of the social order. The SFB 1265 comprises 15 research projects and is initially funded by the German Research Foundation DFG for a period of four years until 2022 (with a perspective of 12 years), and hosted by the TU Berlin in collaboration with the FU Berlin, HU Berlin, Münster University and IRS, the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space.