Craig Calhoun on Nationalism & Protest Movements

55 Voices for Democracy: Craig Calhoun





May 19, 2022


55 Voices of Democracy - Craig Calhoun on Nationalism & Protest Movements


Can we reframe the concept of nationalism to use it as a helpful resource for change? Social scientist Craig Calhoun argues for a more complex understanding of nationalism: on the one hand, it can cause damage when abused by populist movements, on the other hand, nation states are the legal framework and foundation for international agreements and multilateral politics. With our hosts, Calhoun also talks about the importance of social movements: they are central to give citizens a voice, which is crucial for a functioning democracy. Craig Calhoun is Professor of Social Sciences at Arizona State University and the author of many books, most recently, Degenerations of Democracy, co-authored with Dilip Parameshwar Gaonka and Charles Taylor.

Listen now: The Podcast | 55 Voices for Democracy

The series 55 Voices for Democracy is modeled after the BBC radio speeches, through which Thomas Mann, from his home in California, turned to listeners in Germany, Switzerland and occupied Netherlands and Czechia during the war. From 1940 until 1945, Thomas Mann pleaded to thousands of listeners to resist the Nazi regime and thus became the most important German voice in exile. His conviction that the “social renewal of democracy” is condition and warrant for its victory seems more relevant than ever. In this podcast series, intellectuals, artists, and activists will engage in conversations about how to renew democracy today.

In collaboration with Los Angeles Review of Books, Goethe-Institut Boston, Goethe Pop Ups in Seattle, Houston, and Kansas City and Wunderbar Together. With friendly support of Dublab.




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