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03: Demography and Democracy

Breakout / Democracy & the Rule of Law
in englischer Sprache

European societies are ageing quickly while fertility rates are historically low. And yet, not only is there an unwillingness to accept migrants from outside Europe, but most migrants living in Europe are also politically disenfranchised. What are the implications of this demographic change for elections? How does this shift impact the current crises facing democracy?

PhD Candidate, University of Chicago
Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia
Rector, Institute for Human Sciences; Member of the Steering Committee, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna Chair

Istvan Csaba ADORJAN

PhD Candidate, University of Chicago

1998-1999 MA in English and Comparative Literature, University of Warwick Coventry, UK
2004-2006 MA & MPhil in Sociology and Social Anthropology, Central European University Budapest
2007-2008 MA in Sociology, University of Chicago
2008-2012 PhD student in Sociology, University of Chicago
2012 Admitted to Doctoral Candidacy, University of Chicago
2016 Junior Visiting Fellow, IWM Vienna


Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia

 Ivan Krastev is the chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna. He is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Board of Trustees of The International Crisis Group and is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. In 2018-2019 Ivan is appointed as the Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress. His latest books in English are 'After Europe' (UPenn Press, May 2017) 'Democracy Disrupted. The Global Politics on Protest' (UPenn Press, May 2014); 'In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don't Trust Our Leaders?' (TED Books, 2013). He is a co-author with Stephen Holmes of a forthcoming book 'The Light that Failed' (with Penguin) on perils of the politics of imitation.

Dr. Shalini RANDERIA

Rector, Institute for Human Sciences; Member of the Steering Committee, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1974 B.A. (with distinction), Psychology, University of Delhi
1977 M.A. (with distinction), Sociology/Social Anthropology, University of Delhi
1980 M. Phil. (with distinction), Sociology, University of Oxford
1980-1981 Lecturer, Sociology, University of Delhi
1981-1982 Lecturer, Sociology, University of Bombay
1986-1993 Lecturer (Lehrkraft für besondere Aufgaben), Social Anthropology and Modern Indian languages, Free University of Berlin
1991-1992 Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study), Berlin
1992 Ph.D. ("Politics of Exchange and Representation among the Dalits of Gujarat/western India"; summa cum laude), Social Anthropology, Free University of Berlin
1993-1999 Assistant Professor, Sociology, Free University of Berlin
1999-2001 Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study), Berlin
2001-2002 Max Weber Professor (Visiting Professorship), University of Munich
2001-2003 Member, Working Group on "Civil society: historical and comparative perspectives", WZB - Wissenschaftszentrum für Sozialforschung, Berlin
2002 Habilitation ("Local Refractions of global governance: legal plurality, international institutions, the post-colonial state and NGOs in India"), Sociology and Anthropology, Free University Berlin
2002-2003 Professor and Founding Chair, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, CEU - Central European University, Budapest
2003-2012 Professor, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Zurich
2006-2007 Research Professor, WZB - Wissenschaftszentrum für Sozialforschung, Berlin
2008 Visiting Professor, EHESS - École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris
2010-2011 Fellow, Lichtenbergkolleg (Institute of Advanced Study), University of Göttingen
since 2010 Visiting Professor, WZB - Wissenschaftszentrum für Sozialforschung, Berlin
2011 Peter-Ustinov Professor (Visiting Professorship), University of Vienna
since 2012 Professor, Department of Social Anthropology and Sociology, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
2014-2018 Mercator Fellow (visiting professorship at the Free University, Berlin as part of the SFB 700 Governance in Spaces of Limited Statehood)
since 2015 Research Director, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
Rector, Institute of Human Sciences, Vienna
since 2018 Member of the Steering Committee, European Forum Alpbach

Political and Legal Symposia

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17:00 - 18:45Opening of the Political SymposiumPlenary
19:45 - 20:45Promoting Stability in Wider Europe: The Role of the EU and the OSCEPlenary
20:30 - 21:00POLITICO Happy HourSocial


08:00 - 09:00ABGESAGT POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
08:00 - 09:00DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 13:30An Update on European Union LawBreakout
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikeBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 01: Promoting the SDGs in Europe with a Global MindsetBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 02: Experimental Government and the Story of Basic Income in FinlandBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 03: Demography and DemocracyBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 04: Digital Diplomacy vs Digital ColonialismBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 05: How We Benefit from Empowering the Young in PoliticsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 06: Lost in Translation? The EU’s Struggle to Speak with One Voice on Foreign PolicyBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 07: Extremism, Disinformation and the Role of New TechnologiesBreakout
14:00 - 18:00Democracy BootcampBreakout
14:00 - 15:30Opening of the Legal SymposiumPlenary
14:00 - 16:00Liberty and Responsibility: Two Sides of the Same Coin?Partner
14:00 - 16:00Security Radar 2019: Wake-up Call for Europe!Partner
16:00 - 17:00Growing Sustainably: Africa on the MovePlenary
16:00 - 17:30Ideology in the Courtroom: How Impartial Are Judges?Plenary
17:30 - 18:30What Can Be Done against the Climate Crisis?Plenary
18:00 - 19:30How Free Is the Press Across the EU?Plenary
19:00 - 20:00What Does the World Think? A Conversation on Fundamental Philosophical QuestionsPlenary
20:00 - 23:30ReceptionSocial
20:00 - 22:00European-Israeli DinnerSocial
20:30 - 21:30Less Freedom for More Security?Plenary


08:00 - 09:00DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:00 - 09:00POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikeBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 08: Emissions Trading: an Effective Way to Reduce EmissionsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 09: When Machines Judge PeopleBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 10: How Free Should Trade Be? The Development of European Standards for Trade and Foreign Direct InvestmentsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 11: International Arms Trade Regulations: A Call for ActionBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 12: Does More Digital Freedom Automatically Mean Less Legal Security?Breakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 13: New Wars – New EpidemicsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 14: Human Rights Under Pressure: The Role of Ombudspersons and National Human Rights InstitutionsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 15: Security through Liberty: About the Will for Public OrderBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 16: A Pathway to Sustainable Business TransformationBreakout
14:00 - 15:30‘Soft Power’ or Defence Union? Military Cooperation in the European UnionPlenary
14:00 - 15:30The Struggle for the Rule of Law: Is the EU Fighting a Losing Battle?Plenary
14:00 - 18:00LAW Working GroupsBreakout
14:00 - 18:00Let’s Talk!Breakout
16:00 - 17:30Freedom of Speech at Universities: What Is (Still) Acceptable?Plenary
16:30 - 17:45Liberty and Security in the Context of International RelationsPlenary
18:15 - 19:15How Much Courage Does the Law Need?Plenary
20:30 - 22:00Speakers’ NightPlenary


09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikeBreakout
09:30 - 11:00Brexit: Departure into the UnknownPlenary
11:30 - 13:00Tackling Complexity: Insights from the Alpbach Learning MissionsPlenary