Public Space Democracy

The reality of democracy and accordingly its ideals are changing over time. Recent political movements like the Gezi movement in Istanbul or the Maidan movement in Kiev constitute a new form of political participation, which cannot be understood within established theories of democratic engagement. Against this background, Public Space Democracy investigates a new concept of public space, which models cumulated interactions of borderless and egalitarian citizens and governmental agencies within an urban environment.

The research will be undertaken by five study groups, each of them combining different scientific expertise within the social sciences and the humanities, located at the L’ École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris, the Warburg Institute in London, and the Istanbul Policy Center at Sabanci University in Istanbul.

The project is being led by Prof. Nilüfer Göle at the L’ École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS). Its duration is planned for three years. Regular updates are published on the project website.